The 2018 Easton Beast X is the progeny of the 2017 Easton Z-Core line of bats. That is, the Beast X is a line of single piece aluminum bats that come in a light (speed) or heavy (loaded) swing speed. There is a subset of the Beast X that is referred to as the Hybrid, but we review that elsewhere. After extensive use with the Beast X, we put together this 2018 Easton Beast X Review.
2018 Easton Beast X Recommendations
If you like the feel of a single piece aluminum bat then there is no doubt you'll appriciate the 2018 Easton Beast X. The Z-Core was one of the more popular single piece aluminuns for its long barrel (for an aluminum) and hot out of the wrapper feel. The only question you'll need to decide on is if you want the Speed or XL.
Assuming you find yourself in the Beast X camp, but unsure of which route to go, we offer some general sentiments below on our recommendation.
The Beast X Speed if...
- You like a light swing.
- You need a bat that is less than 32 inches long.
The Beat X Loaded (XL) if....
- You can handle a bat with a bit heavier of a swing.
- You are a very good hitter.
As a general rule we would suggest the XL wherever possible. It is, ultimately, a bigger hitting bat that will not affect your hands as much on mishits. However, for some who need a shorter bat and/or a lighter swing and really want to stick with a single piece aluminum, then the Z-Core would be a perfect option.
Do note, too, the Z-Core Speed is one of only a couple BBCOR bats that offer a 29 inch option. If you are in that market, this may be your ticket out of the research phase and into hitting phase.
2017 Z-Core vs 2018 Beast X
Although a considerable name change, which makes the two bat lines almost unrecognizable, the truth is the 2017 Z-Core and the 2018 Beast X are very similar bats. Easton did upgraded some of the aluminum properties in the Beast X to add some durability. But it didn't change the already large barrel size of the Z-Core. Nor did it affect the swing weight when comparing the Speed and XL versions of the line.
The biggest change was a redesign of the two piece connective piece, but that only affected the Hybrid versions of the Beast X/Z-Core. We will discuss that in our review of that bat.
Beast X Sizing
Aside from the Easton Ghost, the 2018 Easton Ghost X is the largest line of bats Easton makes. That is, of course, in the performance bat space. They offer two types of BBCOR (Speed & XL) as well as four different 2 3/4 big barrel bats.
Those big barrel bats are a drop 10, drop 8 and drop 5. As well, it adds in a 2 3/4 Junior Big barrel drop 10 that uses some shorter sizes.
Beast X XL
Beast X Speed
Beast X 2 3/4 Barrel
Beast X 2 5/8 USAbat
Although we don't have much information on the USABat line from Easton just yet, we do know they will release a Beast X in the USABat line. Expect a 2 5/8 drop 10 and/or drop 8-ish.
Easton Beast X Comparable Bats
Finding a single piece aluminum bat is as easy as going to your local big box store. In fact, most cheap bats are made just like that. But anyone who has spent time with a performance alloy bat when compared to a cheap $50 Walmart bat knows darn well that the top shelf bats are just different. The barrels are larger, the swing weight distributed perfectly.
In that high class category of single piece aluminum there are fewer options. But, for sure, there are plenty to choose from.
We would put the 2018 DeMarini One as closely related to the Z-Core Speed as any bat out there. It is a light swinging single piece aluminum bat with a good sized barrel.
Slugger also makes a single piece aluminum with a decent sized barrel called the Omaha 518. Worth considering if this is your wheelhouse.
2018 Beast X Sources
We think the most useful review to compare side by side with the 2018 Easton Beast X is our 2017 Easton Z-Core review. There you will get a good feel for how the bat changed from the 2016 model and before.