The Xeno from Slugger is as good as it gets in the fastpitch space.
Our hitters liked the stiffer feel, the sound and general sense that every ball they hit was like a bat out of hades. The stiffness in the handle felt great for long drives. We didn’t find a single hitter, of the 4 that tried it, that had anything bad to say. There is a reason this bat has … Jump to the full review.
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The biggest change from 2017 to 2018 is the end cap. Slugger upgraded the cap to take a little more weight out of the bat. But, honestly, the Xeno has been fantastic since 2015 and there really isn't much they could, or should, do to make it better.
We spent over 3 hours in our cage comparing the 2017 Louisville Slugger Xeno PLUS Fastpitch softball bat (Ebay, Amazon) to other similar designs in the market. While the 2017 models of performance fastpitch bats are still rolling out we are confident the 2017 Xeno Plus Fastpitch sits among the best in this year's class.
In the fastpitch space there are plenty of decent options. A few good ones. For 2018 the LXT from Slugger as well as Easton’s Ghost X Double barrel. You might also take a closer look at the CFX in Fastpitch although those sound a bit different.
The Xeno is a two piece composite bat built with a stiff transition and a good sized barrel. Expect to feel great hits out of the box.
The new addition this year is the end cap. It helps lower the swing weight a bit on each model.
The Xeno comes in a number of lengths and drops. College players can pick up a drop 8 while a new or smaller player can look for the drop 11. All are going to work quite well across the board and each get really great ratings.
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