We have spent a lot of time over the last several weeks getting ready for this review—we’d guess no less than 4 hours in the cage, two tournaments among several different hitters, the Little League World Series, consulting our 2015 and 2016 Easton MAKO reviews and our 2017 Easton Lineup. Throw in some conversations with major vendors and Easton folks and it’s nearly overkill. That background and effort goes into this 2017 Easton MAKO Beast Review.
2017 Easton Beast Recommendations: Why We Would
Frankly, there are few players for whom the Easton MAKO Beast is not a good fit. Other than those unique cases, checking the following boxes would really push us over the edge in terms of convincing us to buy the 2017 Easton MAKO Beast. We would buy the Beast if:
- We wanted top shelf performance and budget wasn’t a concern
- We prefer a smooth swing
- We couldn’t find the 2016 version from a verified vendor much cheaper
- We preferred a name in the space we can trust
- We wanted as much usable barrel as has yet to be offered
- We had the time to work in a bat’s barrel
2017 Easton Beast Recommendations: Why We Would Not
There is not a situation where performance is the reason NOT to purchase the MAKO Beast. There are, however, a instances where the MAKO does not make sense. For example, if:
- We were not yet skilled enough to justify a high end ticket purchase
- A value buy was our top priority
- We preferred the stiff connection and feedback of a single piece bat
- We needed something hot out of the wrapper
- An endloaded bat was our preference*
*This end loaded avoidance issue isn’t completely true. As we discuss in the sizing section, the Beast will come in some “Beast XL” sizes. These will be heavier weighted bats with a focus on end load instead of balance.
2017 Easton Beast Sizing
The Easton Beast comes in a number of sizes. From biggest to smallest they look like this:
- BBCOR TORQ
- 2 5/8 Drop 5 XL
- 2 5/8 Drop 5 XL TORQ
- 2 5/8 Drop 8 XL
- 2 5/8 Drop 8 XL TORQ
- 2 5/8 Drop 10
- 2 5/8 Drop 10 TORQ
- 2 3/4 Drop 10
- 2 3/4 Drop 12 Junior Big Barrel
- 2 1/4 Drop 10
- 2 1/4 Drop 10 TORQ
- 2 1/4 Drop 11
- 2 1/4 Drop 12
- 2 1/4 Drop 13 Tee Ball
2017 Easton Beast Construction
Like previous years’ models, the 2017 Easton MAKO Beast is a two piece composite bat with a focus on a massive barrel and a light swing weight. However, in the BBCOR space, the 2017 barrel is larger than last year’s version. In the Big Barrel or Youth Barrel space, the barrel size will be the same.
In both BBCOR, Big Barrel and Youth Barrel, the bat composition is still the TCT composite Easton has been using for at least a couple years now. The connective piece (CXN) is still reasonably stiff and allows for good vibration absorption without any noticeable loss in power.
2017 Easton vs 2016 Easton | Other Bats
Compared to the 2016 Easton MAKO we didn’t find any remarkable changes (at least in the 2 5/8 version). Easton has claimed in a few YouTube videos the Beast barrel is the ‘hottest’ ever and such a claim would be impossible for us to measure.
Some have written to us claiming the compression tests on the Beast’s barrel have come back different than MAKOs in years past. This would imply Easton has done something differently, but implying it now out performs a 2015 and 2016 version, which were straight out crazy hot, is too far fetched for us. The MAKO in the last several years has been the bat to beat in terms of on field performance. That will be no different for 2017.
2017 Easton Beast Video
We review a number of sources we often trust to ensure accuracy in our reviews. You might also find them helpful for further reading. For this 2017 Easton MAKO Beast review we visited:
- Easton’s Product Page
- Our 2016 Easton MAKO Reviews
- Closeoutbats.com product page
- Justbats.com product pages
- Amazon Reviews and Product Pages
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