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FYI: There is a newer version of this bat

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 to put together this review.


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Industry Reference Guide

Other reference pages on the Mako Beast can be found no these industry pages below. We refer to them, as well as our own data and experience, to write this 2017 Easton Mako Beast review.


Easton Mako Beast Video Review



Recommendations

BBCOR Mako Beast

Easton Mako Beast

Frankly, there are few players for whom the Easton MAKO Beast is not a good fit. Here are the general type of hitters that will like this bat: want a top shelf performance and budget isn’t a concern; prefer a smooth swing; have time time to work in a bat’s barrel.

USSSA Mako Beast

2017 Easton Mako Beast USSSA Review
Easton Mako Beast

The USSSA bats are really liked among travel ball players. While other bats are getting banned from this year, the Easton Mako Beast is a mainstay. Not much different than last year’s version, but if you can find it for a good price we say go for it.

2017 vs 2016 Mako Beast

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.

Comparable Bats

In the two piece composite space there several options. Both the 917 Prime from Slugger and the CF Zen from DeMarini are a lot like the Easton Mako Beast. All of them have big barrels, swing light and come in a number of sizes. In terms of user reviews the DeMarini is the most mixed as it had some durability issues (but absolutely raked the ball).

Research: 2017 Easton Mako Beast

2017 Easton MAKO Beast Review BBCOR

2017 Mako 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.

Bat Sizing Options

The Easton Beast comes in a number of sizes. From biggest to smallest they look like this:

  • BBCOR
  • 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

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