FYI: There is a newer version of this bat
In short, we think the Easton Ghost X Hyperlite is a ho-hum drop 11 USABat on the market for 2018.
Ho-hum might be putting it nicely. The lack of weight in this bat as well as the single piece design made it an absolute hand killer. We don’t know of a single person that thought it was great. If you see slow pitch speed and need as much bat speed as possible then its a maybe. If the price is right go for it. Otherwise, if you need a light swing, look elsewhere.
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Easton Hyperlite Drop 11 Video Review
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Our hitters liked the ultra light swing and massive barrel that out sized any other drop 11 bat in the USABat space. But the like ended there. The bat lacked enough gumption, and had some issues with hand sting, that it received the worst ratings we could find on any 2018 USA Bat. It was meant for the light swing but was dwarfed by bats like the 618 Solo. Unless the price is unbelievable its likely you should look elsewhere.
2018 vs 2017 Hyperlite Drop 11
At the time of this writing there are three drop 11 USABats on the market: the Rawlings VELO and Rawlings 5150 as well as the Slugger 618 Solo. With all respect to Rawlings, we don’t think either the VELO or 5150 hold a candle to the Easton Ghost X Hyperlite. The 618, however, felt great for us. But, it lacked the barrel size and oar like feel that many of our younger players tended to prefer.
The 5150, VELO and 618 Solo are single piece aluminum bats at a fraction of a price point when compared to the Hyperlite.
If the price point of the Ghost X Hyperlite wasn’t in our wheelhouse, or we disliked it for any other reason, we’d go with the 618 Solo in a drop 11 for the light swing.
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Ghost X Hyperlite vs Beast X Hyperlite
As much as we love the Easton USABats, we are struggling to find room in our hearts for the naming decisions. Do not confuse the Ghost X Hyperlite with the Beast X Hyperlite. The Beast X Hyperlite is either a drop 10 or drop 12 single piece ALUMINUM bat also built for the USABat space. If you are anything like us, after searching a number of outlets, all those bat names start to look the same. But, no, they are quite different. We’d venture a guess more than a few folks are going to pull the trigger on the Beast X Hyperlite thinking they just saved a few bucks for the same Ghost X Hyperlite. But, oh no.
2018 Hyperlite Drop 11 Construction
The Ghost X Hyperlite is a single piece composite bat. It is the only single piece composite bat in all of the USABat space for 2018. In many regards, it serves the market where Combat (now defunct) may have delivered.
Those familiar with Dirty South Bats will be quick to claim the Hyperlite is not the only USABat in a single piece composite. Fair enough. But at the time of this writing we have yet to see that bat in production although it is widely talked about.
The composite in the Ghost X Hyperlite is referred to by Easton as EXACT Carbon Composite. It is the same composite material they use in the Ghost X line from BBCOR and USSSA.
Bat Sizing Options
It is terribly easy to get confused as to what bat you are really looking for. The Easton Ghost X Hyperlite only comes in a 2 5/8 drop 11. There is a Hyperlite that comes in a drop 12 and drop 10, but that is the Beast X (also from Easton) and is considerably different from the Ghost X.
As well, there is a 2017 version of the Easton MAKO Hyperlite, but that is a USSSA, not a USABat, bat.