FYI: There is a newer version of this bat
We spent considerable time with the 2018 Rawlings Quatro in both real game work as well as cage time.
Our bat has been used with several different types of hitters and their feedback was gathered. That information, combined with our experience of the 2017 Rawlings Quatro, goes into the following 2018 Rawlings Quatro Review.
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Rawlings Quatro Video Review
The idea of a good sized barrel, little to no feedback on the hands during mishits, and a balance point found in the balanced space is exactly what most kids want to swing. The bat wins our best BBCOR Bats for several reasons. It’s exit speeds are phenomenal, its feel on hits and mishits feels perfect, and the barrel is plenty big. The only draw back is that it is not very durable. But get it with warranty, and you’ll love it.
The 2018 Rawlings Quatro USA Bat was likely he surprise of the season. People loved the light swing, big barrel and really fantastic exit speeds. It did suffer from serious durability issues. But those are part and parcel of bats that also have great trampoline. And the Rawlings Quatro in a USA bat for 2018 was no exception. Really a great bat with huge pop and one of our favorite hits in the USA Bat space.
The USSSA/Big Barrel version of the Rawlings Quatro for 2018 is decent. For its class of bat, a two peice composite with a big barrel, people do like it. In the exact Big Barrel space more prefer a bat like the CF Zen. But, if you want an off the beaten path sort of bat, yet still want to stay in the elite two piece composite space, the Rawlings Quatro Big Barrel is as good as any.
2018 vs 2017 Quatro
Aside from the slight changes in color, the only difference in the 2018 Quatro when compared to the 2017 version is the swing weight. And although the swing weight change is not dramatic (they did not, for example, go all the way from an end load to a balanced) it is enough of a lighter swing weight in 2018 to make a noticeable difference. In other words, if you didn’t like the feel of the 2017 version then the 2018 option might still be your ticket.
The swing weight change was created by a redevelopment of the end cap and the extended inner sleeve. As more bulk and weight was removed from those elements swing weight dropped sufficiently. This principle is simple enough: more weight taken from the end of a bat lowers the amount of strength to spin it around by the knob. This insight relies on the the basic principles of Mass Moment of Inertia or MOI.
In terms of a two piece composite bat with an inner sleeve on the end of the barrel the Quatro stands alone. There is simply no other bat like it. In terms of a light swinging two piece composite bat the market is crowded.
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2018 Quatro Construction
The 2018 Rawlings Quatro is made of four distinct pieces. It is, technically, a four piece bat and Rawlings likes to point this out. The name of the bat, Quatro, signifies the four pieces.
- The Handle is made of a composite structure.
- The barrel is also composite.
- There is a collar that sits around the connection between the handle and the barrel. This helps dampens sting to the hands during mishits on the barrel.
- Inside the end portion of the barrel sits an extended end cap. That endcap is the most unique feature of the Quatro.
The additional inner barrel at the end of the Quatro serves the purpose of allowing the outer barrel of the Quatro the flexibility to perform well at slow pitch speeds. As well, the outer barrels pliability gives the bat a shortened work in period.
Of course the idea of an inner barrel advantage are all in theory. No one has the data to prove that an inner barrel around the end portion of a barrel in a baseball bat is superior to ones without an inner barrel. Many fastpitch softball bats use an inner ring and a many of them swear by the idea.
But the Rawlings Quatro stands alone, even within their own brand, as the only baseball bat with a composite inner barrel on the outer half of the barrel.
Bat Sizing Options
- BBCOR 32, 33, 34 Inch
- Senior League 2 5/8 Drop 10 28, 29, 30, 31, 32
- USAbat Drop 10 2 5/8 28, 29, 30, 31