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2020 Easton Fuze 360 Review

2020 Easton Fuze 360 Review

2020 Easton Fuze Review: We like the Easton Fuze as an entry level single piece aluminum USA bat and a new Hybrid BBCOR version (there is also a DSG exclusive hybrid USA version we review here). In the USA space the Fuze still trails the Solo drop 11, we think. But it isn’t far off—and the unique Power Boost knob might be just enough to convince several to try it out. The Fuze (like the Solo, Velo and Vandal) uses an extended composite end cap to help drive down the swing weight and increase the barrel size. Our smaller hitters who need bat speed liked it the most.

Single piece aluminum bats with extended composite end caps like the Fuze 360 swing ultra light. It feels remarkably light but still has enough of a barrel to be taken seriously. Although the Fuze 360 Hybrid in BBCOR is considerably different than the USA and USSSA versions of the bat it also has… Jump to the full review.


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Single piece aluminum bats with extended composite end caps like the Fuze 360 swing ultra light. It feels remarkably light but still has enough of a barrel to be taken seriously. Although the Fuze 360 Hybrid in BBCOR is considerably different than the USA and USSSA versions of the bat it also has a focus on a light swing weight with a reasonable barrel. Our hitters liked the general feel of all the bats and the sound on contact. The performance out of the wrapper was as good as we could hope for. We especially liked the drop 10 USA version of the bat which swung light and drove the ball as well as the Solo, which is a huge hit in the USA space.

Recommendations

The 2020 Easton Fuze 360 is built for the kid who likes the power that comes from the stiff feel of a single piece aluminum bat but wants the added length they can get from using bat with a low MOI (swing weight). If you’ve maxed out the 34 inches in the Fuze we suggest looking towards a more end loaded single piece like an Easton Alpha or Slugger Omaha. But, if you want as much barrel as you can get in a single piece aluminum then the Fuze 360 is a reasonable choice.

BBCOR Fuze 360 Recommendations
2020 Easton Fuze 360 Review

The wholesale change to a true hybrid bat in 2020 might be telling to the feedback Easton received on the 2019 version of the bat. The concept, an extended composite end cap on an aluminum bat in the BBCOR space, does work. Bats like the Velo and Solo have proven as much. But, for whatever reason, Easton’s version had some durability issues that more than a couple purchasers did not like. There were a few fans, but most thought it lacked some degree of performance. It makes sense to us, then, that the 2020 version of the bat is entirely revamped with the same composite handle used on the ADV 360 but the light swinging aluminum barrel of the Fuze. Time will tell if it can recast itself as something different than the avoidable 2019 version. But, we think it should be given another chance as it really is entirely rebuilt.

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USA Fuze 360 Recommendations
2020 Easton Fuze 360 Review

More than a few Little League World Series players chose the basic Fuze as their weapon of choice—even in the regional when they weren’t bombarded with Easton marketing. We think that saying something. The bat swings light and has a great sized barrel. We are fans of aluminum barrels in the USA space and think it increases the odds of getting a bat that performs closer to the limit. Through 2019 there was just too much variability in the USA composite space to believe it was worth the premium. But, in USA ball we think aluminum a way more intelligent choice when compared to USSSA where companies have it dialed in. The ideal Fuze 360 USA hitter will need a light swing and a big barrel. Their parents will also appreciate the value price for a good bat that, like ones two or three times its price, hits the ball just fine.

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USSSA Fuze 360 Recommendations
2020 Easton Fuze 360 Review

Big barrel, single piece aluminum with a more affordable price point in the USSSA space is a good niche to be in. The 2020 Fuze 360 fits the bill in the Big Barrel space. It runs a drop 10 with sizes from 28 to 32 and should serve a lot of hitters well. The parent who doesn’t feel like spending top dollar for a bat is the right go around, but still wants a reasonably performing USSSA bat with a well known brand name should gravitate to bat like the Fuze 360. The ideal hitter of the USSSA Fuze is one who wants as much bat speed as possible for given swing weight. It may ring your hands if you don’t square it up, but if you can find the the middle of the barrel expect good performance and a good feel. The Lizard Skin grip is a nice touch as is the rubber knob that accounts for less blisters and a potentially smoother swing plane.

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Comparable Bats

Comparing the USA and USSSA bats to the rest of the market you’ll find the Slugger Solo and the Rawlings Velo as worthy competitors. Both those bats, the Solo and Velo, have been around longer so its easier to speak with more confidence about their durability and performance (both of which are excellent). We have no reason to think the 360 Fuze in USA and USSSA will be a poor choice, but the opposite is also true. That said, making a single piece aluminum that performs at or near the limit on at least some part of the barrel is a reasonable expectation for a company like Easton.

Finding a light swinging traditional hybrid in the BBCOR space is easy as well. DeMarini’s Voodoo has made a living in the balanced swinging composite handle and aluminum space. The Voodoo has long been one of our favorites in the BBCOR space as we love the high end CF type feel but a hot out of the wrapper aluminum. Easton has experience making hybrid BBCOR bats so we’re comfortable believing the Fuze 360 Hybrid is a legit choice. There are other hybrid bats in the market like Marucci’s CAT Connect, but they are generally end loaded. (The exception to this, off the top of our heads, is Axe’s Elite).

2020 Solo

Compare the Solo Review

2020 Louisville Slugger Solo Review: Light, Value, Good Performance. After hitting each 2020 Solo with several different hitters, it rates out as well as the 2019 version did. That is, a very durable bat that perfectly serves the need of a budget conscience buyer who needs a light swing. The BBCOR Solo has many fans and the 29-inch is a hit for those who needs it ultra-light. The USA is our favorite Solo. The drop 11 creates as good as exit speeds as any. USSSA Solo’s aren’t as popular as composite barrels do better there. Our Score 9/10 (BBCOR); 9.8/10 (USA); 8.5/10 (USSSA).

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2019 Velo

Compare the Velo Review

After recording several hitter’s experience with the 2019 Rawlings Velo, we write this review.

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2020 Voodoo

Compare the Voodoo Review

2020 DeMarini Voodoo Review: Best Hybrid. Proven. The DeMarini Voodoo has long been one of our favorite bats. Last year it was our favorite USA Bat. We contend there, as we will here, that a hot out of the wrapper USA performing bat with a CF like connective feel is a perfect fit for the USA player. In BBCOR the Voodoo is our favorite hybrid bat with a top end exit speeds regardless of price or design. The only lackluster Voodoo is in USSSA which is overshadowed by its more expensive CF kin. Our Score: 9.9/10 (BBCOR); 9.9/10 (USA); 8.0 (USSSA).

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Research: 2020 Easton Fuze 360

2020 Easton Fuze 360 Review

2020 Fuze 360 Construction

As we’ve mentioned above, the USA and USSSA Easton 360 Fuze is a single piece bat with an extended end cap made of composite. This composite end cap helps bring down the total swing weight of the bat. As well, the bat comes stock with a custom Lizard Skin grip. The alloy in the barrel is the same they have used for a few years in their top end aluminum bats. They refer to it as the ATAC alloy.

The BBCOR version of the 2020 Easton Fuze 360 Hybrid uses the same alloy as the USA and USSSA (ATAC), but it adds the composite handle found in the more expensive ADV 360. The connection piece, same as in the ADV 360, is connected to that ATAC alloy giving it a ready to go out of the wrapper performance.

Bat Sizing Options

The 2020 Easton Fuze 360 Hybrid in BBCOR comes from sizes 31 to 34-inch. The USA and USSSA versions are both drop 10s (meaning the numerical difference between the length of the bat in inches and the weight of the bat in ounces is 10) come in a 28 through 32-inch.

  • BBCOR | Drop 3 | 31, 32, 33, 34-inch

2020 Easton Fuze 360 Hybrid Review

  • USSSA | Drop 10 | 28, 29, 30, 31, 32-inch

2020 Easton Fuze 360 USSSA Review

  • USA | Drop 10 | 28, 29, 30, 31, 32-inch

2020 Easton Fuze 360 USA Review

4.8
Pop
5
Durability
4.5
Feel on Sweet Spot Hits
4.3
Feel on Mishits
5
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