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2020 Victus Vandal Review

2020 Victus Vandal Review

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Victus now makes a light swinging bat for 2020 called the Vandal. The bat, only released in a BBCOR for 2020, is a single piece aluminum bat with an extended composite end cap to help make for a lighter swing. They also use different thicknesses in the barrel to help expand the usable length of the barrel. Both technologies, extending the composite end cap and multi wall thickness, are not new to the bat space—although it is rare to find them on the same bat. At a starting $349 price point its clearly demanding a premium. We think the idea hitter for the 2020 Victus Vandal is a big hitter looking to move to move up and inch or half inch in BBCOR or the smaller hitter who wants as much bat speed as possible and doesn’t care if the bat rings their hands occasionally.

Big hitters like single piece bats as they transfer all the power to the ball. Small hitters like light swinging bats as it allows them to generate as much bat speed as possible and increase their chances of find the ball. Our hitters like single piece aluminum bats in the BBCOR space for their s… Jump to the full review.


2020 Victus Vandal Video Review

Victus now makes a light swinging bat for 2020 called the Vandal. The bat, only released in a BBCOR for 2020, is a single piece aluminum bat with an extended composite end cap to help make for a lighter swing. They also use different thicknesses in the barrel to help expand the usable length of the barrel. Both technologies, extending the composite end cap and multi wall thickness, are not new to the bat space—although it is rare to find them on the same bat. At a starting $349 price point its clearly demanding a premium. We think the idea hitter for the 2020 Victus Vandal is a big hitter looking to move to move up and inch or half inch in BBCOR or the smaller hitter who wants as much bat speed as possible and doesn’t care if the bat rings their hands occasionally.

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Big hitters like single piece bats as they transfer all the power to the ball. Small hitters like light swinging bats as it allows them to generate as much bat speed as possible and increase their chances of find the ball. Our hitters like single piece aluminum bats in the BBCOR space for their soul crushing power.

While the light swing doesn’t help any when it comes to hand sting it does allow a hitter to size up an inch for more plate coverage with the same swing weight they might get out of a balanced or heavier winging shorter bat.

Recommendations

Single piece aluminum bats with performance level barrels and extended composite end caps attract both the big hitter who wants another inch in his BBCOR bat and the smaller more base hitting type that’s looking for more exit speed. Although its still quite early in its lifespan, and we like to see more general hitting reviews aside from our own experience come back, we think the Vandal will compete well with bats like the Rawlings Velo, Slugger Solo and Easton Fuze. Each of those are extended composite end cap bats that attempt to make a light swing and a big barrel.

That said, it becomes more and more difficult to differentiate between the performance of BBCOR bats in the aluminum space as several companies can get real close to the limit. We think Victus will be successful with the Vandal as their presence in the MLB space is remarkable (#2 last time we checked). But, in terms of it blowing us and the market away with its new found performance we aren’t holding our breath.

BBCOR Vandal Recommendations
2020 Victus Vandal Review

Big hitters looking for that extra inch will like the Vandal. Small hitters not looking for a two piece bat that allows for more hand forgiveness should also like the Vandal. Power is legit and as good as any BBCOR bat we’ve tested in the aluminum space. The best part about the bat is that we generally like Victus and really like to see them step into the BBCOR market. There is more work to be done in other, younger, bat leagues for sure. But, those who want a cool name on a light swinging single piece aluminum bat will find a good bat in the 2020 Victus Vandal.

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Comparable Bats

Although the Vandal is new, the idea of a single piece aluminum with an extended composite end cap that is accentuated by some thinning of certain parts of the barrel well, there are others. In particular, Rawling’s VELO ACP for 2020 is a real similar bat to the Victus Vandal. It has the extended composite end cap as well as grooves in the barrel to make its sweet spot longer. Both Slugger’s Solo and Easton’s Fuze us an extended composite end cap to lighten the swing and extend the barrel size—although neither of them use any wall thinning to extend the barrel size and, at least in theory, increase the sweet spot size.

Of course, too, there is Marucci’s CAT line of bats. Marucci uses a very similar wall thinning technique as the Vandal (surely they worked together on this since Marucci owns Victus) but the CAT 8 line of bats (or any previous) do not have an extended composite end cap. If you want to go Old School, there is an older Boombah Cannon floating around that uses an extended composite end cap and an aluminum barrel with different thicknesses—almost exactly like the Vandal.

2020 VELO ACP

Compare the VELO ACP Review

The Rawlings Velo is as iconic as any bat in the non-wood bat space. It’s light swing, light price, loud sound and hot out of the wrapper performance in a number of sizes and leagues make it the right choice for a lot of players. You’ll find a 2020 Rawlings VELO at the plate in a high end NCAA Div I game as well as the newest of coach pitch leagues. The 2020 ACP version went through considerable upgrades compared to the 2019, which we discuss in more detail below. Still, though, the bat is a stiff single piece made unique by its extended composite end cap to bring down the swing weight. Our hitters hit with every version of the 2020 Rawlings VELO ACP, we measured its swing weight and exit speeds with high speed cameras. Armed with that information, we write this 2020 Rawlings ACP review.

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2020 Solo

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Our 2020 Louisville Slugger Solo review comprises the USA, USSSA and BBCOR versions of the bat. We have hit each of the Solo bats extensively in game, cage and tee work among several different hitters. Compared to 2019 the only change is an upgraded end cap on the BBCOR version to give even a little lighter swing weight. The USA and USSSA stay the same save the graphics. Hitters should expect the same broad sizing options, light swing, big barrel considering its construction and high end performance. Our expectations are, as it has been in years past, that the 2020 Slugger Solo will be the bat of choice for the value seeking serious baseball player as well as the occasional rec player who wants a reasonable top end bat.

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2020 Fuze 360

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There are a lot of changes for Easton’s 2020 Fuze 360. For starters, they changed the BBCOR version into a traditional hybrid two piece bat. It is the 2020 Easton Fuze 360 Hybrid. The 2019 BBCOR version was not received so well. Second, they moved the single piece Fuze technology into a USSSA and USA drop 10 bat. This single piece aluminum bat with an extended composite end cap will fight for space with the Velo from Rawlings and Solo from Slugger. Each of those are built with the idea of a light swing on a single piece bat that uses an extended composite end cap with a more affordable price point. We hit with the Fuze 360 for 2020 and write this review.

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Research: 2020 Victus Vandal

2020 Victus Vandal Review

2020 Vandal Construction

The 2020 Victus Vandal is, at its core, a single piece aluminum bat. It is a metal handle and barrel made out of the same material. Inside that barrel the walls have different levels of thickness. In theory at least, this extends the length of the sweet spot as making the areas outside of the middle just as springy as the middle of the barrel. To help lower the swing weight, the Victus Vandal extends the length of the end cap, which is made of composite (aka plastic). This strategy, used by other bats on the market too, remove metal end cap weight and replace it with light composite. As such, you get a light swinging single piece aluminum bat with an extended composite end cap.

Bat Sizing Options

Sizing looks like this on BBCOR:

  • 31, 32, 33, 33.5 and 34-inch
9.5
Pop
10
Durability
9
Feel on Sweet Spot Hits
8
Feel on Mishits
9
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