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2020 Victus Vandal Review

2020 Victus Vandal Review

Our 2020 Victus Vandal review comes after hitting with the bat more than 200 times with 3 different hitters. In short, the 2020 Vandal’s inner barrel design and exit speeds make it a legit single piece aluminum bat with a premium price, great look and reasonable enough performance to serve the serious hitter. The barrel size is good but not functionally bigger than other comparable bats like the Solo. We think the 2020 Victus Vandal price is more than its performance and design deserves but, not more than it’s vibe and unique Victus brand should get.

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

Our 2020 Victus Vandal review comes after hitting with the bat more than 200 times with 3 different hitters. In short, the 2020 Vandal’s inner barrel design and exit speeds make it a legit single piece aluminum bat with a premium price, great look and reasonable enough performance to serve the serious hitter. The barrel size is good but not functionally bigger than other comparable bats like the Solo. We think the 2020 Victus Vandal price is more than its performance and design deserves but, not more than it’s vibe and unique Victus brand should get.

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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

2020 Rawlings VELO ACP Review: as iconic as any bat in the non-wood bat space, the 2020 Velo is a light swing, loud sound and newly designed end cap. Our favorite version, after hitting every one, is the uniuqe drop 5 USSSA Velo which swings lighter than many drop 8 bats. It’s a great choice for the little guy forced to use big bats. The BBCOR version will do well with a newly designed end cap (which made no difference in our exit speeds). The USA version in a drop 11 still struggled to impress.

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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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2020 Fuze 360

Compare the 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.

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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
9.8
Pop
10
Durability
9.5
Feel on Sweet Spot Hits
8.5
Feel on Mishits
9.5
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