After discussing with several players that have used the BBCOR Dirty South KAMO and measuring its exit speeds and swing weights, we write this review.
Generally, our hitters liked the pop off the bat when they squared one up. Few bats did better in those terms. And, despite being a one piece, the BBCOR KAMO felt manageable on mishits too. We think the heavier swing weight contributed to that as well as a proprietary composite DSB uses. Bigger, … Jump to the full review.
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Generally, our hitters liked the pop off the bat when they squared one up. Few bats did better in those terms. And, despite being a one piece, the BBCOR KAMO felt manageable on mishits too. We think the heavier swing weight contributed to that as well as a proprietary composite DSB uses. Bigger, stronger hitters who want a stiff feeling bat that transfers max energy to the ball will like the KAMO. As well, those looking for something a bit different, and want to stand out, might find the Dirty South Kamo just what the doctor ordered.
Note: Dirty South does NOT claim this is a 2019 bat. That is fair and reasonable. That said, our site uses a hierarchical structure that requires some year categorization because just about every other company does use the year. As such, forgive the references to “2019” below. We simply want our readers to know this bat is relatively new and they wouldn’t be able to find it in our database and searches without a year attached.
We get two general communication via firstname.lastname@example.org from our faithful readers. The first asks us which bat performs the best and the second tells us which bat performs the best. I always hesitate before responding to either---not because I haven't thought about the answer---because the answer isn't nearly as simple as people hope it is.
On the market today the only real competitor to the Dirty South Kamo BBCOR is the Mizuno Power Carbon. Both bats are monster barrels on a single piece composite bat. Both feel great when you square one up. However, in terms of swing weight the Power Carbon is much lighter. Considerably so—almost 8% which is just about the difference of an Inch. In terms of swing weight you’d compare consider the 34 inch Power Carbon to 33 inch Kamo.
Both the Kamo and Power Carbon are first year iterations (meaning they have no predecessors).
The other bat, which the Kamo reminds us of, is the Combat Maxum. The Maxum, you recall, is a single piece full composite bat. Combat went defunct and was absorbed by Easton. You can still find a few of the older models floating around. Some are still new in wrapper.
Also, new for 2019, Louisville Slugger upgraded their Catalyst into a bat called the Prime One. This is a single piece composite bat. However, it does NOT come in a BBCOR version.
Dirty South is a USA based company that produces unique, high quality youth and high school baseball bats. We first covered them back in 2015 and they continue to make strides in the online community. You can’t spend more than a few minutes on any message board without hearing about DSB. They do a great job of competing against some serious marketing budgets by getting their bats in real players hands. And since they have a very legitimate offering, many players warm up to the idea of a peculiar battle stick. It’s worked so far and we love to see them compete against the behemoths.
Kryptek is a hunting apparel, tactical and hunting gear company. They produce high end, well designed stuff for the serious outdoorsman. DSB teamed up with them to help design the barrel of this bat.
The Dirty South Bat KAMO is a single piece composite bat. That is, it is made of one piece and out of a material that, to the layman, might best be described as a plastic. Composite barrel bats are not new to the industry. Some of the best we’ve ever hit have a composite bat. But the DSB Kamo is unique in that it is made of a single piece instead of two.
DSB claims the KAMO’s impressive feel is created by a unique composite built with a softer feel. We don’t know have any particular insight to the manufacturing process of their composite versus another companies, but our experience with the bat did feel kinder on our hands than we first expected. In fact, of the 6 hitter we had use the Kamo BBCOR not a single one of them complained about hand sting.
Currently, the Dirty South KAMO comes in BBCOR sizes starting at a 31 and up through a 34-inch. The site claims more are coming soon so that length offering might extend. But, the 33 likely swings as heavy as any serious high school player will like it.
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