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Louisville Slugger Vapor Review

February 5, 2020 | by Brian Duryea | @BatDigest

With few exceptions, we do not review budget non-performance bats on this site. However, some bats are popular enough and in particular, appear in searches on our site enough, that we feel we must provide some insight for those looking. Slugger’s Vapor is at the top of the list due to its distribution. It is a good, but not great, bat. Those looking for a deal and a cheap bat to get through the season will like it. Note, too, in the USA space it is a heavy swinging bat at a drop 9 so don’t expect it to feel like other more expensive drop 10 bats.

In short, this 7050 alloy bat is the same bat you can buy from a number of different brands at big box stores for under $90. There is nothing special about its barrel size or construction in the youth, BBCOR or slowpitch softball realm.

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2018 Louisville Slugger Vapor Video Review

With few exceptions, we do not review budget non-performance bats on this site. However, some bats are popular enough and in particular, appear in searches on our site enough, that we feel we must provide some insight for those looking. Slugger’s Vapor is at the top of the list due to its distribution. It is a good, but not great, bat. Those looking for a deal and a cheap bat to get through the season will like it. Note, too, in the USA space it is a heavy swinging bat at a drop 9 so don’t expect it to feel like other more expensive drop 10 bats.

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Quick Review

In short, this 7050 alloy bat is the same bat you can buy from a number of different brands at big box stores for under $90. There is nothing special about its barrel size or construction in the youth, BBCOR or slowpitch softball realm.

Recommendations

The only compelling feature of the bat is that Louisville Slugger produces it, and you pay a premium for that. In terms of performance and durability, there is no difference between any other budget 7050 alloy bat found hanging in WalMarts across the country.

BBCOR Vapor Recommendations
2018 Louisville Slugger Vapor Review

We only recommend the bat in the softball, BBCOR or youth space to players who simply need a stick to swing and want to spend as little money as possible on a new bat.

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USA Vapor Recommendations
2018 Louisville Slugger Vapor Review

The drop 9 version of the Vapor is a decent bat for its price. We like it as a real cheap option if you need something to get through the season. Do note, however, it swings heavy in the drop 9 and you will be able to tell. However, the bat is durable and works well considering its a fraction of the price of other bats on the market.

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Comparable Bats

On this site, the only other budget bat we have reviewed is the Easton S50. In terms of durability and performance you can expect the Vapor and S50 to be similar. However, the sizes may not be fully comparable.

In the aisles of WalMart, you’ll find roughly every bat you pick up to be very similar to the Vapor. Look closely at the writing on the side of the bat and if it says 7050 alloy construction then you can bet it performs the same as the Vapor.

Research: 2018 Louisville Slugger Vapor

Louisville Slugger Vapor Review

Bat Sizing Options

The Vapor is released in:

  • Youth (2 1/4) barrel drop 13
  • Senior League 2 5/8 barrel drop 9
  • BBCOR for high school play in a drop 3
  • A slow pitch softball bat

The drop, you will recall, is the numerical difference between the bat’s length in inches and weight in ounces. The drops for the Vapor are roughly standard for 7050 alloy bats.

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