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After our review of the Portent G3 baseball bat a couple days back, we were reminded we’ve yet to put up Combat Bat Reviews on the other two 2015 performance baseball bats from Canada: The 2015 Combat Wanted and the 2015 Combat Fray Hybrid.
2015 Combat Wanted Review
The Wanted is a reprint of the 2014 Wanted from Combat which was well received as Combat’s first foray in the two piece bat market. The 2014 version was well balanced with a remarkable barrel size (which is par for the course with Combat) and has a great feel at contact.
The combat barrel is has dual walls which are separated by a gap. This allows, through some specialized engineering, for two separate sweet spots. One toward the end cap and one toward the middle of the barrel.
The 2015 Version of the bat keeps each of these and adds a Lizard Skin bat tape to the handle—which we think is an improvement. Like 2014, the 2015 comes in BBCOR, Senior League (2 5/8) drop 10 and drop 8 as well as a youth (2 1/4) drop 12 and drop 10.
We were fans of the Combat Wanted last year and the addition of the Lizard Skin bat tape for 2015 is an additional step in the right direction.
Those looking for a two piece composite bat will also appreciate the price point of the 2015 composite–especially in the Senior League (updated pricing here). We don’t know of any two piece full composite Senior League bat that is anywhere near the $200 price point.
Overall we find the bat easy to recommend for those who prefer two piece bats, are looking for a value purchase, like big barrels and smooth swings. The 2014 version had a few complaints on durability but it’s hard to tell if that is any different than other two piece bats on the market—we would guess it isn’t.
2015 Combat Fray Hybrid
The other two piece bat in Combat’s 2015 line up is the Fray Hybrid. The Fray is a brand new line for 2015. This bat has the same ultra light composite handle as the Wanted, but with an alloy barrel. The ultra light composite handle allows for Combat to attach a very long barrel. Compared to other two piece hybrids the barrel is remarkably long.
The Fray Hybrid also does a very good job with sting damping—as many two piece hybrids do.
A senior league (2 5/8) drop 10 as well as a BBCOR and youth (2 1/4) drop 12 are in production. We hope they add a lower drop in the Senior league (like a drop 5) but don’t think we should be holding our breath for that one.
We did find several early reviews that complained of some easy denting on the barrel of the bat after moderate use. Our experience with this bat did not show that to be the case, but there has been enough buzz about the barrel denting that makes us a bit cautious to unequivocally recommend the bat.
On the plus side, however, the price point for a two piece hybrid is the lowest in the business, and the barrel (especially in the 2 1/4 barrel) appears as big as anyone we’ve seen for 2015. Those two shots may give you enough confidence to take some hacks with the 2015 Fray Hybrid.
Pricing is here.