2018 Easton Beast X Hybrid USABat Review

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The 2018 Easton Beast X Hybrid is one of, if not our favorite, 2018 USA baseball bat. After hours of hitting, measuring and rating the Beast X Hybrid all our hitters love the feel at contact and results on our Rapsodo exit velocity device. As parents we liked the price, durability and ball flight. More of our insights and recommendations are found below in our 2018 Easton Beast X Hybrid USABat Review.

2018 Easton Beast X Hybrid USABat Review

USABat Testing Methodology Beast X Hybrid Hitting

Best Place to Buy

At a mid range performance bat price point, we expect the Beast X Hybrid to be available in a lot of places. Your favorite bat haunts as well as the major retailers online. As always, we check places like justbats.com and closeoutbats.com regularly. We also look at Easton's site directly and of course, Amazon.

2018 Beast X Hybrid USABat Recommendations

2018 Easton Beast X Hybrid USABat Review

The only slight disadvantage we could think of when testing the Easton Beast X Hybrid in a USABat version for 2018 was the fact it ran a bit end loaded. Some have claimed the bat's overweight makes it more of a drop 8 then a drop 10. But, we always like to stress, swing weight is what matters not total actual weight. And the Beast X Hybrid is a legit end-loaded drop 10 bat.

Other than then the weight conversation, all our commentary on the Beast X Hybrid USABat is glowing. We love the feel at contact, the explosive ball exit speeds and the big barrel. The price point in the mid $200 seems more reasonable than a $300+ bat in the USABat space.

All in all we would recommend the Beast X Hybrid for anyone that can swing it. Which, assuming this isn't your first year or two in Little League, is just about everyone.

Easton Beast X Hybrid USABat Construction

2018 Easton Beast X Hybrid USABat Review

The Easton Beast X Hybrid USABat is built the same as its BBCOR version. That is, a two piece hybrid bat with a composite handle and aluminum barrel. The design is built to deliver a smooth swing on both hits and mishits while also giving the player some hot out of the wrapper performance.

Although the Beast X Hybrid USABat is a brand new bat in Easton's lineup, the connective piece is old hat. They have been using this same tech, or something quite similar, for several years across several different bats. As well, Easton is no stranger to composite handles. The handle on Easton's is a new version of what they have been successfully producing for years.

The real new thing in Easton's lineup is the drop 10 USABat barrel. They use an ATEC barrel (2 5/8) which is an aluminum alloy design built noticeably bigger than other aluminum bat barrels in the USABat space.

Beast X Hybrid USABat Comparables

2018 Easton Beast X Hybrid USABat Review

In the beginning, there are three two piece composite bats in the USABat space. Those include the Easton Beast X, the Rawlings Quatro and the Mizuno Ghost. By January of 2018 there will be four as DeMarini plans to add a CF Zen to the mix. As time goes on more two piece composite bats will be added to the mix.

Our hitters have preferred the Easton Ghost X over the other two two-piece composite bats in the space, but it has been close. The Mizuno Ghost has a larger barrel and the Rawlings Quatro feels fantastic at contact. Athough we think both worthy competitors to the Ghost X we think Easton's two piece composite USABat's combination of a smooth feel, massive barrel, great balance and performance testing to give it the edge. Turns out, though, it is also more expensive.

Beast X Hybrid Sizing

Beast USABats

Easton's Beast X Hybrid comes in one 2 5/8 version. A drop 10 with sizes 29 to 32 inches in length.

  • Drop 10: 29, 30, 31 and 32-inch
7.1
Pop
8.9
Durability
7.8
Feel on Sweet Spot Hits
6.5
Feel on Mishits
6.7
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