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In short, we think the Easton Ghost X Hyperlite is a ho-hum drop 11 USABat on the market for 2018. But, there are so few true drop 11 bats in the 2018 USA Bat market that we think it a reasonable buy. We do recommend it for the smaller player who needs as much bat speed and barrel as possible AND plays enough games to justify the price. Our hitters liked the feel at contact better than any other drop 11 (especially the single piece alloys) and the barrel size is noticeably larger than its peers. We are not convinced that players who like two piece composite bats will like the Hyperlite.
After observing a dozen different hitters with it in the cage, we write this 2018 Easton Ghost X Hyperlite Drop 11 USABat Review. Our hitters liked the ultra light swing and massive barrel that outsized any other drop 11 bat in the USABat space. Smaller players in the USABat space that liked the drop 11 Easton Mako will prefer the balance of the Hyperlite. They will be required to pay more to get it, but such is the life of performance baseball bat users.
The USABat Hyperlite is made for the kid who takes baseball very seriously but needs just about the lightest swing possible in the USABat space. Although not inexpensive, it provides the best feel and performance of any drop 11 we tested (which was all of them) in the 2018 USABat lineup.
At the time of this writing there are three drop 11 USABats on the market: the Rawlings VELO and Rawlings 5150 as well as the Slugger 618 Solo. With all respect to Rawlings, we don't think either the VELO or 5150 hold a candle to the Easton Ghost X Hyperlite. The 618, however, felt great for us. But, it lacked the barrel size and oar like feel that many of our younger players tended to prefer.
The 5150, VELO and 618 Solo are single piece aluminum bats at a fraction of a price point when compared to the Hyperlite.
If the price point of the Ghost X Hyperlite wasn't in our wheelhouse, or we disliked it for any other reason, we'd go with the 618 Solo in a drop 11 for the light swing.
Ghost X Hyperlite vs Beast X Hyperlite
As much as we love the Easton USABats, we are struggling to find room in our hearts for the naming decisions. Do not confuse the Ghost X Hyperlite with the Beast X Hyperlite. The Beast X Hyperlite is either a drop 10 or drop 12 single piece ALUMINUM bat also built for the USABat space. If you are anything like us, after searching a number of outlets, all those bat names start to look the same. But, no, they are quite different. We'd venture a guess more than a few folks are going to pull the trigger on the Beast X Hyperlite thinking they just saved a few bucks for the same Ghost X Hyperlite. But, oh no.
Ghost X Hyperlite vs Beast X Hyperlite
Most major bat vendors have stores on Amazon, so if you have Prime shipping, then we suggest you check there for the Ghost X Hyperlite first. It tends to drive the best prices and ease of use.
Otherwise, check places like eBay or your regular bat haunts.
It is terribly easy to get confused as to what bat you are really looking for. The Easton Ghost X Hyperlite only comes in a 2 5/8 drop 11. There is a Hyperlite that comes in a drop 12 and drop 10, but that is the Beast X (also from Easton) and is considerably different from the Ghost X.
As well, there is a 2017 version of the Easton MAKO Hyperlite, but that is a USSSA, not a USABat, bat.
The Ghost X Hyperlite is a single piece composite bat. It is the only single piece composite bat in all of the USABat space for 2018. In many regards, it serves the market where Combat (now defunct) may have delivered.
Those familiar with Dirty South Bats will be quick to claim the Hyperlite is not the only USABat in a single piece composite. Fair enough. But at the time of this writing we have yet to see that bat in production although it is widely talked about.
The composite in the Ghost X Hyperlite is referred to by Easton as EXACT Carbon Composite. It is the same composite material they use in the Ghost X line from BBCOR and USSSA.
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