We’ve used the FS3 and watched the FS3 in action at several plate appearances. We’ve also read a number of reviews on line for the FS3 from a number of players at many different levels. We’ve studied, more than anyone we think, previous versions of the FS3. These data points helped us come up with our 2016 Easton FS3 fastpitch Review.
By and large, the FS3 is appreciated by players who like light swinging bats and prefer as much bat control as possible. It is, after all, a drop 12 bat. Those who like a value purchase are also attracted to it. As well, the player who appreciates buttery hits on the sweet spots and sting dampening on mishits will appreciate this two piece composite bat. The FS3 is much like the FS1 from Easton’s Power Brigade series, which was selling for 3 times the price of the 2016 Easton FS3.
We’d recommend the 2016 FS3 to players who fit at least one of the following groups:
The Easton FS3 is a two piece composite bat built as a hand loaded bat in the drop 12 space. It is modeled with the same composite material the FS series of bats of 2013, 2014 and 2015 used to produce Easton’s top shelf performance bat. This material, called the IMX, was superseded when the MAKO made the scene and implemented a TCT composite. Easton claimed the TCT composite could design a larger barrel, and has since moved their top shelf bats into the TCT design instead of the IMX.
In other words, the 2016 Easton FS3 is very similar, dare we say identical, to the 2014 and 2015 FS1 whose price point was a few multiples of the FS3. As such, we find the 2016 FS3 to be a fantastic value purchase, If, of course, you are in the drop 12 market. (The FS1 came in a drop 10 and 11).
The 2016 Easton FS3 is only available in a drop 12 size. (The drop, you should recall, is the numerical difference between the length of the bat in inches and the weight of the bat in ounces). Drop 12 bats are meant for very young players who need the lightest swing possible. Usually by the age of 12 or 13 most players find a drop 12 too light to generate enough power to get on base.
DeMarini produces a value based purchase in a bat called the Bustos. It made our list of best value purchases in the fastpitch softball space. It is very similar to the FS3 from Easton in the sense of a light swinging bat meant for the younger leagues. However, the Bustos is an aluminum alloy barrel and a drop 13.
Other two piece composite bats, like the FS3, are plentiful. However, none are quite as inexpensive as the 2016 Easton FS3. Easton’s own MAKO, DeMarini’s CF9 and Slugger’s Xeno and LXT lines are just a few of the more popular. Marucci has a new one for 2016 called the Pure.
Previous years’ versions of the FS3 aren’t as comparable. 2015 created an FS3 with a TORQ handle. 2013 created an FS3 that was a single piece composite meant to complement the FS1.
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