After hitting with the slowpitch bat several hundred times, we offer this 2018 DeMarini Nautalai Review.
The Nautalai is a great buy at $299.00. You will get your money’s worth and more. The more you hit this bat, the better it gets. I may question, at this point, the durability, but that is only because it is such a great bat out of the wrapper. Only time will tell.
Date: Saturday, March 21, 2018, 2pm,
Location: Spanish Fork, Utah,
Temperature: 68 degrees, slight wind out of the south-
We began our test of the brand new Nautalai from D-Labs at DeMarini 27/34. Out of the wrapper, you could see that this bat was something different from the way it felt in your hand to how the mid-load weighted the bat. We were using NSA 52 core 375 compression balls from Diamond. My first few swings were an adjustment period.
After that, I felt comfortable with the bat in my hand. I put it through its paces. I took about 80 swings with the bat, and when contacting with the ball, felt ZERO vibration. At times, I could hardly feel the ball coming off the barrel. With that being said, this bat is something special.
The ball took off like being shot out of a cannon. Just a few swings in and I could tell that with just a few more swings, I could drive the ball out of the park with ease. The line drive power is incredible. The distance you can put on a well-struck ball is great. I was consistently hitting balls to the 300-315 foot mark.
I handed the bat off to Berk Rowland, who has tons of power and watched him destroy ball after ball. He was making 350 feet look short. After interviewing him, his comments were that this bat is going to be absolutely insane.
We took all together about 200 swings with the Nautalai, and it just kept getting hotter. My only question is how will something that is so hot now, hold up in the long run.
Overall, I was impressed.
Dale Brungardt, in an interview a few weeks ago, told me that while he was working with the designers to come up with the bat, he knew they had something special that would rewrite the way bats are manufactured. I think after testing this bat, I will have to agree.
D-Lab started with an idea and made the Nautalai. Working with some of the most advanced materials experts in the country, D-Labs created new composite featuring longer continuous fibers. This material means fewer vibrations in the barrel for a lighter, more consistent bat. The Nautalai is a two-piece bat that has the innovated 3-fusion handle. The design of the handle is to allow the bat weight to all come from the barrel which means that with a mid-load weighting, the bat will feel like an end-load without the overwhelming feel of the end-load.
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