We spent some time with the Easton Salvo for slowpitch softball. We also read every user review we could find and watched every video of the bat’s live performance. Vendors at major retailers were also surveyed. That combined data, with our extensive knowledge of slowpitch bats, went into making this Easton Salvo Review.
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On the whole, the 2015 Easton Salvo is a legit value purchase for the player looking for above average performance in a single piece composite stick. We recommend it for those who are:
Its lack of top shelf performance at all swing speeds, and the lack of any tech added from a two piece design, keep it from the top shelf of choices. We do not recommend it for those who:
The 2015 Easton Salvo comes in four models which are easily distinguished by color. (Price Check)
The Easton Salvo is a straight forward single piece composite slowpitch bat. The IMX composite in the Salvo is the same composite Easton uses in its very famous 2013 baseball line of bats. As such, the XL1 and S1 composite barrel performance are good reference points.
The load distribution on the bats are true to form. The balanced, for example, fits right in the range of other slowpitch bats in the balanced space. The endload, as well, fits right into the range of endloaded bats on the market.
Most notably, the grip on the Salvo is a very thin athletic tape on an already thin handle. We didn’t prefer this. Many reviews, as far as we read, didn’t like it either. As such, many bought some aftermarket Lizard Skin grip and put it on the bat.
When compared to the early 2011 Salvo line, the 2015 Salvo comes with a longer barrel and upgraded composite. Although real reviews on the 2011 line are sparse, we don’t doubt it is an upgrade. It is also very difficult to find the 2011 model still in wrapper. Further, considering the lack of durability of many single piece composite bats, we recommend the 2015 versions even if the 2011 saves you a couple bucks. You will appreciate the longer barrel and peace of mind.
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