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Updated by Review Staff on January 23, 2019

Anyone interested in a high quality, mid-price range aluminum alloy bat will be impressed with the 2017 Marucci CAT and everything that it has to offer. The piece is a truly balanced one and it’s characterized by a light swing weight (click here to see Best BBCOR Bats of 2017).

In a world where oversized bats with huge barrels are becoming the norm, CAT & by Marucci offers a nice alternative. The following comprehensive review will help you figure out whether the bat is the right one for your needs (check out top BBCOR Bats here).

2017 Marucci CAT 7 Overview

This is a one-piece aluminum bat that’s a bit more expensive than other alloy models but that still is characterized by an excellent price to quality ratio. In many ways, the bat is similar to its predecessors –CAT 5 and CAT 6. Still, a couple of innovations enhance the experience and make CAT 7 a better pick.

Other reviews of this bat are high on it too. ​

One of the most important differences is the improved alloy used. This unique Marucci material is called AZ4X and it increases durability without adding to the weight of the bat. In addition, the barrel design has been modernized to increase the size of the sweet spot two times.

A few other technical specifications determine the superiority of Marucci CAT 7 over other less-expensive one-piece aluminum bats :

  • AV2 knob that reduces vibrations upon ball impact
  • A balanced design for enhanced control
  • Ring-free barrel technology that eliminates dead spots
  • -3 length to weight ratio
  • 2 5/8 inch barrel diameter
  • A 12-month manufacturer warranty

Biggest Advantages

The 2017 Marucci CAT 7 BBCOR has a number of characteristics that hitters seem to enjoy the most. Several of the BBCOR bat’s most important advantages include:

  • Ideal for hitters who like a light swing: the alloy and the design of the bat ensure a light and balanced swing. This is interesting because few stiff power one-piece alloy bats are capable of providing this benefit.
  • Large sweet spot: the new design does optimize the sweet spot massively in comparison to the Marucci CAT 5 and 6.
  • Loud pop: the material that the barrel is made of guarantees a pop that doesn’t compare to any other. This is one of the characteristics that most of the buyers were particularly impressed with.
  • Excellent vibration reduction: the technologies used to deal with negative vibrations are effective enough to help players overcome the issue and forget about it. Even when players did get jammed, they didn’t experience the typical vibration issues for such a situation.
  • Well-made: the bat is beautiful and it feels solid because of the quality of materials used. If you’re interested in a piece that will remain in an excellent condition for a long period of time, you’ll be happy with this one.

A Few Shortcomings

The negative aspects of this item aren’t that many but they still need to be mentioned for a completely unbiased review:

  • A bit heavier than CAT 6: if you’ve previously used Marucci’s CAT 6 BBCOR bat, you may feel that CAT 7 is a bit heavier. The bat is still well-balanced and most players get used to the difference relatively fast.
  • Slippery grip: during the first few uses of the bat, the brand new grip may feel a little bit slippery. After a few sessions, the issue gets resolved on its own. Players that have sweaty hands may consider using batting gloves.
  • Some people don’t like the loud pop: while some players live for the loud pop that their bats make, others feel distracted by the sound. As already mentioned, Marucci CAT 7 has unsurpassed pop. For some players, this characteristic can be seen as a disadvantage.

Final Verdict

The 2017 Marucci CAT 7 BBCOR bat is a wonderful piece of equipment because of the excellent price to quality ratio. The company has also managed to build upon the positive aspects of its CAT 6 and introduce several great innovations.

If you like one-piece aluminum bats that are perfectly balanced, characterized by a light swing and a loud pop, you will be happy with what the CAT 7 has to offer. This isn’t a specialized bat but rather a crowd pleaser. As a result, you may end up having teammates wanting to use yours all of the time. This is as far as shortcomings go with the piece.

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Updated by Review Staff on February 4, 2019

Most people hear “Adidas” and instantly think of shoes and clothing made of great quality. This is true, however, Adidas is also a top leader in sporting goods for baseball, football, softball, soccer, volleyball, basketball, and various other sports. Adidas supplies a wide variance of shoes, clothing, and sporting goods in a wide array of styles and colors.

Some of you may have heard of the 2017 Adidas Aeroburner in the sports news in reference with the Miami Hurricanes. This baseball bat was released in the summer of 2016 and has been in the headlines quite a bit. Adidas named the baseball bat, “Adidas Aeroburner” like they did with their “Adidas RBZ”. Both baseball bats were given a taylor-made “club line name”; which is owned by Adidas as well. The Adidas RBZ had been released by the company the year before.

Best Place to buy the Adidas Aero Burner?

Almost the only place to get a good deal on the Adidas Aero Burner bat is on eBay. We looked on several major manufacturer sites and found they lacked the sizing if not just flat out inventory. But, as always, eBay pricing is great on new and used bats.

With the 2017 Adidas Aeroburner being utilized by the Miami Hurricanes, a few things can be said about this baseball bat. The Adidas Aeroburner is a BBCOR space baseball bat (check out top BBCOR Bats here). It is manufactured as a one-piece, aluminum alloy bat that gives off a great sound when the player makes contact with the baseball. One of the highest reviews a baseball bat can receive is being used on a regular basis by a great team such as the Miami Hurricanes. The baseball players love to use it as well, as no player has said differently and there have been no issues with the players stating another baseball bat could have improved their game stats either.

Noticeable in the sports news also is the lack of other major collegiate sports teams not having their new 2017 sports gear being used as Adidas does. Slugger, DeMarini, and Easton seem to be either behind schedule with getting these baseball bats out into the league. This gives Adidas an advantage above the rest and also shows that the method of their strategies are more dominant. They are trying to make sure they are known in both the composite bats and the aluminum bats line up for 2017. The only other company to bring out any 2017 products to be used by the collegiate sports team is Rawlings. They have made their Quarto BBCOR available to only a select few hitters. This baseball bat will hit the market in the fall.

The understanding is that the 2017 Adidas Aeroburner will be taking over where the 2015 Adidas EQT X1 left off for both advanced high-school athlete and the collegiate athlete. Both, the 2017 Adidas Aeroburner, as well as the 2015 Adidas EQT X1 are manufactured as a heavier swing bat that is a one-piece baseball bat.

The Adidas EQT X1 baseball bat was never manufactured for big barrel, senior league, or youth space. So far, the Adidas Aeroburner has not manufactured these either, however, with the USA Bats Standard being modified in January 2018, it is more likely that Adidas will definitely not be bringing out a Aeroburner for use by younger athletes as it would only be of use legally for one year.

The 2017 Adidas AeroBurner Specifications:

The engineers for the baseball bats at Adidas have come up with all new tailor-made technology for the AeroBurner. The 2017 Adidas AeroBurner provides us with a bat that has a decreased MOI, a perfect weight distribution, and increases the speed of the swing while allowing complete control. The lightweight, Texin end-cap is what assists this bat in allowing the increases of the speed of the swing, while at the same time is manufactured with a unique, extremely thin design that helps extend the “sweet spot” for an increase in power. The “sweet spot” is maximized by the manufacturing of an extended barrel. EQT grip tape is manufactured to assist in enhancing complete control of the bat during the swing.

The 2017 Adidas AeroBurner is available in four different sizes, along with the following baseball bat specifications.

As mentioned above, the 2017 Adidas Aeroburner is a balanced, BBCOR certified, aluminum, one-piece baseball bat that comes equipped with the EQT grip tape for total control over your swing (click here to see Best BBCOR Bats of 2017). This adult bat has a drop of -3 and a 2 5/8” barrel. Adidas even goes as far as to include a full one year warranty on this advanced baseball bat.

The Four Sizes Of The 2017 Adidas AeroBurner

  • 31” (28 ounces)
  • 32” (29 ounces)
  • 33” (30 ounces)
  • 34” (31 ounces)

As I mentioned above, the 2017 Adidas AeroBurner comes with a full one year manufacturer’s warranty. Depending upon where you have purchased your bat, you cannot contact Adidas for a refund if you are one of the few people who do not love their new bat. You will need to go through who you bought your bat in order to get a refund. If you have a defect or something along that line; yes, please contact Adidas to get your bat taken care of.

Please keep in mind that wooden baseball bats do not come with any warranties, however, this doesn’t apply to this certain baseball bat.

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Updated by Review Staff on January 23, 2019

The DeMarini CF Insane is a great baseball bat for the right type of athlete. During this DeMarini CF Insane Review, I will go into who this baseball bat is best for and some of its attributes to help you consider if this is the right bat for you or if you should keep looking (check out top BBCOR Bats here). Just because a baseball bat is made of high-technology and gets high marks, doesn’t mean it is for every hitter.

The “CF Insane” tends to work the best and give the highest grade of performance to the more advanced hitter who is stronger. This bat was created from DeMarini’s expertise and years of hard work in creating a composite bat made of two-pieces. Due to their advance experience, the “CF Insane” is a two-piece, composite baseball bat. This bat has a buttery feel; even more so than the last couple of years have been. This also includes bats manufactured by other companies as well. Any hitter who is considered advanced at hitting or what is called a “big hitter” who doesn’t have issues with the speed of their bat and have a preference for smooth, calm bat swings – even during a miss-hit, will automatically fall head over heels for the DeMarini’s CF Insane Baseball Bat.

Where to buy the DeMarini CF Insane?

Lots of companies offer the DeMarini Insane, but our research showed that this older model bat can be found on eBay for the best price. If you want a confirmed warranty make sure you confirm with the eBay seller that they offer a real receipt.

The 2017 DeMarini’s CF Insane: How Is It Made?

DeMarini is fairly new to the scene of end-loaded, composite, two-piece baseball bats. The release of the 2017 DeMarini CF Insane came as a shock to a lot of people (click here to see Best BBCOR Bats of 2017). This end-loaded baseball bat is created around the same specifications as the 2016 DeMarini CF8.

The 2017 DeMarini’s CF Insane Features:

  • The bat will feature a handle that is tapered.
  • This bat will feature the same over-sized barrel as was available on the DeMarini CF8.
  • The bat will feature a stronger composite, which is known as, Paraflex Composite to assist in molding the barrel.
  • This bat will be manufactured using the D-Fusion 2.0 Handle as was also used with the 2016 DeMarini CF8.
  • This bat features a new end-load, which is completely differently from the 2017 DeMarini CF Zen model.

The 2017 DeMarini CF Insane Vs. Comparable Baseball Bats:

Due to the high-technology that is in play in creating the CF Insane, there is only one other baseball bat on the market today that stands tall next to it. The Easton MAKO XL sits quite equal and proud beside the CF Insane. Both are top of the line baseball bats and both are by seasoned, reputable companies that have been around the block many times and definitely know what they are doing when it comes to manufacturing the best baseball bats possible. Both of these companies have experience with the composite, two-piece bats; which experience is something you definitely want on your side when purchasing an item such as sporting equipment. The CF Insane and the Easton MAKO XL both have the highest peak performance available at varying pitch speeds as well as along the barrel length.

Both of these professional-grade bats are amazing and boast that theirs is the best. Truth be told, both are equipped with a smooth composite barrel and huge sweet spots. As I said, they both will boast about which is better but in my opinion, you can’t go wrong either way. It would come down to a personal choice for which is best for you and your game. Easton lays claim that theirs has a bigger barrel while DeMarini lay claim that theirs allows for more production along the barrel length. In all actuality, neither outranks the other in high-performance. The only modification that I believe makes the CF Insane a bit above the Easton MAKO XL is the fact that you are able to do bat customization, which is not the case on the Easton MAKO XL.

2018 DeMarini CF Insane BBCOR REview

The 2018 DeMarini CF Insane BBCOR is a high quality baseball bat built for players looking for speed and superior handling at the field. The bat is made from 2-piece composites constructed with a top grade composite barrel and handle.

These two parts are joined together with an attachment piece known as the 3 Fusion, which is probably the most impressive feature of this year’s series of bats. 3 Fusion has removed excessive weight from the connective unit, thus allowing you to have better control of the equipment.

Furthermore, the bat’s point of balance is found lower down the barrel and this provides more power at contact compared to other brands, assuming that the swing weight remains constant while playing.

Benefits

The BBCOR’s streamlined body allows you to make transitions smoothly without putting too much effort.

The bat’s end loaded balance provides greater mass at impact.

It’s a BBCOR certified bat meaning it can be used in Highschool and Collegiate Play.

Equipped with Paraflex barrel material which makes it feel lighter than it actually is.

Features

3Fusion Handle

This brand new feature aims to remove vibrations and ball sting when you make awkward swings with your bat. Sometimes taking a bad shot can be painful, especially for those who are new to baseball and aren’t used to such encounters. The 3Fusion Handle will prevent you from hurting your back and hands unnecessarily; even contact on the bat’s lower end won’t cause any sting.

Apart from reduced stinging and vibrations, the handle has also been built to be more rigid than usual. This allows for minimal flex when swinging which is great for power hitters seeking to take their best swings yard.

End Loaded Swing

The bat contains tremendous power coming from the barrel and handle, it has more load at the barrel’s end which is of great advantage for mashers. Nonetheless, despite all the extra features found in it, Demarini has still made the bat to be considerably lighter to swing thus making it suitable for contact-hitters as well. As the manufacturers say, it provides you a great balance of speed and power.

Paraflex Composite Barrel

This material allows you to enjoy tremendous hitting performance right after purchasing your 2018 DeMarini CF Insane BBCOR from the store, you don’t have to break it in before use like other baseball bats. In other words, you can take it right from the shelf to your upcoming game without doing any prior adjustments.

Moreover, the barrel on Insane BBCOR has slightly been extended from the previous model, so as to give you a longer focus point or sweet spot for making ball contact more often.

As for player type, it’s an endloaded bat that normally does well for power hitters. However, the bat still has sufficient balance as to find a home in contact hitter’s hands too. Those looking for a little bit extra power with sufficient end load will find it quite appropriate.

You might also like our 2018 CF Zen BBCOR Bat Review

Who is it meant for?

The 2018 DeMarini CF Insane Endlaoded BBCOR is one of the most advanced baseball bats the company has ever created for younger players. Though it can be used by any player interested in a good bat, it’s usually reserved for competitive players at high school or much older levels.

According to the manufacturers, 2018 CF Insane BBCOR is an end loaded composite stick in their collection. The bat is perfect for you if you’re in need of speed through the field zone, or skipping into the BBCOR game. It will help you upgrade your game and performance instantly.

Summary

The 2018 DeMarini BBCOR is an advanced baseball bat that continues on the great legacy of superior quality already paved by its predecessors. A lot of technology went into creating this model so that it can be suitable for use by its target group, mainly consisting of competitive high school and college baseball players.

One of its most significant features is the connective piece which eliminates vibration from the handlebar, and also stinging. This ultimately gives you greater confidence and feel at the pitch. Furthermore, the 2018 DeMarini BBCOR has a less bulky construction compared to its competitors, which allows for more accurate dial in swing-weight throughout the bat. This product will make a great tool for players interested in upgrading their game.

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Updated by Review Staff on January 23, 2019

If you are looking for a high quality composite BBCOR bat, the 2017 Rawlings Quatro may be the ideal item for your needs. This bat has been constructed to address the needs of a wide array of baseball players (click here to see Best BBCOR Bats of 2017). Versatile and well-made, Quatro has quickly gained fans since its release in August 2016.

Having detailed information about the characteristics and the technical specs of the bat will be one of the keys to figuring out whether it’s the right one for you. The following review will give you all of the information in a synthesized and easy to go through form.

2017 Rawlings Quatro Overview

As already mentioned, the Quatro BBCOR bat is a 100 percent composite piece that comes with a carbon fiber reinforced barrel. The material is needed to increase the pop and maximize the distance that the ball is going to travel.

This is the first fully-composite BBCOR bat by Rawlings. According to the company’s official announcement, it dedicated sufficient amounts of time to perfecting the design prior to releasing this brand new item. The bat features optimal flex between the handle and the barrel – a design specific that enhances the ball speed upon contact even further.

Apart from these essentials, the 2017 Rawlings Quatro has several additional technical specs worth mentioning:

  • A -3 length to weight ratio
  • 2 5/8 inch barrel diameter
  • Balanced swing weight
  • Quatro collar that absorbs vibrations and deflects any sting
  • Tru-View technology
  • Vibration dampening technology
  • A 12-month manufacturer warranty

Biggest Advantages

The number of customer reviews about the brand new 2017 Rawlings Quatro BBCOR bat is still limited due to the fact that the item was launched recently. Still, a few people have had a chance to test the bat and share their positive experiences with the rest of the world:

  • Very balanced: even hitters who don’t usually go for composite bats were impressed by the way that Rawlings Quatro feels. The bat is characterized by excellent swing balance and a relatively big sweet spot.
  • Lightweight: the lightness of the bat is one of the biggest advantages of composite pieces of equipment. This BBCOR bat doesn’t disappoint – it feels both well-made and particularly lightweight.
  • No vibration: the vibration dampening technology does its job excellently. Hitters reported that even when the impact was closer to the handle than usual, the bat still did an excellent job and the vibration was properly absorbed.
  • Excellent grip: the grip feels solid and it allows for better control throughout the game.
  • Excellent pop: this one doesn’t really need a lot of explanation – the bat features an impressive pop because of the carbon fiber reinforced barrel.

A Few Shortcomings

While the quality of Rawlings BBCOR bats has been acknowledged by baseball enthusiasts from all parts of the world, the company’s equipment may still come with a couple of shortcomings. Here are several of the most prominent 2017 Rawlings Quatro cons:

  • Expensive: the composite bat is expensive in comparison to other BBCOR varieties. It’s best for high-promise players. If you’re about to buy a bat for a younger player, you may want to consider more affordable options.
  • The market features comparable and less expensive bats: several reviewers have reported that the market does feature a number of comparable BBCOR bats by Easton and DeMarini. In some instances, these alternatives are much more affordable than the brand new Rawlings development.
  • Mostly suitable for players in need of a light swing: some older players and power hitters haven’t been too impressed with this one, regardless of the fact that Rawlings claims the bat is a versatile one.

Final Verdict

Rawlings bats do deserve praise for their clean designs and the innovations that the company introduces. The 2017 Rawlings Quatro is a beautiful and functional composite bad. Obviously, it’s not the right pick for every single player. If you’re looking for a light swing and you like composite bats, you will love the “glowstick” (a name that’s being used affectionately for the Rawlings bat).

The biggest downside is the high price tag. Still, most players that bought and used the bat were happy with its quality and the way in which it enhanced their swing. Unless the high price is bothering you, chances are that you’ll love what Rawlings has brought to the table.

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Updated by Review Staff on January 23, 2019

The newest baseball bat available from DeMarini is the 2017 DeMarini CF Zen (click here to see Best BBCOR Bats of 2017). For those who have been looking forward to the DeMarini CF9, however, this baseball bat will not be made as the company has made the “CF Zen” instead. Don’t worry though. The 2016 DeMarini CF8 is being followed up on by the 2017 DeMarini CF Zen. The “CF Zen” will be a lot like the 2015 DeMarini CF7 and the 2016 DeMarini CF8. It is a two-piece, balanced baseball bat. It has been created with a larger sized barrel as well. This upgraded design brings the ability for professional performance levels along with a larger R & D budget, thanks to DeMarini / Wilson’s Company.

The reviews show that just about anyone who wanted to try the “CF Zen” and did, didn’t regret it. They were extremely impressed. This bat clearly dominates the Big Barrel bats, the Senior League, and the serious athlete in the BBCOR (check out top BBCOR Bats here). It is guessed that this bat will succeed in all areas, just the same as the models that have come before it.

Best Place to Buy the 2017 CF Zen?

We have searched far and wide to find the best price on the CF Zen. There are lots of good places, but we continue to find that the patient buyer on eBay can get the best deal. Now that this bat is off of map, you can find the best CF ZEZ pricing here.

The 2017 DeMarini CF Zen Is Suggested For Athletes Who Fall Into Any Of The Following:

  • The player who has preference to a light-weight swing for the barrel and a balanced baseball bat.
  • The player who requires equal assistance with bat speed and bat control.
  • The player who would like to have a high level baseball bat with maximum performance along the whole length.
  • The player that has the time to devote to breaking in the bat. On average, two hundred swings or so.
  • The player with the preference of purchasing a bat from a company with a great track record as well as great customer service.
  • The player who liked the success they had with either the 2015 CF7 or the 2016 CF8.
  • The player who preferred using the Easton MAKO bat but is looking to try something a bit different.
  • The player who is interested in much forgiveness during miss-hits.
  • The player who doesn’t care how much they spend on their sports gear.

Important Note: In most cases, athletes that have a preference for aluminum alloy bats would more often than not place the 2017 DeMarini CF Zen Bat on their wish list.

2017 DeMarini CF Zen Vs. Comparable Baseball Bats:

Just about every baseball gear company on the planet has tried to re-create the DeMarini CF Model series in one way or another. This makes the comparable baseball bats quite long, if you asked the other companies, however, being the 2017 DeMarini CF Zen Review makes me limit this list to the top bats. The ones being mentioned are considered top-shelf in terms of where they lie on the popularity of the market as well as for price as well as performance.

The top two baseball bats that are close to the DeMarini CF Zen are:

  1. The 2017 Easton MAKO (Beast) Bat.
  2. The 2017 Louisville Slugger 917 (Prime) Bat.

The 2017 DeMarini CF Zen Sizing Guide:

As with past years’ models of the DeMarini CF baseball bats, the sizes available are vast. Just about any size needed is available including, the Youth Barrel – 2 ¼, the Senior League – Drop 10 – 2 5/8, Junior Barrel – 2 ¾, Big Barrel – 2 ¾, as well as the BBCOR sizing.

The 2017 DeMarini CF Zen: How Is It Made?

The 2017 DeMarini CF Zen is made from carbon fiber and is a two-piece composite baseball bat. The two-piece composite baseball bats are extremely popular and that popularity has grown over the last few years. DeMarini’s bat line is most likely the leading reason for this growth in popularity.

The two-piece carbon fiber, or plastic, baseball bats are created by forming both the handle and the barrel separately. After they are formed, they are then melded together. A stiff transition is required to shove all the power to the ball, but also, a very hard transition shoving all the power during transfer can lead to a lot of stinging of the hand during miss-hits. This, in turn, removes the soft feel that most athletes love or, in turn, hate about the composite, two-piece baseball bat.

DeMarini states that they have a certain method which gives both the swing power and the advantage of no stinging within the hands during miss-hits. The statement is known as the D-Fusion 2.0 Handle, which was also available on DeMarini CF8. The D-Fusion 2.0 Handle uses a dampener during the mend which controls the vibration through the hands, while still being hard enough to give maximum power to the baseball.

This form of transition mending of the composite, two-piece bat is top of the line in the entire industry. It is ranked even with the Easton MAKO bat line, if not a bit better for the smoothness when connecting to the ball.

If you are a serious baseball player and looking for a bat and fit the above criteria, this is definitely the bat to help take your game to the next level.