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- Easton FP17HL12 Hyperlite 12 Fastpitch Softball Bat Review
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A good fastpitch softball bat is a must-have for any player that is serious about improving performance. And you can always trust Easton to have something top notch quality and easy to swing. The Easton Hyperlite 12 is one of their best selling bats, and it features a Hyperlite Composite Barrel that maximizes the sweet spot, CXN Zero technology to eliminate vibrations and an HYPERSKIN Grip to provide stability and a great feel on contact. And it will come with certification stamps from NSA, ISA, USSSA, ISF, ASA, and SSUSA.
Features and Design
- Drop: The -12 length to weight ratio makes this bat lightweight enough and easy to swing and it also has a balanced weight distribution that will make it perfect for the contact hitters.
- Hyperlite Composite Barrel: Easton uses a Hyperlite composite barrel on this bat to optimize the sweet spot for maximum performance.
- CXN Zero Tech: The ConneXion Composite Technology that Easton uses to join the two pieces of the bat allows for zero vibrations and also minimizes the sting to make it very comfortable to swing.
- Hyperskin Grip: The 1.2mm HYPERSKIN grip on this bat provides stability and gives it an incredible feel for all types of contact.
- Handle: The ultra-thin 29/32-inch composite handle is easy and comfortable to hold and also makes the bat easy to swing.
- Approvals: It has approvals for play in NSA, ISA, USSSA, ISF, and SSUSA which means that you can use it in most tournaments in the USA.
- Evenly balanced swing weight makes it easy to swing for the contact hitters.
- It has zero vibration and minimum sting thanks to the CXN Zero connection.
- Very stable and feels great on all types of contact.
- Optimized sweet spot for maximum performance.
- It has a great pop when you get it.
- This bat is hot out of the package and players will only need to do some minimal break-in.
- The price is perfect given the impressive quality of the bat.
- You get to choose from more than half a dozen sizes.
- The slight sting when you make contact can be quite annoying.
- The grip is quite comfortable but could be better with a little improvement in the design.
- The color and graphics would also do with some enhancement.
- Everyone on the team will want to use it.
Easton makes some of the best softball bats on the market, and the Hyperlite is one of their most famous models. It is an evenly balanced bat that every contact hitter can swing with ease, and it will be hot out of the wrapper to ensure you do not waste a lot of time to break-in the bat. If all these features are not enough to convince a softball player to buy this bat the large and an easy to locate sweet spot and the fact that it is stable and feels great on contact should be enough reason.
You will also never have to worry about vibrations when using this bat and you can get it in various sizes. However, like many other fastpitch bats, there are some shortcomings on the Easton Hyperlite that you should take into account. But, even if you consider the few demerits such as the slight sting on contact and the graphics not being the best this is still a top-notch softball fastpitch bat that will be worth every coin you spend on it.