As we continue our series looking at bats, we’ll move on to an Easton S150 review.
This economy bat is only made for little league, so if you’re looking for the best BBCOR bat for the new season, then you should look elsewhere.
This bat was built for families who have a child playing in little league.
Its price point is made for families who aren’t quite ready to pay big time for a high end bat.
2018 Easton S150 Review
- USABat approved
- GREAT pricing
- Tacky tape for improved grip
- Nothing special – just a bat
- Weight is consistently heavier than advertised
- No BBCOR equivalent – only made in aluminum
The Good of The S150
The most important thing that many of our readers are focusing on is that this bat is USABat certified.
If you’re new to our site or new to baseball in general, USABat is the new certification required for AABC, Dixie, Little League, Pony, Babe Ruth, and Cal Ripken leagues.
The new standard went into effect on January 1, 2018. So, if you have a bat that doesn’t have the USABat certification, it won’t be allowed.
As with many of the economy bats, the first thing that a customer is likely to notice is the price tag.
You can find the S150 for about $30 to $35 depending on where you’re shopping. That makes this bat worth the risk.
That is, you can afford to try this bat out in hopes of finding out what your little leaguer’s preferences are in a bat.
The S150 is made with ALX50 (military grade) alloy. This alloy was chosen for its durability and ability to provide some pop without significantly increasing the size or weight of the bat itself.
A number of players have commented on the “all sport tape” that Easton uses on their bats.
I’ve heard that it’s something most players are comfortable with.
Realizing that this bat is made for slower pitching, I don’t think tape would ever be a comfort issue, but the tape seems to offer an additional tackiness that helps young players maintain a good grip.
This bat was designed with the intent of having a balanced weight. This means that it should help the average player maintain a smoother swing.
The balance should help young players develop good fundamentals in their swing.
It also means that the bat isn’t going to help create bat speed like an end-loaded bat would.
It seems like this bat was designed for the masses rather than being a specialized bat for one type of player.
This bat has a very small barrel (2 ¼ inch to be exact), which is a bit of personal preference.
For younger players, that’s not necessarily a terrible thing as it will force them to make better contact in order to hit the ball well.
This could help down the line as having a small barrel will improve hand eye coordination and could make your little leaguer into a better hitter as time goes on.
However, if you have a young player who struggles to make contact, the small barrel may become more of an issue than an asset.
Along the same lines of a small barrel, Easton created a small handle on the S150.
The bat seems to be designed for younger players, so a 29/32 of an inch makes some sense. However, that still seems a bit small to me.
If your little leaguer is a smaller player, that may be a benefit.
So, the reality of the handle is that it is completely dependent on feel and is a player-by-player preference.
If you’re considering this bat, you may want to go to a brick and mortar store to try it out, even if you plan to purchase the bat online.
The Bad of The S150
The negatives seem to be very specific, but also very consistent among players.
I’d like to say that the complaints that I’m hearing are few and far between, but that wouldn’t be true.
There have been a number of coaches that have said that this bat doesn’t seem to have much pop at all.
Likewise, almost every parent that I’ve talked to has said that the weight of this bat isn’t accurate.
Our primary concern is that this bat doesn’t really offer anything.
That’s not all that surprising when you consider that it’s an economy bat, but it definitely seems to fit the “you get what you pay for” philosophy.
That is, the bat doesn’t have a big sweet spot, it doesn’t offer additional pop, and it doesn’t offer anything special.
That being said, it seems like this is just a bat that you’re choosing for its price point.
There’s nothing wrong with that, but be sure that you don’t expect anything special from this bat if you’re choosing it.
The Weight Problem
The more surprising complaint that I’ve gotten from parents and coaches is that the weight seems to be off.
After talking to a few parents, I thought they may have been exaggerating a bit when they said that the bat is about 3 ounces heavier than it is listed.
When you’re looking at a 19 ounce bat, 3 ounces (15.7% of the weight) is a pretty significant difference.
So, we did a little extra research. We started surfing other sites to look at Easton S150 USABat reviews from customers on multiple reputable sites. The weight issue consistently popped up.
We then pulled a few of the bats and measured them on a scale and found every single bat we had was off by a fairly significant amount.
One bat was listed as 18 ounces and weighed in at a whopping 22.4 ounces. That seems like a pretty incredible oversight.
I decided to reach out to some of the key distributors, hoping that I might be wrong.
We wanted to see if this weight issue truly was a consistent problem among all customers, or if it was possible that the players I had worked with somehow got a “bad batch”.
When I reached out, I stated that I had a few parents stating the weight was off and that I had seen a lot of reviews across the internet that had the same issues.
I chose to go with a specific bat size, and asked about the 30 inch model.
The distributor responded, stating that their experience has come up with the bat consistently being “approximately 2.5 ounces heavier than the listed weight.”
This seems like a major issue when you consider the fact that it means the bat is consistently more than 10% heavier than it’s listed as.
The Final Ruling
This isn’t a terrible bat if you’re willing to accept the issues that come from the manufacturing flaws.
The reality is that I would suggest this bat if you’re willing to take something average to save a few dollars.
I think that’s what most parents should be doing for any child under the age of 10.
When your little leaguer is in tee ball, he doesn’t really need to have the best youth bat on the market.
This is a great starter bat that will help develop good habits in young hitters.
If that’s all you’re looking for, this is a great bat for you, but don’t expect any rave reviews from anyone telling you that it’s a something that made their game better.
We’d Love to Read Your Easton S150 Review
As always, we appreciate you reading our S150 review. We’d love to hear your opinion.
If you’ve bought this bat, have you had the same weight problem that we discussed?
Do you like this bat as an economy option, or do you think it’s worth paying a little more and going to “the next level” for something that offers a few more benefits?