2023 Rawlings Icon USSSA -5 Baseball Bat
Rated 5 out of 5 by Anonymous from Sold bat huge sweet spot My son is on a 8U USSSA team and has hit 9 home runs over the fence with room to spare in 1 1/2 months . He 1st 2 at bats on Saturday he homered both at bats . The other team walked him on the 3rd at bat. (I did not know you could walk an 8 year old but you can 1 player per game) you can confirm my story by going to cape National youth baseball Cape Coral FL his name is Dominic . The Bat is amazing
Date published: 2023-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by Squirrel from Great bat My son has used this bat the last few months and is very impressed with the bat. As an 11 yo he described this bat to have “pop.” Seems to be a great bat!!
Date published: 2023-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by 026tn3 from Rawlings Icon - A new star in the -10 USSSA space! The high end USSSA -10 space has been dominated by Demarini composite (CF Zen, ZOA, etc.) for quite some time so I am excited to share that the Rawlings Icon is a legit top tier option in this space. I'm dad and coach of a 10U team (and a long time "bat guy") so the review below will share my observations and other feedback received from the kids swinging them. We have a bunch of these on our team. The kids typically swing 28 or 29 inch drop 10 bats and most of our Icons are 30 inch/20 ounce. I was concerned the weight might be an issue, however these scale out with a raw weight lighter than the Marucci 29 inch/19 ounce bats we have. Aside from the raw weight, these have an extremely balanced feel that translates into a swing weight that feels much lighter than the sticker would imply. As for performance, out of the wrapper the bat sounded a little stiff (to be expected) but the balls were still coming off hard and I thought there was potential. As the bats started to accumulate more swings, the composite fibers started to break in and loosen up nicely. The change in the sound at contact was quite clear and the performance kicked up yet another notch. The break in progression was similar to what you would experience with pretty much any high-end composite that is cut right at the edge of the limit of the USSSA 1.15 BPF standard. The sweet spot on this 2-piece big barrel is massive and the exit velo at contact was excellent. If your sole focus is distance, one might argue in favor of something slightly more end-loaded, however the balanced Icon gets through the zone very quickly and that translated into a bunch of very hard hit balls. The composite handle and connection pieces on the Icon seem to be somewhat different from Rawlings' previous top-end model (the Quatro) and I believe that may help provide a good feel at contact. Obviously, no 10 year old is going to be excited about taking one off the handle, however it did seem to be more forgiving (less vibration) than many of the other bats the kids are swinging. The one item I'm not able to comment on yet is durability. I've long preferred the performance of the DeMarini composites at this price point, however they have known durability issues. Every single ZOA and CF Zen we've had (and we've had a bunch) have had a usable lifetime that falls on a very predictable timeline based on usage -- you should not expect one of the DeMarini's to last a full 6 month season of travel ball. Our "goal" with the DeMarini's is to hope the original and the warranty replacement combined make it from start to finish of a full season. I can't speak to the Icon's long-term durability, however we are piling the swings on these and they are all holding up well so far with no signs of spider-webbing on the outside or composite rattling on the inside. If Rawlings has nailed it on the durability with these, that would really be a differentiator that could put the Icon over the top as the single best option in this space. All-in-all, I've been extremely impressed with the performance of the Icon and as a consumer it's great to see another top-end option I believe can compete with the ZOA and CF Zen. If you're on the fence about one of these just because you haven't seen a lot of them, I would urge you to pull the trigger on it. As word continues to spread on these bats, feel free to jump in and enjoy having the hot new toy before everyone else figures out how good they really are.
Date published: 2023-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by Johnny12 from My son loves the new bat. My son got his new bat and really likes it. It is well balanced, has a lot of pop and seem to have a big sweet spot.
Date published: 2023-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by Runk15 from Great bat! Has given my 10 year old confidence in winter training and is looking forward to using it this Spring!!
Date published: 2023-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by Leo14 from Great bat! This bat is awesome! This big barrel drop 10 feels great and I get big hits in the cages. I can't wait to finish breaking the bat in and use it in a game. The swing is light and well balanced. The grip is cool and feels great to handle. This is a hot bat and I believe 100% I will have a great season ahead using it!
Date published: 2023-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by Wwood24 from Great pop and balance! My 9 year old absolutely loves this bat!! Tons of pop, big sweet spot and best of all it is very balanced. He was able to swing a 30/20 and said it felt like his 28/18 from another manufacturer.
Date published: 2023-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by RedDragon from Well-balanced, powerful swing Immediately upon receiving this bat, you could tell it had a nice clean look to it. It's a 2-piece composite with a thin handle and a nice grip and feel. It's got a massive barrel and a light swing. After taking a few swings off the tee, you could tell that the balls are just flying off the bat with an amazing trampoline effect. It's got a nice, even balance to provide a good smooth swing through the zone. It's packed with power, and I can't wait to see what it can do in a game.
Date published: 2023-01-16
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