Easton Adds Encore Hybrid to 2023 BBCOR Bat Lineup
Easton's 2023 BBCOR bat lineup features three models, including the addition of the Encore Hybrid. Releasing throughout September, the new 2023 lineup from Easton includes the Encore Hybrid, Hype Comp and Alpha ALX bat models.
The Encore Hybrid comes all new for 2023—a two-piece hybrid composite bat featuring the brand's CompCore technology. The CompCore design from Easton, which the company calls its "most technically advanced two-piece hybrid" was designed to create thinner barrel walls, a larger sweet spot and a maximized trampoline effect. Easton's PureLynk CXN connects the handle directly to the barrel to reduce barrel flex, giving the Encore Hybrid a stiffer feeling for power.
"The Encore Hybrid is a technologically advanced, one-of-a-kind hybrid bat to help elite athletes on the field," said Matt Arndt, Easton senior vice president of product and research and development.
Ringless R5 alloy is thinned 30% and internally backed with a composite technology across the length of the hitting surface for the thinner barrel wall. For stiffness on contact, the handle features extra-stiff carbon fiber and the connection point ties the handle directly to the barrel. This design maximizes stiffness, energy transfer and power at contact.
The Encore Hybrid -3 comes in 31-inch through 34-inch lengths.
Additional bats in the Easton 2023 BBCOR lineup include the light swing weight and big-barreled two-piece Hype Comp composite and the one-piece aluminum Alpha ALX.
The Hype Comp has a carbon handle with extra-stiff carbon fiber for more stability. The composite technology in the barrel is designed for a large sweet spot while giving the Hype Comp the lightest swinging bat in the brand's lineup. Nitrocell foam injected into the connection point on the bat is designed to maximize energy transfer with a stiffer feel on contact. The foam also helps reduce vibration.
The ringless barrel design of the Alpha uses differing layers of alloy to enlarge the sweet spot and strive for a smoother feel at contact. The R5 Alloy used in the bat was chosen for lightweight durability with what the brand calls a "high barrel response."
The Hype -3 comes in 30-inch through 34-inch lengths and the Alpha -3 comes in 30-inch through 34-inch lengths.
All three bats in the Easton lineup feature soft knob technology for more leverage while reducing vibration and improving comfort.
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