Easton Launches New ADV Hype Bat In Fresh 2022 Lineup
Easton's 2022 bat lineup across all certifications includes the release of the 2022 ADV Hype, the brand's most technological take on a two-piece composite bat.
The full lineup of 2022 bats in the BBCOR, USSSA and USA designations feature the ADV Hype, ADV 360, Maxum Ultra and Alpha ALX. Each model takes a distinct approach to materials, constructions and technologies to provide specific advantages to hitters when the bats release on Oct. 7.
The ADV Hype, available in BBCOR and USSSA certifications, features a new thermo-composite technology that combines a larger barrel and sweet spot with the lightest swing weight in the Easton bat lineup. This combination is designed to create explosive power at the plate. Additionally, The ConneXion Max technology maximizes energy transfer with a stiffer feel at contact and a Nitrocell foam to help reduce vibration. A carbon handle uses extra-stiff carbon fibers to create a more solid handle and stiff feel elite players love, Easton says. At the knob, the Power Boost Soft Knob tech offers additional leverage while reducing vibration and improving comfort.
"Our engineers are always looking for new ways to push the limits of performance for composite bats that also meet the needs of the modern athlete," says Matt Arndt, Easton senior vice president of product and research and development. "That is what Easton delivers in the ADV Hype."
The ADV 360 USA made a debut at the 2021 Little League World Series as a two-piece composite bat designed with a balance of power and speed. The composite barrel was designed to have a large sweet spot and combines with what the company calls a "hot out of the wrapper performance." Isolating the handle from the barrel helps reduce vibration and creates a stiffer feel to transfer more energy into the ball at contact. The Power Boost Soft Knob makes an appearance on the ADV 360 USA.
The Maxum Ultra returns for 2022 with models now available in USSSA and USA certifications. Designed as the longest barrel and biggest sweet spot in the game, according to Easton, the one-piece seamless carbon construction is aimed at providing a uniform barrel strength and maximum performance from knob to cap. The one-piece extra-large barrel uses computer-controlled precision molding to produce a consistent, lightweight wall for performance.
New for 2022, the Alpha ALX offers a one-piece aluminum bat designed for a high barrel response and durability. Using the brand's FlyWall Barrel Design, the ringless barrel features different layers of alloy across the barrel to create an even bigger sweet spot and a smoother feel at contact, the brand says. The Power Boost Soft Knob makes an appearance on the Alpha ALX, which is available in BBCOR, USSSA and USA.
The Easton BBCOR lineup, all at a -3 drop, includes the ADV Hype, Maxum Ultra and Alpha ALX.
The USSSA certification includes the ADV Hype at four drop options, the Maxum Ultra at two drops and the Alpha ALX at two drops.
Expect to find four different ADV 360 drops for USA certification, along with two Maxum Ultra options and one drop of the Alpha ALX.
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