He is 5 feet and 90 pounds. We graded out each bat and found the best USSSA Baseball Bat for 2019, regardless of price or drop, is DeMarini’s CF Zen in a drop 5. We found that bat packs a full-on punch, has a huge barrel, and swings right where we want it too. Finding used or last year’s model is a bit of an art form, and we discuss some tricks to buying bats here. 2019 Easton Ghost X Evolution Review. Generally, platinum level bats are great picks, and for the right hitter, they are easily considered the best bat for them. As in past years, DeMarini has released a balanced and end loaded version of the CF Zen. And we say unfortunately because we feel like we’ve been preaching CF from the beginning of time. Any other ones I should look at? It is eBay after all. The Ghost X Drop 5 has remarkable pop and a good-sized barrel. You can see that by the size of the red DeMarini on the outer ring of the USSSA Marucci section when compared to the orange Marucci found on the outer ring of the DeMarini USSSA section. I would prefer to stay under $200 if at all possible. So you’re probably here asking ‘What is the difference between the Marucci Cat 8 and Cat 7?’. The bat rakes. As I’m sure you know, If the “elbow drag” is a function of his mechanics, then a different bat with the same swing weight isn’t going to fix much of that. My guess is he’ll be fine with a 31 and he’s used to that in terms of relativity to the plate. USSSA bat buyers and users are a reasonable amount happier with their bat choices than the average USA Bat owner. 2018 Voodoo vs 2018 CF Zen and the Varo Hitting Sleeve. The most significant change from past Zen models is the change in the connective piece. Great for kids who can handle a drop 5, but who don’t think an end-load is the feel for them. If you’re talking USSSA, nothing really beats the Zen—although the CAT is a close second. The new league has a barrel restriction of no larger than 2 5/8. After a month of use with the BBCOR and USSSA versions of the CAT 8 we put together this 2019 CAT 8 Review. For USSSA, we really like the CF series of bats. Except for the drop 12 VELO, the 2017 version of each of the bats we list above are identical. The barrel is gigantic, swing weight light, and sweet spot large, to say nothing of the design, which we think looks fantastic. via JBR YouTube Channel August 6, 2017 at 07:10PM . If you are in the market for something unique and can find the right size, then Gold level bats are almost always good choices. (Looking for the 2020 USA Marucci CAT review?). (The below section entails our write up for 2017 bats. Senior barrel realm, there are only a few that compete with bats longer than 28 inches. The technology in the knob to help dampen sting is still there. However, with the push back, we don’t have enough to decide what is the “best.” If you’re looking for “best so far,” we have liked the USSSA CAT 9 Connect in a drop 10. We also found, on JustBats, a Slugger Solo in a 30/20 for under $150. See our 2017 CF Zen review. (Check pricing here). Composite bats in the baseball space run deep and wide. To be sure, we have no idea who that seller is so proceed with caution. In your example above, a heavier swinging BBCOR bat will naturally hit harder than a lighter swinging USA bat because of some simple laws of physics. Just because a bat has a handle or end load does not also mean it has a low or high swing weight. 2018 CF Zen vs 2019 CF Zen. So, going from the 2019 to the 2021 might make his problem worse—if, in fact, it is because of too heavy a bat. Both bats destroy the ball. We admit this choice is predictable, but how do we leave off what is probably the most popular bat off the best bat list? Taking everything into consideration, I think DeMarini’s CF is one of the best fastpitch bat for 2020. Especially now, December is a terrible time to find a deal on new bats. It will likely just come down to the model. Perfect For Young Hitters […], The Louisville Slugger Prime bat continues to be a best seller year after year, and the 2019 Louisville Slugger Prime 919 BBCOR bat is already the second best selling BBCOR bat of the 2019 BBCOR bat models, right behind the Marucci Cat 8 BBCOR. Very hard to find at any level of a discount. See our full 2018 CF Zen review. All of these fastpitch bats performs well. Probably should have made this list: Slugger 915 Prime drop 5, DeMarini Overlord FT drop 9. Granted, the bat’s price is right in line with other flagship bats on the market like the Easton Ghost X, for example. But, if your player is new to the sport and you are just looking to get through a couple of games before diving into the deep end, we like the Easton S450. At 12U, he might really like the drop 8 or 5 if he can swing it. Three of our favorites in addition to the Easton Ghost X, are the Rawlings Quatro, CF Zen from DeMarini and 918 Prime from Slugger. Thanks, Brian. Coincidentally, my brand spanking new Pocket Radar Smart Coach arrived today as well. We would stay away from heavier swinging BBCOR bats like The Goods or CAT 9. *Player Rank: Player rank adds up how many self described USSSA players or parents think a certain bat is the best. The order by popular brand goes like this: DeMarini and Marucci dominate the USSSA market. Looking for USSSA advice. 399.95. One favorite of ours is the 2017 Rawlings Composite VELO. We’ve finally got around to updating our comments section! Reviews of last year’s model were not stellar due to some durability issues on some early releases. The Easton Beast won our best overall 2017 baseball bat award. The answer is no. However, the bat was deemed illegal by USSSA and several other leagues. The differences between the original CF Zen that this model carries the USSSA BPF certification, contains an orange "R" to indicate it's the re-tooled model, and, of course, less pop. Being offered in both a balanced and end loaded version allows players to select one of the two models based on feel. We like the grip, tapered knob, and several size offerings (drop 10, 8, and 5). Goes the other way really well. The CAT 7 is a top-shelf cold weather bat built for performance players at a fraction of the price. But, we do love that handle—especially in the bigger BBCOR and for the right kind of USSSA kid. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Easton-SL18GX5-31-26-Ghost-X-5-Baseball-Bat-2-3-4-USSSA-stamp/174512686791?hash=item28a1c446c7:g:dJAAAOSwLwhfYEpX. My three sons prefer this bat over any of the arsenals we have, and the ropes drilled from this bat are remarkable. 149.95. So, in the spirit of giving you a bat, not a list, we’d say this: Get a CF. Is the Meta Prime BBCOR better than the Prime 919 BBCOR? If you have a budget of $100 and are trying to be the wisest, we suggest the 2018 Omaha 518 as the best value 2018 Big Barrel Bat. Easton Ghost X vs DeMarini CF Zen | 11 Year Old Case Study. Like the drop 9 section, there are not a ton of bats competing in the drop 12 space. Those exit speeds might be more a function of the bat’s swing weight and length (it was a 30/20). But the exit speed data doesn’t seem encouraging for that bat. Thanks, Brian. A 31 is the longest bat he’s swung so far – at 31-21 (Prime) in Little League and 31-23 (Velo) in USSSA — so I’m a little nervous about going up to a 32, but based on the size charts I think that’s probably what he should be swinging in the spring? Hence the reason the DeMarini Voodoo dominates the space. It is different, but not better. It’s also cheaper and more durable, which is enough reason, in our mind, to get the Connect instead. So, if you’re down for overpaying for a fantastic bat that might break then go Zen. If you want the best girls softball bat (and by girls, we think you mean younger players---not so much advanced high school gals), then our testing shows the 2020 LXT is almost always a great fit. How you get that more weight doesn’t really matter—going down a drop or up an inch. See our 2018 Easton Ghost X review. *Rank: The bats are ordered based on their popularity. Looking forward to your test results. (not connect). The difference between a drop 8 and drop 10, all other things being equal, is from 15 to 25% heavier swing depending on the model. 244.95–$344.95. I wish it were as easy as some algorithm on the right size, but it’s rarely that easy. EASTON Ghost X Hyperlite -11 (2 5/8") USA Youth Baseball Bat | 30 inch /…. See our 2017 Rawlings VELO review. He’s 5-4 and about 115 right now, but I expect him to be at least 5-5 if not taller by the time spring rolls around. As it is a bit chillier in northern Illinois this spring, he get hand sting when he swings hard and I notice him letting off with all but the attack. He is a skinny kid and could work on his strength, so I would say not a power hitter, but sometimes he wows us. The longest hit we’ve ever seen by a 13-year-old was with that bat. The 5150 is a staple in the traditional bat market. It is probably safe to say that a top-shelf bat from any number of companies performs at peak powers. Outside of the CAT 9 Connect that is impossible to find in stock, is there anything else I should be looking at? Our survey data (you can see below) shows the two bats make up almost 80% of the entire competitive USSSA market. If you want something cheaper, then check out the 2019 Rawlings 5150. (Below are some bats you can rarely find new anymore. There are a ton of reasonable drop 5 bats on the market. The XL1 is a monster bat whose genealogy contains the famed Easton Omen and little league series lore. You can find this bat everywhere for a pretty low price, and as a drop 11 it should be useful to the beginners. I’m willing to buy a new bat and pay up to $300-350. We live in the cold Northeast, and now I am reading it isn’t good to use some bats in the cold. Sometimes, too, they don’t quite get the same stellar ratings on player feedback, although they do perform in our exit speed tests, as well as anything else we measure for the given year. He has a 2016 -11 Easton Mako and a 2019 Cat 8 Composite. We’re talking about line drive roping, head-turning, future home run hitting bats for the 2021 baseball season from the biggest names in the game. We tracked the exit speeds of those hits, measured barrel sizes and swing weights as well as detailed our testers’ feedback. Both the Mako and Cat Composite do just fine. Rawlings Quatro Pro (Best for Power Hitters) Bat Specs. After hitting with every 2020 USSSA big barrel bat on the market, we think the 2020 DeMarini CF in a drop 10 is the best USSSA Big Barrel bat for 2020. We think the 2021 Maxum Ultra is an underrated bat. Players at that age usually cannot generate the bat and pitch speed which really compresses the barrel and pushes towards that limit. That there is our solution, too. (They usually release in August of the previous year and we review and rate then). But, as well, I realize you didn’t come here for hitting advice. We did a quick search at Dicks Sporting Goods and found the CAT 8 for $229. Under the radar bat that we’d put against the Zen all day. As such, it probably does not deserve a strong recommendation. 2018 DeMarini CF Zen BBCOR Review. In terms of the Avenge Pro for 2021, it doesn’t swing as light as it did in previous models. But, any of the others, like the CF, might be a great fit. There is significant confusion in the industry surrounding the terms’ big barrel’ and ‘senior league.’ Each vendor often uses them interchangeably. Better yet, it is two-piece so will likely feel better on stingy hits. 5. If you are looking for our thoughts, after hours of testing, on the 2017 line of big barrel bats then see below). They rank out close to BBCOR players and just like Fastpitch (which are 79/100. This page is read hundreds of times a week by several real and normal parents and players. My main question is what your thoughts were on weight versus length. The new 3-fusion connective piece gives a real tight feel at contact. EASTON FRZ -12 Fastpitch Softball Bat, 32/20, FP20FRZ12 By Easton (Aug 29, 2019) $199.28. They upgrade their traditional single piece Rawlings VELO into a two-piece composite with a huge barrel and a great feel. If you don’t want that, then a solid second place could be the 2021 Meta from Slugger. Ads by Amazon. In our Easton Ghost X vs DeMarini CF Zen write-up we break down our experience as well as some secrets to assisting you make a decision. No bat space in the baseball bat market is more competitive, save BBCOR than the drop 10 big barrel space. He hasn’t had trouble catching up to faster pitchers so I wanted to get a bigger bat. But the bomb-making ability of the CF Zen is unmatched. (Check pricing here). These are our favorite types of questions because it narrows down the options so dramatically. At the risk of being an Easton Homer, we follow up on the MAKO with the 2015 Easton XL1. In terms of his bat, he can increase force one of two ways. Learn More. $199.95 $218.92. The Easton Ghost X and the Demarini … In terms of those particular bats, we think that the 9u age group generally prefers two-piece bats, and the Beast Speed Hybrid would be a decent choice in a 29/19. Smooth swinging, although slightly heavier, single-piece aluminum. If you are looking for the best 2018 drop 12 bats, and money is not an option, then the two-piece Rawlings VELO is a fantastic option. They did make some upgraded bat designs in 2018 with the CAT 7 chassis. If it were our money and we were looking for a new bat for this coming year, then our money would be on one of those. For example, DeMarini and Marucci are the most popular USSSA bats. Those in the market for a top-shelf big barrel bat in only a drop 10 will not regret this decision. However, the barrel performs well and is considered one of Slugger’s top end bats. We took the 2019 Slugger 619 bat in a few different sizes to the fields and cage. 2018 vs 2017 CAT 7 Sizing. He is swinging a 31/23 but uses a 31/28 for wood in the cage… Should I get him a 31/26 USA bat or a Solo Bbcor (light swinging) as his next bat… Would the lightest swinging BBCOR be better than a -5 USA bat? 1. I’m a 5 hole hitter and I dont know what to buy between a cf zen black and Cat 8. I’m not looking to fix it with a swing weight change but rather hoping the axe handle would encourage him to take his hands to the ball earlier, because he has more leverage to whip the barrel later in the swing. If you don’t know much, this company is a golf company that hired a bunch of former Easton folks who are now trying to design a bat line. I was thinking about getting him a 2021 Axe Avenge Pro to give him a little help with his hands (we bought a used 2019, and he does well with it) once he’s ready to move up to 29/19. This new version is called the 3-Fusion. It wins our best youth bat of 2020 award as well as a diamond status bat—with only one other in the USSSA bat world. No bat feels better and less stingy than the CF. This bat review is specifically for the BBCOR 919 Prime bat […], After two years of development and refining, the Marucci Cat 8 BBCOR is finally here. Technically, a 2 5/8 bat that is NOT a drop 3 is considered a Senior Barrel bat. It does not come in a 2 3/4 version (only 2 5/8), but we stand by our earlier claim: if you can swing it, you should swing it. I know there are a lot better bats out there, but the bat with the most pop in the world will not make up for a reduced swing. Top 8 Composite Bats Expect a focused barrel and a super smooth feel. But, our favorite drop 8 big barrel for 2018 is Marucci’s CAT 7. Barrel Diameter: 2 5/8. It’s a very legit choice for under $100. I dont really have much of a budget either since I’m using my birthday money. The reason he might like the USSSA Bonesaber is due to it’s handle—the barrel is decent although arguably a bit undersized. We’ve always loved the Axe Handle but always struggled to find the barrel. Obviously, when we are investing that kind of money on a bat we intend to make sure we are getting what we pay for. So, a 28/17 (or drop 12 28/16) will likely feel right at home. Platinum level bats are highly recommendable. thank you very much for the detailed response. He was whiffing on the insider bat off a tee up until we really started working on it the past couple of weeks. This Video is of the 2020 DeMarini Prism vs USSSA Easton Ghost in a head to head hit off. In the Big Barrel, a.k.a. Many of the USA bats on the market feel heavy, like wood, but the Threat is balanced and light weight. My son is playing 8U USSSA this season. Naturally, the big question we have gotten over and over again is: Is the CF Zen Black different than the CF Zen? If it can be more durable than the CF, we’ll think it is the best there is. FWIW, you might also want to look into the SwingRail. Sounds good! The original 2019 CF Zen is pretty much tied with the Marucci Cat 8 as the best selling USSSA Travel Ball Bat this year. Huge long barrel, low swing weight per length, and a couple of other options: a drop 10 2 3/4 and drop 9 2 5/8. Those on a budget, or looking for a real value buy, should like the Easton Ghost Speed. Not Rawlings. See our 2017 DeMarini Voodoo review. This bat is the only drop 8 big barrel to make a list (although the DeMarini CF7 and Combat G3 both come in a drop 8). Spent the fall transitioning to -5, now ready to make a purchase for his bday. The Drop 5 CF7 from DeMarini may be our favorite bat of the year in any category. The barrel is the right size, and the balance is manageable but by no means light. The most comparable bat in a USSSA would be something like the CAT 9/8/7 etc. DeMarini’s Voodoo 2 5/8 big barrel bat is our favorite drop 9 of the bunch, in part because the balanced two-piece hybrid is a fabulous smooth swing with that hot out of the wrapper aluminum from DeMarini we have grown to love. Likes the Bonesaber (hasn’t hit yet), Rawlings Velo ACP, and Cat9 (loves hitting a -8 Cat7 this Summer). Bat Digest is reader-supported. Both the Easton Ghost X and CF Zen come in lovely drop 8 options. Good question. I finally had the chance to hit the 2019 Easton Ghost X Evolution Travel Ball Bat today. The problem with the Zen has always been durability. The average 8 years old swings a drop 12 28/16. I cheaped out in the past with bats and now can see the difference in spending more for a quality bat. At least, that’s what we think. 2021 DeMarini CF Zen -11 Fastpitch Softball Bat: WTDXCFS21. This bat […], The DeMarini Voodoo has been one of the best selling aluminum barreled bats throughout its time. For some reason, I haven’t convinced the hitters that come into the facility to do so—but I personally love it. We’re hoping some will pop up before the holidays. In any event, there is plenty to learn from the chart, and we won’t bore you by writing it all out here. He is short, but has a good swing. This 2018 version is not much different than the 2017 Retooled version. *Owner Happiness: Players were asked how happy they were about their bat purchase on a scale from 0 to 100. Also, any recs on which bats will be more on the balanced side? It is Easton's third iteration of the bat and comes with what many feel like is an unrivaled punch. It’s why, as far as we can guess, most young kids prefer two-piece bats even if they don’t know it. Good choices. It’s got a big barrel, swings light, and probably has better durability than the CF. These rarely have any tech that helps dampen sting. But, our favorite drop 8 big barrel for 2018 is Marucci’s CAT 7. I think the drag is mostly just not getting his hands, out in front. Barrel Material: … Mako 29/18 and Cat 8 Comp 28/18, my son is not a big 8-year-old he’s a little over 4 feet tall and weighs in the 60-65 pound range. Our platinum level bats meet the best of the best for almost every player. There is no change to the bat other […] 2019 DeMarini CF Zen vs 2019 Easton Ghost X USSSA Travel Ball Comparison. Of course, when we are spending that kind of money on a bat we want to make sure … The post Easton Ghost X vs DeMarini CF Zen | 11 Year Old Case Study appeared first on Just Bat Reviews . It is made with complete Composite material and the barrel size of this Softball bat is 2 1/4 inches in diameter. So, if we had to choose, maybe an older drop 5 Easton Ghost? We love the balance and slightly tapered grip as well as the durability and brilliant feel. There are several other great options in the big barrel space. Below is a highlight of our 2018 best big barrel bats. *Popularity: How many players claimed to use this bat. You came to the right place. I think my plan is to get him a -5 since he’ll probably be going up to BBCOR sometime next year. In part, that award rests on fulfilling the purpose of the drop 10, which the Beast does so very well. We've spent considerable time with Rawlings 5150 line of bats. My 8 yr old son has a few bats I got used. Thanks. Louisville slugger catalysts, combat pg4 and a Louisville slugger attach (2013 Model). I had a younger boy who really benefited from it. (Check pricing here). We got that too. (Check pricing here). But there should be plenty of those for sale. This year, the BBCOR 2019 DeMarini Voodoo Balanced is essentially the same bat as the 2018 model, […], The original 2019 DeMarini CF Zen will go down as one of the hottest USSSA Travel Ball bats made in recent history. It depends on how much dexterity he has with the BBCOR bat. I am looking for something similar in a drop 8 for next year. Or is it just a paint job? The CF is the perfect blend of barrel size and profile, feel, and performance to top our charts for the 3rd year in a row. Anything but the cf, we think he would probably break a cf considering we live in Arkansas and the temperatures get unpredictable during baseball season. If under $200 is a hard stop, then the Solo is a very, very good choice (and an excellent deal, surprisingly). The original 2019 CF Zen is pretty much tied with the Marucci Cat 8 as the best selling USSSA Travel Ball Bat this year. Plain and simple. If you’re looking for a drop 8 in a USSSA bat, then that is your option. We think a 28/20 doesn’t make much sense—and neither do most bat manufacturers, hence the reason only Victus and Marucci make such a size. December 16, 2020 | by Brian Duryea | @BatDigest. If he’s catching up to the ball just fine, then he might be able to handle more weight. Of some note, USSSA buyers and players are generally pretty happy with their bat. It might help some. The CF and CAT 8 are clear winners in the USSSA space. The inner ring of the chart below is league, and the 2nd ring shows what proportion of players in that league use a particular brand of a bat. Really athletic and pretty strong kid. The Easton Ghost X and the Demarini CF... Easton XL3 Swing Weights for 2 1/4 vs 2 5/8. A two-piece hybrid in a drop 10 or drop 8, though, is difficult to find, too. But, no doubt, it delivers absolute screamers. DeMarini makes a CF series of bats in an end loaded version too. My son is 13 and will need a -8 or -5 in the spring. We hit the new Cat 8 and Cat 7 side by side for a few days to […], 2019 DeMarini CF Zen BBCOR Baseball Bat Review, 2019 DeMarini Voodoo Balanced BBCOR Bat Review, 2019 DeMarini CF Zen vs 2019 CF Zen Black – Bat Comparison, 2019 DeMarini CF Zen Black USSSA Travel Ball Bat Review, 2019 Louisville Slugger Meta Prime vs Prime 919 BBCOR Bat, 2019 DeMarini CF Zen vs 2019 Easton Ghost X USSSA Travel Ball Comparison, 2019 Rawlings Threat USA Baseball Bat -12oz Bat Review, 2019 Louisville Slugger Prime 919 BBCOR Bat Review. Collegiate teams that swing DeMarini almost always tend toward the Voodoo over the CF Series. But, don’t expect the vast majority of vendors and manufacturers to make the distinction. Under $75 are about the same. That’s considerable. 1. This swings, feels, and sounds a lot different than the two-piece composite bats that grace this list. This bat is unlike any other in the VELO line, as instead of a single piece hybrid, it is a two-piece composite bat. I finally had the chance to hit the 2019 Easton Ghost X Evolution Travel Ball Bat today. Why they didn’t make the list is a mystery, but it’s a top 5 list, and we had to make it shorter. Personally, I love the handle. As you know, increases in length change the swing weight more than increases in scale weight. It comes in a 2 3/4 only but has a super light swing weight. Considering he hits with a 31/28 woodie often enough, we’d guess he’d do better at the plate on average with a 31/28 BBCOR bat. 2018 DeMarini CF Insane BBCOR Review. He’s swinging the Cat 9 28/18 pretty well, but as with most young players, he’s got a little bit of elbow drag. DeMarini has dialed in the feel and barrel performance better than anyone in the USSSA space. I am ok with older models as there are more reviews but will pay for the right bat. The green version is a boat oar at the plate with an ultra-light swing weight and a lizard skin grip. They have been hard to find in stock so far but are worth a look if you can. DeMarini 2019 Bustos (-13) 2 1/4" Fastpitch Bat, 29"/16 oz By DeMarini (Aug 6, 2018) $89.99 $119.95. Any thoughts? As several other 2020 fastpitch bats. Would you agree with that? Looking for some guidance on a bat for my 12 year old son. What it will really come down to is swing weight. The most comfortable choice on this list is the 2018 Rawlings VELO for the best drop 12 bat. It is our favorite drop 5 bats, maybe ever. He bats lead off but isn’t really your typical lead off hitter, he punches balls in gaps and occasionally puts balls over the wall. They even made a Meta version of that bat this year, which feels fantastic. Keep up the good work. And, turns out, it’s a legit option. Just Bat Reviews, LLC DBA Bat Digest participate in affiliate marketing programs including but not limited to Amazon and eBay. And, to your point, we think hand sting is a huge factor in kids doing well with bats. If you want to pay an arm and a leg, then no one has ever gone wrong with the drop CF. Gold level bats often see unique designs with good to excellent player feedback and well above average performance ratings. 2020 Louisville Slugger LXT X20 -11 Fastpitch Softball Bat: WTLFPLXD1120. Since your boy is swinging a 29, there really isn’t the option to drop to the 8 and size down two inches (they don’t make a 27/19). The VELO drop 5 swings very, very light—drop 10 light so its almost weird. It is as familiar in the industry as any bat has ever been. It might be nice to have him borrow or try out a bat in that size to see how he does with it. Those are also great feeling bats with outstanding performance. 2020 Easton Ghost Stars and Stripes -10 Fastpitch Softball Bat: FP20GHSNS10. Today’s iteration of the Attack is called the Slugger Prime. Swing speed only increases if the bat get’s lighter, the bat’s weight only increases if the bat gets heavier. The new 2019 Demarini CF Zen Balanced (-10) 2 5/8" USA Baseball Youth bat from Demarini is the best of the best. Most bat companies do not take the drop 12 space seriously. He says that is the only one that doesn’t hurt his hands. There is no change to the bat other […], Louisville Slugger recently introduced the most expensive baseball bat ever sold at retail. If you want a really good bat that you can count on, CAT 8/9 all day. That said, sizing down an inch gets you half that back. 2019 Easton Ghost X Evolution Review. That makes sense. We really like the CAT 9 Connect in USSSA. BPF 1.15 standard implementation has forced bat companies to the drawing board on innovation. 2019 DeMarini CF Zen vs 2019 Easton Ghost X USSSA Travel Ball Comparison. DeMarini removed some bulk in the D-Fusion handle to make it slimmer. You can find that in all types of sizes and shapes. That helps me a lot with the decision.. Looks like I’m hoping for some Black Friday deals.. 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