One of the latest bat companies to attack the slowpitch softball bat market is Rip-It. While Easton, Demarini and Miken make the most popular bats that have been produced for years, the Rip-It name is slowly taking over a small chunk of the market. One of their best bats that was released this year was the Prototype 1.20. This bat is not legal for ASA sanctioned leagues, but for those competing in ISA, NSA and USSSA leagues, should you consider adding this hot composite bat to your bag?
The bat is 34″/28 oz. and is made to give you the ultimate power with each swing. The bat has the traditional barrel size of 2 ¼” and gives you a slightly end loaded feel, which for anyone that used the 2012 Demarini White Steel, can attest to the extra power you get with end loaded bats. Add in the fact that this bat is hot out of the wrapper, is comprised of a sweet spot that takes up the entire barrel and it will make you feel like you should be competing in the Border Battle softball game.
For those that like to swing softball bats with thicker handles, you may need to add some extra tape to the grip. It has a smaller handle like the Anderson Bat Company bats, but the attached grip is meant to help lessen any vibration and pain that may arise during your swing. If you don’t mind the thinner handles, you shouldn’t have any problem getting extra grip on this bat for every swing.
One of the things that make Rip-It bats stand out is their warranty. When other popular companies offer a 365-day warranty against dents, cracks and breaks, Rip-It is the only company that allows users 30 days to sample their product to see if it works as advertised on top of their 400-day warranty against dents, cracks and breaks. For those that don’t trust newer companies, this bat is worth the shot. I don’t see anybody wanting to return it once you take a few cuts.
For those looking to add the Prototype to their bat bag, you can purchase it from Cheap Bats at a reasonable price.