Combat (the company) started in 1998 when they began manufacturing softball bats for other brand name companies. Combat were born in the mid 00’s years when they decided to put out the same bats they make for other companies in their own name, including baseball bats.
Combat has a following in youth leagues but has never caught on in middle school, high school or college baseball. It is extremely rare to see their bats in the hands of those over 12 years old. Their claim to fame was a walk off home run with a Combat B1 in the 2007 Little League World Series. It created a big buzz and a lot of kids wanted a Combat bat. The buzz has long faded and, while still enjoying a small loyal following, their 15 minutes of fame has past.
Combat introduces new models in youth only, with the adult model coming the following year. The new 2012 model is the youth only B4. As with all the bats they have ever produced, the 2012 model year bats have a stiff handle and low swing weight.
As stated before, Combat needs to make inroads in high school baseball to become a true player in the industry.
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Combat 2012 B4YB (-12) Composite Youth Baseball Bat
Their new 100% composite bat is only available in a youth model. It’s a single wall one-piece bat with a “longer barrel”, low MOI and stiff handle. They claim it’s made from the same Aramid fibers “found in bulletproof vests”! Umm, are you selling baseball bats or suits of armor? While the Youth -12 & -10 models retail for relatively low $199.99, I’d go with the Easton Omen in the 100% composite low priced category.
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