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Discussion: Miken Senior Bat Review- shich is the best bat of the 3?

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Nov. 4, 2013
KC Jim
Men's 55
44 posts
Miken Senior Bat Review- shich is the best bat of the 3?
vote and comment on YOUR Choice and Experience with these 3 Miken Bats:
Miken Ulta II Black - Balanced
Miken Ultra II White, Two Piece Mx End Load
Miken Ultra II Gray, Two Piece Balanced

I won all 3 and wanted to test the market and hear your opinions and comments on these bats

Jim
Nov. 4, 2013
Whitey58
6 posts
I have a 27oz and a 28oz Ultra white 2-piece that I love to hit with. Bigger sweetspot than the others.
Nov. 15, 2013
Super V 10
Men's 50
70 posts
Jim,
#1 Black miken
#2 White
#3 gray
I think the Two piece miken do not compare to the red and black senior mikens

Dave Velasquez
Senior Softball Bat Reviews
Nov. 15, 2013
Lefty
Men's 65
477 posts
I have the white 2piece miken and I like it much better than the black ultra2. I haven't tried the gray one.
Nov. 15, 2013
cyborg45
82 posts
The 2piece white has taken forever to break in. About 400 swings so far. No problem with durability. Can't tell yet about the final pop at this point. A dud from the beginning, but started to open up at about 200 swings. A little behind my red at this point. Not going to be hot out of the wrapper.
Nov. 15, 2013
garyheifner
361 posts
Used the black since they came out, like it a lot.

Bought a White, didn't like it-sold it-28 oz.

In a moment of weakness, bought a white 27 oz-hated it.

Traded the white 27 to a friend who had a 28 white he didn't like.

Used the 28 white for batting practice for quite a while. All of a sudden, it came alive and it is now my bat of choice for big tournaments and the guy I traded the white 27 to is killing the ball with it.

A team mate bought the red 28 at about the same time I bought the white 27. It seemed rather hot out of the wrapper.

Now that you are confused, just hit the crap out of all 3 and one will jump out at you.

Nov. 17, 2013
Perl
106 posts
I have had all three models.

The Black U-2 is a really good performance bat with questionable durability. If you get 200 swings you have done well.

I currently have both 2 piece bats, a 28 oz balanced and a 27 oz Maxload. My preference for distance is the Maxload.

I totally disagree with Dave V, even though I watch many of his videos, the two piece Maxload out performs and is more durable than the red U-2 in my opinion/experience.
Nov. 17, 2013
Player
30 posts
Gary, this weekend, while playing with the fifties, I traded the 28 oz white two-piece for a 30 oz white two-piece. It's broken in and popped the ball pretty well on the two at-bats I had occasion to use it.
Nov. 19, 2013
ffdonnie
Men's 50
95 posts
Ultra II Black one piece- Best pop/distance. No durability.

Ultra Two-piece White- Took 200 swings to fully break in, then promptly broke. I didn't like it, then the last 10 swings of its life it was as hot as my Melee, then it was done.

Ultra II Gray Two-piece? - The first gray one piece was great with a light endload. No durability.(I don't think there is a gray two-piece. Could be wrong?)
Nov. 22, 2013
Ceres
64 posts
I have used the Ultra II Black exclusively for the past 6 years. It performs better than any bat that I have used. Since I am not a power hitter the bats last a long time. I had my first one for three years then bought another one figuring (because of UII durability stories)the first one was about to break. I gave it to a teammate three years ago and he's still using it. I've been using my second one for three years. I play in two leagues and on a tournament team, so it gets a lot of use. There is no reason for me to switch to another brand.
Dec. 14, 2013
Mr Wolf
1 posts
Has anyone taken a chance on the new senior Miken Triad? It's a little pricey but it has a 90 warranty
Dec. 16, 2013
Tri18
625 posts
Wolf,
We have done a lot of testing on the new Triad Blackout. It is a highly durable bat especially for a senior bat. It will take longer to get loose but it has several gears....1 at about 100-125 swings and one at about 250-300 swings. There is a small overdrive gear after that! The good news is that it actually lasted that long through extensive beating by major and major plus hitters. It doesn't give you crazy out of the wrapper performance like a lot of Mikens, you must be patient with it. I recommend it especially if you are a bat breaking person...the guys I have sold them to like the swing feel...
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
March 26, 2014
LDpro
7 posts
Triad Blackout
Obviously this is my first post on this site. Now that I’m in my 50’s (54), I decided to get back into Softball. I’ve spent the last 16 years in the sport of Professional Long Drive, some may have seen the event shown on ESPN over the years. I still compete in Pro LD, but have found that Senior Softball is much more fun. Even better than I remembered it. However, this senior softball bat stuff is a product nightmare with all the breakage. Especially since this is the first time I’ve had to pay for sports equipment in years. LOL. Which brings me to the topic of the title…the Triad Blackout, which is also a nightmare until you break it in. I bought a couple, just because it came with a warranty, 28oz and 30oz. I started with the 28oz, and after 600 hits, it still was too stiff compared to other senior bats. So I decided to beat it on a tree until it either soften up, or broke. After several minutes of abuse, it started to rebound pretty well, so I stopped and inspected it for cracks…still looked great. It added about 20-30 feet of distance, and lasted another 400-500 hits before it developed a 2 inch crack in a perfect straight line in the sweet spot parallel with the barrel, very hard to see. Right now the bat is hot, but now that I’ve learned what it takes to make it work, I abused the 30oz as well on the tree. I use to get paid by golf companies to break drivers, and just had to know the limits of this bat. They are both awesome right now, and still in use, even for BP. I’m going to go ahead and destroy the 28oz, just so I know where the total failure point is. Yeah it sucks that these things are about $250 a pop, but I’ll buy as many as I need to play, and I know for sure it will be way fewer bats than anything I’ve hit over the last 3 years. I can honestly tell you, they do not make drivers that can take this much abuse, and still perform at the highest level when compared to competition. Your choices are typically durability, or performance. The Triad Blackout delivers both, once broken-in. There really should be a picture of a tree in the product information guide. I wasn’t happy with the bat until it met the tree. Now I love it.

Greg
March 27, 2014
Adiktiv6
Men's 50
66 posts
wow, is there really a "break in" period for Senior Softball bats? Every SS bat I've ever swung came HOT out of the wrapper!!

I will give you an example: about 6 of us fellas hit on Sunday, baseball field, 354ft in the power alleys! One of the guys has a NIW 27oz Triad Blackout...24 balls in the bucket (tattoo 44/375 used). He takes 24 swings, hits the ball pretty good, through the hole fast and some great line shots. I ask if I can swing his bat and he gives me the nod! Pick up the bat and the first 3 swings with it I hit the balls over the 354ft sign, toss the bat aside and say "there's nothing wrong with this bat"!!

All I'm saying here is ALL SS bats come out of the wrapper HOT! I guess you know the bat breaks in when you start hitting the ball 370ft?

That being said, my Miken bat of choice is a 30oz White 2-piece!!

A dik
March 27, 2014
LDpro
7 posts
Adiktiv6
Not only were my Triads not hot out of the wraper, the sweet spot was about a 1/2 inch wide. Now they perform as well as any Senior bat, and appear to be even more durable after the break in than my Ultra II's out of the wrapper. The last Ultra two's I owned both broke in the same game with only 50 hits on them. I love the Ultra II, I just hate buying a ton of them. In the Long Drive world when we get a hot driver, we need a bag full just to make it thru the World Championships. That is no big deal when you get them for free. It has been my experience that hot equipment means you need a lot of them. This Triad seems to be different. Or, I just happened to get a couple that needed a little more attention. With all the equipment testing I've done the last 16 years, and working with manufactures, there also seems to be a variance from one batch of equipment to the next, I assume this is possible in the bat world as well. Since no players will let me hit/try their bats, I have to buy everything I test. I've got enough broken bats in the garage already, so hopefully this Triad is the cure. I like the 30oz the best.
Greg
March 28, 2014
DBurke23
Men's 50
11 posts
Composite bats get "hotter" with use. The "trampoline effect" becomes greater with each swing. So I think a bat can be hot out of the wrapper (none of mine have been) based on what the user believes is hot.

In response to the original post, the 2 piece Ultra II's (gray and white) ARE THE SAME BAT !!! If you get a chance to see the show "How It's Made" on the Science Channel they have a segment on composite bats. When they are finished with the bat they add the weight to the bat to meet manufacturers requirements. Depending where they add the weight dictates end loaded or balanced.

So, as Alan and others have said on this board numerous times it is your swing that dictates which bat is best for you. I have both white and gray (end loaded and balanced). I personally have great difficulty pulling the ball effectively with my end loaded bat. I hit longer and more frequent home runs with my gray bat pulling the ball. But it's just the opposite when going up the middle. For me, it just depends on which way the wind is blowing that day !!
March 28, 2014
Adiktiv6
Men's 50
66 posts
LongDrive,

I understand....maybe my friend got lucky and got ahold of a good batch of the Miken Blackout!

I hate paying for bats!!

A dik
March 28, 2014
HJ
Men's 70
442 posts
Hitting a softball bat against anything other than a regulation softball is considered illegal. A tree is not a softball. Sorry to be the village scold.
March 28, 2014
LDpro
7 posts
HJ,
Is that actually a written rule, or a belief? I have no idea. I know it saves me a lot of time, and works very well. I've also told everyone in our league how to do it, and nobody seems concerned. I hear many guys prefer to beat on tires, but never tried it. A 12 inch diameter tree works great. Rotate a quarter turn every hit until the bat starts rebounding. If a regulation softball is the only thing a bat can hit, what about the guys a see taking BP with non-regulation limited flight balls, and spongy balls that are weighted. Does a bat become illegal when a guy gets pissed and whacks the water color, beats the crap out of the dugout, or the ground. What if he throws it and it hits the fence? How could that rule be enforced?

Are there any rules that apply the beating the crap out of your glove to break it in as well. I've done that a lot. Since I have seen guys beat their glove with their bat, are both now illegal?

I've never read a softball rule book, so don't know. I'm still trying to get use to two bags at first, and don't touch home plate. Oh, and we just got a new one, no throwing the guy out at first from the outfield. The cool thing is that when you hit it out of the park, you can just walk into the dugout and not worry about the rules I just listed. Number one rule - don't get hurt, number two - have fun. It's senior softball, and it's not a contract year.
Greg
March 29, 2014
Adiktiv6
Men's 50
66 posts
If anyone who gets a hit to the outfield and gets thrown out at first base ( save a pulled hammy, falls down in the box, or a heart attack/heat stroke) needs to hang up the shoes and start coaching (if he wants to stay around the game)!!! Are they really trying to take that part out of the game, too?

Please tell me this not true!!

A dik
March 29, 2014
LDpro
7 posts
Yep, they made that rule in our league. We have a bunch age ranges playing against each other with a point spread handicap system. They made it so the guys that have good arms that just turned 50, can't take advantage of someone 20 years older. Seems like most guys in our league that get hurt do it on the way to first. I'm up for things like this that help people stay in the game, but only at the rec level.
Greg
April 1, 2014
Adiktiv6
Men's 50
66 posts
Oh, well....rec ball, yeah, I can see that!!
Hope SSUSA doesn't get wind of this, tho.......oh, oops!!

A dik
April 2, 2014
HJ
Men's 70
442 posts
LDpro,

It is the official position of the SSUSA Staff which deems such activity to be altering a bat.

This is the staff's post on 3/9/2013 in a link under bats titled

"Talk regarding illegal bats:

"The SSUSA believes that the only rules-compliant method for "breaking in" a bat is by the owner/player using that bat consistent with the manufacturer's only intended purpose: striking a softball.

"Activity which serves to change either the "as manufactured" technical specifications OR the performance aspects of the bat by any manner not resulting solely from the manufacturer's intended use of their product (i.e., the bat striking a softball) is considered altering a bat. Examples include, but are not limited to, bat shaving, bat rolling/compressing, striking items other than softballs, striking the bat with foreign objects and/or opening the bat and adding or removing material."

I do not recall any change to this policy by staff. Anything other than hitting the bat against a softball is illegal altering of the bat.
April 2, 2014
LDpro
7 posts
HJ,
Thanks for the response. While everyone can appreciate the intention and integrity of the rules, they might as well have written them to say, "anyone who tells on themselves has deemed their bat to be illegal." Other than physically doing something to the bat that a ball won't do, it is impossible to tell what the bat has hit during it's life, and if the unauthorized contact caused any alteration. It is interesting that the rules did not specify a softball in flight, therefore ruling out attaching a ball to a tree, and beating on the softball. The migration of bat integrity is an absolute, with the time of migration being the only unknown. The intentions of the player beating a tree, tire, or softball produces the exact same result to the bat. So the only factor that is truly being regulated is the time of integrity migration. Basically they are just saying I haven't spent enough time with my bat to deserve hitting that far...like it's some relationship I have to earn with my bat before getting to experience a home-rum. I guess if I haven't spent enough time with my bat to get past first base, and I use my buddies loose bat that gives up the homers, that also has to be some form of cheating as well. At least that is how I remember it to be.
In the Pro Long Drive world, they have a driver tester device they use on your equipment at check-in. If it is too hot, they take it from you on the spot. Even during the event, if you bomb one way past everyone they test it again, if it fails, it's gone.
There is no reason to try and regulate intention and/or process when you can more easily monitor results. I have no idea where the softball world is on this stuff, but their rules are useless on the issue. As is evident by all the rollers and shavers out there selling their services. I just beat trees, but only the bad ones.
April 3, 2014
HJ
Men's 70
442 posts
LDpro, thank you for not beating "good" trees. The likelihood of getting caught does not go to whether the activity was legal or not.
And by the way, the softball attached to the tree would violate the rule. In your specialized former golf life, testing the clubs wasn't a big deal. With many players and many bats, testing bats is more involved, even if a cheap test was available.it is an involved process to correctly break in a bat using the bat and softball method. I totally agree that just banning bats that actually tested too hot would be the best way to go, if it were practical.
April 4, 2014
LDpro
7 posts
HJ,

Testing would solve some problems, but I can tell you from experience, testing used equipment can be a freaking nightmare. I assume manufactures of softball bats have the same objective as driver manufactures in the golf world. Make the equipment produce the highest balls speeds possible within the rules, and make it last long enough to keep consumers happy, yet not too long so they will have to buy more equipment. You can’t sell as much equipment by just changing the paint job…but they do sell a lot that way. The real trick in manufacturing is to make the equipment legal when new, and then illegal as possible when used. Illegal is a subjective term. When equipment becomes illegal thru legal usage, they just say it exceeds allowable limits when discovered. Manufactures are really sensitive to the word “Illegal” even when something is clearly not legal.

Manufactures design rules only apply to equipment that has not been hit. Since everyone that breaks-in a bat experiences an improvement in performance, some might wonder why not just make the bat that hot from the beginning. How can “Weekend Warrior Joe” be better at making his bat perform than all the technology available to the manufactures? Well, the manufactures can’t exceed the maximum allowable design specs, but it is okay/legal if Joe makes it do it, as long as he does it legally, which often happens the first day. Now apply bat testing technology to monitoring tournaments…your favorite bat will get confiscated. Remember, it was your favorite bat because it was broken-in just right, thus exceeding original design limitations. Regardless of following the rules of usage, used equipment can far exceed the manufactures original design limitations. The funny part of all this is that bats that are broken-in correctly can be hotter at a point in time than one that is broken-in illegally under the rules. The rules of break-in are useless, and in most cases irrelevant to peak performance. So why break-in a bat illegally…because it is much faster. Manufactures hate it because equipment with a warranty will suffer a higher return rate. Typically, manufactures have a very close relationship with those making the rules. Since hitting 1000 softballs can cause a bat to be hotter than beating it on something other than a softball, it is most likely that the break-in rule was created to protect the time of the warranty period.

So back to your favorite bat being confiscated at the tournament. Since the check-in process will take a few minutes to test each bat, everyone will figure out that if they just bring way more bats than they need so they can overwhelm the testing process with volume. Big tournaments will have thousands of bats to test. When this happens they will go to random checks, which means everyone will still get several bats past the check-in procedure, so the system fails. What do they do about bats that fail? Or the guy that had them in his bag? Nothing, just hold the bat until after the tournament is over. Why? Because the bat manufactures will sue the tournament/entity that makes such a claim about their equipment, or puts out any information about failing a test. The funny part is, when the word gets out that Joe had several bats fail, many will start buying the bats that Joe hits. Now if Joe is sponsored by a manufacture, he is most likely getting handpicked product. Which often just means the best of the equipment run, or in other words, the stuff the manufactures know will exceed specs the fastest with use. There are often large variances in equipment during the production run, and the manufactures have tests to handpick the best for their sponsored athletes...all legal. I’d recommend getting all the equipment you can form your buddy that has a manufacture sponsorship, but only if he is technically not allowed to give you any. That is how you know you are getting the good stuff.

Disclaimer – The majority of the above information is from the golf world and experience, and personal observation/experience as to the similarities of bat/driver performance during personal use. Because the performance and failure factors are nearly identical, I have assumed them to be the same for practical purposes. No manufactures were harmed in creation of this post. However, tens of thousands of dollars of equipment was destroyed in the research. If any of the above is deemed to be an inaccurate representation of bat design, manufacturing, and distribution…good! I truly hope things are better than I’ve experienced in the reality of hitting a ball as far as possible.

Greg
April 4, 2014
LDpro
7 posts
PS to All:

I know from being on various message boards over the years, that the new guy (me in this case) brings up things that have already been discussed a million times, and irritates the veterans of the site. When this is the case, just say shut up, and I'll get it.

Greg
April 25, 2014
Tri18
625 posts
Don't leave the new Miken TOC out of this discussion. If you like a durable end loaded bat....here it is so get them while you can!
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
April 26, 2014
Homer Simpson
Men's 55
17 posts
I think the 2010 Mid Load Ultra II is one of the best! I have over 350 hits on it and it's very hot!
I would vote the Ultra II balanced two piece as the best overall!
April 26, 2014
Homer Simpson
Men's 55
17 posts
I think the 2010 Mid Load Ultra II is one of the best! I have over 350 hits on it and it's very hot!
I would vote the Ultra II balanced two piece as the best overall!
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