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Discussion: Is There Any Real Difference?

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Nov. 13, 2013
Full Monty
76 posts
Is There Any Real Difference?

Other than the higher price, color and the 90 day warranty......

What is the difference between the Miken Ultra II 2Piece Senior Maxload Slowpitch Softball Bat and the 2014 Miken Triad Blackout Senior Slowpitch Softball Bat?

Both have Triad technology.

Is the Blackout actually the Senior 2Piece with a warranty and paint job?












Nov. 13, 2013
Tri18
565 posts
Monty,
I have tested both extensively. The new Blackout is much different mainly in durability. They really do last quite well but they take some breaking in compared to other Mikens or senior bats. Performance is good but I would not say its one of the top 3 in that category. Overall, a bat that can take some abuse. I have sold many and guys that have them like them. They are in stock now.
Alan Tanner
Tricoach18@att.net
Nov. 18, 2013
softballnuts
78 posts

Tri18

Can you explain what would be the difference between the Blackout and a 2014 Miken Triad 3 Maxload Two-Piece Slowpitch Bat USSSA 1.20 bat that has a full 1 year warranty?


Nov. 18, 2013
Tri18
565 posts
Obviously one is a senior bat and one is not so....performance standards and levels will be different. Generally, the senior version will allow slightly more wall flex which results in slightly higher batted ball speeds and distance. Miken has done a fine job with their usssa line this year and I have sold quite a few and a large majority of players are happy with them.
Alan
Team 1 Sports
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Nov. 19, 2013
Mavs19
Men's 55
5 posts
I have hit owned both. I swing 28oz End Load bats. The Maxload has abetter feel and the load seems slightly heavier (which I prefer). I've owned two of the Maxloads and neither lasted more than 75-80 swings. They have been returned to Miken for "evaluation". The Blackout I'm swinging now has over 350 swings on it. Still no webbing, paint cracks, or endcap issues. It is a very solid senior bat. The Blackout has only a slight load to it so I have been adjusting to it. I'm not even sure it is broke in yet. I doubt this will break before I get to use the warranty.
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