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Discussion: Reebok MeLee and Barrage

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April 19, 2014
779 posts
Reebok MeLee and Barrage
Just got in my stock order of the new Barrage and MeLee. Since there were questions on break in and durability on both of these bats and I was asked to break a few in for players I randomly pulled a few for break in and testing. Here is what I found:

Reebok Barrage 27: we know that some earlier models had durability issues especially the 26/27 ounce models so I felt the need to durability test this new shipment. Break is was as usual for this bat....very quickly it attained game ready levels of batted ball speeds and distance so we continued on with it. I have now reached 310 swings with no issues on the bat whatsoever. It's hitting the balls VERY crisply and with excellent distance. This bat certainly appears to have acceptable levels of performance and very importantly, durability. If you are looking for a bat that breaks in very easily and reaches good performance levels, the Barrage may be for you. Additionally, if you are a older player or a player that does not have above average or average bat speed, the Barrage can still provide you with an easy swing weight and good results.

Reebok MeLee: there were some concerns that the new bats that we just received were taking longer to break in than normal so I thought I would investigate that. I used a 27el and a 28 bal MeLee that needed to be broken in. With most Melees I can usually begin to experience break in levels at around 35-50 swings while I have had a few get ready to go in as little as 20-25 swings. The 27EL hit well out of the wrapper and loosened up about 35-40 swings. I took it up to 65 swings and it was producing that great feel and performance we are used to with Reebok. I am sure it will rock once I give it to its owner and let him swing it 5 or 10 times...
Now for the 28BAL...THIS ONE PROVED A LITTLE MORE STUBBORN! After 50 swings it had not changed a lot and finally at 72 it shifted gears noticeably. I went ahead and took it to 80 we are talking!
All in all...the new Reeboks seem to be very similar to previous editions but some may take a few more swings to loosen up. Nothing to worry about as they still provide great performance and good durability for a top tier senior bat. I will be doing some other work this week, weather permitting and will post updates. As always, call me with any questions regarding your choice of bats and your options.
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
April 22, 2014
779 posts
The Barrage 27 now has 370 hits on it and it's still going. I am going to take another 26 from this order and test it as well as a vast majority of the early problems were with these two weights. The Melees continue to be A-Ok.
Btw...some of you guys were asking for batch numbers from this new shipment. Here is a sample: 4A FTC V50 771
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
April 22, 2014
387 posts
Alan, What do you do with all of those tested bats? Can I have one let's say $50.00 or so? Just wondering.


April 22, 2014
Men's 55
15 posts
So is the 4A FTC V50 771 a different batch number vs the first batch?
April 22, 2014
779 posts
Here are another set out of today's shipment: 1B FTC V50770
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
May 14, 2014
Men's 60
907 posts
Thanks for the good info A. Haven't been able to do the testing that you have done here in Colorado as it has still remained a bit too cold and yesterday we got nearly a foot of snow in the mountains. The Reebok Melee has worked well in our western states tournaments Phoenix, Mesquite, Vegas. I will be in Reno in 2 weeks and have all Reebok models in stock if western players need help. End loads are going quickly.
Ed Andrews
Andrews Companies
(970) 729-3145
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