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April 17, 2011
Men's 70
515 posts
My Miken Did Not Break Posters
So far only seen one Miken break, it was about 5 or so years ago, bat broke off just above the tape.
The team I played on last year has 10 or so Mikens, no breaks.
The guys I am talking about hits lots of singles, doubles, gapers to fence, and now and then one out of the park.

I am not talking about a 230 to 280 pound strong guy that can put a ball out of park 2 or so times a game.
April 18, 2011
Men's 70
499 posts
My experience is the same as yours, James. I've never actually seen one break. Mine has three inspection stickers from SPA Nationals and I missed one year, so it's at least 4 years old and I play a lot, although I'm not a masher by any means.

We had one that we used as a team bat for 2-3 years that finally gave up the ghost last year, but I didn't see it. But again, we only had one or two guys with occasional HR power.

April 18, 2011
mad dog
Men's 65
4153 posts
but jim(TT) you don't swing hard enough to break even glass.....DOH,LOL......

my combats are that way,i can usually 1k swings on them,if not more.
but i have seen numerous mikens give it up in the mean time......
April 18, 2011
Men's 60
322 posts
Come on guys, Even the Girls crack Mikens. I loan my 30 oz Miken U2 to the pitcher of the Silver Foxxs Women(50 Yr) team and she gave it back Cracked. So you are telling us.. You don't swing harder than a girl. You're going to lose your Man Card.
April 18, 2011
24 posts
With a name like crusher you gotta be kidding.You have only seen one Miken broke, either your kidding,you have only played one game in your life or your just lying.Hell I see at least a 1/2 dozen every tournament we go to.Now get of this board with your nonsense.
April 19, 2011
Men's 50
29 posts
I know that I broke an original Combat in under 6 months.

As far as the Miken's go, we have actually had one crack in its first day of play, yeah, we were shocked also. Luckily, the rep replaced it free for us (glad he was there to see it happen). We have real good luck with the bats we have purchased this season. None have cracked or broken to date and we have played alot.

We did manage to crack a new, original batch, Reebok, but have two of the second gen Reebok's that are taking a hell of a beating and carrying on.

All in all, it seems that the manufacturers are starting to listen to us as far as the durability issues are concerned.

April 19, 2011
Men's 65
2237 posts
If I can figure out how to post a picture here, I will hang all of my broken Mikens on a wall and take it so you can see it. I have bought 6 since the first of last year and also broke a teammates Miken, too-and most were in hot weather.
April 19, 2011
mad dog
Men's 65
4153 posts
better switch to combats webbie........
April 24, 2011
Men's 55
357 posts
I've got six broken Mikens in my garage, not sure why I kept them. All broke in last two years. (5) were black Ultra II and one was the red end loaded Ultra II.

I hit my share of homers with each bat. However, cooler temps did most of them in. Played in Vegas Winter Worlds in November, several night games with temps in 40's and light rain. The red bat was lively but couldn't withstand the temps when all was said and done, although it lasted the whole season before getting to Vegas.

The label says not to use them in that kind of weather but you don't not want to NOT use them either when everybody your playing against is using them.

One thing that will SAVE your bats and give them longer life, make sure you are the only one swinging them. I know guys who have grabbed my bats for batting practice before games. One guy swinging a bat by himself won't last a whole season, especially where temps are cooler. They've only got so many swings in them, especially if you can swing harder.

For whatever reason it seemed to take longer to break in the red one, naturally of course (no rollin') but once it finally broke in, I liked it better.

On another note, our best home run hitter who hits 350-400 uses a black Ultra II that has to be over seven years old, and almost looks new, and he plays in the same weather I play in of course, so it must be a freak of nature???

Although the newer year classes for Mikens are lively as heck when broken in, they seem to be made "not to last" so you have to run out and get a new one all the time???
April 24, 2011
Men's 55
357 posts
I also don't know this as fact, but somebody once told me if you fly to a lot of tournaments, (A) the baggage crews at the airports usually throw your bat bag around like a bean bag. If your bats are on the bottom of your bat bag, with or without padding, they take extra beatings landing on concrete!!!!! OK I can believe that. it's probably worse than hitting a few dozen xtra balls.

(B) (also this is what I'm not sure I buy into??) the air pressure changes from low altitude to 34,000 feet and back wears on the bats too?????

Personally, Ive seen example (A) a few times when looking out the window before take off--------forced me to CRINGE and go get a bag with bat holders on the sides, but they still get beat up by the handlers and you gotta pay extra for it too.

Back in the 80's and even 90's we could take bat bags as carry on luggage, but now the bats are considered weapons, and we can't do that anymore.
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