Miken Fastpitch Bat Survey
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Because my daughters both swing a Miken fastpitch bat I have to recommend it very highly. It's just so sweet you can hardly feel the ball contact the bat and virtually never any vibration. So I thought I would try to help my readers out by doing a little research and secret shopper survey on Miken bats. As a side note, you are going to have to order any premium bat from a business on the internet. Local Sporting Goods stores simply can't afford to carry them inventory.
I was pretty disappointed with the results of my search. I found the bats without any problem, but the pricing was virtually the same across the board.
While doing the research I ran across two items that really peaked my interest. First, Miken has a new bat called the Halo Light -12. I like long bats, particularly in the younger age groups ((12U and below), but if you get one I would go down in weight by an ounce. Leverage could well make the bat feel heavier. Also, Easton makes a Synergy bat that comes in a -11.5. For the older age groups I prefer a -10 or -9 as length really should not be an issue.
Now for the results of the survey. I didn't go to every internet site, but I went to what I believe to be the five big guys in the bat business.
Miken 2007 Halo Light -12, Halo -10, NRG -10, Halo -9, Halo -8
Softball.com 279.99, 279.99, 229.99, 279.99, 279.99
Justbats 279.99, 279.99, 229.99, 279.99, 279.99
Softballjunk 279.99, 279.99, 229.99, 279.99, 279.99
Directsports 279.99, 279.99, 229.99, 279.99, 279.99
<>Baseball Warehouse N/A, 279.99, 229.99, N/A, N/A
A little pricing competition would be welcome. *All of the pricing on this page was as of June 04, 2008 and could change at any time without notice.
As for the stores mentioned above, I only have experience and or knowledge of Softball.com and softballjunk. My experience with softball.com has all been positive and I wouldn't hesitate for a moment to recommend them.
If you would like to make any comments about a Miken fastpitch bat feel free to email your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good Luck and Go Get 'em Coach!!!
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