The Marucci and Demarini are largely compared because of their many differences, yet both can be considered the best in their respective fields. In this article, we are going to look review two of the most different, yet most compared bats in the market today: the Marucci CAT 8 and Demarini CF Zen X.
Both Marucci and Demarini have been in the baseball making markets for many years now. They have been around for a long time and are now one of the most notable and reputable companies in the baseball industry. The Marucci and Demarini brands have been competitors and each year, or sometimes after two years, they release new baseball bats. Both have loyal fan bases who truly believe in their preferred brand of choice. The Marucci CAT 8 and Demarini CF Zen are not youth bats, they can be used by anybody who is serious about getting better.
These bats are from different companies and therefore vary in price, design and construction. In the section below we are going to look at these bats in depth.
Marucci CAT 8
The 2019 Marucci Cat 8 is the latest bat released by Marucci Company. It was around the same time as the Demarini as a competitor. It is also one of the most unique bats Marucci has everreleased. It has a single piece construction design that gives it a nice firm feel while still maintaining a light weight. If you’re looking for a top-heavy bulky bat, this is not the right choice. This bat is for players that prefer a bit more of speed and balance.
The Marucci Cat 8 bat is made from AZ105 Alloy material. This is the strongest aluminum yet. It is strong and super powerful. This in turn means that it is durable and will serve you for many years. This significantly reduces the weight while still maintaining the toughness of the alloy material. Because of this reduced weight design, the player is able to fully maximize their flexibility, response time and durability. The use of this alloy has also made it possible to use eight different thicknesses of barrel wall.
The CAT 8 has a patented AV2 knob that absorbs the vibration stings created when the player mishits the ball. The Marucci is known to have this knob as their own tech. The 2019 Marucci CAT 8’s knob has been said to work really well, absorbing up to 75% of the impact. There’s no way to eliminate 100% of the vibration so this is quite good.
The Marucci Cat 8 has a single piece composite handle design. The handle is cushioned in soft rubber material that is about 2.2mm thick. The purpose of this rubber is to distribute pressure equally from the handle to the barrel.
Since the Marucci Cat 8 is not really a youth bat, it is heavy and swings heavy. Most of its users prefer a drop 5 or drop 8 version to a drop 10 version. If you’re one of these people, then consider getting this bat.
Demarini CF Zen
The 2019 Demarini CF Zen is the latest release by Demarini. After a long wait, the bat was released in January 2019 in USA making it one of the few releases of 2019. Unlike the CAT 8, this bat boasts a two piece fully composite construction infused with Demarini’s End Cap and Handle technology. This technology reduces vibration stings by absorbing the vibrations on the grip when the ball strikes the bat.
It has a huge barrel with a diameter of 2 5/8 inches. The huge barrel increases the surface area of the sweet spot. The spot has also been enhanced by Demarini’s Parafles Composite Design which increases pop and enhances durability. The CF Zen is filled with little tweaks and techs by Demarini. It continues in a long line of tradition of high quality composite bat models. This bat is recommended to only skilled players who are able to comfortably swing a dense bat. It is not a particularly light bat.
Sadly, the durability of the CF Zen is not as good as its rivals. In fact, the CT Zen line is known for its weak bats that are almost guaranteed to break. Even after they revamped the bat and added a ring inside the barrel, the bat still struggled with breakages. This problem is even more susceptible in big barreled bats such as this one. The following are some of the factors to consider before getting a CF Zen bat.
Pop is the how easy it to swing the bat. When it comes to pop, the Demarini CF Zen takes the cake. It has one of the highest scores in pop. When compared to other American composite bats, the Zen has a greater ability to achieve a big shot in a game of baseball. Although some users have said that it difficult to keep the swing level consistent, this has no effect on the amount of pop. When a good shot is delivered, a level swing is achieved.
This is one of the most important aspects of baseball bats. There is no standard way of measuring vibration control other than physically testing it with a bunch of volunteers. According to the test volunteers, the Zen’s Fusion Technology is great at absorbing vibration shocks. Only 20% reported that they felt some stings from vibrations.
Comfort and Grip
The Zen has mixed reviews on the grip and comfort it offers. Many testers said that the bat was difficult to swing, that a drop 10 felt like a drop 8, while others said that it was quite comfortable and felt good in the hands.
The durability of the CF Zen is not as good as its rivals. In fact, the CT Zen line is known for its weak bats that are almost guaranteed to break. Even after they revamped the bat and added a ring inside the barrel, the bat still struggled with breakages. This problem is even more susceptible in big barreled bats such as this one. The following are some of the factors to consider before getting a CF Zen bat.
In conclusion, both these bats are great for young rising talents out there. Deciding on which the better is of the two goes down to personal taste. They are both available on Amazon at affordable prices. The Marucci CAT 8 goes for $240 while the Zen goes for $270. There is not much to split these two bats. Deciding which is better therefore boils down to personal taste.