2010 Easton

    Easton has introduced their new Tri-Zone bats, the one-piece Synergy Tri-Zone and the 2-piece Stealth Tri-Zone designs. Tri-Zone is a segmented barrel technology, localizing each inch, created to increase the hitting area and flexibility along the length of the 13.5-inch barrel.

    The Stealth features the ConneXion Design System (CDS), which creates a true two-piece design by isolating the handle from the barrel to eliminate vibration with an elastomeric rubber cushion between the two. The Synergy offers the same performance as the Stealth, but uses a one-piece design deemed Single System Technology.

    Now, I don’t play pro ball, but the Easton Tri-Zone bats I tested kept me at the batting cage longer than I planned. I was smackin’ the leather off of faster pitches because the design literally creates an increased virtual sweet spot. Also the bats’ ability to dampen vibration was quite noticeable. I compared Easton’s line-up with a wooden bat, and the difference upon connection during the hit even sounded more solid. It’s true that a highly-advanced bat can improve your game tremendously. ($299-$399, www.

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    David Novak
    For the last 20 years, David Novak has appeared in newspapers, magazines, radio, and TV around the world, reviewing the latest in consumer technology. His byline has appeared in Popular Science, PC Magazine, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Electronic House Magazine, GQ, Men’s Journal, National Geographic, Newsweek, Popular Mechanics, Forbes Technology, Readers Digest, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Glamour Magazine, T3 Technology Magazine, Stuff Magazine, Maxim Magazine, Wired Magazine, Laptop Magazine, Indianapolis Monthly, Indiana Business Journal, Better Homes and Garden, CNET, Engadget, InfoWorld, Information Week, Yahoo Technology and Mobile Magazine. He has also made radio appearances on the The Mark Levin Radio Show, The Laura Ingraham Talk Show, Bob & Tom Show, and the Paul Harvey RadioShow. He’s also made TV appearances on The Today Show and The CBS Morning Show. His nationally syndicated newspaper column called the GadgetGUY, appears in over 100 newspapers around the world each week, where Novak enjoys over 3 million in readership. David is also a contributing writer fro Men’s Journal, GQ, Popular Mechanics, T3 Magazine and Electronic House here in the U.S.
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