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HHD Velocit-E Balanced
Viper 12 Velocit-E Ultra Maxload
Viper 14 Velocit-E Ultra Balanced
Velocit-E Maxload Velocit-E Ultra II
Model
HHD PHOTO
Why It Exists
One of the earliest composite bats made. This is the bat Miken entered the arena with.
What People Say
Mostly that it's a dog. The best thing that can be said is that it's a fine batting practice bat because it's damn near Indestructible. Occasionally you see them "juiced" on eBay. I'd assume you should avoid them like the plague.
My Impressions
Haven't tried one yet.
Personal Usage
Overall
Low Comp
Cold
Fair Price
A couple of practices 2 2 4 $50
 
Model
Viper 12 PHOTO
Why it exists
Miken's second attempt at a composite bat. Again all weather warranty at a price competitive with the aluminum bats. 12 inch short barrel version.
What people say
It's better than the HHD, but still a bat from a period when aluminum was the dominant bat. Nearly as durable as the HHD, this is actually an ideal batting practice bat because it's small sweetspot combined with zero fear of cracking equals perfect training tool.
My impressions
I'd have to agree. Nothing special performance wise, but not a total dog. The sweetspot is TINY, but if you catch it you'll see decent distance.
Personal Usage
Overall
Low Comp
Cold
Fair Price
A couple of practices 4 4 7 $70
 
Model
Viper 14 PHOTO
Why it exists
Miken's second attempt at a composite bat. Again all weather warranty at a price competitive with the aluminum bats. 14 inch long barrel version.
What people say
It's better than the HHD, but still a bat from a period when aluminum was the dominant bat. Nearly as durable as the HHD, this is actually an ideal batting practice bat because it's small sweetspot combined with zero fear of cracking equals perfect training tool.
My impressions
I liked the 14 a lot better than the 12. The main flaw with the Viper is a small sweetspot and the short barrel seems to make it worse. The 14 I had was pretty decent.
Personal Usage
Overall
Low Comp
Cold
Fair Price
A couple of practices 6 6 8 $80
 
Model
Velocit-E Maxload PHOTO
Why it exists
Miken refined the composite bat making process to the point of finally making one that could match or even out perform the top metal bats on the market.
What people say
Almost a 60/40 split of love and hate with no in between. People basically hit with them and fall in love or never want to hit with one again.
My impressions
As far as I'm concerned, this is the best bat on he market not named Ultra or Synergy. The sweetspot is small and located on the outside of the bat. Because of its odd location, many people just can't get used to it and reject the bat. Of course,
Personal Usage
Overall
Low Comp
Cold
Fair Price
One and a half Seasons
9 9 8 $160
 
Model
Velocit-E Balanced PHOTO
Why It Exists
Same bat released at the same time in a balanced version.
What People Say
Pretty much similar reactions as you see for the Maxload.
My Impressions
I experienced a large gap between the Maxload and Balanced versions. While the Maxload seemed like an elite bat, the Balanced was fairly ordinary in my hands. I found this odd because I'd often seen reports of this happening with the Ultra, but not nearly as often with the Velocit-E. For whatever reason, I experienced the opposite.
Personal Usage
Overall
Low Comp
Cold
Fair Price
Numerous Batting Practices
7 7 6 $140
 
Model
Velocit-E Ultra Maxload PHOTO
Why it exists and what distinguishes the bat
The biggest thing to happen since the '97 Demarini, the Ultra really changed everything. Flat out the best performing bat ever made. Finally a bat did from the hype promised. So, of course, they banned it.
What people say
You rarely see anything negative about the performance. This bat is the benchmark now.
My impressions
It's a great bat. I don't buy the "adds 50 feet on to your hits" thing, but a huge sweetspot with an extra 20 - 30 feet over a top aluminum bat seems to be a fair assessment to me.
Personal Usage
Overall
Low Comp
Cold
Fair Price
One and a half Seasons 10 10 7 $150
 
Model
Velocit-E Ultra Balanced PHOTO
Why it exists and what distinguishes the bat
Same bat released at the same time in a balanced version.
What people say
You typically seem more interest in the Maxload claiming that it hits further, but often it's just that they never hit the Balanced.
My impressions
I really didn't notice much difference. I would assume the Maxload would deliver slightly more distance (especially for pull hitters), but personally I consistently received the same distance.
Personal Usage
Overall
Low Comp
Cold
Fair Price
A couple of batting practice 10 10 7 $140
 
Model
Velocit-E Ultra II PHOTO
Why it exists and what distinguishes the bat
This is the compliant version of the Ultra released after all the softball associations banned it. Supposedly, it was made under close scrutiny by the ASA.
What people say
The best legal bat on the market period.
My impressions
Maybe it was just getting used to Mikens, but I've actually been hitting better with the Ultra II than the Ultra Maxload. The bat is the same material, only it is now very balanced. Think ESTCW vs. SSEST Max.
Personal Usage
Overall
Low Comp
Cold
Fair Price
Two seasons  10 10  $270
 

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