2016 DeMarini CF8 Review

Streaking onto the scene in the mid 90’s with their double wall bat design, DeMarini continued to be a rising star amongst bat manufacturers for years.

Today, they are one of the top choices in premier leagues across the globe. By improving and building upon their existing features, DeMarini pushes the envelope on their bats year after year.

At every new release, hitting enthusiasts at all levels of play eagerly await their newest innovations and designs.

The release of the 2016 DeMarini CF8 bat was no different. Although little noticeably changed since its 2015 model, aside from the bat’s barrel length, if you lift up the hood of the CF8, you will see exactly why DeMarini has remained a premier bat manufacturer.

Instead of reinventing the wheel, DeMarini has made a namesake on simply improving already existing features, which is exactly what they have done with this CF-series baseball bat.

2016 DeMarini CF8 Baseball Bat Overview

Compared to its CF7 predecessor, this new model has an elongated barrel size, which improves the size of the bat’s sweet spot and gives the 2016 CF8 the best sweet spot to swing speed ratio of any stick in this series’ past.

Another upgrade lies in the CF8’s handle; its earlier model had the D-Fusion FT Handle, which has upgraded to the D-Fusion 2.0.

While this is mostly the same flame-tempered handle as before, the D-Fusion 2.0 boasts even more bat sting reduction than before. Plus, it helps redirect that energy into batted balls.

The 2016 DeMarini CF8’s Paradox +Plus Composite material is also an improvement over previous years and allows this stick to achieve optimal ball pop.

These highly engineered and calibrated carbon fibers work in tandem with the longer barrel profile to deliver an overall massive power zone.

Despite the longer barrel, the Paradox +Plus material maintains the light and speedy swing that has come to be expected from the DeMarini’s CF-series.

Other supportive features on the 2016 CF8 include the RCI Knob and Low Pro End Cap. The knob is featured on most DeMarini bats (and has been for some time).

While it does not enhance the player’s performance in any way, it does improve their comfort when swinging the bat because it is curved to fit the form of the bottom of the hitter’s hands.

The Low Pro End Cap optimizes weight dispersion and compression in the barrel, which helps improve the feel when making contact with the ball.

When it comes down to aesthetics, no one does it quite like DeMarini. They offer an online customization tool that allows the buyer to choose the color scheme, decals and other small details of the bat’s appearance.

While this increases the already high price point, it is a neat option that no other manufacturer offers to the same degree.

In addition to improving the overall performance and functionality of the CF8, DeMarini also decided to expand their offerings in 2016.

Thus, this stick is available in a variety of models that meet a wide range of league regulations regarding barrel size, length to weight ratio, etc.

The 2016 DeMarini CF8 is offered in BBCOR, Fast-Pitch Softball (drop -10, -11, -9 and a left-handed “slapper”), Senior League (-10, -5 and -8) Junior Big Barrel and Youth models.

2016 DeMarini CF8 BBCOR

Abiding by the -3 length to weight ratio and 2.625-inch barrel diameter mandated by high school and collegiate rules, the BBCOR model of the DeMarini CF8 is still a powerful stick in the hands of a contact hitter.

2016 DeMarini CF8 BBCOR

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With the fast swing speed and expansive sweet zone, you will be driving balls past infielders in no time.

It is worth mentioning that amongst Division 1 NCAA athletes, DeMarini is the favorite when it comes to bat makers.

2016 DeMarini CF8 Fast-Pitch Softball

Available in three different length-to-weight ratios (-10, -11 and -9), the fast-pitch softball CF8 encompasses a wide range of different sized players.

The drop -10 bat even has two versions – one that is end-loaded and another with a balanced swing weight.

Wilson Demarini 2016 CF8 Fastpitch Bat

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Thus, the 2016 DeMarini CF8 fast-pitch softball bat handles the styles of both contact and power hitters.

There is even a “slapper” fast-pitch softball CF8 that is designed for lefty slap hitters who frequently are bunting to get on base.

2016 DeMarini CF8 Senior League

The senior league DeMarini Cf8 is also available in three different drop weights (-10, -5 and -8). It is important to point out, in particular, that the -10 model is available with either a 2.625 or 2.75-inch barrel diameter.

DeMarini 2016 CF8 Senior League Baseball Bat

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The majority of senior league bats have a barrel diameter of 2.625 inches and the larger barrel diameter may not be legal under some associations’ rules, so be sure to check your rules, or with a league official, before purchasing.

2016 DeMarini CF8 Junior Big Barrel and Youth

Despite the youth-level of play that these bats are suited for, DeMarini did not skip on the features.

These sticks still use all of the same high-quality bat technologies and materials as the adult models.

The Junior Big Barrel bat is not recommended (or intended) for fast pitch or kid pitch play. The larger, stretched barrel means it is more likely to dent under heavy play.

Big Barrel


DeMarini CF8 Junior Big Barrel


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Youth Bat


DeMarini CF8 Youth Bat


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Junior Big Barrel bats are typically reserved for tee-ball or soft toss. The youth model will hold its integrity in kid pitch leagues.

Pros

  • It is a DeMarini and there likely is not a much better bat out there, even at high levels of play
  • One of the best swing speed to power zone ratios of any bat = Fast, balanced swing weight combined with a massive sweet spot
  • Available in several different models and length-to-weight ratios to fit the needs of nearly every contact (and some power) hitter
  • Minimal bat sting or unpleasant feedback upon contact
  • Custom design options available
  • Protected by a one year warranty

Cons

  • Only available as a composite, two-piece bat (lacks the stiff one-piece feel that some hitters prefer)
  • Very high price point
  • Some consumers complain about the bat’s durability (especially considering the price)