Straight out of the wrapper, the new 2014 Xeno bat performed. My daughter had the 2013 Model, which was light blue and with a white handle and it broke after 8 months. Normally, these bats last us a year. Other softball players recommended this bat to me and it's well worth the $299.99. The graphics are nicer and it has a gray tapped handle unlike last years model, which my daughter hated because it always looked so dirty.