Before I start with the baseball bat review, let’s begin with the name. Miken is a combination of the names of its two founders, Mike and Ken. I had always thought it was the name of a well known softball player.
Miken was founded in 1997 as a manufacturer of composite golf club shafts and soon began manufacturing softball bats with its composite material. They expanded into baseball bats and continue to manufacture composite only bats.
In 2004 Miken was purchased by K2 (the ski company) which also owns the Rawlings and Worth brands. There’s no doubt Miken composite material is now well integrated into Rawlings and Worth bats. I’m sure most of the bats of each brand are identical except for the name on the paint. This now explains why Worth has the most over hyped spin on their bats, remember RAV? Worth is on the bottom of K2’s totem pole and the writers must be out of material by then.
Anyway, Miken manufactures decent bats but there are better options in the marketplace. You won’t see many Miken bats in the hands of baseball players at any age level. So you might feel lonely if you own one. Here’s what they offer:
– Heat: 100% composite, one piece bat with a stiff or flex handle. Miken has taken the lead from Easton and is wise to offer an option on the handle. Unfortunately, this bat is priced too high in my opinion. It retails for $379 putting it in the Stealth IMX/Synergy category, and the Stealth IMX/Synergy is a proven commodity.
– Torch: 100 % composite, one piece bat with a stiff handle. This bat retails for $299. I like the Louisville Omaha Comp in this composite price range, as it’s also a proven commodity.
– Burn ESD – Miken also produces the Burn ESD, but it seems to be on the discount rack. I do not recommend it.
As mentioned, there’s nothing wrong with a Miken bat except there are better options in the marketplace. Go with the other options.