Best Softball Bats – How to Buy Them Cheap?

You might probably assume that all softball bats have a high price tag. This is exactly the reason why people often borrow bats from their friends instead of paying for their own bat. You will easily be able to get softball bats for as low a price tag as 40 USD. Softball bats are quite varied from baseball bats, which are constructed of wood and have a faster depreciation. On the other hand, a softball bat is constructed in a process which is technically engineered and made of special types of materials. But the technicality of the procedure does not indicate that the bats have to be costly. There are many inexpensive bats to be found in the market and you can get the best softball bats for yourself without spending a lot, as you make use of the following tips.

Price comparison can be effective

Many people use baseball bats instead of softball bats due to the simple reason that the former is cheaper and resemble the latter a lot. If you truly wish to enjoy softball, you need to make use of softball bats instead of baseball bats. First, you have to look for more cost-effective bats before you decide about the ones that you have to buy. With some careful price comparison, you will be able to get a bat worth 100 USD for a price of 40 USD. This means that you will get to save a lot of money. Before deciding about the bat that you should purchase, you need to look around. Today, you can buy cheap and high quality bats which are as good as costlier versions.

Check out the web stores

For people who know which bats can be ideal for them, checking out the web stores can be ideal for buying the best fastpitch softball bat. While buying these bats, you will need to find the best deals online. It is essential for you to ensure that the web store that you wish to buy your bats from has a solid return policy. In this way, you will be able to return any bat that is unsuitable for you while batting.

Look for used bats

If you want to save money, you should look for slightly used bats although from reputed brands. These come at half the cost of new ones. You will possibly be able to get these from your friends who are ready to give their old bats to you. Before settling on a specific bat, you should consider the weight and height of your bat. Look for a bat that suits you in the most appropriate manner so that you are able to enjoy softball playing to the hilt.

Wait for season sales

If you are not desperate to get a bat for a match that is a few days away, it is better to wait until the season has come to an end. This way, you can get cheap bats at clearance sales which are held in order to make way for newer models and other gears for the next season.

Ideas for the cyclist on your gift list

You’re scratching your head, wondering what to get for the cyclist on your list. Relax, it’s easier than you think! Big or small, simple or extravagant, the ideas are nearly inexhaustible. Besides the products showcased here from our advertisers, there are staples such as bike shorts and jerseys, sunglasses, energy bars, tools, lubes, tubes and tires, just to mention a few. But there’s also the more unique: from special blends of coffee (Phil Liggett’s Morning Brew or Jittery Joe’s) to Colnago’s Carbon Fiber Gift Set (including a signature watch, pen) to a GP or two-way radios, or a deluxe tour or trip to a training camp; there are also vintage cycling posters, or DVDs of classic cycling movies, such as Breaking Away, or even a membership in an advocacy group such as IMBA or the League of American Bicyclists; or, from Bicycling, there’s always the option of a gift subscription to the magazine. So, enjoy the holidays–everything about them, including the shopping!


If sharp SLR pictures matter, everything inside The Nikon N75SLR matters. It empowers photographers–beginners to experienced alike–with innovative technology to create great pictures with stunning color and exceptional sharpness, while providing them with a choice of simplicity and ease-of-use or full personal control. The N75 is a great choice for portraits, sports action, nature photography, and all shots that matter.


Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Tour De France with the limited edition numbered ELITE “TDF Centenaire” trainer. The chromed folding trainer stand resists flexing while the “Elasto-Gel” resistance roller and hydrodynamic oil resistance unit provides adjustable resistance. A 16 function monitor for best training results is included.



Introducing i-pads, from Promax. i-pads fit virtually every road, mountain and BMX bike with rim brakes, and feature two LED lights which illuminate whenever the brakes are applied. Promax i-pads make a great gift for any cyclist.


Emergency bicycle tool. The Performer X combines a compact, lightweight tool design with versatile features and functionality for on-the-trail tweaking and reapir. It has 20 functions including hex wrenches, screw drivers, spoke keys, torx wrench and an independent chain cutter.


Our most advanced mountain shoe yet! Even if you manage to wear out the lugs, you can replace them with our unique Sole Replacement System (SRS) and still keep riding. Sidi’s NEW High Traction SRS Mountain Sole is the perfect platform for this Lorica upper with our 3-buckle closure system. Available in sizes 39-48 and half sizes in 39.5-46.5.



The choice of Tyler Hamilton! Easton designed this bar with its cutting-edge Intelligent Flexibility & Taperwall Construction Technologies. At 290 grams and with a Reach/Drop of 158mm, this Oversized Ergo Bend road bar is the perfect stocking stuffer for the Roadie in your house and better yet, it’s stamped with Easton’s Limited Lifetime Warranty!



The Fortezza TriComp incorporates an additional PRS (Puncture Resistance System Technology) layer to give this race tyre clincher technology with the ride of a tubular. At 240 grams, this tyre performs best when pumped to 150 PSI. For speed without compromise, and unmatched handling and ride quality, try the Vredestein tyre and tube system.


The choice of the US Postal Service Pro Cycling Team! This limited edition 57 function HAC 4 delivers more accuracy obsessed features per dollar than any of its competitors. From speed to altitude to power, it’s a heart rate monitor, altimeter and cyclometer all-in-one! The perfect stocking stuffer for your roadie or mountain biker!


You’ve fine-tuned your bike for optimum performance, have you done the same for your body? The Enervit Enervitene Sport Gel is the only energy replacement gel with 15.6 grams of fructose for long lasting energy and B group vitamins for quicker carbohydrate assimilation. Available in Lemon or Cola Flavors.


Look never stops pushing the envelope when it comes to carbon fiber technology. From frames to pedals to accessories, Look brings you the Carbon Stem–the perfect lightweight component that doesn’t sacrifice strength. This stem weighs in at just 155 grams and is compatible with clamp diameters of 26.0 or 31.8mm. In a natural carbon fiber finish, it’s the perfect way to finish off your road bike!


If digital detail matters, everything inside the Nikon[R] Coolpix[R] 5700 matters. It’s the overachiever of digital cameras. Its advanced features include a powerful 8x Optical Zoom-Nikkor[R] ED lens, 5.0 effective Megapixels, and an electronic viewfinder for easier focusing. The Coolpix 5700’s tele-converter and wide-angle converter lens options help you get the reach and flexibility of the pros. If taking digital to the next dimension matters, get there with the Nikon Coolpix 5700.


  • The FIXX ID back

Don’t let the cyclist an your gift list go another mile without Road ID[R]! This necessary part of cycling gear is invaluable in the event of an unforeseen accident while on the roads. Road ID[R] is available in 4 models: the FIXX ID, WRIST ID, ANKLE ID, & SHOE ID.


Want a Kinetic Trainer, cut out this page for your gift buyer!

The Kinetic is the World’s Best because it has the most road like ride. The fluid resistance is smooth and quiet. The Cycling Press says the Kinetic as their “favorite” Ask for a Kinetic at your local bike shop or buy one online.

Gifts for the traveler

Here are some ideas for making trips more pleasant, along with some suggestions on where to send your favorite globetrotters.

Maya My, What A Wonderful Day (And Night)

Give a gift of relaxation at the intimate Hacienda Xcanatun (ssh-kana-toon), the recreated “Tall Stone House” of an 18th century farm near Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. The 18-suite luxury hotel on 9 garden-filled acres has a highly rated dining room, two swimming pools and a spa, where Mayan treatments include massages using honey and flowers or sacred rocks.

From this secluded spot, it’s a day trip to the famed Mayan architecture of Chichen Itza and the Flamingo Sanctuary at Celestun, on the Gulf of Mexico.

Wrap up a four- or five-night All Things Maya package or A Flamingo Eco-Adventure package; they range from about $1,500 to $1,900 a couple (five-night packages receive a sixth night free).

Going, going!

High bid wins a stay at Amberley Castle in West Sussex, England, a Viking River Cruise through the Burgundy region of France or four nights at the St. Andrews Bay Golf Resort & Spa in Scotland in the online auction hosted by the Society of American Travel Writers. These and many other trips and gift items are up for bid through Dec. 12 (

Picture ID

Colorful graphics in 31 designs – sunflower, cats, dogs, yoga, golf – on oversized (3.5-by-4 inch) BagTags help distinguish luggage ($7.50 each, JetSetGo, Write Impressions).

Have putter will travel

The three-section wooden handle of the metal-headed travel putter (right), plus practice hole and two golf balls, fit neatly into a zippered vinyl case ($36.85, Magellan’s).

Bright idea

Compact and lightweight, the torch clock combines a clock and flashlight ($14, FlaxArt).

Some like It hot

Warm them up with Coffee & Tea for Two, an insulated thermos tote outfitted with insulated, brushed stainless cups, a 24-ounce vacuum flask and accessories ($45, FlaxArt).

Tune time

AM/FM travel clock radio with CD player (ICF-CD2000) comes with headphones, built-in speakers and AC adapter ($189.95, Sony).

Motion pictures

The 8.9-inch-wide screen of Toshiba’s portable DVD player SD-P2500 boasts high resolution, two headphone jacks and many audio/video features at less than 2 pounds without battery ($699 Best Buy, Neiman Marcus).

Roadside dining

Equip foodies with a travel picnic kit (right), packing a cutting board, cheese knife, wine glasses, corkscrew and more in a slim carrying case with handles ($34.85, Magellan’s).

Save trees

The New York Times Touch Screen Crossword Puzzle Game carries 1,000 crosswords at different skill levels and includes a stylus and adjustable contrast for varying lighting conditions ($69.95, Marshall Field’s).

Green Gift Ideas For The Holiday Season

Scharffen Berger Chocolates

These all-natural, European-style chocolates–the “Extra Dark” is 82-percent cacao–are some of the best we’ve ever tasted, and they’re made in the USA, Chocolate-covered apricots and chocolate-covered crystallized ginger are also available, The nifty, wooden gift boxes can be reused, too. $12 to $50; (800) 930-4528;

Garden Insects of North America

This new book truly is “The Ultimate Guide to Backyard Bugs.” Written by Extension entomologist Whitney Cranshaw, it includes the best color insect photos we’ve ever seen, plus authoritative advice on least-toxic pest control options and beneficial bugs. $29.95 in paperback; (866) 803-7096;

L.L. Bean Storm Chaser Clogs

These slip-on shoes have the cushioning of sneakers and the waterproof protection of overshoes. An elastic collar seals out dirt and pebbles, and the lining keeps toes toasty warm. $49; (800) 441-5713;


Heath/Zenith Solar Motion Sensor Light

This motion-detecting, solar-powered outdoor light is easy to install and, with no electric cords, especially convenient on moveable buildings such as chicken coops. The light has a battery-charged solar panel that mounts on the roof and holds a charge for several months. $80; available at hardware stores.

Gardening by the Moon Calendar

A beautifully illustrated and practical calendar that simplifies the technique of lunar planting. Packed with great information on garden activities for each month, it comes in three versions for a long, medium or short growing season. $12.95; available in natural food stores or at (707) 869-3974;

Green Glass

These elegant glass products are made from reclaimed bottles, collected from around the world. This “Protect the Earth” design features that message etched in four different languages into the glass. $25 to $50. Call (715) 355-1897 for questions; order online at

Meadow Stone Farm Goat Milk Soap

Elsa, a dairy goat from Connecticut, is the sole supplier of all the milk used for these gentle hand and facial bars. Meadow Stone Farm also makes facial creams and shaving bars, and even dog biscuits! $5 to $8; (860) 617-2982;

Energy-efficient Clothes Washers

Want to include large appliances in your holiday gift giving? Consider an energy-saving, front-loading washer. They use two-thirds less water than top-loading ones. Manufacturers such as LG Electronics, Bosch, Frigidaire, Kenmore and Maytag, as well as Asko, Haier, Equator and Thor, offer versions ranging in price from $400 to $1,600. Available at most appliance stores. Contact the American Council for an Energy–Efficient Economy for a full list of appliances: (202) 429-0063;

Smart Gift Wrap

These reusable, hand-dyed and hard-to-miss cloth bags make the gifts more special. To encourage reuse, the company created a Web log where gift givers can follow each wrapsack’s journey from person to person. $3.95 to $6.49; available in natural food stores or at (800) 505-3365;

MOTHER’S Merchandise

MOTHER’S cotton tote bags are great for trips to the market or library. Also try MOTHER’S delicious, triple-certified coffees. And, best of all, give an Earth-friendly, online subscription to MOTHER EARTH NEWS, $10. Totes and coffee also $10 each; (866) 803-7096: