I'll admit to not being a big fan of LS.. Even during the Voltage days...and during the og Catty days... So I kinda missed the OG Z line...i did put some rounds on a dual Z2K a while back and I liked it...just not enough to keep it in the bag versus the myriad of others needlessly taking up space (and $) ... Fast forward to now and the Super Z Midload... I picked up a 25.5 Hall Z a while back and thought it hit pretty well but it just swung reeeaaallly light for me so I moved it with the intent of getting the Lloyd... Wound up picking up a 27oz Stovall and have been hitting it quite a bit in bp... I've read all the good...and bad... About the new Z line but I figured "**** it..." The one I picked up had about 50 cuts on it already...my initial hit in bp easily cleared the short fence...my initial impression was that it was pretty stiff...swing and barrel feel-wise but I liked it...since then I've put about 150 hits on it and it feels like the barrel has loosened up and it crushes the ball (classic m's, rockets, nx spinners and 52+)...still swings stiff (which I still can't understand why I like swinging it so much) and the mid-load is fairly apparent so if you're not a mid-load fan, it may not be your cup o' tea..maybe it's all the M bats I've been hitting but I hit the ball pretty good with it. The ss "feels" small but I attribute that to the stiff feel of the bat...but I didn't feel like there was any bite on hits lower on the barrel... Luckily enough, there have been no end cap shots to discuss... As much as I've been bp'ing the Eastons, this bat has been just as fun to hit... I know a lot of people are still down on these new Z's but I am really happy with it. So if you're easily bored with all the "cool kid" bats, check out the new Z's...the bonus is they can be had a bit cheaper than the competition.