Cascade has been the gold standard for lacrosse helmets for the past 20 years. With every new helmet Cascade releases, they put in thousands of hours of research and development to produce the most advanced helmets on the market. In addition, Cascade manufactures updates on their equipment that are going to help protect players and deliver that high-quality performance and style that all you lacrosse players are looking for.
In 2014, Cascade applied technologies that they have designed previously and tweaked them to create the best helmet ever, essentially if the Pro7 and CPX-R had a baby, the Cascade R is what you would get! The Cascade R has the most advanced impact management system to date, utilizing features like a new Dual-liner system, R series Monoshell, Hardtail SPRfit and the R series components.
The Seven Tech liner was originally released when the Pro7 helmet released and it is the revolutionary impact management system that is designed to cushion high-energy impacts and spread out the energy throughout the seven tech pods in the helmet. When the Seven Tech liner is impacted the pods compress laterally to spread out the impact and reset within seconds to allow for protection against any further hits to the head.
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STX has really come a long way with their protective line of equipment and in the past lines like the G22, Assault and Cell helped pave the way for the protection lines of today. The Stallion HD line takes the best parts of all the lines from previous years and combines them together to create the new line that is protective, flexible and lightweight.
The Stallion HD gloves are designed to give players the best protection as well as the highest amount of mobility so that players can “Run without Reins.”
STX utilized a familiar techonology for protection throughout the entire glove with the High Def Polymer hence HD in the name Stallion HD.
The High Def polymer has been in STX equipment for some time now going back to the G22 line as well as in the Assault line of protection. High Def polymer creates a soft to touch feel but on powerful impacts it absorbs and disperses the impact throughout the HD polymer.
The Stallion HD glove also features better protection systems throughout the glove with expanded finger joints which enhances the coverage of protection on the fingers. STX also added a floating knuckle system where the knuckles on the glove aren’t resting directly on your hand, that way if you take a shot off the knuckles you aren’t feeling directly on that spot. Continuing with the knuckle protection STX added a domed knuckle to allow your fingers to move independently and have high amounts of finger flexibility.
STX redesigned the thumb on the Stallion HD with what they call the Iso-Thumb technology which gives players a full 360 degree range of motion in the thumb. The Iso-thumb allows players to get a full grip on the handle without having any “dead space” between the handle and the glove.
STX updated their cuff system to feature an integrated cuff system where the cuff is streamlined part of the backhand to eliminate gaps in protection like previous cuffs had.
STX also updated the palm to wrap around the entire hand to eliminate and seams along the side of the glove that would interfere with your hands.
STX actually ended up releasing this last year in the NCAA Tourney with Cornell wearing them and Team USA will be wearing them at the FIL World Championships in Denver later this year! Here is the Team USA’s version of the Stallion HD for the FIL World Championships
Brine’s new Swizzle Scandium for 2014 is a great shaft but before we go into how amazing it is, let’s go into where it came from and why this line of shafts have been so successful.
Blast to the Past: The Swizzle line of shafts was originally designed in coordination with Mikey Powell who joined Brine in 2005, but since then the Swizzle has been a go to for many players. The original Swizzle was the first shaft to place a rubberized grip on the shaft with their Zone-Tek enhancement, and it was Mikey Powell’s logo that was featured on the shaft.
This type of grip really helped players get extra grip they are looking for without adding weight by having “candy cane” their stick with tape. From then on the Swizzle and Swizzbeat were beginning to get their legs under them and take off as a handle line.
They have released many versions of this type of specialized grip over the years which have been very popular amongst players.
Fast forward to today:
Brine went back to the drawing board for the 2014 Swizzle Scandium to figure out exactly what players want from a handle with grip. The 2014 Swizzle Scandium offers their unique Elite Grip that once focuses on grip only where players want and need it.
The Elite Grip is a new grip option that has grip zones in specific areas and key zones on the shaft. Brine R&D started by studying hand positioning during gameplay while passing, dodging and shooting to design the new Elite Grip.
The Elite Grip is embedding into the colored graphics of the shaft, as you can see in the above image the grainy looking area is the Elite Grip embedded into the graphics.
Brine placed the Elite Grip in specific areas to give players a better feel of the handle, as well as a traditional glossy feel to allow players to slide their hands easily while switching hands. By targeting specific areas the Elite Grip on the Swizzle Scandium will allow players to correctly position their hands when coming out of a dodge or looking to move the ball.
Brine knows that players are looking for technology that is going to help them on the field and with the Elite Grip technology the new Brine Swizzle Scandium will allow players to get that performance enhancing grip they have been looking for! Check out the new Brine Swizzle Scandium because with Brine “Every Victory is Earned”!
Breaking into the lacrosse market is not easy but Maverik Lacrosse has found a way to succeed in the evolving world of lacrosse. Like any good business or skill you need to set the foundation before you can expand and Maverik is a great example of how to do it correctly. Some of Maverik’s heads in the past were great on the design side but the performance wasn’t exactly there. Some of the heads were not strong enough to put up with going into battle everyday. So Maverik’s R&D team went back to the basics to figure out what players look for and how to help them succeed. This year Maverik released their newest and most anticipated head of the year; The Metrik.
Maverik product designers went back to the drawing board with this one and decided to start from scratch and deliver a high quality fit enough for a pro….And that’s just what they did, they went to the Pro’s on the LXM tour and their sponsored athletes and got their input on what makes a head accurate and what they wanted to see from the head.
To get the strength and stability they wanted Maverik R&D reengineered their sidewalls to be able to put up with an everyday player’s demands. Maverik utilized a new molding process for the Metrik and they strategically positioned the struts in the sidewall to give the Metrik strength and stability in what Maverik calls their True Form Technology.
When I first saw this head I thought “Oh, another Maverik head that will bend immediately….”, but to my surprise it held up and didn’t bend at all. It is good to see Maverik is building products that will perform high the highest levels.
Maverik also featured a dual scoop design where the Metrik has two profiles on the scoop where the outer parts of the scoop is rounded off for easy ground balls while the center of the scoop has a concave design to create a natural channel for the ball to increase accuracy when passing and shooting.
Overall Maverik since Maverik went back to the drawing board on the Metrik they have really fine tuned the essentials of the head to keep up with demands for high performance.
East Coast Dyes- East Coast Mesh Review
Over the past couple years we have seen a huge increase in “treated” mesh with wax meshes being the main player. We recently brought in East Coast Dyes “East Coast Mesh” and we have certainly been blown away with the variety of their mesh, the performance of the mesh and fast break in with little maintenance. East Coast doesn’t just coat their mesh in wax they actually infuse the mesh with the wax so that it wont just fall off the wax is literally in the strands so you can “feel the difference”.
Easy Coast Mesh offers a variety of different types of mesh from different diamond size and they offer a big selection of color combinations. We have found that they have taken care of everyone whether you like 10 diamond or 6 diamond player or goalie they have it all! Another great feature is that they offer so many different color options whether it is their traditional solid white mesh, to the two colors fade option and even their special striker mesh types they offer ECM for everyone.
The performance was great and versus other wax meshes I have tried in the past I liked ECM the best so far because it is kind of a hybrid of hard mesh (consistency) and soft mesh ( ball control ). The biggest thing I saw was that ECM wax didn’t flake off like some other waxy meshes on the market and this is due to their infusion process. It was great because it had the consistent feel of hard mesh but was easily maneuverable like soft mesh. The wax does grip the ball well but not too much and you really get a great feel for it in the pocket and also during the release. With the heart of Winter coming up we have had some of our employees test it in the snow and even though it was cold out ECM still had the same consistency we were looking for.
Just like most other sports there are certain break-in periods for new equipment, previously breaking in a piece of hard mesh took some work. The break-in time on ECM was very quick and it wasn’t hard to get the pocket the way I wanted. It was easy to string and stretch the mesh out where sometimes with hard mesh I dunk in water to loosen it up a bit. ECM was so easy to string and it didn’t flake off wax like some of the other wax meshes on the market. The only thing I may have had a small problem with was that my hands got slightly sticky but that is a small price to pay for such a great product. Also because of the weatherproof aspect of the wax the maintenance of the pockets doesn’t need to be tweaked too often like other types of stringing.
We have had some really good feedback from some our employees who have strung some ECM pockets up as well as players who have used it seem to like the feel and play of East Coast Mesh!
We certainly have felt the difference but have you?!?!?
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