STX Crux and Crux10

STX Lacrosse is one of the most prominent brands in the lacrosse world for the past 40 years. Each year they release better products with some of the most innovative technology that allows players to be “Equipped to Perform” no matter what position or skill level.

STX Women’s line of products has gone from the basic equipment all the way to the top of the line standard in the women’s game, especially the offensive side of the ball with their Crux10 attacker head.

Originally STX released the Crux Head to be the “go-to” offensive weapon for the women’s game.

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The Crux features an extreme scoop angle that provides girls with the most whip and accuracy on a straight line head. It allows girls to get extra torque on shots to increase power and accuracy.

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Also the ball stop was give the maximum angle ball stop to give players ultimate control when handling the ball.The Crux is strung with the STX Ramp Pocket to give attacking players a smooth and accurate release.
 


 

The Original Crux was so successful that STX took it even further to give offensive players ever more advantages with the Crux10 designed for the advanced player.

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STX brought in their 10 degree technology that shifts the center of gravity in the head pushing the ball directly into the “sweet spot” of the head that allows for a quicker release.

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STX added their patented elastomer overmold on the top of the face to reduce ball spin and increase control

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Just like the original Crux, the Crux10 it features an extreme scoop angle for even more whip and accuracy versus the original Crux due to the 10 degree technology.,

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STX utilizes their Runaway Pocket on the Crux10 that has their unique overlapping center center string system that allows for the center runners to flex around the ball and hug it for better control.

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STX also gave the Crux10 the lowest legal sidewall to give players a larger and better pocket

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BUYER BEWARE: ONLY 10 degree heads from STX will ONLY fit onto 10 degree shafts or else you will get head that doesn’t sit naturally on the stick like this

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So if you are an offensive threat you should seriously consider checking out the STX Crux and Crux10 that will help you shoot for the corners and make sure you are “Equipped to Perform”

 


STX Stallion HD Gloves

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.

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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.”

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STX utilized a familiar techonology for protection throughout the entire glove with the High Def Polymer hence HD in the name Stallion HD.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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STX K18 Gear Review (Head, Handle, Arm Pads/Guards, Glove, Shoulder Pads)

Kyle Harrison STX K18 Gear Review

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Kyle Harrison is a world famous lacrosse player and member of Team STX on the LXM Pro Tour that continues to push himself as well as the game of lacrosse to another level. He has once again gone to the drawing board with STX product managers and designers to release his latest K18 line of equipment. The new K18 line has features that will benefit players as they continue on their journey through the sport of lacrosse. The new line also give players an understanding of what lacrosse has meant to Kyle over the years and what influenced him on the lacrosse field.

The new K18 line features a full line of protection from new gloves, arm protection (arm pads and arm guards), and shoulder pads. A new shaft was released with K18 line graphics that features his autograph as well as the iconic turtle design. But the real staple of this line is the new K18 U head where Kyle spent time working with the STX product managers to release a head that is truly a game changer.

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STX X10 Lacrosse Head and Maverik Wonderboy Shaft Review

By Chris Tomaselli, Commonwealth Lacrosse, Franklin, MA

What’s up everyone? This is Chris Tomaselli, checking in here at the Commonwealth Lacrosse blog. I will be kicking things up a notch with a Game Time Review and this week, I will be featuring one of the best defensive stick set-ups out there – an STX X10 Head strung up with Jimalax white hard mesh, white sidewall, and white shooting strings on a black Maverik Wonderboy defense shaft.

Why is this one of the best defensive stick combinations available? The STX X10 is the head every defenseman from middle school to the pros is using. A defensive stick should be stiff to throw hard checks, hurt your opposition’s performance, and should not warp or flex when poke-checking or scooping. The X10’s rigid trestle sidewall design gives you the necessary strength and stiffness that a defensive stick should have. The X10 also has many sidewall options, which offer a number of diverse stringing patterns to any stick doctor. Compliant under NCAA and NFHS rules, the X10 has a wide throat which is ideal for a defensive head.

To start this bad boy off, I laced up the X10 with the California Dream Top String (a.k.a. the Triangle Top String). Despite its difficulty, the California Dream is gaining popularity because it is able to pull the mesh tighter to the scoop which significantly minimizes the lip. Plus, I think that the California Dream gives your head a sophisticated style unlike any other regular top string.

Next, I made sure that my sidewall knots were larger than usual because the top sidewall holes are larger on the X10 than on most other heads. From there, my stringing pattern went as follows: Skip a hole, in a hole, skip a hole, in a hole, double up on the mesh, and then string until the 2nd last hole where I tied it off.

After putting in my bottom string, I picked my shooting string pattern. I put in a U for ball control and then two straighties for a smooth release. Personally I like to feel the ball come out of the stick a little bit so I threw on a nylon too. I ended up with a smooth channel, perfect for handling ground balls and a sweet mid pocket which gives the head the ability for superb fakes and a quick release during clears.

On the other half of the set up, I have the Maverik Wonderboy defense shaft. The Wonderboy is probably one of the best overall shafts on the market. The name says it all — Wonderboy. The urban definition of this term is a low profile super hero. Keeping a low profile in lacrosse is what it’s all about. Not too flashy, but not unnoticed. The design is in fact a Wonderboy. It showcases the name in big bold letters that grab your attention, but not in a negative way. Like the name, the graphics are not too flashy, but not unnoticed.

The Wonderboy features an interesting grip pattern on the shaft. On defense, it is important to be able to slide your hands on the shaft to throw poke checks, but also to have the control to hold onto it when throwing other checks and handling the ball. The shaft’s raised grip is positioned on the sides of the shaft so you can hold onto the shaft when cradling. The smooth part is located on the top and bottom of the shaft’s exterior making it easier for your hands to slide up and down during poke checks. To top off the Wonderboy’s low profile is its alloy composition.  It is a blend of titanium and aluminum metals that give the Wonderboy a combination of strength, lightness, and durability.

Individually, the STX X10 head and the Maverik Wonderboy shaft are great pieces of lacrosse equipment. When combined, the X10 and Wonderboy are bad news to any lacrosse player who opposes their reign. Stop into your local ComLax store, or shop our righteous website and add these weapons to your game today.


STX Alliance Lacrosse Shaft Preview

Pretty soon here at ComLax, we will be offering the STX Alliance Shaft. What makes this shaft worthy of a blog post, you ask? Well, the first and most notable thing to mention is that STX is introducing the idea of flex into lacrosse shafts this year. Love those STX folks, always thinking ahead, aren’t they? Anywa,y, the idea of flex for your shaft basically means that you can now purchase a lacrosse shaft based on your style of play and your position. Much like ice hockey, you can now optimize your on-field performance with the three following flex options on the Alliance:

 

85 Flex: This will be the most “whippy” of the three – in other words, you’ll find a lot of flex in this shaft. If you play a finesse game and pride yourself on speed, this shaft will give you a little more power and accuracy.

135 Flex:  This will offer you what we’ll call “mid-flex” – if your game requires a combination of brute power and finesse, or if you play multiple positions, this Alliance shaft is probably going to suit you best. This one is neither too stiff, nor too whippy.wa

160 Flex:  The 160 flex Alliance caters to the player who needs a very stiff shaft and tends to play with brute power.  The stiff 160 will still have some flex in it, but is really constructed for the ultimate in shooting power and is a rugged, more tough shaft. Made for the “heavy” guys (and we don’t mean weight, though players on the heavier side will benefit from the 160)

The Alliance shafts will be available at ComLax in the next few weeks! Stay tuned!