Warrior Reflective Series

Warrior Reflective Series:

Warrior lacrosse has been one of the most innovative lacrosse companies on the market for the past 22 years. When David Morrow founded Warrior in 1992 he released the first Titanium lacrosse stick which revolutionized the lacrosse world. Now almost every lacrosse company features handles that include titanium or titanium enhanced alloys. Warrior always pushes their products to the edge with their innovation and once again they have done this with their new “Reflective Series.”

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The silver accents on the product are the reflective material, which is similar to what runners wear on reflective vests.

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Cascade R

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.

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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 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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2014 Brine Swizzle Scandium

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.

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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.

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They have released many versions of this type of specialized grip over the years which have been very popular amongst players.

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Fast forward to today:

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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.

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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.

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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”!

 

 

 


This Year in Gear 2013

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This year was a big year for some companies and it was the end for some others (cough cough Reebok and Easton).  But across the board 2013 was a big year for gear where all the companies brought new products to the market some of which really took off and some of which did not. But overall 2013 was a great “Year in Gear” and we will be going into what worked and what flopped.

Brine

Men

Brine had a real strong year with continued success of their King line and its fourth installment with the King IV protective. But they also released the Clutch Elite head which really caught the eyes of a lot of players.

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The staple of the new King line for Brine and probable their biggest release was the King IV gloves. These gloves completely revolutionized the way your hands are ventilated while still remaining protective with their new floating “Arch” technology in the back of the hand which we a seeing a lot of on other companies for 2014.

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The Clutch Elite became popular because it is lightweight like the Clutch SL and strong enough like the traditional Clutch to offer benefits to all positions. This was due to their Core Tech system that actually carved out sections of the plastic to create a lighter  feel but also helped create strength.

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Women

In 2013 Brine’s women got a revamp on the Mantra with the Mantra 2 that has a 2shot molding process that allowed it to be customizable.

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STX

Men

STX really focused on products based on position so that players can use different pieces of gear to fit their game and style. They started with the release of the Hammer U head built for defenders by defenders. They utilized a wide face shape the allow defneders to get into the passing lanes and pick off passes easier.

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They used the C-Channel Technology to deliver a stiff sidewall design that disperses energy throughout the sidewall versus targeting one pressure point.

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They also replaced the traditional Sci Ti with two models the Surgeon Sci Ti a lighter version designed for quickness and the Stallion Sci Ti designed with a thicker wall for toughness.

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STX also released the Shield goalie head to overtake the wildly popular eclipse that has been the staple of goalie heads for a long time.

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Women

STX released their new Exult 10 which is designed for the elite midfielder and offers superior ball control with their patented 10 degree offset. The 10 degree offset works well in the women’s game because it drives the ball directly into the sweet spot of the pocket and creates a smooth release.

 

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Warrior

2013 was a big year for Paul Rabil because he released his first ever Rabil Line.

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Rabil gave input on a head that is designed to give midfielders the ultimate shooting weapon and then the Rabil head was born.

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He also designed a special version of the Dolo Diamond with his logo repeating down the side of the shaft.

 

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He also developed a protective line the features Cage system that creates a lightweight feel and ultimate breathability and ventilation which is featured throughout the shoulder and arm pads.

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Warrior also revisited an old friend the Blade which had fogo’s everywhere drooling when the Blade Pro released.

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Maverik

Maverik has really upped their game and become one of the leaders in the market for lacrosse. It wasn’t easy but Maverik had a great year in 2013 with the success of their A1 shaft that offer a lightweight and durable performance.

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They also released their second version of the Maybach with the Maybach Deuce for maximum flexibility and an extremely lightweight feel.
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Under Armour

Men

Like we stated before the lacrosse market isn’t easy to break into but with a powerful name like Under Armour they have been make strides every year to design gear that will attract players visually but also will benefit them on the field. In 2013 Under Armour released the Charge head which was one of their stiffest heads and offered a variety of players with benefits.

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Their Player SS line featured a really cool looking black themed color design but who cares about what you look like it needs to feel right and the Player SS shoulders offered a lot of protection with minimal weight and high amounts of flexibility from the “molded skin” technology.

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Women

Under Armour has taken strides to become a leader in the lacrosse market since they started and on their women’s side it is no different. They released their new Illusion goggles that have two certifications one model one for field hockey as well as lacrosse certifications and one that met only lacrosse certifications. UA noticed that a lot of girls were buying two sets of goggles if they played both sports so to eliminate that they added more bars to the lacrosse model to work under both certifications.

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Nike

Men


Nike stepped up their game with their Vapor line that produces the Vapor head that was designed to be lightweight and stiff at the same time. The gradual offset allows any player to see the benefits but is a perfect head for feeding and shooting.

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Women

Nike realized that they needed to go after the intermediate level player when designing sticks and voila the Arise was born. The Arise has a raised ball stop height designed for protection when handling the ball.

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On the other side of the table we have the players who are looking from the outside in or may not even be looking anymore. In 2013 we are sad to say that we lost two members of the lacrosse gear community one being Easton and the other being Reebok. We have said it multiple times it isn’t easy to enter into the lacrosse world as a new company and the quality of the products they release or in Reebok’s case didn’t release. Easton had great design in their shafts but I think after their Raptor helmet recall in 2012 they could never recover PR wise.

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In Reebok’s case they were almost everywhere in the lacrosse world especially the indoor game, they actually sponsored the NLL and had some years of good products being released.

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But in 2013 they were going to release their highly anticipated Reebok Black line, but instead it was like a blind date that didn’t show up. We got all the hype and were excited to see all the new stuff in the Black line, but when it came down to it there were manufacturing problems with the 11K head(never released to public) and the Black gloves (never released to public).

 

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For what Reebok did release of the Black line the only salvageable product were the shoulder pads where were real light and had great protection but never really took off.

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The Black Arm Guards were severely underwhelming when you put them on, the pad was awkwardly shaped and didn’t move naturally with your arm and they looked bulky and ugly.
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Easton
In Easton’s case when they first entered the market they had some good products with their handles but their protection was very bad with the release of the Stealth RS line.   It seemed that they just took their hockey equipment put a couple more breaks in it and called it lacrosse equipment. If anyone has ever tried playing lacrosse in hockey elbow pads or hockey gloves it just doesn’t work because there isn’t enough flexibility to move the way you need to in lacrosse.

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They released the Stealth Core head which had the reflex tech and adjustable pinch technology. It seemed that Easton was trying to create technology solely to say they created a new technology which is never a good way to stand out from the crowd.

 

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But with 2013 in the books we can begin to look forward to 2014 and all the sweet gear that is going to be released!