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”!
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.
Reebok has stepped onto the dark side with their new Black line of Equipment with their new Black Arm Pads, Black Shoulder Pads and Black A1X shaft. First we will look at the protective items in the Black line with the Arm Pads and Shoulder Pads.
The Black Line is a no nonsense line of protective and for 2013 Reebok has removed a lot of the bulk that reebok protective previously had designed for the indoor game. They have really transitioned well here to create a lightweight – as well as protective – line and designed it for the outdoor game.This doesn’t mean that these things can’t take a beating because they can! Reebok used high grade EVA foams throughout the arm pads and shoulder pads to help reduce weight while still having the ability to absorb a beatin.
Reebok also added their Carbon Lite technology where these Carbon Lite plates were strategically places on the shoulder caps, sternum and on the elbow cap of the arm pads. With the Black protective Reebok transitioned well from the box game to more of a field design we certainly like that they cut down a lot of the excess material.
Now onto the Black V1X handle…
The V1X is definitely one of the lightest shafts we’ve felt in a while and it feels nice. The sand blasted grip helps to give that nice grip feel to it so that you don’t need to weigh down the stick with tape to get the grip one may want.
Reebok teamed up with True Temper to help create a new molding process that utilizes a 2-step process of molding and heating versus the traditional one step method to help create a stronger and lighter shaft. The shaft is made of a 7068 alloy that is a blend of different metals to provide the strength and weight that has a better strength to weight ratio than most other shafts on the market—according to Reebok. We haven’t got to test it out in a game yet but we are sure that it can stand up to the competition and leave its Black marks on their shafts.
Overall we think Reebok certainly stepped up their game for great transition into more of field designed line of equipment. With all of this new technology Reebok has brought to the Black line you can definitely get the performance you want out of these. Check out the new Reebok Black line to get the elite level performance you have been looking for.
You can order the Reebok Black Arm Pads here, the Black Shoulder Pads here and the Black Shaft here.
You can also see our videos here, featuring Brodie Merrill, Jordan Hall and some action shots and modeling by Dan Dawson.