When choosing a new pair of lacrosse gloves the biggest things players look for (ignoring color options for now) are protection, fit and comfort. Brine took their popular Triumph glove and completely overhauled it for a new look and feel with the Triumph II for 2014.
So the other night I got to test out the new Recon XLU and impressed me with how well it performed I was skeptical at first. But Gait has completely revamped their product lines to deliver equipment which provides advantages to the players with their “more than a game” strategy. What this means is that Gait isn’t going to put out a product just so that the can put something out on the market they are spending the time on R&D to figure out ways to actually help improve a players game while keeping up with techonological advances in the market. As for the Recon XLU here is what I thought about the head and how it performed for me.
The sidewall design is the same as the XL with a narrow face for a great channel and amazing ball control. With this being a Universal head sometimes when companies “universalize” traditional heads they come out looking awkward but this looks great and feels great as well.The vertical design in the sidewall was strategically placed for strength and the ability to snap back into place and not warp the head. Multiple stringing holes allow for any pocket type to be strung up so you can string it just the way you want to.
I used it as a LSM to really put a test to the strength of the sidewalls and it truly impressed me and it performed great for me holding its shape. But on faceoffs it had the ability to plunge very easily and pop the ball easily without it being too flimsy or too stiff it was goldilocks JUST RIGHT! On poke checks it seems to hold it shape enough to land a solid check. On ground balls the moderate scoop allows players to easy grab ground balls so they can land in the pocket quickly and easily. On poke checks it seems to hold it shape enough to land a solid check.
Off the bat this head is real lightweight and offers a great balanced feel throughout the head and at only 128 grams this will be one of the lightest heads on the market. This head is obviously for those attackmen and midfielder who are have mid/high pockets that are looking to rip the net apart.
By only using it a couple times I can’t exactly say what the lifespan of the head is but the plastic is strong enough and sturdy enough to take a beating. The Recon XLU will perform the same way every time without having to worry about the head warping or breaking.
Overall I was very impressed with this head and I haven’t been impressed by a Gait head this much since the original Torque. But anyway this head is going to certainly make a huge jump in the NCAA community and I’m sure to see this on the field at UVA a lot throughout their midfield and attack core. Will come unstrung, strung with mesh or strung with traditional as well. Check back later to get this head when it comes out becuase we’re as excited as you are.
The Brine CYBER is back!!!! Once again Brine has brought back a head that was once very successful and updated it for 2013!
Brine updated this head for 2013 but stayed true to the heads roots which offers the same aggresive offset and styling to give you a head that will perform every time and be able to remain competitive. The Cyber is a defensemen’s dream head it light enough for easy mobility, strong enough to handle tons beatings and wide enough to get into any passing lane.
As the saying goes “defense wins championships” and Brine realized they needed to reinforce this idea into people’s heads by reinforcing the sidewalls of the Cyber to be able to put up with the rough play defenders are known for.The Cyber offers Brine’s strategic “Cross Beam Construction” which you can see reinforces the sidewall without being too aggresive and remaining lightweight.
Brine also redesigned the throat to reduce excess material and reinforced the connection to the shaft with two screw holes to reduce the rattling of loose heads.
The Cyber offers a wide enough face to allow any defender to get into the passing lanes and transition out of the defensive end. Also the shape helps to strengthen the head to help it remain sturdy.
As fans of the original Cyber we are really excited about this launch and look for these to be tearing up the defensive end.
If you’re in the market for a new head check them out here!!!!!
Cascade constantly pushes their designers to deliver quality products that offer both style and protection. Now Cascade has taken a page out of the recent trend of Matte finished colors to deliver the CPX-R in Matte Black. For right now only the CPX-R is offered in the Matted out version but these things are truly awesome. They look amazing and now the CPX-R gets a revamped style for 2013.
The CPX-R is a combination of an updated version of its predecessor the CPX and incorporates the technology of the revolutionary and wildly popular Pro7.The CPX-R offers a lighter shell than the previous versions with a more balanced shell that incorporates the SevenTech liner which will absorb impact and disperses it laterally throughout the entire helmet versus the previous versions with layers of foams.The CPX-R has what Cascade calls the SPR fit that takes the one size fits all and allows it to be customized to fit all sizes XS-XL.
We will be getting a few of these new buckets in the next week or so. Stay tuned to check out one of the most antcipated releases of the year. If you want to setup a team order for Matte Black CPX-R helmets just click here to contact our Team Sales department!
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.