Head protection is a serious matter in any sport and as of late has become a more serious concern in womens’ lacrosse. Unequal Technologies, a relatively new company in the lacrosse world, has come up with a new product called the HALO to address these concerns and offer additional head protection. Before we get into this exciting new product, let’s take a look at what has been going on in the world of womens’ lacrosse in regard to head injury concerns.
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!