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.
When Warrior and Paul Rabil sat down they set out to create the ultimate scoring machine and what we got was; THE RABIL, a head inspired by the BEST scorer in the game.
First he was a 2-time national champion with Johns Hopkins, selected 1st overall by the Boston Cannons in the 2008 MLL draft, 2011 MLL champion with the Cannons, 3-time offensive player of the year and 2-time MLL MVP. Paul Rabil is with out a doubt one of the best players to EVER play the game and with that being said, he always wants to make sure he performs at his best. In 2009 Rabil set the WORLD RECORD for fastest shot at 111 mph. With that in mind Warrior scooped up Rabil to join their design staff in 2012 and whether or not they hit the jackpot remains to be seen but we think they’ll do okay.
Rabil personally sat down with Warrior’s research and design team to fine tune and tweak areas specific to enhancing his shooting mechanics. During the R&D of this stick Warrior design managers wanted to capture shooting mechanics in real time so they could understand how sticks perform in different circumstances to get data on shooting mechanics work within stick construction. Here you can see a Warrior Evo 3 with a bunch of sensors on it.
At first glance of the head you can see the maximum offset with Warrior’s TruOffset technology to allow for a deeper pocket and smoother feel when stick handling.
The Rabil has a great universal pinch with the flared bottom sidewall so that everyone at any level can use it. The bottom sidewall also has a specifically designed curve to create a perfect and consistent release from the pocket on shots and passes.
The lightweight design is showcased with Warrior’s NOZ molding process with hollowed out sidewall which is injected with NOZ to create that lightweight feel yet add strength as well. Also there are a TON of sidewall holes so that all you string surgeons out there can get fancy and string this head up a million different ways.
Warrior also added their 2shot customizable molding process also allows for multiple colors to be injected into the head where the Rabil is available in 7 different color ways.
All in all we think that this head will be pretty amazing and this should be making its way to a ComLax near you and online within the next couple weeks, so stay tuned. ALL HAIL!!
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!
It’s fall, so what better time to try some new heads and have a little fun? For many players at all levels, the autumn provides an ideal time to get out and test out your weapon of choice for the upcoming season. With new product arriving to our stores daily, I had the distinct pleasure of trying the new Warrior M80 X lacrosse head. After only a few sessions of torching my opponents for a few G’s, I noticed some great new features that seperate this head from past others.
The M80 X has a been given a significant face-lift, starting with the sidewall. The new double-X sidewall provides superior stiffness and durability. In addition many multiple string holes along the rail provide a stringers delight. The reinforced scoop design gives you a durable scoop that can scoop up ground balls with ease. The overall stiffness and light weight of the head make this a player favorite for any field player. Currently, the M80 will only be available in (X) universal specs. Please visit us at any of our retail store loactions or click the link above to get yourself one now. Until next time…….Bar Down