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!


Maverik Metrik

Breaking into the lacrosse market is not easy but Maverik Lacrosse has found a way to succeed in the evolving world of lacrosse. Like any good business or skill you need to set the foundation before you can expand and Maverik is a great example of how to do it correctly. Some of Maverik’s heads in the past were great on the design side but the performance wasn’t exactly there. Some of the heads were not strong enough to put up with going into battle everyday. So Maverik’s R&D team went back to the basics to figure out what players look for and how to help them succeed. This year Maverik released their newest and most anticipated head of the year; The Metrik.

Maverik product designers went back to the drawing board with this one and decided to start from scratch and deliver a high quality fit enough for a pro….And that’s just what they did, they went to the Pro’s on the LXM tour and their sponsored athletes and got their input on what makes a head accurate and what they wanted to see from the head.

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To get the strength and stability they wanted Maverik R&D reengineered their sidewalls to be able to put up with an everyday player’s demands. Maverik utilized a new molding process for the Metrik and they strategically positioned the struts in the sidewall to give the Metrik strength and stability in what Maverik calls their True Form Technology.

 

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When I first saw this head I thought “Oh, another Maverik head that will bend immediately….”, but to my surprise it held up and didn’t bend at all. It is good to see Maverik is building products that will perform high the highest levels.

 

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Maverik also featured a dual scoop design where the Metrik has two profiles on the scoop where the outer parts of the scoop is rounded off for easy ground balls while the center of the scoop has a concave design to create a natural channel for the ball to increase accuracy when passing and shooting.

Overall Maverik since Maverik went back to the drawing board on the Metrik they have really fine tuned the essentials of the head to keep up with demands for high performance.

 

 


East Coast Mesh Review

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Over the past couple years we have seen a huge increase in “treated” mesh with wax meshes being the main player. We recently brought in East Coast Dyes “East Coast Mesh” and we have certainly been blown away with the variety of their mesh, the performance of the mesh and fast break in with little maintenance. East Coast doesn’t just coat their mesh in wax they actually infuse the mesh with the wax so that it wont just fall off the wax is literally in the strands so you can “feel the difference”.

 

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Easy Coast Mesh offers a variety of different types of mesh from different diamond size and they offer a big selection of color combinations. We have found that they have taken care of everyone whether you like 10 diamond or 6 diamond player or goalie they have it all! Another great feature is that they offer so many different color options whether it is their traditional solid white mesh, to the two colors fade option and even their special striker mesh types they offer ECM for everyone.

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The performance was great and versus other wax meshes I have tried in the past I liked ECM the best so far because it is kind of a hybrid of hard mesh (consistency) and soft mesh ( ball control ). The biggest thing I saw was that ECM wax didn’t flake off like some other waxy meshes on the market and this is due to their infusion process. closeupIt was great because it had the consistent feel of hard mesh but was easily maneuverable like soft mesh. The wax does grip the ball well but not too much and you really get a great feel for it in the pocket and also during the release. With the heart of Winter coming up we have had some of our employees test it in the snow and even though it was cold out ECM still had the same consistency we were looking for.

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Just like most other sports there are certain break-in periods for new equipment, previously breaking in a piece of hard mesh took some work. The break-in time on ECM was very quick and it wasn’t hard to get the pocket the way I wanted. It was easy to string and stretch the mesh out where sometimes with hard mesh I dunk in water to loosen it up a bit. ECM was so easy to string and it didn’t flake off wax like some of the other wax meshes on the market. The only thing I may have had a small problem with was that my hands got slightly sticky but that is a small price to pay for such a great product. Also because of the weatherproof aspect of the wax the maintenance of the pockets doesn’t need to be tweaked too often like other types of stringing.

We have had some really good feedback from some our employees who have strung some ECM pockets up as well as players who have used it seem to like the feel and play of East Coast Mesh!

We certainly have felt the difference but have you?!?!?

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2013 Lacrosse Holiday Gift Guide

Lacrosse Holiday Gift Guide

Welcome to the 2013 ComLax Holiday Gift Guide! It is easy for things to get out of control during the holidays, so we figured it would be a good idea to offer you some help finding the perfect gift for every lacrosse player and fan in your life. To make things easy, we went through the copious amount of lacrosse heads, helmets, shafts, gloves and gift items in our store and narrowed each category down to a small grouping of items that are sure to bring holiday cheer. There are perfect ideas for every price range and age level, so use the buttons below to find some great gifts!

STX K18 Head

HEADS

Cascade R Custom Helmet

HELMETS

STX Surgeon Sci-Ti Shaft

SHAFTS

STX Stallion HD Glove

GLOVES

Lacrosse Gift Ideas

GIFTS