January 31, 2013

NELJ Buyer's Guide: Sticks and heads

New England Lacrosse Journal's January buyer's guide features the latest and greatest lacrosse sticks from the game's top manufacturers.

MAVERIK

www.maveriklacrosse.com

H2 shaft

Durable and lightweight, the H2 (pictured above) shows up for work every day you do. Made from a scandium and titanium alloy, strength and handling are never in question. With TactileGrip technology for added durability and feel, the H2 is the high-performance weapon that is always battle-ready. Sizes: 30 inches, 60 inches. Colors: Black, Silver, Gunmetal, Carolina, and Green.

MSRP:  $104.99 for the attack (30”) shaft, and $134.99 for the defense shaft

A1 shaft

Made from Maverik’s proprietary A1Rium material, this baby is light and powerful. And with the brand-new Grit Grip, you’ll never want to let it go. Bead-blasted GritGrip technology gives you enhanced stick control. Coming in at a mere 5.4 ounces, it’s a lightweight precision tool. Brand-new A1Rium material has the strength and durability every player needs. Sizes: 30 inches, 60 inches. Colors: Black, White, and Silver.

MSRP: $89.99 for the attack (30”) shaft, and $119.99 for the defense shaft

REEBOK 

www.reebok.com

Reebok Black V1X

Reebok Black was designed and engineered for the elite lacrosse player. Reebok’s new V1X Black handle is the perfect combination of weight, durability and feel. It is the most balanced shaft on the market — resulting in the best strength-to-weight ratio. V1X (pictured above) is 2.5 percent lighter and 17.8 percent stronger than the top-selling shafts out on the market based on traditional testing methods (the three-point bend test and drop test).

MSRP: $134.99/$80 (30 inches); $144.99/$85 (40 inches); $184.99/$90 (60 inches)

Reebok Mini Sticks

Reebok introduces its first-ever mini stick for all lacrosse players. Reebok’s proprietary hydrofusion process with the black/lime wave design make this mini stick stand out from all the rest. Perfect for use in mini lacrosse games. Not intended for performance play/competition. Colors: Lime, red, orange, pink, purple, yellow, kelly green, teal.

MSRP: $28.99/$19.50

C12 LACROSSE 

www.C12Lax.com

Dirty Attack

The most advanced carbon fiber Attack Handle in the industry. When lightness, strength and accuracy is demanded. Featuring the new K-Grip, which provides an improved feel in all weather conditions while eliminating the need for tape. Available in Blue, Red, Green, Gray, Orange, Yellow, and Maroon.12-month warranty.

MSRP: $145

Dirty Midfield

The most advanced carbon fiber Attack Handle in the industry. When lightness, strength and accuracy is demanded. Featuring the new K-Grip, which provides an improved feel in all weather conditions while eliminating the need for tape. Available in Blue, Red, Green, Gray, Orange, Yellow, and Maroon.12-month warranty.

MSRP: $150

Dirty LSM

C-12 Lacrosse’s carbon fiber Dirty LSM is not for everyone! If you’re called upon by your coach to close off the oppositions’ best scoring threat, then keep reading. This ultra-light pole is engineered to pepper gloves and to throw lightning-quick checks, while transitioning to offense with confidence. Featuring the new K-Grip, which provides an improved feel in all weather conditions while eliminating the need for tape. Available in Blue, Red, Green, Gray, Orange, Yellow, and Maroon. 12-month warranty.

MSRP: $220

Dirty Close D

When your style of play has a commanding physical presence, look no further. The carbon fiber Dirty Close D is engineered specifically for the defenseman who thrives on dropping lumber on the gloves or making a game-changing check. Featuring the new K-Grip, which provides an improved feel in all weather conditions while eliminating the need for tape. Available in Blue, Red, Green, Gray, Orange, Yellow, and Maroon. 12-month warranty.

MSRP: $225

Dirty Goalie

When lightness and strength are required. WARNING: Extreme reaction speed increase likely! Featuring the new K-Grip, which provides an improved feel in all weather conditions while eliminating the need for tape. Available in Blue, Green, Gray, Orange, Red, Yellow and Maroon. 12-month warranty.

MSRP: $165

SicStik

C-12 Lacrosse’s Sic Line is a carbon fiber handle made with some SIC stuff that brings to the women’s game a new lighter and stronger SicStik. This handle is engineered to increase your shot speed and give you better ball control. Featuring the new K-Grip, which provides an improved feel in all weather conditions while eliminating the need for tape. Available in 1-inch and 7/8-inch sizes. 12-month warranty.

MSRP: $105

BRINE

www.brine.com

Clutch Elite

The newest head in the Clutch line offers superior strength with a lightweight frame. Features Core Technology to decrease weight without compromising stiffness. Lighter than the Clutch 2 and stiffer than the Clutch Superlight. Comes in eight colors.

MSRP: $90

Mantra 2 (pictured right)

Designated string holes for superior pocket placement. Features a unique two-shot color application for enhanced customization. Updated ball-stop area provides optimal retention and a smooth transition.

MSRP: $110

Houdini

Pro-Pinch combined with Max Patented Truoffset provides superior ball control and increased accuracy on difficult shots. Open sidewall design with Quad-Cross sidewall makes for the ultimate balance between lightweight and stiffness. Injection molded with a permanent Matte Finish. Scoop designed specifically for catching quick passes and easy groundball pickups.

MSRP: $105

F55 Friction

Dual Diamond textures with four new colors and optional grip placement. First half is a solid Diamond texture that can be near the bottom hand for increased grip on hard shots or near the top for increased control while cradling. Second half is a candy-cane Diamond texture pattern that helps to provide additional feel when changing hands. Ideal handle for poor weather conditions.

MSRP: $140

A1

Recessed sidewall string ridge creates ultimate pocket formation. Super V-Scoop creates maximum accuracy in shooting and passing. Extreme control angle near the scoop provides the utmost ball control. Meets US Lacrosse specifications.

MSRP: $110

WARRIOR

www.warrior.com/lacrosse

Rabil X head (pictured right)

Straight from the mind of MLL superstar Paul Rabil, who personally tweaked and finely tuned this head into the ultimate shooting weapon. The maximum Truoffset design coupled with the long bottom sidewall rail curve creates the perfect pocket release, giving you more velocity on your shot. Two-shot sidewall design allows for multicolor heads in seven stock colors. Comes with Warrior’s premium Pro Strung Pockets.

MSRP: $128

Rabil
Dolo Diamond

Developed by Paul Rabil with his signature repeating logo design and color ways. Diamond Grip provides the perfect amount of friction on your shaft while still allowing you to freely change hand positions while shooting, dodging and throwing checks. Made from an ultra-high end Altium alloy, exclusive to Warrior, the Dolo series has the best strength-to-weight ratio of any handle in the Warrior line.

MSRP: $170

Krypto Pro
Diamond Shaft

Premium diamond coat grip won’t wear off over time and performs in both dry and wet conditions. Made from a new ultra-high end K-Pro superlight alloy, with a diamond coat finish. New “Big Diamond” graphic package.

MSRP: $150

Bullzeye Complete Stick

Flatter scoop is more forgiving for groundball pickups and allows the ball to quickly transition into the pocket. Perfect blend of wide catching area with narrow pocket area that keeps the ball centered in the pocket. Strung with an Ultra Mesh pocket that maintains a consistent pocket shape and breaks in quickly.

MSRP: $60

STX

www.stx.com

Stallion Sc-Ti

The successor to one of the most popular handles in the game — STX’s Sc-Ti Pro. The new Stallion Sc-Ti features a thicker wall for better durability. The handle is designed for players who want a high-strength, lightweight handle.

Crux10 (pictured right)

The Crux10 is the ultimate shooting and passing weapon. The extreme scoop provides the elite attacker with more whip and accuracy. The 10-degree technology drives the ball to the sweet spot for a quick release and provides the best in ball feel. The elastomer overmolding in the lower half of the head eliminates ball spin.

MSRP: $150

Surgeon
Sc-Ti

The Surgeon Sc-Ti features the same great Sc-Ti material but with a thinner wall for the player who demands ultra-lightweight strength. This handle is designed for players who want maximum control and pinpoint accuracy. 

HammerU

The HammerU is engineered for strength and stability for the advanced defender. The C-Channel technology extends along the full bottom rail and through the scoop to provide extra strength for checking and stability on ground balls. The three sidewall braces provide additional stability on groundballs. The bottom rail is designed for a high pocket but with multiple sidewall holes its easy to string any type of pocket. Features STX-patented Forward Cant technology.

Shield

The Shield is engineered for strength and stability for the advanced goaltender. C-Channel technology is used in both the top and bottom rails to provide extra strength for more saves and more stability when throwing outlet passes. The Shield also features an ergonomic throat design that is comfortable and improves wrist mobility.

Exult10

The Exult10 provides the elite midfielder with a smooth and accurate release. The Exult10 features a wider face to have a larger surface area for interception and reception of passes. The 10-degree technology, paired with the lowest legal sidewalls allow for improved ball handling. The Exult10 comes complete on the composite Lever 10-degree handle.

MSRP: $175

Crux Limited Edition

The popular Crux head has an extreme scoop angle, which provides the most whip and accuracy available on a straight head. Offered with the equally popular runway pocket, this stick offers better ball control and protection. This limited edition complete stick includes the upgraded composite Propel handle.

MSRP: $140

This article originally appeared in the January 2013 issue of New England Lacrosse Journal.

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