Category: Gear Reviews

My reviews of lacrosse goalie gear and equipment

StringKing Metal 2 Goalie Shaft Review

Lacrosse goalie shafts sure have come a long way since I first stepped into the cage.

In today’s game a goalie can attach a shaft that is extremely light and makes his or her whole stick setup feel quick and nimble. Light years better than the aluminum bricks that used to accompany our lacrosse goalie heads.

This week we’re going to a do a full review of the StringKing Metal 2 goalie shaft.

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A Brief History of Lacrosse Helmets

Hope everyone is enjoying the off-season. Given that it is the off-season, for this week’s post I’m taking a break from those tasty lacrosse goalie tips and delving into the history of the lacrosse helmet.

At the end of the 2017 NCAA season, Cascade released their model S helmet and I think the lacrosse world joined me in saying – “wow, these things are nice”.

Cascade S Helmets

Lacrosse is the oldest team sport in America with evidence of versions of the game being played in the 1600’s in northeast Canada and in the US by Native American tribes like the Onondaga.

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STX Shield 500 Goalie Gloves Review

Hello to all you lax goalie rats! Today we’re taking a look at one of STX’s premier goalie gloves – the STX Shield 500.

I got these gloves about a month ago and have now had a bit of time playing around with them via wall ball, taking shots, and playing in a summer tournament with the Shield 500’s protecting my hands.

My experience was generally positive through everything, and some areas exceeded expectations above and beyond.

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My Experience With the STX Eclipse II

While I am a lax rat, I’ve never really been a gear rat. I hardly ever get excited about a new piece of gear.

When they announced the STX Eclipse II – I got excited.

And why shouldn’t I? The original STX Eclipse is my go-to goalie head. But that original was released in 1999!

18 years ago! Making this updated STX Eclipse II well over due.

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Lacrosse Goalie Mesh: The Ultimate Guide to 12D Mesh

One of the most requested posts I get these days is for an in-depth review of different lacrosse goalie mesh.

Problem is, in all honesty, I’m no expert on goalie mesh. I could probably write the “The Incomplete and Often Erroneous Guide to Lacrosse Goalie Mesh” but I couldn’t write the “The Ultimate Guide to the Lacrosse Goalie Mesh”.  I always stuck with what works for me and have never really explored everything available to us goalies in terms of mesh options.

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Other Essential Items for Your Lacrosse Goalie Bag

If you’ve been playing goalie for any amount of time you’ve likely already got all the standard lacrosse goalie gear to be protected in the net.

Today I want to cover some other miscellaneous pieces of gear that I always carry in my lacrosse bag.  Some might argue these are non-essential items for your bag, but essential items for your lacrosse goalie bag sounded like a better post title.

Looking through my goalie bag after you pull out the helmet,

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Under Armour Headline Goalie Head Review

The Under Armour Headline is the brand’s first ever lacrosse goalie head and in this post I’ll give my full review of the Headline.

Released in 2014, overall the Headline is a solid 1st entry into the goalie head market and its a recommended goalie head for both advanced and beginner lacrosse goalies.

If you like the shape and performance of the STX Eclipse but are looking for something a little more rigid and durable at the exact same price point,

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The Great Head Debate: Eclipse vs. Nemesis

Today’s article is a guest post from Paul Burke in Alpharetta, GA and a freshman at the University of South Carolina. If you’re interested in contributing guest posts to LaxGoalieRat email me: [email protected] with the subject “Guest Post” and your idea for the article in the body. 

The STX Eclipse and the original Warrior Nemesis are the Coke and Pepsi of goalie heads.

Us goalies know that we’re limited to less than a handful of heads to choose from,

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The Cascade R Helmet Review

As a goalie getting shots fired at you on a regular basis there’s a very high risk of a head injury.

As the sports world, from youth all the way up the pros, starts to understand the severe impact of concussions the type of helmet we choose becomes extremely important.

If you’re serious about protecting your dome as a goalie you should purchase the best helmet that you can afford.

Today we’ll take a look at the Cascade R helmet.

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Warrior Kryptolyte Shaft Review

An important piece of getting a good stick setup is attaching the right shaft.

It needs to be light enough to be moved around easily, but also durable enough to withstand seasons of punishment.

Although generally overlooked, the shaft that you attach to your goalie stick matters as it effects your ability to pass, to make saves, and to control the ball outside of the net. Because of this, it is crucial to make a good purchase when buying a shaft.

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