While each goalie may have his/her personal preference of low, mid, or high-tops, this cleat is a mid which provides the best of both worlds. You have the movement from a low-top cleat and the durability and ankle support from a high-top cleat.
Let’s get into our review of the cleat that many collegiate lacrosse players are using today: the UA Banshee Mid.
The cleat itself feels pretty good for the most part. For myself, I found that it wasn’t too tight fitting like other mid-cleats on the market, such as the Nike Huaraches.
However, perhaps they can be a bit too loose around the feet at times, but when making saves, I felt just as agile as ever.
They do seem to run a bit big, about half a size or so, but again the little extra wiggle room won’t particularly take away from your saving ability.
In fact, some goalies even go up half a size to get a little extra room on the toe to just make their job of foot saves a little easier.
I’ve been wearing the Under Armour Banshees for about 6 months now and they’ve held up great.
The ankle support is still in-tact, and the cleat bottoms themselves have barely been worn. It’s a great cleat in terms of durability and I haven’t seen the performance go down the slightest in 6 months of play, including most of a college lacrosse season and not to mention hours on the field day in and day out.
In fact, I’d say the UA Banshee is probably one of the toughest cleats I’ve ever worn, which I think is important for goalies to have.
Also, taking a 90mph plus shot off of one of these cleats didn’t affect me one bit, giving me even more confidence to recommend this cleat to a goalie of any age or skill.
The cleat isn’t the most attractive on the market, however the structure is perhaps one of the best for goalies.
The cleat stands tall on the bottom with a strong center, making the player as about as balanced as you can get.
I also have had many ankle injuries in the past and I haven’t once rolled or twisted my ankles in these cleats. The exterior feels loose, but keeps you strapped in and holding your balance.
For example, when I make an off stick low save, I think goalies tend to fall when it goes to the corner, trying to get anything and everything out there to make the save. Of course, this is due to a lack of balance and mobility.
In these cleats, I see myself staying on my feet more on the tough low saves, making them picture perfect.
I’m not saying you’ll instantly become the next John Galloway wearing these cleats, but it will certainly support your balance.
This is more of an opinion than really what’s going to affect play, but design can be looked at in two ways.
First off, in my opinion, there are better-looking cleats out there on the market.
However, visuals aren’t going to help you make the save, but look good and play good is definitely real.
Am I saying they are ugly? No, not even close.
In fact, I’d say they are in the top 5 in terms of style for mid lacrosse cleat out there. However, when you compare it to the look of the Nike Huarache for example, it’s tough to say that the UA Banshee is better looking.
However, like I said though, design goes two ways. In terms of how the cleat was built, this ties in what I said I said about structure.
As a goalie, I prefer this much over the Huarache, which is right up there with the UA Highlights in terms of popularity.
At the price of around $100, it isn’t one of the cheapest cleats available, but certainly not some of the most expensive. In comparison, its right around the price of most Nike Huaraches. However, my opinion would be to sway any goalie in the direction of the UA Banshee.
The way they feel and perform outclasses the Nike Huarache, at least for the goalie position. Now, I’m not saying the Huarache is a bad cleat, because it’s definitely one of the best available on the market, but for me, the fit of Nike cleats in general just are too narrow and compact for my liking.
Other cleats, such as those made by warrior have a similar look and feel to the UA Banshee. Those cleats you can usually get around $50 if you are a smart shopper, but they aren’t as durable as the Banshee, so it really depends on your situation.
If you are in need of a quick pair of cleats like to finish out a season with, a Warrior cleat may be the smarter option.
However, if you are actively looking for your new cleat for an upcoming season, then I’d advise going with the durability of the Under Armour Banshee rather than the price of some warrior mid cleats.
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About Coach Damon
About Coach Damon
Lacrosse is my passion! The game has given me so much and this blog is my way of giving back to the lax community. Specifically the most bad a$$ part of that community - the goalies! After learning to play goalie from scratch, I wanted to create a site where I could share what I learned with others so they too can become champions in the crease and in life. Learn more about Coach Damon.