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, the Under Armour Headline might be the perfect goalie head for you.
Lots of goalies love the Headline for box lacrosse but its also a solid and very underrated head for the field goalies as well!
Let’s jump right into the full Headline review.
Under Amour Headline Goalie Head Review
When you view the Under Armour Headline next to the STX Eclipse it’s pretty easy to see which head Under Armour chose to model.
The face shape, open sidewalls, and side profile of the two heads mirror one another. That’s probably a good thing for Under Armour because the STX Eclipse is one of my favorite goalie heads.
Given that the UA Headline is based on the STX Eclipse it features many of the same benefits you’ll find with the Eclipse. Namely good handling, solid rebound control, and ability to string up a nice pocket for outlet passes.
Given its similar side profile (angled slightly back), the Headline is good at scooping ground balls although its a little thicker in the top plastic. The thin top plastic of the STX Eclipse gives it a slight edge when it comes to scooping up GB’s.
The main difference between the two heads is towards the bottom where the Headline is just a few millimeters wider and noticeably thicker.
The thickness of the Headline is comparable to the STX Shield or the Warrior Nemesis 2. This thickness is going to do a couple of things when it comes to performance.
First, the thicker heads are not as flexible. A sturdy goalie head like the UA Headline benefits goalies in that if a high velocity shot contacts the upper quadrants of the head it won’t bend or rotate but will hold its shape and ensure the save is made.
The STX Eclipse is more flexible and can bend if a high MPH shot hits the right spot of the head. But the flexibility helps in ground balls, clamping, and for digging into the turf on bounce shots.
The thickness of the Headline also gives it just a little more weight than the STX Eclipse. The Headline weighs in at 11.9 ounces and the STX Eclipse at 11.3 ounces. As I’ve said before, it may not sound like much but there is a difference there. Overall the Headline is still on the lighter side – the Warrior Nemi 2 weight 12.4 ounces for comparison.
To reduce the weight a little while still providing that stiffness the Under Armour Headline features vented sidewalls. These vented sidewalls help produce a great strength to weight ratio in this goalie head.
The thickness also provides more durability. I broke two Eclipse’s throughout my college career. I haven’t field tested the Under Amour Headline with the same level of thoroughness as playing everyday but I can already tell the thicker plastic is going to hold up longer than the Eclipse.
As you can see in the picture, the throat of the UA Headline is a lot beefier compared to the Eclipse. According the Under Amour product description this beefier throat reduces rebounds but I’m not sure how, to be honest with you. To me, it’s more about a goalie’s soft hands and proper form to reduce rebounds.
Here’s a side by side shot of the UA Headline vs. the Warrior Nemesis 2:
As you can see the UA Headline has more surface area than the Warrior Nemi 2.
The UA Headline comes in white or black colors.
We already see this goalie head in use at the NLL and it’s my opinion that as Under Armour starts to get more involved in lacrosse (i.e. sponsoring NCAA and MLL teams) the goalies will gladly make the switch to the Under Armour Headline from their current goalie head.
Under Armour Headline Review: Stringing
The Headline comes with the same number of top holes as the STX Eclipse. This gives you the option to string up any type of mesh (12D, 14D, 20D) into the Headline for a great pocket.
While I’m not a great stringer there are plenty on Instagram who love whipping up really nice UA Headlines, such as Redbeard_Lax:
The comparison pic above and the one below comes from one of Redbeard’s beauties. You should also check out his review of the UA Headline.
The sidewall holes on the Headline are a little complicated. They’re larger and more spaced then the Eclipse.
Would have been nice to have a few more sidewall holes for more stringing and pocket options in the UA Headline. But that said, it’s still easy enough to string a good pocket into the Headline.
To get a well channeled pocket on his Under Armour Headline stringing guru Cameron Crowley aka GoalieStrings on IG had to use a quad sidewall which is an advanced stringing technique that a beginner stick ninja (or myself) probably wouldn’t know.
Under Armour Headline Review: Price
The UA Headline is priced competitively. The unstrung version will cost you $75.
That’s the same price as the unstrung STX Eclipse.
The unstrung Nemi 2 will set you back $100 so the Headline is $25 cheaper.
You can buy the Headline here on LacrosseMonkey.com.
Since the UA Headline isn’t as common as the STX Eclipse you probably won’t have much luck finding used versions on Craigslist, Ebay, or Sidelineswap.com but its definitely worth giving that a try if you can’t afford the new version.
If you like the shape and feel of the STX Eclipse but are looking for something a little more stiff and durable, then give the Under Armour Headline a try.
I would call the Headline a sturdier, stiffer version of the STX Eclipse. For exactly the same price.
We may have to add the Under Armour Headline into the mix for the great goalie head debate.
Pickup your unstrung Headline on LacrosseMonkey.com.
Until next time! Coach Damon
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