￼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.
In this post we’ll take a look at an excellent option: the Warrior Kryptolyte shaft.
While shafts can be as short as an attack shaft, or as long as a long pole, goalies typically use a shaft between 30-40” or the length of an attack shaft up to the standard goalie shaft length you’d buy from Amazon.
A longer shaft can be beneficial to a goalie since the additional length gives the goalie more torque in their outlet passes, thus allowing them to throw the ball further.
Also some goalies swear the extra length gives them a save or two more per year – shaft saves.
One downside to this extra length in a shaft is that all the extra metal causes the shaft to be heavier than one that is shorter. It can also get caught in the net or other places around the goalie if your technique suffers.
Although this should not affect goalies with good fundamentals, however it can end up being a problem with younger goalies, or even just with saves where a goalie is in an unsettled situation. Finally, some goalies just don’t see a need for the extra length on their shaft.
Personally, I prefer a shorter shaft as it makes my stick lighter, giving me quicker hands. I also feel as though the longer shaft is just unnecessary since I can generally get my clears as long as I need them to be with a normal attack length shaft.
Also, it makes it easier to handle outside of the cage, and allows me to better protect the ball on clears than I could with a longer shaft.
This shaft comes in both attack and goalie length so it is a good fit regardless of which shaft length you prefer.
It is a member of the Krypto line by Warrior, so it is very similar to other Warrior shafts on the market. The Kryptolyte shaft was released a couple of years ago, and is well known as a great shaft.
A little on the specs – The Kryptolyte goalie shaft weighs 7.9 oz (224 g) which is very light for a good goalie shaft. It has a glossy finish leaving it very smooth. The attack length shaft only weighs a mere 6.8 oz (193 g) leaving it over a whole ounce lighter than the goalie length. It also has a smooth finish. Both shafts are made out of Alloy. They both offer the same shape, as well as the same graphics on the shaft.
The Warrior Kyrptolyte shaft has rounded edges for a good feel in your hands and within your goalie gloves.
I know attack and middies who use the Kryptolyte and their shaft has held up fine with the rough checks they receive day in and day out. Although I have heard stories from others using the Kryptolyte that it didn’t hold up for them.
As goalies we’re not going to be receiving frequent checks to the shaft however I found the Kryptolyte extremely durable. The only damage goalie shaft tend to take is from hitting it against the pipes to check your position.
The Warrior Kryptolyte shaft is more than durable enough to hold up as a goalie shaft. I used the same shaft throughout my entire collegiate career and it does not have any major dents or blemishes, just normal wear and tear after multiple seasons of use, but still in very good condition.
One common complaint is that the paint does fade and chip off of the Kryptolyte with wear but that didn’t bother me too much.
Another complaint is the smooth finish leaves the shaft very slick during rain games, however I found with the right tape job on the stick this didn’t effect me.
For its weight, the durability is extremely good and should hold up for many seasons. The weight is very light allowing for fast hand movement which can help create more saves.
A big issue with extremely light shafts is that often times the head will feel too heavy for the shaft and it will affect movement of the shaft and make it feel lopsided. The Warrior Kyrptolyte has a great weight balance with a lot of the heads on the market, especially the STX Eclipse and the Warrior Nemesis 2.
Compared to other shafts on the market, the Kryptolyte is on the lower end in terms of weight but is definitely not the lightest. The durability is about average with the other shafts of similar weights.
The Kryptolyte is a great shaft aesthetically as well. It comes in many different colors: Black, Chrome, Forest Green, Gunmetal Grey, Navy Blue, Orange, Red, and Royal Blue.
It’s even released in limited edition color ways. It is a very clean looking shaft, and the graphics on it are not too over the top as they sometimes are in other Warrior gear.
The clean shaft looks on just about any head. The full range of colorways allows the shaft to fit with a lot of school colors, but also comes in black and chrome to match any different colorway.
The older generations of this shaft come in many different looks. There are some that are very over the top with the graphics, and there are others that are very clean. It is easy to find a shaft that you like the look of and fits your style. There are also Limited edition colorways like the Rasta colorway.
Warrior Kryptolyte Review: Price and Where to Buy
Since the Kyrptolyte has been on the market for a while its very easy to find a great deal. In fact, a major benefit of this shaft is its affordable price.
You can get the goalie shaft for under $50 and the attack for under $35 which is great value given the quality of this shaft.
Where to Buy
You can pickup a Warrior Kryptolyte from both LacrosseMonkey.com and Amazon however LacrosseMonkey is having a clearance at the time of this writing and thus they’re cheaper there.
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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.