The Warrior Nemesis 2 is the newest item in Warrior’s line of goalie heads. It’s the 3rd goalie head they’ve produced and definitely an improvement over both of its predecessors – Warrior Lyte and Warrior Nemesis.
Overall, its an excellent goalie head but one that’s more suited for more experienced goalies, in my opinion.
Similar to the STX Eclipse goalie head review that I did, let’s take a look at the Warrior Nemesis 2 in terms of shape and weight, flexibility, durability, and price.
Warrior Nemesis 2 Review: Shape and Weight
The Warrior Nemesis 2 weighs in at 12.4 oz (352 g) when unstrung.
While Warrior did shave off some weight from the original Warrior Nemesis (13.2 oz), the Nemesis 2 is still a little on the heavier side especially when compared to the STX Eclipse weighing in at 11.3 oz (320 g).
2 oz (32 g) might not sound like a lot of weight but trust me it does affect the feel of stick. Just like baseball players can feel the difference between a 32oz and a 34oz bat, you’ll definitely notice the difference in weight when using it to make your saves.
The Warrior Nemesis 2 has a different face shape than the STX Eclipse. Here they are side by side –
The shape of the Nemesis 2 is more of a bowl shape than its Eclipse competitor. As you can see in the comparison above the Nemesis 2 is slightly bigger at its widest point but then is much more triangular in shape with a narrower bottom of the stick. The Eclipse has a more oval like shape.
Overall, the Eclipse has a larger save surface area than the Nemesis 2.
The sidewalls of the Nemesis 2 have a flared design which helps corral shots into the net of the stick.
The Warrior Nemesis 2 features SYMRail Twist Technology. This essential means that the sidewalls are hollowed out in a way that cuts down on the overall weight of the head, but does not do anything to compromise the stiffness and durability which I’ll dig into later.
Here are the measurements of the STX Eclipse and Warrior Nemesis 2 side by side –
The Nemesis 2 does have a good face shape, albeit slightly smaller overall surface area than the Eclipse due the narrower bottom of the face.
The flared sidewall of the Nemesis 2 allows for a lot of surface area to make saves and get that extra piece of plastic on the shot that can deflect a ball from the net.
The Nemesis 2 is also a breeze for stringers. It comes with 20 well placed, sidewall holes that offer many different options in stringing up your head. This beats out the 13 of the old Nemesis 1 and puts the Nemesis 2 above, or at least similar to the sidewalls of many of the other popular goalie heads.
The face shape allows for tighter channels to be formed, and is extremely customizable in that your local stick ninja can string up the Nemesis 2 to your exact specifications.
Warrior Nemesis 2 Review: Durability & Stiffness
This is an area where the Nemesis 2 outperforms the STX Eclipse – durability and stiffness.
The additional weight of the head translates into durability as the Warrior Nemesis 2 is an extremely durable goalie head.
The Nemesis 2 has a great stiffness, preventing a shot from bending back the plastic and going into the net. I believe this is the reason its favored by the MLL goalies and the top NCAA goalies who constantly face shots above 90 mph.
The STX Eclipse simply does not have the stiffness of the Nemesis 2. Shots that hit the corner of the Eclipse often find their way into the goal as the head bends and gives way. This isn’t the case with the Nemesis 2 which has the stiffness to stop the shots that hit the corner of the stick.
For this reason I recommend the Nemesis 2 over the STX Eclipse for goalies who are facing elite shooters like those at the MLL, college, and top club levels.
Or for goalies who simply cannot tolerate getting a stick on the ball and still having it go in the goal. This is one of the more frustrating moments for a goalie and if you can’t stand this situation, select a stiffer head like the Nemesis 2.
Since the top plastic of the Warrior Nemesis 2 is a little thicker than the STX Eclipse I’d give the edge in scooping ground balls to the STX Eclipse which features a very thin top plastic.
The rounded top plastic of the Nemesis 2 does create strong outlet passes. I prefer throwing with the Nemesis 2 versus any other goalie head I’ve used.
The stiffness and durability mean that the head will last. If you’re a parent concerned about the durability of your little goalie’s stick then go with the Nemesis 2 even though its heavier than the Eclipse, that heaviness translates into durability.
Additionally if you’re one of those goalies who plays their games in extreme weather (cold of the northeast or the heat of Arizona for example) you might favor the durability of the Nemesis 2 since it won’t get as brittle in extreme weather like the Eclipse tends to do.
Through snow, mud, heat, and rain you’ll notice that the Nemesis 2 keeps its shape.
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Overall, I think the Warrior Nemesis 2 is a great goalie head and an extreme improvement over the previous Warrior goalie heads like the Nemesis 1 and the Lyte.
For those considering the choice between the Eclipse and Nemesis 2 I don’t think you’re going to go wrong either way. It’s really going to come down to your personal preference.
However if you’re looking for a little more stiffness and durability, go with the Nemesis 2. If you’re looking for a slightly larger surface area and a lighter goalie head, go with the Eclipse.
I typically recommend the Eclipse for younger players and the Nemesis 2 for more experienced players who have to face higher velocity shots.
For what its worth I also think the Warrior Nemesis 2 is aesthetically beautiful. I think the stick visually looks the best out of any lacrosse goalie head. So if that’s the tipping point for you, there you go.
Flared sidewalls channel shots into the stick
Fully customizable stringing options
Great with outlet passes
Smaller surface area
Until next time! Coach Damon
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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.