LAS is back with another gear review and this time we’re talking about a number of heads from a bunch of different manufacturers. All of the heads are NCAA compliant and two, the Nike Legacy and Brine Clutch X, are NFHS compliant as well. All of them are suitable for play at the highest levels.
Editor’s note: read all of the 2010 Gear Review’s and see what you should be rocking this season.
Nike Legacy Head
Rating: 7 out of 10
I’ve been using this head more and more lately. It’s fully offset and doesn’t feature the STX cant as prevalently as many of the STX heads do so in that sense, it’s more of a traditional offset head. The head is stiff and the plastic is as thick as it can be without being heavy.
The plastic around the throat is minimal and it has a good sidewall set up where there are probably more stringing holes than you really need but not so many that they fill the entire sidewall area.
The Nike Legacy would be a good stick for any position and the stick can take a good beating. It’s very versatile and Division 1 college players are using it all over the field. It’s even flexible enough that some fogos could use it, although the top of the stick is wider than average. It measures 6.5″ across, as opposed to many of the NCAA compliant sticks, which measure 6″ across the face. The Nike Legacy retails unstrung for around $80, which is pretty standard for a top level head. 7 out of 10. STX and Nike sent this head along for review.
Reebok 6K Head
Rating: 6 out of 10
The Reebok 6K is wide and somewhat flexible and clearly designed to take a lot of abuse. It isn’t the lightest head (at least it doesn’t feel that way) but I would not be concerned with this stick breaking and in no way is it heavy.
The full scoop is littered with holes so you could string every hole in the mesh to the throat if you wanted The sidewall has the standard hole set up with one for every gap in a piece of mesh.
The head is flexible in the middle and can easily be pinched. Maybe this is why Reebok products are so popular in the NLL. I’d like to try the 9K but I really want to try the 10.5K, holes in the scoop and all.
Back to the 6K… while the head is flexible, the sidewall is reinforced and it snaps back quickly after it bends. The 6K retails for around $65, unless you want the houndstooth version, then you have to tack on $10. Good style points though. We got this head from a friend and not Reebok.
Brine Clutch X Head
Rating: 6 out of 10 (good product but just too pricey)
This head is light and there is as little plastic as possible. That usually means that the head has to be extremely stiff and the Clutch X is no exception to that rule. Both the sidewalls and the scoop are chock full of hole-y goodness. This makes the head nominally lighter I’m sure and it allows for endless stringing possibilities but skimping on the plastic also tends to make the head feel like it’s not there sometimes. I’m not partial to this type of head but I know there are people out there who are and they will like the Brine Clutch X.
It retails for just over $100 and this is up among the pricier heads on the market. The most expensive heads are around $120 but $100 is still high. Almost all of these products are made by Brine and Warrior and are very popular with high school and college players. The head could be used by a longstick but I would be concerned with breakage. This is definitely more of an offensive player’s head of choice.
About the Author: Connor is a pretty average lacrosse player at this point who doesn’t know when to give up on the game. He played and coached in the NESCAC and still plays for the Southampton LC in NYC. Connor lives with his fiance in Brooklyn and thanks her for allowing him to keep the dream alive.
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