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5 Heads To Watch In 2013

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Last week I came up with what I judged to be the Top 5 Heads from 2012, basing my nominations on what college players actually used last season. I also included a number of other heads that I thought could see an uptick in popularity in 2013, and almost every major brand had at least one head named. Has parity for lacrosse heads finally arrived?

So in addition to the Top 5 of 2012, and the heads that could see an uptick, let’s take a look at five heads that have the potential to really take off in 2013:

5) Hammer by STX Lacrosse

All of sudden the Edge isn’t THE go-to stick for defenders? If there is a head on the market that suits the purposes a big, strong defender better than the Hammer, then please let me know what it is. This stick is built to give, and take, abuse, has a wide face, and will be a GB vacuum. Expect college defenders on STX teams to love this one.

4) M80 by Warrior Lacrosse

The M80 definitely has some followers already, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see a couple more big-time college attackmen make the switch over. It’s light, the plastic is as cut away as possible and has plenty of stringing options. It’s still pretty stiff, but has a nice flex, and could even get some use by FoGos.

NYC dye on a Warrior M80 HS spec head.

3) 9K by Reebok Lacrosse

Reebok heads have never made a big splash in the ranks of the NCAA. Maybe it’s because so few teams have ever been Reebok teams? With one of the Ivy’s dark horses making the move over to the ‘bok however, this could be the year we see 9K heads in a lot more hands. It’s a solid stick, well-suited for D1 play. I’m surprised more players haven’t opted for it, or its little brother, the 6K, already.

Reebok 9K Lacrosse Head

2) Recon XL by Gait Lacrosse

Gait has revamped their heads in a major way and gotten back to basics, while still staying aggressive where they can. The Recon XL is probably the most flexible head out of all the heads I’ve named, but it pops right back into shape and for a player that likes a little flex, it is ideal. Easy to string, super light, and another solid offering from Gait, in addition to the Torque series.

Gait Recon XL Lacrosse Head

1) Stallion by STX Lacrosse

This is the only non-NCAA legal head on the list. But it’s good! Other than goalies, there isn’t a single position on the field that can’t use a Stallion, well other than every college team. It’s stiff and strong enough for many defenders, it’s an all-around midfielder’s dream, works for attackmen, and could even be the weapon of choice for some FoGos. For this “multi-purpose” reason it is either going to be really popular, or a flop, but I’m thinking it’s going to be the former.

The head can take a beating, is relatively light, and has a lot of stringing options, and as I mentioned above, it works in almost every situation. If only STX made a college legal version, the Stallion might even break into next year’s Top 5 heads.

If you had to name ONE head that you thought was going to take off this year, would it be any of the above? Or one from my 2012 Top 5 list? Or something else?

Sound off and let us hear your thoughts in the comments…

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Connor Wilson

Connor is the Publisher of LacrosseAllStars.com. He lives in Brooklyn with his better half, continues to play and coach both box and field lacrosse in NYC as much as possible, and covers the great game that is lacrosse full-time. He spends his spare time stringing sticks and watching Futurama.

17 Comments

  • I played with the M80X last year, and after about a month of regular use the head was so pinched and warped through the middle (on the bottom sidewall rail, where there’s no support) that the ball doesn’t fit in the throat anymore, let alone meet college head specs.  I’d say this was a one off experience, but it happened to both my gamer and my backup, and a few others that I’ve seen out there, too.  

  • hahahaha same thing happened to me, and i had a softball in it for a week straight, took it out, bounced back within a couple hours

  • That head shouldn’t be on this list, other than to show at least one piece of gear from each major company. It absolutely looks warped and in my humble opinion that design is just really tacky. 

  • it’s the only one that you can’t get NCAA legal. The other heads will benefit from their NCAA exposure, but the Stallion will benefit from K18 and STX pushing it. I still think it’s a head to watch…

  • Gait is irrelevant, understand the indoor plug for the 9K but still not a go-to. Surgeon10 and professor need to be on this list with the new rules leading to college players seeking out more ball control via the 6″ spec heads. Just take a look at 24Seven’s pics from the fall tourneys.

  • I’ve used the M80X since last spring season and during my work at a summer camp where I coached. Haven’t had any problems with it warping or pinching and I am by no means gentle with my heads. I haven’t had to stuff the softball in it yet but maybe I’m just one of the lucky ones.

  • I don’t want to be yet another person picking apart the list, but I think the STX Shield goalie head could be going somewhere.  It is a little bit hyped, with the C-channel, but it works great on the Stallion and Hammer.  There is no reason that this head won’t get some users, especially for college goalies sponsored by STX.

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