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And THAT Is What Grinds My Gears, Tom

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I love lax.  I really do.  I love playing the game, coaching, running clinics and talking about it with my friends.

I even love hearing what lax dudes think about new products, gear and all of the latest trends in the game.  What don’t I like?  When sponsored athletes are telling me how great their product is in a commercial passed off as an “interview”.  I mean, we know you think the gear is great, that is why you signed with that company (well that, and the money)!

Brodie Merrill, Dan Dawson and Mark Steenhuis (three of my favorite indoor players at their respective positions and all around great Canadians) all have videos up on IL where they are each talking about their new weapon of choice, the new Reebok 10.5K head.  My only problem with this is that all 3 are sponsored Reebok athletes!  Mark Millon also has a video up on IL about the obvious superiority of the Warrior Noz head and other Warrior products and while the video is somewhat interesting, it is still just a commercial trying to sell more product.

While I salute IL for providing their readers with so much content and opinion (and I really do salute them for that.  You should see me right now, I’m standing up & saluting them),  I do not salute the fact that they haven’t attached an independent review to a single product on their website that I have seen.  E-lacrosse.com used to review equipment and while most of their reviews were glowing endorsements, at least they did most of them without the help of the actual product reps!

How great can the gear be if only paid reps get to review it?  We may never know.

How great can the gear be if only paid reps get to review it? We may never know, but it sure looks dope!

The point of this post is NOT to rip on InsideLacrosse, Reebok or Warrior whatsoever.   I used them as examples because to many lax fans out there, they represent the gold standard of lacrosse publications and equipment manufacturers, online or otherwise.  In general, I would just like to see a lot less “hidden” advertising in articles and posts and more honest opinion.  For example, IL has a large staff of ex-lax dudes so they should be able to review equipment as soon as they get their hands on it… I can’t really blame the companies at all… selling gear is kind of their job.

Now if no one else really wants to showcase impartial product reviews, I am more than willing to review gear openly and honestly… the important question is, are the lacrosse companies ready to hear what “real” people think?  From their marketing efforts so far, I have my doubts but this sure is a good chance for them to prove me wrong!

Hint. Hint.  Send me your stuff… I promise I’ll be gentle.

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About the Author:
After helping to start the program at Weston HS in Massachusetts, Connor Wilson went on to play at Wesleyan University. Post-graduation, Wilson stayed on and coached at Wesleyan for 2 years. He also played in Australia and the American Lacrosse League for teams in CT and MA. Currently Wilson plays for the Southampton Lacrosse Club in NYC and enjoys dyeing lacrosse sticks, eating breakfast sandwiches, checking out new lax gear and having a really pretentious bio on LAS.

Contact him at connor@lacrosseallstars.com

About the author

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.

13 Comments

  • When it comes to heads how much of a review can you really give beyond, “its lighter than X brand's head and it will break at the throat in 4 months?”

    magician > wand

    PS you know I was all over this a few months ago right?

    • of course you were all over it! thats why we pay you the big bucks!

      magician > wand. totally true. But to reference the truth that is the Harry Potter saga, there is a correct wand for every wizard… haven't you ever seen a picture of a head and said to yourself, “man, that looks sick”. then you buy it and for some reason, it sucks. maybe the throat is wobbly, maybe the scoop bends too much, maybe the sidewall holes are placed poorly. Is it light? Is it stiff? how good is the plastic they used? Whenever there are new products out, reviews should be done on them. Otherwise, you have to take the word of the company.

      I always want to hear a trustworthy review before buying something if I can… what's the harm in that?

        • I mean, that doesn't even make sense. the plastic they're using will be different by then… oh, you were kidding.

          Seriously though, the grade and type of plastic used makes a huge difference. I've had a head one year, it was great and then I buy it again the next year and along with the design sometimes changing, the plastic is sometimes different too. After all, most of these heads come from China/Taiwan and we all know China doesn't exactly produce the most reliable products 24-7.

  • I concur.

    I find it nearly impossible to find a legitimate review of lacrosse equipment other than a company's rep reading their uninteresting product description.
    I don't care if it's your favorite head, Mark Millon. What would make it MY favorite head.

    Send you my stuff?
    Sure. You can take my old bucket helmet from 1783.
    Feel free to keep it.

  • When it comes to heads how much of a review can you really give beyond, “its lighter than X brand's head and it will break at the throat in 4 months?”

    magician > wand

    PS you know I was all over this a few months ago right?

  • of course you were all over it! thats why we pay you the big bucks!

    magician > wand. totally true. But to reference the truth that is the Harry Potter saga, there is a correct wand for every wizard… haven't you ever seen a picture of a head and said to yourself, “man, that looks sick”. then you buy it and for some reason, it sucks. maybe the throat is wobbly, maybe the scoop bends too much, maybe the sidewall holes are placed poorly. Is it light? Is it stiff? how good is the plastic they used? Whenever there are new products out, reviews should be done on them. Otherwise, you have to take the word of the company.

    I always want to hear a trustworthy review before buying something if I can… what's the harm in that?

  • I mean, that doesn't even make sense. the plastic they're using will be different by then… oh, you were kidding.

    Seriously though, the grade and type of plastic used makes a huge difference. I've had a head one year, it was great and then I buy it again the next year and along with the design sometimes changing, the plastic is sometimes different too. After all, most of these heads come from China/Taiwan and we all know China doesn't exactly produce the most reliable products 24-7.

  • I concur.

    I find it nearly impossible to find a legitimate review of lacrosse equipment other than a company's rep reading their uninteresting product description.
    I don't care if it's your favorite head, Mark Millon. What would make it MY favorite head.

    Send you my stuff?
    Sure. You can take my old bucket helmet from 1783.
    Feel free to keep it.

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