Company: Warrior Lacrosse / Product: Hundy Gloves / Price: $99.99
The Hundy gloves by Warrior first surfaced on the internet around the end of April, and when I first saw them they reminded me of the Riots. Seeing as they are a little cheaper than the Riots, I assumed they would be a lower-end version of the fairly popular 2012 model. With that said, I had some pretty decent expectations for the Hundys based on what I’d heard about the Riots. When a box of gear arrived on my doorstep from LaxAllStars, the gloves were the first thing I reached for, slipping them on before going through the rest of the box. I immediately went across the room to grab one of my sticks leaned up against the wall, but before I even got there I was already thinking how much I liked the feel of these gloves. The Hundys were a pretty tight fit on my hands, something that I’ve never really liked in a glove, but for some reason it didn’t bother me when I first put them on. When I picked up my stick and twirled it around a bit, dodging through the house much to my dog’s delight, I found myself liking them even more due to the great feel of the palms. I knew I needed to check them out in action, though, before I could make a final decision, so I decided to the hit the wall and take some 1 on 1s with a defenseman I played with back in high school.
Quite simply, these gloves look great. Some may disagree with me, but the simplicity of a two-color factory glove with the ability to have a solid, one-color custom glove (which we saw a lot of last season) just works. It’s a really clean, classic look, unlike some of the more fancy, showy gear that has gained a lot of popularity among young lacrosse gear fanatics. The Hundys come in 9 factory color combinations, including three shades of blue and an all white option. You can also get some pretty awesome Headstrong editions, and there is great potential for customization. The Hundys also feature a new “Circle W” pattern on half of the glove. The pattern is subtle, but looks great in the light, and provides a nice contrast to the textile look of the glove’s other half. It was hard to tell while wearing them, but I’m guessing the Circle W pattern will look great as spectators see them dash across the field.
Like I said before, I was impressed by the fact that these gloves felt so comfortable right when I put them on. This may have been due to the “superlight backhand design,” as Warrior puts it. However, the Hundys still were tighter-fitting than I would prefer in a glove, and putting them on felt a little like a hassle as I wrestled my hand in the gloves. Once they were on, they definitely weren’t bad, but again, too snug for my liking. I thought that maybe I could forgive this because I loved the palms, which are identical to the palms on the Riots. Unfortunately, in the heat of an 84 degree SoCal afternoon, the tightness of the gloves combined with only having two small vents on the backhand led to very sweaty hands after just the first set of my wall ball routine.
The Hundys seem to be solid as far as protection. I took a few good pokes during my test run and they seemed to hold up well against them. Much to my longpole friend’s delight, I asked if he could take a few swings right on the backhand and thumb so I could get a better feel for their padding. I didn’t see anything spectacular about the padding on the backhand. It worked well enough to do its job, but that was about it. The thumb, however, was really solid and deflected the checks well.
I see no reason why the Hundys wouldn’t hold up throughout a season. They certainly protect the hand well enough, and showed no signs of having any weak-spot area where the padding would break off. Also, the palms don’t have any extraneous mesh pieces, which is something I really disliked on some of my older gloves. As a kid, my gloves would always tear on the palms, but with the Hundys you probably don’t need to worry about that.
At 100 bucks (see: Hundys are $100), Warrior is placing the Hundys as their mid-line glove behind the Riots, the new Burn gloves, the MD4s, and the Regulators, but ahead of their three beginner models. With their fair price, great palms, and awesome look, I would definitely recommend this glove to any intermediate-level player.
Overall Score… 6.8/10
I definitely liked the Hundy gloves. Their appearance is great and the decision to keep the Riot palms in this model was a hit. The snugness still has me a little tentative, though, and while I’m not sure I’ll be running to the store to buy these anytime soon, I think these would be an excellent glove for middle school players or newer high school players.