Company: Maverik Lacrosse / Product: Boost Shaft / Price: $114.99
This is a nice-lookin’ stick. Not overly designed and subtle; my unit is glossy black with MAV running up and down and a silver logo. It also comes in gold with gold lettering, grey with gold lettering, and silver with grey lettering. Each option has visual interest without being obnoxious, and the gold and silver options in particular are very subtle.
I’ve paired this review shaft with a black and powder blue head and I think the combo is sassy.
The bread and butter of the Maverik Boost is its grip. Let’s take a closer look at the shape of it real quick…
As you can see, the Boost has a more unique shape. Instead of the standard long octagon, the Boost’s circumference is composed of a series of ridges. It’s like an old Brine Powergrip on steroids.
This isn’t all though. From the base of the shaft all the way up the lettering (about two-thirds of the way up the shaft), the shaft is covered in Dan Hardy StickumGrip. It’s like Gorilla Glue!
What you’ve probably surmised by now is that if you’re a fiend for grip, you’ll absolutely love this shaft. It’s grip crazy.
Unfortunately this isn’t my thing. The texture is sticky, not rough. This means that it grabs the glove and I find that I have a hard time sliding my hand down the shaft when it’s time to adjust my grip. What’s more, the StickumGrip goes way too far up the shaft for me. I like to tape the bottom of my shaft just up to the point where I slide my hand to shoot. Maybe I’m doing it wrong, but that’s how I like it and the Boost tries to stop my hand before I’m ready.
Then again, Mark Powers loves a grip that runs all the way up and Connor tapes his whole stick. So it’s not rocket science, and all comes down to personal preference. Unfortunately for the Boost, this means that I can’t honestly give it a high rating on Grip. Another reviewer might give it a 2.0, but for me it’s a 1.0 at best.
The Boost is composed of Maverik’s “Forza” alloy, an aircraft grade aluminum alloy. It is the strongest and lightest shaft material that Maverik offers. What else is there to say? This shaft is light enough for you and anyone else.
The second advantage of the shape of the Boost is that the ridges add structural reinforcement which, in my experience thus far, has protected it from denting and bending from stick-checks. Most of my sticks pretty quickly develop a Katana-like backwards cant towards the top from repeated checks. So far the Boost has remained straight as an arrow.
I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised. If this “Forza” alloy is good enough for aircraft, it oughta be good enough for lacrosse sticks.
The Boost comes in at $114.99. That isn’t the priciest attack shaft that you can buy… but it’s up there. IF I loved the whole über grip thing, then $114.99 might not scare me off as much. But I don’t, so it does.
The weight and durability don’t quite get me there either. I put my sticks through the paces, but my trusty Warrior Kryptolyte can still be had for a far more reasonable $80.
I’ll be honest with you… this shaft is not my cup of tea. However, you should take this with a grain of salt because the grip on this shaft is so very grip-preference-specific that you might very well disagree with me completely.
If you LOVE grip and you want it to run up the stick as far as it does on the Boost, then you’d rate it a 2.0 in the Grip category and maybe a 1.5 in the Value category, which would increase the score to 9/10. To each his own I say. If you’re the least bit intrigued by this, I recommend taking a trip to your local lacrosse store and picking one up for yourself.