Company: Gait Lacrosse / Product: Scandal Shaft / Price: $84.99
Editor’s Note: Please welcome Jon Mundy to our Gear Reviews. Jon is the owner of Elite Lacrosse, a local lacrosse training facility and still plays lacrosse way more than any of us wish we could – he actually even balled it up with us during Lax Vegas last fall.
I was approached by LAS to do the gear review because I run a local lacrosse player training business, called Elite Lacrosse. As a personal coach/trainer I have a stick in my hand at least 40hrs/week.
I really liked the shaft from the start. It is really light, has a good feel, and I prefer a smooth finish rather than grippy. I tested it out during training sessions at the gym, passing, catching, shooting, and playing defense our clients. We also play indoor box lacrosse twice a week so I was able to play very physical lacrosse with the shaft.
I really like the overall appearance of the shaft. It is the classic octagon shape, the 45 degree angles are concave rather than flat, and the shaft as mentioned earlier, has a smooth finish. I personally prefer a flat 45 degree angle on my shaft. I feel like it is more durable and has a better feel in your fingers. The shaft got dinged up pretty quickly and easily too, I feel like this was partially due to the concave 45′s.
This shaft also comes in a few different colors and personally, I love the classic look of just the logo and a one color shaft.
I am partial to a smooth stick rather than all the new grippy sticks out there today. I feel like the smooth shaft is significantly faster in your hands than the shafts littered with grip. I don’t like any drag or friction in my hands when I dodge other than the tape I put on my stick.
While the Scandal has a smooth finish, I’m not a fan of the concave edges. As I mentioned before, I think it messes with the structural integrity of the shaft and makes it easier to ding up and break.
At 5.3 ounces even with the trademark Gait end cap on, it’s SUPER light. I was even surprised with how light it was. As you will see though, this super light weight may come at the sacrifice of the durability.
That said, this could be a great stick for someone a little younger who would like a little lighter shaft. I was able to dodge, switch hands and fire off shots without even a second thought of how much the shaft weighed.
For a scandium shaft, this wasn’t anywhere near as durable as you’d expect. From everything I’ve heard, Scandium shafts are harder, and therefore a little more brittle. This seemed to dent as easily as an aluminum shaft and the wear and tear is very apparent if you simply give it a once over.
While this one didn’t break, we had one break during a 3v3 Men’s Chumash Tournament held in our gym over Christmas break. Not a very good start to a review to see someone break the same shaft you are about to test out. The next three images are all close-ups of some of the checks and dings (EN: beauty marks!) left on the shaft.
At $84.99, it is actually fairly well priced, as sad as that is to say, I probably wouldn’t pay more than $50 for this shaft if it was for my own use. You still have to weigh in the fact that it isn’t very durable for higher level players.
For a youngster though, it’s not that bad. $85 is a solid price for a shaft when you look at others on the market priced upwards of $200.
I think a 6.5 is pretty misleading with this shaft. Yes, it’s not that durable and we’ve even had one break in our gym, but I would still say this is a great shaft for younger players. Youth and even most high school players won’t be playing as rough as I did with the shaft or even just see as hard of checks as I saw.
Combine that with a fairly low-priced shaft, and you have yourself a great set-up for well-priced stick.