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Show LAS Your Old School: Failed Lacrosse Innovations

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At first glance, it really does look like traditional.

We’ve been mixing in amazingly pure Old School posts with Failed Lacrosse Innovations lately and it’s made for a great mix. First we had the Brine Prophecy (a failed innovation), then the EverPocket (an innovation with potential!), then a plastic woody (which is just awesome). So what are we following all that up with this week?

It’s the Gait Trakker Pocket!

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And in a somewhat Old School Razer to boot!

You know what? We can’t figure out why this never took off. Seriously. It’s kind of the greatest idea ever: Create a piece of immovable traditional that can basically be installed like mesh. How do more players not use this?

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At first glance, it really does look like traditional.

Thanks to Eric Force (an accomplished stringer himself!) for sending this in! With the new 2013 Rules, maybe we’ll the Gait Trakker Pocket reach original Blade levels of pricing on Ebay, or maybe Gait will re-release this product on the men’s side.

We bring up the “on the men’s side” caveat here, because, as two of our intrepid commenters pointed out below, the product is still hugely popular in the women’s game. So is this truly a failed innovation? Not at all. It just hasn’t worked in the men’s game… yet.

Either way, we can’t put our finger on why this particular product never took off. Can you?

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7 Comments

  • My friend had one in high school and it didn’t perform well. It felt like one of those PE Class plastic pocket sticks where the ball just ramps out. Partially, the pocket didn’t stretch with the whip of a throwing motion and then the material just didn’t interact with the ball all that well. A good stringer might be able to disprove my memories of 11 years ago, however. 

  • They also offered a Tracker Pro which featured two leathers on the outside and then two of the same strips found in the  Tracker pocket in the center.  The purpose of both of these is the same reason as the EverPocket, to be able to keep a consistent pocket if your head breaks.  The strips were just too thick when combined with the deep pockets allowed in the men’s game.  The ball never gets a good grip in the pocket.

    I would agree that if this is going to be considered a “failed innovation” it needs an asterisk next to it.  While it never took off in the men’s game, it has remained strong in the women’s game, so you can’t really consider it a real failure.  It was more heavily marketed towards women when it was released than men.

  • I agree with Cam.  I played with this in HS for my junior season and the biggest thing that I remember is that the ball and the coating on the Trakker pocket leathers (or just the fact that they were synthetic leather to begin with) never held well.  It made a brand new ball feel like a slimer in your pocket.  Now I play with a traditional stick (done by the amazing @Jonny_B_29) and there is just no comparison.  

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