Show LAS Your Old School: Failed Lacrosse Innovations

brine prophecy lacrosse head

Lacrosse relies heavily on equipment, and this includes pads, shoes, sticks and more. Since lacrosse is still a relatively small sport, the manufacturing companies involved are all trying to find ways to corner the market or create the “next big thing”, without having to invest millions.

Brine pulled this off when they created the offset stick (the Edge), Warrior pulled this off when they introduced Titnanium shafts to the game, STX made waves in the 60s by using plastic heads, and William George Beers changed the world when he introduced rubber balls to the game back in the 1860s.

But not every “advance” in lacrosse pans out, so  over the next couple of weeks, our Old School posts will be looking back at potentially innovative products that never took off, or never worked as intended.

First up is the Brine Prophecy:

brine prophecy lacrosse head

The idea was pretty solid… at least hypothetically. By adding inner rails made out of flexible rubber, the head should have held the ball in a narrow channel, and allowed the pocket to sway a little bit while cradling.

However, the Prophecy head just never took off. The rubber rails detached after some use, and definitely looked weird. The head itself was too flexible, and didn’t offer up any real advantages over the Edge, or other comparable heads. AND it was expensive!


The Prophecy was an interesting idea, and a nice try, but ultimately, in the eyes of the consumer, it was a failure.

Do YOU have an older product on hand that never took off? Send us photos and some information and we’ll use it in our next Old School post!


  1. I could think of a lot of things, for example:

    Warriors line of heads with Titanium inserts meant to help the head retain it’s shape.

    Brine Edge Ice clear plastic head that was very easy to break.

    STX Liquid with the throat plug and floating sideway.

    Gait had a line of shafts that were position specific, i.e. a face-off handle, a goalie handle, etc… based on the db803 each with a unique combination of a permanently (supposedly) attached sleeve with a textured grip.  The shafts were the same other than the lengths and the combination of grip designed used.  They tried to bring these to market for about 3 years before giving up.  I think only 1 of the 4+ design ever was made available for sale and only in small qualities.

    Gait Oracle this wasn’t as outrageous as other failed innovations on this list, but the Oracle featured a number of patented innovations for Gait.  Gait put as many of these patents into one head to get them to market.  So rather than putting technology into the head to make it better, the Oracle’s purpose was to bring as many patentable innovations to market.  Ultimately most of the concepts didn’t come to market on any other Gait heads, or if they did, they didn’t last long.

    Brine’s first generation of helmets, the Triad ST and Triad XP were good helmets in theory, but had significant engineering/manufacturing issues.  While new and still in box the helmets would crack from the pressure applied by the screws used to hold them together.

    I’d love to see this series continue… I could keep giving examples.