There are a lot of ways to dry out your equipment, and more often than not, this is dictated by the resources at hand. For example, you can’t lay your gear out in the backyard if you don’t have a backyard, and you can’t always use a clothes dryer if you’re on the road. So, here are five somewhat creative ways to air out your lacrosse equipment.
5 Ways to Air Out Your Lacrosse Equipment
You need to air out your lacrosse equipment, but you don’t want to gross out everyone else if in your building if you live in an apartment building or dorm.
This is where the window hang can come in handy.
You need to make sure everything is secured and that your hanging technique is safe, but if you can ensure that, then you can let the great outdoors handle the stench. You can hang your whole bag (safely!) out of your window and open it just a little bit to help air things out, or you can use rope or string to tie all your hear up and leave it truly exposed to the open air dry of the sun.
If there is a venue with flat, accessible roof surfaces (like there is at the Ales Hrebesky Memorial in Prague), then this is a great way to air out your gear. It won’t get stolen, and the roof picks up some extra heat from the sun, which speeds up the process. It also makes for a great excuse to spend some time on a roof, and that’s always fun. Just make sure you check the forecast.
A blacktop or concrete surface on the ground will do much the same for a quick dry, but don’t leave your stuff out on the ground for too long as it tends to walk away on its own.
Newspaper is a really dry and accessible type of paper, and it also absorbs moisture really well – far better than computer paper, for example. It also crumples and packs very well, so if you pack your wet gloves, soaked shoes or dripping pocket with newspaper, it works wonders.
If your gear is really wet, you’ll have to pack it with newspaper a couple times, waiting a few minutes between newspaper replacements. But sooner rather than much later, your gear will be dry and ready to go.
This is perhaps the laziest option and also the worst one for the environment, but it also requires the most planning (you have to own and bring a hairdryer with you everywhere), but as long as you can find a power outlet, you can work miracles.
Use a low setting only. High setting risks setting your gear on fire, and that would be really bad. Never leave the hairdryer running. This is a hands-on operation.
The fifth option is to just give up completely, leave your gear wet, embrace your own terrible stink, and prepare to never go on a date until you change you ways or buy brand-new gear.
Don’t be this guy. This is the worst option.
Take Care of Your Equipment
Airing out your lacrosse equipment is one of many things you can and should do to take care of it. Your gear allows you to play the game and isn’t cheap. You want it to last and give you the best performance possible every time.
Many lacrosse heads over the years can be binned for pinching, forcing players to fork out for new heads and having to spend time getting used to their equipment change. FlexForce came up with a solution, and it’s the only product on the market designed to stop pinching from every becoming a problem. Now, you can guarantee your head will stayed widened at a game-legal, desired distance, proving your gear with the longevity and durability you need.