Gear Matters, Episode 1: Dye Permeation

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Lacrosse All Stars and I are pleased to present our very first episode of GEAR MATTERS, and this one is all about dyeing! This week the true subject matter is something it takes focus to grasp: Dye Permeation.

Follow along as we compare and contrast the dyed head results of Rit Dye and new Powder from Throne Lacrosse. Dye permeation, yo.

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Dye Permeation – Episode 1 Video Transcript:

Today we’re going to take a rookie and put it up against a total veteran. We’re going to test out the new Throne powder. Joe Williams isn’t really the kind of guy who puts a product out unless it’s 100% perfect. Let’s take the new Throne powder and put it against the thing that we’ve been using for the last 50 years, Rit dye. To really trust our results, we’ve got to make sure everything is held constant. The first thing I did was take out the variable of the plastic. Different head manufacturers use different plastic, which takes dye differently. I cut a head in half.

Also, it was super fun and the best part of my week to just start cutting lacrosse heads in half. We also followed the instructions on each of the packets. You can find that on Throne.com’s Instagram. They did a really cool info tutorial. That’s going to be the only variance, is what do they tell you to do on the packet. It’s got to be fair that you’re at least applying the dye the way they tell you to apply it. Otherwise, everything’s consistent and we’re going to give each of them a 15 minute soak.

The red on the Rit went a little bit darker than a true scarlet. Now, this is my first time using ruby, so I’m assuming that’s what ruby’s supposed to look like from Throne. Either way, if you’re dyeing appropriately, you should be staying in front of it and checking it to pull it when it’s the color you want anyhow. No big revelation there. When you’re working on a dye, and you’re putting all this time into it, you want it to last. The key to having your dye last is permeation, or saturation. There’s a lot of words for it. How deep does the dye go into the head? To check this out, I got to cut the head again.

These measurements are small. Itty bitty. Super tiny. So small, in fact, I had to go grab my micrometer. The Throne powder permeated into the head two one thousandths of an inch deep. When you’re taking units of measurement, it’s always important to keep things relative, so let’s look at what the Rit did. The Rit dye does not measure on a micrometer. That means that the dye that we’ve been using for like the last 50 years doesn’t permeate the head at all. That means it’s basically just staining the outside gloss layer of your lacrosse head. Two thousandths of an inch, ain’t looking too bad now, is it.

I’m going to go ahead and say, Rit is a fantastic company. They’re a fantastic company to work for. Their customer service is fantastic. They’ve been the staple we’ve used for the last 50 years. I’m certainly not going to start hating on them. I might not even stop using them. What I am saying is, if you’re going to go ahead and put a lot of time into a dye job, something you really care about, pay the extra $2 and get the Throne dye. It’s a no-brainer. I spent $2 on a taco this morning and it wasn’t even that good.