Welcome to the Knot Mesh Challenge!
As String League moved into the half-way point, we see a major swing in the competition. The firm lead that was held by @Flstringer is now a tie for first, which he shares with @Richie_b_77. It was an exciting week as our String Leaguers literally tore apart the new Knot Mesh from STX Lacrosse.
The goal was to see how these stringers reacted to the one constant, change. New materials come and go in the lacrosse pocket stringing industry. It is a driving force of innovation and spawns many new ideas and concepts. The most influential innovation to hit our art form over the last decade was waxed mesh.
Knot Mesh Challenge Video
It has since given way to unwaxed mesh pieces that are made of high end, meticulously sourced fibers. The common theme between these two mesh types are rooted in the desire to battle uncontrollable weather conditions. We have all watched this evolution play out on the fields, on social media, and even in our own pockets.
The STX knot mesh is a promising new concept, but as with all things, there are some hang ups. The mesh is not symmetrical. This means that the left and right sides differ from one another. Stringers have been sharing ideas as to how to best counter this new and uncommon feature, and many great solutions have popped up. In this challenge we will test the stringer’s approach to this new technology.
Let me state that all for these pockets are top notch, but what really brought this home for @Richie_b_77 was the originality of his pocket.
Richie untied the piece of knot mesh he was given, and he re-purposed the resulting strands back into the pocket’s design. I have never, in all my years, seen someone use the base fibers of a mesh piece as string. The pocket addressed the symmetrical issues inherent to the mesh piece, and did so with a sense of both minimalism and creativity.
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We’ll be back next week with more great String League action!