Traditional Thursday: Men’s Trakker Pocket
I am not the first person to create a Men’s Trakker Pocket. The fact is, this type of pocket has been around for well over a decade, and Paul Gait used to play with one in Major League Lacrosse. So what is the Trakker Pocket? How is it supposed to be used? And how can you use it to string up a fancy new pocket? Time for answers and a quick stringing guide!
The Trakker Pocket was developed by DeBeer/Gait Lacrosse as an easily strung traditional-like pocket, and while the original plans may have included the men’s game, the Trakker Pocket was really only seen in women’s sticks. Paul Gait did use one in the MLL for a little while, but I’m pretty sure that was for product testing reasons, and the fact that the Gait brothers are both mad scientists when it comes to lacrosse gear. You can see video of Paul Gait using the Trakker Pocket in MLL action in the below video.
Paul Gait Trakker Pocket – MLL
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For my new version of the Men’s Trakker Pocket I took a piece of Trakker mesh out of a girl’s stick, restrung the girl’s stick with regular traditional, and then went to work on finding the best way to string up a men’s Trakker Pocket. Here is what I came up with!
NOTE: If you want to pick up a SUPER CHEAP piece of Trakker Mesh, hit up ComLax. It’s only $5.00!!!! WELL WORTH IT! There is also a “two leather” variation, called the gripper pocket for $12! Check them out. Great deals, and fun to string!
I guess this pocket looks complicated… but it’s really quite simple!
The replaceable top string is required here. That is the first thing you do.
Then you put in the orange string and make sure that 2-3 foot sections hang on both side of the Trakker Pocket. Put in some sidewalls and attach the Trakker mesh to the sidewalls.
The double knot on the Trakker Mesh itself (using the orange string) helps it to stay in place better. Tie off the bottom laces, throw in some shooting strings and you’re good to go!
This is definitely an easy pocket to string. Once you nail the orange colored lace tension, the Gait Trakker Pocket does the rest. Shooters add a little hold or whip, but don’t change the pocket all that much. A little wall ball and this thing is ready for primetime!
To my knowledge, there is nor rule outlawing this type of mesh/pocket in high school or college. So if you’re looking for a snappy new gamer, this might be your jam. Try it out, good luck, and enjoy the Men’s Trakker Pocket! From our stick to yours.