Parents: How To Buy A Shaft
So your kid needs a new lacrosse shaft. Maybe it’s part of her very first stick, or maybe he just broke his old one in half. Regardless, the game of lacrosse has continued to evolve over the past few years, and shafts have changed with it. How do you know where to start? Here are the first steps to take in the search for the perfect shaft for your child.
Picking A Material:
At first glance, it can seem like all lacrosse shafts are the same – after all, they look similar and serve the same essential purpose. But, a closer inspection reveals distinctions in material, engineering, and technology that have important performance effects.
In today’s lacrosse world, there are 2 main types of shaft: a composite (made of carbon fiber) or an alloy (made of metal). Carbon fiber composites can be more expensive than alloy shafts, but they have some major advantages and benefits over their metal counterparts: they have a natural feel, they boast both impressive strength and a light weight, and they can take a lot of climate-based stress (they stay cool in warm weather and warm in cool weather). Carbon fiber shafts also have a long playing life due to their layered construction, making the price all the more reasonable. All in all, carbon fiber shafts have become increasingly prominent in the retail market, and there are tons of options to choose from.
Picking A Carbon Fiber:
While most lacrosse brands offer carbon fiber composites, the quality of shaft isn’t the same from company to company. When picking a new composite, be sure to consider its features and technology. Epoch Lacrosse places incredible value on their intense attention to detail and commitment to tech, and it shows as they lead the carbon fiber revolution with their composite shafts.
Epoch’s major specialty is their shafts, used by professionals such as Matt Rambo and Dylan Molloy and collegiate programs like the University of North Carolina’s women’s team. The highly engineered Advanced Carbon Layering technology in each shaft separates Epoch from other brands, allowing engineers to control several aspects of the shaft’s performance, including flex, durability, weight and release point. They’re also made in the USA, which grants Epoch total control over the manufacturing process to ensure quality and attention to detail. In addition, Epoch offers a 1-year warranty for all of their shafts, making your investment in your child’s game and gear even more sound and sensible.
Epoch also understands that player preferences are unique and important. For this reason and because Epoch cares about the growth of your player, they offer a variety of composite shafts as well as some alloy options. Check out the Dragonfly Purpose shaft for your daughter for a high quality product meant for the dynamic player, or take a look at the Dragonfly Air iQ 9 (a product of epoch_labs that showcases Epoch’s engineering and design team) if she values speed and a lightweight stick.
On the men’s side, the Dragonfly 9 is a light-to-mid weight shaft with proportional durability that’s at the forefront of the elite industry-leading line,. If your son needs a stick that’s capable of taking tons of wear and tear, consider the mid-weight Dragonfly Integra with the most durability in an Epoch field shaft. Both options boast HD Resin technology that increases the mechanical strength of the shaft and directly benefits the preexisting tech within it, making them some of the most technologically advanced and highest performance shafts in the game. The best part? All Epoch shafts are offered in a bunch of varieties catered to specific styles of play that help grow your child’s game.