Well this week Epoch released its line of alloy shafts, the Legend, and I want to share with you a couple things James showed me about Epoch and why he thinks their alloy line will really stand out from the rest.
The line is comprised of 3 different shafts. The name of Epoch’s 7075 alloy shafts, the 3075 and 6075, reflect the both length of the shaft (either 30″ or 60″) and the alloy (7075). These shafts come with the Slip/Grip finish I described in the Dragonfly post that I really dig.
James also explained to me that despite a shaft being called “aluminum,” “titanium,” or “scandium,” in reality every shaft has almost a dozen different chemical components. The 3001 has a higher concentration of Magnesium and Zinc versus the 7075 molecular makeup. Middies who play both ways and do a lot of damage to their shorties playing defense will appreciate this 7001 series alloy. Slip/Grip comes standard.
Lastly the F30Ti was created out of Grade 9 Titanium in a limited quantity run, so get one of these puppies while you can.
During our meeting, James showed me that one of the most stressful times in the life of a lacrosse shaft is, ironically, its birth. Many lacrosse shafts begin as a block of metal, which becomes a cylinder of metal, which is then pushed through a dye at extreme temperatures. This is one of the most structurally not cool moments of creating a lacrosse shaft. With the help of True Temper, Epoch has made this process an unnecessary evil through tube drawing where the metal begins as a hollow cylinder that is pulled out many times at a lower temperature, ensuring even distribution of the alloy throughout the shaft without potentially compromising its structural integrity.
I also asked him why he’d decided to make the Dragonfly so white. Didn’t he know it was gonna get dirty? James told me he wanted the shaft to appear a clean slate, like a piece of brand new mesh. After a few weeks of serious use it will accumulate that battle-hardened look and using it will be like second nature. I’ve used the same piece of mesh for over two years now, so I can see the value in this. That’s why they decided to paint each Legend shaft with the badass white stripe on the front and back, to preserve the clean lines and give players a canvas to earn a badge of honor or two.
The bottom line is Epoch has impressed me to no end thus far. It’s obvious in talking to James not only how much R&D Epoch has invested in these projects, but how much genuine passion they’ve invested. It really seems like they’re out to improve players by forcing the technological envelope in our equipment. I think this puts them in a great position for the 2011-2012 season. I’m looking forward to bringing you guys the product review.