Product: Lax Pro Stringer
Price: 1 for $250, 2 for $400, 5 for $800
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Recently we received an email from someone offering up a very unique, but functional product to the lacrosse market. We immediately reached out to them in hopes of obtaining one for a little bit so we could review it and give our readers the 4-1-1 on what it’s about. They were kind enough to loan one to us so we could check it out.
This will not be your standard gear review, as this isn’t your standard product. The Lax Pro Stringer enables just about anyone to string up a traditional-style head. Whether that’s a pita pocket, rock-it pocket, or just your old school traditional is up to you.
Here is a little rundown on the Lax Pro Stringer before we get started.
- Allows anyone to string traditional
- Every stick comes out the same
- Very little break-in time
- Pre-stretches the leathers (no more baggy leathers)
- Leathers are positioned for full contact on the ball
- Easily portable
- Adjustable for pocket depth and location
- Fits all modern lacrosse heads
- Affordable (pays for itself in 10 or less string jobs)
- Battle tested for 15 years! (proven effective by the Pros)
The first stick I went with was a Maverik Juice and a Scallywag-inspired Pita Pocket. The set-up for the Lax Pro Stringer is super easy.
Take out the top pin on the shaft-shaped holder and put your head onto it, then resecure it with the same pin so the two arms are through the head as in the picture below. Put your leathers on and stretch them tightly over the slots on the arms. I left mine like this for a couple hours, pulling on the leathers more every once and a while to help with them break-in easier. This was a really simple way to stretch out the leathers evenly, and quickly for the matter.
Keep stretching out the leathers for a little bit until you think they are ready. As you can see from the pictures, the Lax Pro Stringer helps to secure your head and hold it steady while you string your pocket to a nice depth from the start. No more having to worry about stringing part of it, then loosening the leathers so you can string more – or even dealing with keeping the ball secure on your head. The Lax Pro Stringer was great to keep everything very even and symmetrical.
Already some depth and we haven’t even broke in the head. Without skipping ahead too much, once the head is completely strung, you are still able to tighten the leathers down a little as needed and as the head breaks in more. No baggage here.
I went back and forth on if I should tie the middle two leathers up first, but figured I’d buy-in and give it a go on the Lax Pro Stringer. I was a little worried that the two arms would get in the way once I got to the middle of the pocket. I was pleasantly surprised to find that my spacing gave me plenty of room to work around the two arms. So far, so good!
As you can see in the above picture, the four leathers sit a little further out from the head than you usually get when stringing some pita pockets. This is partially due to the shape of the head, but also to the fact the slots on the arms are spaced so all four leathers will have contact with the ball once it is completely strung up. The rest of the head was a breeze to string up and I felt much more confident about my stringing abilities than I usually do, probably thanks to this bad boy.
The spacing between the sidewalls and the first leathers did kind of worry me though so I tightened those down as much as I could without pulling the leathers off their slots. Once I finished and took the head off the Lax Pro Stringer, the pocket really took shape.
Sooooo symmetrical, I could stare at this thing all day. Scallywag blue baby! Should I give it away or keep it?
After I finished up the Juice I started thinking outside the box a little bit. One of my defenders asked me to string up a head for him so I brought it out and decided to see how the Lax Pro Stringer would handle a mesh pocket. Back to work!
An STX Super Power, some Jimawax, yellow shooters, and one Lax Pro Stringer. Little did I know that I’d receive a phone call the next day from Larry talking about a mesh version that they were creating. Looks like we were both in the same mindset.
Don’t mind the flakes, someone had a little dandruff. I like the adjustable arms on the Lax Pro Stringer a lot. Where on a traditional string job, you’d probably want them spaced out a little more and a little higher on the stick, I pushed them a little lower and closer for the mesh pocket. Adjusting them was easy and there was never an issue with the arms slipping at all once they were secured.
The slots for the leathers work nicely to put a secure grip on the mesh holes. The square shape that formed was a little worrisome, but I figured it’d break in once I finished and messed around with it a bit. Can you guess which show I’m watching? Hatfields and McCoys anyone?
Several shooters later I was ready to take it of the Lax Pro Stringer and play around with it. I was going for a lot of hold with medium to little whip on the stick.
The break in time for the mesh pocket was surprisingly short. I contribute a lot of that to the arms holding and stretching the pocket as well as the wax mesh itself. Right off the stand, the pocket had a nice bag to it without too much whip at all. I only doubled-up once along the sidewall, right below the middle of the stick.
Pretty pretty. Only thing left to do was try it out, so I threw it on my shorty and played a little wall ball with it. Turned out great. If you would like to pick-up your own Lax Pro Stringer, please check them out in our store, and for being a loyal reader, use the coupon code LAXPRO to receive a $25 discount.
I’d like to note that the one I received was a prototype and the makers, Larry and Brandon, both informed me that there are a few changes ahead to improve the Lax Pro Stringer by making it more adjustable and user-friendly – exciting!
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