Product: SC55 Attack Shaft
Company: Gait Lacrosse
Editor’s Note: Please welcome Dan Bargholz to Lacrosse All Stars and Sweet Sweet Lax! Dan will be helping us review some of the newest and freshest gear throughout 2013.
Hi all, before I get started I wanted to let you know a little about myself. I am a former HS and college club player that is now into his post college club days. I have really not experimented much with my gear, I find something I like, then use it until it breaks and try and find the exact same thing. I have also never been much of a gear rat, so I am hoping that the point of view from a regular guy will help some people out when they are looking to make some decisions on getting new gear.
I had talked to Krieg about wanting to start a blog with LAS and he thought this was a good way to get back in to writing. So, he gave me a couple of new items and here I am, testing out a couple of new items to me. For the past three weeks I have been using some new stuff, a Gait head strung with some waxed mesh, and a new Gait Scandium SC55. My first review is going to be on the Scandium SC55.
When Krieg told me what I was going to be testing out, I was a bit skeptical, as Gait had always seemed a bit goofy to me. I was surely wrong with this one. It had no fancy decals or graphics, just a simple black and silver shaft. It came with one of the solid attached butt ends the gets rid of the need to place a big ring of tape on the butt. That was a handy little feature none of my previous shafts have had.
Until the past few years I had always chosen to use a shaft that was not textured and had no tape. I have since changed my choice, and add tape from the pinky of my top hand down to the butt end. This shaft has no texture and because of its light weight I found myself losing it in situations I think that tape or some grip would help with.
I was told the stick feels as though it is made from “woven feathers”. I do not think that it is far from it. Holding the shaft alone, you could easily forget it is in your hands. This will help throw some faster slap checks, but is not going to send the receiver of said slap checks going to the hospital with a broken arm.
The stick is very light and has little to no flex. Those two things make me think that it is unlikely to survive a summer of abuse in Bend and Tahoe. On the other hand, I have used it for several sessions of chumash and there are no dents and only a few cosmetic scratches, so it has held up well so far. This shaft is best suited for an attackman that doesn’t drive into the whole defense. He would best suited to keep is distance from lots of checks by mean defensemen.
At around $110 it is about in the upper middle class for costs. If I was going to be buying a shaft in this price range I would be looking from something a little bit heavier to give me the feeling that it will last a summer of club ball.
Overall I liked the shaft. My main gripe with it would be that being so light it needs some sort of texturing to help keep it in your hands. With the addition of some texturing I would have scored it higher and raised the overall score to a 7.5. All said and done, I probably would not buy this for myself. I might consider it for a small talented youth player where the shaved off ounces would really help him with his stick control, and the defenders are not going to be dishing out bone crushing checks.