Lacrosse, America’s oldest sport (that we aped from the Natives, anyway), is also the fastest-growing sport in the United States; in 2009, participation totaled 520,000 players, tripling from 2000 to the end of 2010.
But it’s been in need of an upgrade for a little while. Luckily, Epoch Lacrosse, one of the best lax equipment companies in the country, is upping its game by introducing shafts made from the latest aerospace and military-grade composite materials, instead of aluminum or titanium. Not only are the sticks stronger, they’re lighter with a lower F.A.W. (Fiber Areal Weight) than other materials used.
Like high-end golf clubs, the carbon fiber sticks bend with some force but snap back into position with urgency, a concept that's branded as Epoch’s "reload technology.” The company might just have created the strongest (yet lightest) lacrosse stick available on the market, but they’re not stopping there. They’ve also recently announced the patent-pending Otter Mesh™, a military-grade, ultra lightweight composite fiber (only 18 grams) that is water resistant, durable, and designed to give you a long-lasting, easy-to-string pocket with zero break-in time. They say it’s made from the same material used to make ropes used by Navy Seals.
“Otter Mesh is engineered to perform in any weather condition. It gives players one less thing they have to worry about and allows them to concentrate and focus on their game,” says James Miceli, principal at Epoch Lacrosse.