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  • New East Coast Dyes Mirage Head Review

    After taking the Mesh game by storm, we have recently seen East Coast Dyes (ECD) start expanding their brand to numerous other marketable aspects of the game. From their Carbon Shafts to the Mint balls, no matter what these guys seem to cook up in their new and improved “lab”, the people seem to be foaming at the mouth for a chance to get their hands on these game changing products. Now, yet again, ECD has given the game a whole new product too praise and (in my situation) analyze. We present, The ECD Mirage Lacrosse Head!

    Mirage Lacrosse HeadNamed after the risqué evil assistant, turned good, from the Box-office smash “The Incredibles” (2004) OR the optical allusion caused by atmospheric conditions (you be the judge) the Mirage Head by ECD is the newest item in their product line. It is offered at three different purchasing prices, which are entirely dependent on the stringing options; ranging from $89.99-$129.99. Aside from being reasonably priced, there are a few other aspects about the Mirage that make it unique.

    When I first took a peak at this universal head, I noticed the narrow pinch, much like you would see in an STX head. As the throat merges into the side wall you can notice a small flair right before the sidewall continues. This is caused by the dropped offset you can see a bit more clearly when you look at the head from the side. I’ve started to notice this in a few other newly manufactured heads. This offset not only increases the strength in the base of the Mirage but also narrows the flex-points in the head itself. When bending it, as it would be on a hard check or a face-off, you can see most of the flex happening near/at the flair I mentioned earlier. I think this will decrease the amount of cracks and snaps in the sidewall.

    The Mirage also has a matte finish, another trend you are seeing with a lot of the new models. However, as I looked closer, the inner part of the head has a gloss to it until you reach the peach of the head where it arches back into the matte covering. The peak also seems to be flattened a little more than the usual head I see. I thought this would make groundballs a little more difficult but after my first scoop, I was proven wrong. Quick, clean GB and in the pocket, just like my favorite Cold Stone Creamery Scooper Lady (S/O Lauren).

    As for the rest of the head, it is pretty user friendly. There are enough port holes to string any style you can imaging and they’ve even added their own custom “Mirage” ball-stop (shiny of course).

    All in all, this isn’t a bad first go for the ECD Team. As customers continue to buy this product, we will obviously learn more about the longevity of the head but as of now, I’d have no problem recommending this head to any player looking to hit the field. So go pick one up, hit the field, tickle some twine, rip some cheese, or even throw a few rusty-gates if you have to! Then, come back and tell me what YOU thought of it.

    Mirage Head Players

  • Choosing the Best Lacrosse Stick for Women's Lacrosse

    Choosing the best women's lacrosse stick is all about knowing your level of play, position on the field and personal comfort. This guide will help women’s lacrosse players at all levels pick their poison.

    If you’re a beginner, some things to look for:

    Intermediate players:

    • Expect to spend $50-$110 for your stick. Price is of a wider range because once you’re out of the beginner stage, it’s all about preference.
    • If you’re new to the game but starting at an older age, an intermediate stick is recommended.
    • At this level, players tend to switch to a composite shaft and mix and match heads and shafts.
    • If you’re still interested in a complete stick the Brine A1 Complete Stick, STX Crux 300 Complete Stick, deBeer NV3 Complete Stick, and the Maverik Wondergirl Complete Stick all make good choices. The heads on each of these sticks would also pair well with any composite shaft.
    • Complete women's lacrosse sticks tend to be a better deal as far as price is concerned.

    Advanced players:

    Each manufacturer has options for any level and this information is just a snippet of some of the most popular ones. The best way to find your favorite stick is to try them out in stores or borrow a friend's! As long as you are happy with the equipment you're using and it's legal, that's all that really matters!

  • STX Mesh Revolution is Here

    STX is known for creating an elite line of heads, handles, and complete sticks across men’s and women’s lacrosse for players of all skill levels. Now, they’re doing the same in a very highly contested area: lacrosse mesh. But they’re not just releasing any old mesh… they’re starting a STX Mesh Revolution.

    STX Memory Mesh

    As you know, a good piece of lacrosse mesh can mean all the difference between winning and losing. You want a piece of mesh that’s able to be easily strung, lasts extremely long, breaks in easily, and helps you shoot and pass your best. STX definitely understands this, so that’s why they’ve decided to come out with the Dry Mesh, Dry Mesh Lite, Knot Mesh, and Memory Mesh. Let’s take a quick look at what makes these pieces of stx mesh so special and why you should get your hands on them ASAP.

    The STX Dry Mesh is made for superior durability. It’s weatherproof due to the Weather Weave construction that has independent strands of nylon with a super-tough coating, keeping the fibers dry and making the life of your pocket last longer. You can also get its little brother, the Dry Mesh Lite.

    The Dry Mesh Lite is…you guessed it – lightweight. It features all of the benefits of the Dry Mesh but with an added bonus: extra ball feel. This makes it seem like it’s an extension of your own body.

    Mesh Revolution - Drymesh, Knot Mesh, and Mesh LiteGet the Dry Mesh strung onto a Stallion U 550 Head and this will make it the ultimate weapon of choice for the workhorse midfielder who needs extreme versatility. Get the Dry Mesh Lite strung onto a Super Power Plus Head for the ultimate in lightweight performance, perfect for the attackman who just wants to absolutely rip shot after relentless shot.

    The STX Knot Mesh is one of the most exciting meshes to have been released. The exclusive knotted construction delivers superior control and excellent ball feel in addition to reducing the stretch of the pocket and maintaining the consistency and reliability. Get the Knot Mesh strung onto a Surgeon 10 500 for the ultimate operating tool on the field. Precision accuracy and control are yours with this combo. Perfect for the tactical midfielder or attackman.

    The STX Memory Mesh never forgets… It’s the type of mesh that will keep your pocket better and longer. That’s not all though – the Memory Mesh is super-strong. It’s so strong it has up to 15x the tensile strength of steel! This means that you know without a shadow of a doubt that the Memory Mesh will hold its shape better and longer than any other mesh on the market. Goalies…STX didn’t forget you either. The Memory Mesh is also available for goalies.

    STX is definitely changing the mesh market with its mix between technologically superior mesh and features that will resonate with players who want that extra oomph from their equipment. Stay on the lookout for more from them. But in the meantime, head over to Lax World and pick up some of the mesh and other STX gear.

  • Finding a Good Helmet in Men's Lacrosse

    Helmets are one of the most expensive pieces of lacrosse equipment…and arguably the most essential. We definitely understand: they aren’t cheap. But your lacrosse helmet protects the most vulnerable part of your body, so how could it not be a good investment? Do you know what makes a good lacrosse helmet? Do you know the different parts of this equipment? If not, don’t worry. We’re going to be explaining exactly those things so you can find the right helmet for your particular needs.

    Lacrosse Helmet with the Correct Fit

    Is your helmet game-ready?

    All lacrosse helmets have to meet certain standards for game-ready play. The NOCSAE (National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment) requires that all helmets are made in a way that prevents them from being damaged too easily. All lacrosse helmets are stress tested in certain environments that mimic that of a lacrosse field. When you get your helmet in the mail or pick it up in a store, you can be sure that you’re getting a safe product.

    The Anatomy of a Lacrosse Helmet

    A lacrosse helmet is made out of different parts that make up an entire whole. These are:

    • The Shell – All lacrosse helmets are made out of a super-strong shell. Shells come in all sorts of colors and materials. These are made of plastic (mostly) and are non-adjustable. A good example of a helmet that’s not made of out plastic is the Cascade R Helmet in a Carbon Finish. If your helmet has a crack in it, you’ll need to replace the entire helmet. Don’t take the chance of playing with cracked safety gear.
    • Face Mask – Your face mask is made out of non-bendable metal bars and must form a consistent smooth curvature. Think of it this way… if you cut the helmet in half down the center vertically or horizontally, it should be the same on both sides. In addition to elite protection, face masks can come in all sorts of colors, not just the traditional silver or black. One great example of this is the Cascade CPX-R with a Gold Titanium face mask.
    • Padding – Without padding, the helmet would just rattle around on your head! No one wants that…at all. Padding is made of super-dense foam that absorbs sweat and moisture during play.
    • Chin Pad/Strap – The Chin Pad protects your chin from impacts and also helps to keep your helmet on your head.

    How does your helmet fit? 

    Your helmet should fit securely on your head. It should be tight and secure…but not too tight. For a great fit, you’ll need a measure of your head.

    1. Get a tape measure and measure the circumference around your head in a level line, roughly 1” above your eyebrows. If someone is able to do it for you, all the better.
    2. Hold the spot on the measuring tape where it stops and record what the measurement is. Check the helmet sizing chart to find out your size.

    Manufacturers: Who makes the best lacrosse helmet?

    Ah…the old age question: “who makes the best helmet?” Cascade makes some pretty good helmets. STX also produces some pretty fine headgear. Like most things when it comes to lacrosse, it depends on two things: need and preference.

    If you’re looking for a good youth helmet, you may want to go with the STX Stallion 100. If you’re looking for a helmet that you can easily customize, you’ll want to go with one of the Cascade R or CPX-R helmets. Speaking of customization…


    What’s a lacrosse helmet without a little flair? You can easily trick out a lacrosse equipment to your liking. Choose what color face mask, shell, and visor you want. Cascade will do the rest. This is perfect for teams that want a uniform helmet color.

    Check out some of our custom helmets today!

    Choosing a lacrosse helmet can be a breeze. If you walk in to one of our Lax World locations, you’ll definitely be pointed in the right direction. If you’re not near a Lax World location, call us at 1-800-752-9529 and we’ll definitely be able to help you out and pick the right helmet for you.

  • Mint From East Coast Dyes: Solution To Greasy Lacrosse Balls

    Believe it or not, lacrosse balls aren’t made to last as long as we want them to. Mint3

    Over the course of a season, a ball will get… let’s say… “greasy” over time.

    And by greasy we mean lacrosse balls that are more slippery and harder. Greasers are harder to cradle, harder to control and come out of a pocket differently than a brand new ball. Players hate greasers because they make games and practices unpredictable. You never know how the ball will release from your stick with one of these.

    There are home remedies to fix this problem but let's be honest… who really has the time or energy to go through the process? Keeping that in mind, East Coast Dyes developed their new Mint lacrosse ball to never become a greaser. Playing with these is like always using a brand new ball.

    The Mint lacrosse ball is unlike most lacrosse balls because it’s made of non-rubber polymer which lasts longer than the rubber of traditional balls. East Coast Dyes maintains consistency during manufacturing by ensuring that each ball is of the highest quality and meets all standards. Best of all, each ball is made right here in the USA. Mint balls are approved for NFHS, NCAA and meet NOCSAE® SEI standards.

  • Choosing Footwear: Lacrosse Cleats and Turf Shoes

    The lacrosse cleats and the lacrosse turf shoes that you choose to wear makes a gigantic difference in how you play on the field.

    Your choice of lacrosse footwear can make all the difference between losing the game and winning the championship at the end of the season... So it’s pretty obvious that they’re pretty important.

    Lacrosse is pretty tough on your feet and the wrong pair of shoes can spell disaster for you and your feet. This article will delve into the different kinds of lacrosse footwear and why you should make a conscious decision about what you decide to wear onto the field.

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  • East Coast Dyes Carbon Pro Guest Post

    Big thanks to East Coast Dyes for doing this guest post featuring the new Carbon Pro shaft! They really know their stuff and we're happy to be featuring their products, specifically the Carbon Pro.



    The Carbon Pro is the most technologically advanced shaft in the East Coast Dyes line. Building on the success of the original Carbon, ECD set off to build something that would be fit for the most elite players on the field. In order to do that, new, key features had to be developed. Those features include Flex Control Layering (FCL) and the all-new Kick Point Technology.

    With carbon fiber, the orientation of each material layer has a major impact on the overall strength and flex profile. Through extensive testing and research, FCL was developed. This new layering technique allows the Carbon Pro to be about 12% lighter than the original Carbon, while maintaining the same strength. With typical non-carbon fiber shafts, if you take away material, your strength will decrease, but with carbon fiber that is not always the case. FCL allows ECD to get the most out the carbon fiber material.

    FCL also provides the ability to change flex levels throughout the shaft, which creates Kick Points. When placed properly, Kick Points provide additional benefits based on a player’s specific playing style. For example, the 30” Carbon Pro features a High Kick Point. This provides a quick release perfect for snappy finishes.

    Here is a breakdown of the new Carbon Pro line:

    The 30” Carbon Pro features a High Kick Point and is rated as a Flex8 on our 10-point flex scale. The High Kick Point provides a quick release, which makes this shaft perfect for the crafty player who is all about quick feeds and finishes. The increased flex will allow you to add a little extra snap to all of your shots and passes. $139.99


    The 40” Carbon Pro features a Mid Kick Point and is rated as a Flex3 on our 10-point flex scale. The Mid Kick Point provides a supremely balanced feel and allows for more accurate outlet passes to the streaking midfielders after your biggest saves. Lowering the flex rating means the shaft will be sturdier while stopping hard shots and taking checks from attackmen. As an added bonus, the 40” Carbon Pro features a unique raised texture right where you keep your top hand, so you can have the best feel possible. $149.99


    The 60” Carbon Pro features a Mid Kick Point and is rated as a Flex3 on our 10-point flex scale. The Mid Kick Point provides a supremely balanced feel and allows for an accurate release perfect for long clearing passes. Lowering the flex rating means less recoil time and gives the stability you need to throw hard take away checks. As an added bonus, the 60” Carbon Pro features a unique raised texture on the bottom portion, so you always have the perfect grip when throwing checks. $199.99


  • 20 Min. Wall Ball Routine to Improve Your Stick Skills

    Players with good stick skills earn playing time, help win games and make dependable teammates. Wall ball is a simple way to practice stick work just about anywhere with access to a brick wall or a bounceback. New and returning players can all benefit from practicing stick skills and there is no right or wrong way to do it. For anyone looking to get into a habit or switch up a current habit, here is sample wall ball routine:

    Start off by standing 8-10 feet from a wall or bounceback. Try and aim for a small square on your target close to stick level. Spend about two minutes on each different strategy, longer on the ones that need extra work.

    • Right hand- Regular throws, not sidearm, just your go to pass. Try to only cradle once between throws.
    • Left hand- Same thing just left handed.
    • Throw right catch left- Start like you’re throwing with your right hand but switch the stick to your left when the ball is in the air so you’re catching it on the opposite side.
    • Throw left catch right- Same thing you just did but start by throwing on the left side, then switch and catch right.
    • Weak side throw right- Hold the stick as if you were throwing right handed but throw from the left shoulder instead.
    • Weak side throw left- Hold the stick as if you were throwing left and throw off your right shoulder instead.
    • Right hand quick- Stand closer to the wall now, 3-4 feet. Throw and catch right handed but don’t cradle after the catch and focus on quick reps.
    • Left hand quick- Same thing as the previous, just use your left hand on your left side.
    • Right hand tomahawk or private school- I’ve heard it called different things, either way, throw right handed releasing the pass from the top of your head. Keep the stick right in front of your forehead not off to either side of your body.
    • Left hand tomahawk- Hold the stick in your left hand and release the pass from the top of your head, in the middle of your body.

    Play wall ball as often as you’d like and go through these exercises for specific help. Practice really does make perfect!

  • A Closer Look: The STX Hammer 500

    This week we take a closer look at the STX Hammer 500 Head.


    In the game of lacrosse, having a superior defense is essential. A solid defense can win championships or put you in a sharp losing streak. It makes sense because after all, you can’t defend a castle if there’s no wall. Defensemen are that wall. Defensemen with great lacrosse equipment make a better wall. Defensemen with the new STX Hammer 500 are the best wall.

    The STX Hammer 500 lacrosse head gives you the strength and power you need to absolutely decimate the opposing team and disintegrate any chances of the offense scoring a goal. Continue reading

  • A Closer Look: STX Duel Head

    In this weeks product review, we take a look at the STX Duel Head.


    Two competitors enter a small circle in the middle of the field. They lock eyes, staring each other down with a steely gaze. They get into position. At the mark, they charge towards a small ball in the center. The competitors are locked in a battle for the ball. Their allies stand around them. After a few seconds of might and fight, one emerges with the ball. This possession has changed the tide of the game completely.

    STX Duel Lacrosse Head

    What was just described is none other than a lacrosse face-off. The lacrosse face-off is one of the most important parts of the game. Possession of the ball can lead to a quick goal, shifting the momentum of the game and stealing the fervor of leading team. Continue reading

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