Friday, August 28

[PRODUCT REVIEW] TRADiTREE - Part 1

TRADiTREE -Traditional lacrosse pocket stringing aid.
Words, photos and videos by The SOUZ
The SOUZ here with another review for all you lax fiends; this one is for all the stringers out there. Make sure to check out our Part 1 video at the end.

The guys over at TRADiTREE were kind enough to send us a set of TRADiTREE's to test out and review. The set includes a Traditional TRADiTREE, a Pita Pocket TRADiTREE, and a Six Shooter TRADiTREE. You can imagine how excited we were to get our hands on these ... Basically Christmas morning for a stick stringer.

Before we get into this, I'd like to mention that following this review, there will be three follow up videos which preview each of the TRADiTREE's (Traditional, Pita Pocket, & Six Shooter). So keep an eye out for those in the near future!















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I'm just gonna say it, I love these things. They make every single aspect of stringing a stick with leathers twice as easy for stringers of all skill levels.  The TRADiTREE offers a blueprint to follow along with as a guide for beginner stringers who may be stringing their first traditional pocket. This clever invention also takes the guess work out of the process, so that more experienced stringers can focus on the smaller details that will really make the stick a winner.

I found that the most valuable asset of the TRADiTREE is that it helps one to consistently string a pocket that is symmetrical, not too tight and not too loose. What more could a stringer ask for?!?! After stringing three or four sticks with the TRADiTREE, every single one had the exact pocket placement that I desired, the perfect depth (not illegal if you were wondering), and most importantly threw and eventually shot like a charm. Over the years I've found that stringing a traditional pocket that threw well was fairly easy, however stringing one that threw and shot well was a much, much, much more difficult task.





















** Side note: Why didn't I think of this? **

You may notice that in the video, I used the Traditional TRADiTREE to string a variation of a Pita Pocket. I did this because after testing out the TRADiTREE's on a handful of different heads, I found that I liked the middle leathers a little wider apart from each other than what the Pita Pocket TRADiTREE provided.

Note that in one of my next three videos I will use the Traditional TRADiTREE to string a normal traditional pocket for your viewing pleasure.

All in all, the TRADiTREE gets an A+ from me. Whether you're trying to get the hang of stringing with  leathers, or you just want more consistency in your stringing, I would definitely recommend adding some TRADiTREE's to your arsenal of tools.
Check out TRADiTREE.com for more ...

Editors Note: We had to take Part 1 of our video series down due to technical difficulties. Please bear with us as we attempt to rectify this situation. We expect to have said video back up and running soon. Thank you for being pateint.

Thursday, August 27

 ECUADOR Cultural Lacrosse Immersion Trip 2015 Episode 4 [youtube: encorebrand]
  • ARTICLE: "The Differences Between Field Lacrosse And Box Lacrosse" [texaslacrossemag.com]
  • VIDEO: 2015 Lake Placid Open Championship | Power Tek vs 1 Lacrosse Elite [youtube: laxdotcom]
  • ARTICLE: "New Faceoff Procedure Among Rules Changes in High School Boys Lacrosse" [nfhs.org]
  • VIDEO: Dream For NIGERIA Lacrosse. [gofundme.com]

Wednesday, August 26

[PRODUCT REVIEW] The ODOR GLADIATOR - Our Pick For The Winner Of The "No-Smell Peace Prize"

Odor Gladiator - Customized high-performance deodorizer
Words & photos by Laxwell Smart


Laxwell Smart, back with another review for the lax lover in you. This product saved me in more ways than one. If you don't have one of these yet, you don't know what you're missing.
 
My girlfriend was a nag for a long time and used to always bust my chops about something I forgot to do, or something I did. Sometimes she would even dig in to me about something SHE did, like the time she got mad at me because she said that I let her eat desert. Fellas, you know what I mean, those damned if you do, damned if you don't situations that you find yourself in with your lady friend. Anyway, her nagging really got to me, and it almost cost us our relationship. We would beef constantly and I was always scrambling to get back in her good graces. Half of the time I didn't know why she was going at me so hard, but I happened to notice the reoccurring theme that would arise during our fights was the smell of my lacrosse bag. For a while I thought she just didn't want me to play lax, which would have been a total deal breaker. I was desperate for an answer to our relationship woes, so I broke down and did what any sex-starved, dog-house residing boyfriend would do, I asked her sister for help. Her sister simply suggested I lay low for a while and wash every piece of lacrosse equipment I owned. I tried her advice, but the stench wouldn't go away, and eventually things got so out of hand that one day after playing men's league, the old ball and chain threatened to toss my lax equipment out of a 12 story window on to the street. Another time she actually tried to toss my bag out of a moving car, which she with a straight face said, smelled like dead elephants. Another time I had my lax bag in a closet that she happened to be standing near, when all of a sudden she crinkled her nose and scrunched up her face and said she thought she smelled a vampire. How she knows what vampires smell like is beyond me. Needless to say, it was time for some aromatherapy, so I got a hold of the good folks at ODOR GLADIATOR and made arrangements to test one out. I  had plans to travel this summer and play some lax along the way here and there, and thought it would be the perfect opportunity to see the O.G. in action. Ahhh, some much needed time away from all the drama, and some quality time with my lacrosse stick and my new, royal blue and athletic gold "customized high-performance deodorizer." I couldn't wait to rip open the package when the cleverly designed lacrosse-ball-sized Sparta helmet arrived.  I popped the disk into the hard case, snapped it closed, zipped up my bag and bid my boo farewell. 


The durable casing unit, withstood all my travels and went above and beyond neutralizing the smell of my bag and equipment. My gear now actually smells good. It's been a few weeks since I've been home and I haven't heard a peep about the smell of my bag. The nagging and arguing has slowed down considerably and I think we're in a good space now. Whew.  These are a must have for any serious lax player. These days it seems like manufacturers actually consider the funk factor caused by sweat during the shoulder pad, arm pad and glove lining design process, however combating the foul stench caused by playing in the rain is something else. It rained during one of our games and the next day my bag still smelled good. The O.G. works so well, I would consider keeping one in other places, like my bathroom. In fact, I  bet if you made a necklace with an Odor Gladiator as a pendant you could scare vampires away. 
Check out OdorGladiator.com for more ... 

Tuesday, August 25

[TWIG TUESDAY] Brine Clutch Superlite & Epoch Dragongfly























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Hope your summer was a good one, because (hate to break it to you) it's over. Sorry, had to slap some sense into you for a second there. You need to start thinking FALL BALL, which is rrrright around the corner. Anyway, around here we lift you up just as quickly as we bring you down. Hopefully this edition of TWIG TUESDAY will inspire you to put your flip flops away and start figuring out what set-up you're going to use this season. @GaryLax34's BRINE CLUTCH X Superlite on an EPOCH Dragonfly in a cool lime green and carolina blue colorway, with East Coast Dyes Hero Mesh, complete with triangle top-string and one nylon shooter, seems  like a fine option to consider. Interesting how Brine chose to recycle the Superlite name. Actually, my first stick ever, back in the early to mid 80's, was a Brine Superlite 2. Seeing the Superlite name used again is kind of like attempting to run the same pair of socks a few days in a row, or being at a party and hearing a DJ play a song more than once throughout the evening (lame). We don't play that ish in NYC. A good DJ mixes it up and keeps it moving, you've got to be on top of that sock rotation son, and Brine, you couldn't come up with another name? Brine, hit me on the hip or via twitter, I'm available for consultation, but I digress. Regardless of the whole name thing, and depending on how you roll, this set-up is pretty, (dare I say?) clutch.   -@LaxwellSmart 
  • ARTICLE: "CHIEFS take 3-2 stranglehold of MSL final" [sixnationschiefs.blogspot.ca]
  • VIDEO: SPORTS LAB - NYKEEM, DR. HEATHER of Sports Lab and LYNDAN & KELSEY of SIX NATIONS, Grand River break down the history and some of the nuances of LACROSSE. [vimeo] ... Looks like NYKEEM has that new iWatch. You saw it here first!
  • VIDEO: "For the first time ever, the FIL (Federation of International Lacrosse) will hold the 2015 World Indoor Lacrosse Championships at the home of the game: The Onondaga Nation. This is a significant milestone – the Haudenosaunee, will step onto the world stage and proudly host the game of their ancestors." [youtube] ... #WILC2015
  • ARTICLE: "PATRIOT League Men's Lacrosse 25th Anniversary Team" [laxpower.com]

Monday, August 24

"Platinum Sports Factory - This video is about Lacrosse Goal net production, from bulk netting cutting, joining knots, sewing body, after sewn checking and package till shipping." [youtube] ... Behind the scenes.
  • PODCAST: The FRED OPIE Show - "African-Americans In Lacrosse" [soundcloud.com]
  • VIDEO: AKWESASNE INDIANS def. SENECA WAR CHIEFS to win the 2015 Jr. B FOUNDERS CUP CHAMPIONSHIP. [facebook]
  • ARTICLE: NAVYTOWSON NCAA Review & Preview. [baltimoresun.com]

Sunday, August 23

"Uptown Lacrosse: Bringing Lax To HARLEM - Basketball courts may still dominate north of 125th Street in New York City, but more kids than ever are taking up lacrosse as their sport of choice. We followed Javon to hear what his friends think about lacrosse and how he plans to make his mark on the game. Made possible by the Dick's Sporting Goods Foundation." [youtube: vicesports]
  • VIDEO: "FOA Coach GREG BEAST describes the basics of being an Elite LSM FO man." [youtube: greggurenlian]
  • ARTICLE: "IROQUOIS NATIONALS Announce Roster For The 2015 FIL WILC" [laxpower.com] 
  • ARTICLE: "Who's Who On The U.S. Men's Indoor Try-Out List" [laxmagazine.com] 
  • ARTICLE: "LARS KEIL Joins BROWN Men’s Lacrosse Staff" [brownbears.com] 

Wednesday, August 19

Trust me, I'm old school, I stay popping Centrum Silver. We don't need to wait for a  #TBT or #FBF to throw it back around here. Now take notes young padwan and behold "PAUL & GARY GAIT - THE SECRET OF OUR SUCCESS" [youtube] ... - Laxwell Smart
  • VIDEO: VINTAGE HIGHLIGHTS !!! GILMAN School Varsity Lacrosse, 1966: GILMAN 5 - FRIENDS 3 from the June 6, 1966 Gilman News. [youtube] ... !
  • ARTICLE: "NCAA Committee Decides Against Rule Changes" [laxmagazine.com]
  • VIDEO: "Lacrosse great & SPEED Lacrosse™ founder CASEY POWELL discusses the backyard game that shaped his historic career. This backyard game has been reborn & CP is on a mission to grow lacrosse participation beyond levels its ever realized." [youtube]
  • VIDEO: LAKE PLACID HIGHLIGHTS ~ Mens Masters Division Championship between MOTIVE PURE and GRAPH TEX [lax.com]