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Review – STX Stallion Sc-Ti OCS

New for the 2015 season, STX has released a revamped model of their popular 2014 Stallion Sc-Ti handle. The Sc-Ti line has been a best seller for an extremely long time, with shafts such as the Premiere in the early 2000’s making huge waves in weight/strength ratio. Many companies have caught on to this “holy grail” of alloys in lacrosse, and STX is one of the best. Continue reading to see what else we have to say about the newest installment of the Sc-Ti.

 

For our review of this shaft, we will be ranking it on four aspects: Strength/Weight Ratio, Grip, Looks, and Wild Card. The Wild Card section is made for shafts especially like this one, where they have something different that pulls them ahead of their competition. First off is the S/W Ratio:

 

Strength/Weight Ratio:

This is where the Sc-Ti excels. The combination of lightweight scandium and durable titanium is what makes it famous for the perfect balance of strength and weight. It’ll last you at least one season at the highest levels, and most likely won’t see much damage in younger play. The only reason it doesn’t get a perfect score is because of the advancements in carbon fiber recently. There are definitely some newer shafts out at the same weight that can take a bigger beating, but this is the best in the metal category.

Final Grade- 24/25

 

Grip:

The Sc-Ti sports a classic grip with a textbook sandpaper finish. It is the industry standard, and is popular for a reason. Your hands will naturally grip the shape, and the light grip is just the right amount to keep your hands steady when you need them, and also give you freedom to shift. It does not require much tape, and is essentially what most people are looking for in shafts lately.

Final Grade- 24/25

 

Looks:

Plain and simple. I’m a big fan of not having a flashy stick; I usually go with a silver shaft and a white head with white stringing. The Sc-Ti is a great ambassador of the plain look, but this year they added in a hint of light green in the lettering of “Sc-Ti,” and a white outline over “Stallion.” Obviously not a deal breaker by any means, and is mostly unnoticeable unless compared side by side with last years model. It does seem as though the shaft could use a little something else, however.

Final Grade- 23/25

 

Wild Card:

This year, STX introduced their new “Shaft Lock” technology that is helping to solve a problems players have face for decades: head rattle. Usually head rattle occurs a few months after a head is screwed on, as the hole begins to strip. I have only had this shaft for a month, so I haven’t been able to give it the test of time, but it seems as though STX has figured it out. At the top of the shaft, a small white block fills the first 3 or so inches, and seems to hold screws as tight as possible. I’ve been playing with it, and I did notice that if you try and push the block down the shaft, it does move a little bit each time. I’m not sure how this could effect the connection between head and handle, but it seems just slightly less than solid. However, I have not seen a negative effect from it, and so far “Shaft Lock” seems like a great innovation.

Final Grade- 23/25

 

Total Grade- 94/100

S/W Ratio
24%
Grip
24%
Looks
23%
Wild Card
23%
Total
94%

 

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