Review – True Lacrosse Handles
After years of being a behind-the-scenes company, True Lacrosse (formerly True Temper Lacrosse) is bringing their technology to market under their own brand. True has been involved in the carbon fiber industry for more than a decade throughout several sports, most recently adding lines in both lacrosse and hockey. Back in 2012, I received an early True Temper prototype, and was blown away by the quality at the time. It’s safe to say that their current composite line is even more incredible. They are also offering an alloy option for those not ready to make the switch quite yet. Read more to see the reviews of each.
True Lacrosse generously sent these shafts our way, and I’ve had a great time using them for close to a month. They are both solidly built, and easily gamer-viable. We will be ranking these shafts on four aspects: Strength/Weight Ratio, Grip, Looks, and Wild Card. The Wild Card section highlights individual and unique strengths, not typically found in competition. First off is the S/W Ratio:
True’s composite handle has a stellar strength to weight ratio. Carbon is engineered to have a high durability at a low weight, and True’s quality materials really bring the strength out of the handle. It feels a slight bit heavier in the hand that some of the newer, featherweight metals, but really is a solid shaft overall. Throughout several practices and games, the only wear has been light graphic chipping.
The alloy handle does not feel as strong in the hand, but has proven worthy throughout use. The paint is very solid, and does not seem to be a problem no matter how much use. Since I assume the alloy is meant for use in the lower levels, and the composite for elite players, the durability should not be a problem.
Final Grade (Comp)- 24/25
Final Grade (Alloy)- 22/25
Discounting material, this category shows the biggest disparity between the two handles. The composite has my favorite grip, a “fine-texture” that allows gloves to grip when necessary and release without getting stuck. In my mind, there is no need for any other grip. When combined with a standard concave shape, there isn’t a better feeling.
However, True decided to go a different direction for their alloy shaft. While the profile is the same, the texture couldn’t be different. Dubbed their “SAND BLAST” finish, the alloy has a very light raised texture akin to the Krypto Pro (non-diamond). While I realize some definitely prefer this finish, I feel that calling it sand blasted is slightly misleading. I was picturing a sandpaper finish. But, the loss of control with the shaft is negligible with gloves, and shouldn’t be a problem.
Final Grade (Comp)- 24/25
Final Grade (Alloy)- 21/25
I’ve said it before, but I love simple graphics. Since the graphics on these are essentially identical, they will receive the same grade. The simple white strip near the bottom, a brand, and the name of the model is all that is necessary and True fulfilled just that. One thing I did notice was that the logo was just on one side of the shaft, facing the player while throwing right-handed. While not a negative in the slightest, I would think that most would want the brand facing outward while a player is throwing right handed, as the majority of people do. Also, I do love seeing the fibers on a carbon fiber shaft, which I feel could have added a little more to the composite, but the solid gray look is great as well.
Final Grade- 23/25
The wild card for each of these handles comes down to the quality for the price. It is evident that each of these shafts are made with the same, if not better, quality of shafts that cost up to $60 more. At just under $110, their composite is easily the best choice for the money at this point. It’s an incredibly solid and well-made handle, and could easily be sold at the Epoch pricepoint. The same goes for the alloy, at just $60. It feels a little bit cheaper than the popular Krypto Pro, which is currently priced at around $100. Jerry Scott, True’s director of lacrosse, explained, “Our competitors have flooded the sport with hard-to-distinguish products at never-ending price points. We’ve put our effort and technology into a focused number of handles so athletes can get out of the stores and onto the field. Players, coaches and parents will be relieved and impressed.” Both are available at LacrosseMonkey.com, among other retailers. If you are in the market for a new shaft, and aren’t looking to break the bank, either of these are very solid and reliable options.
Final Grade- 23/25
Total Grade (Comp)- 94/100
Total Grade (Alloy)- 89/100