Gait Ice 30" Attack Lacrosse Shaft
Gait lacrosse has released the Ice lacrosse shaft as their lightweight option for up-and-coming players. The Ice is made from one of the stronger aluminium alloys. With a little added touch of Scandium, this shaft really starts to nudge into higher performance categories. How good is it? Let's take a look.
Material & Weight
The Gait Ice is already well known to everyone as the light shaft. As soon as you pick it up you'll without a doubt agree. Made from C555 aluminium alloy, it is slightly stronger than C405/7055 aluminium alloy. The shaft contains a small amount of Scandium which contributes to the extra strength and less weight. Just check out how much these guys love Scandium. Don't it make you wanna get up and lame dance?
The shaft is a standard octagonal shape. It probably doesn't need a concave design as it does offer a good amount of grip.
If you look down the shaft, there is a diamond weave pattern along the whole length. The textured diamond grip does run on the planes of the shaft and not so much on the edges, so a concave design would hinder the grips effect.
The grip is quite subtle and strikes a really good balance. Not too much that it'll chew up your gloves and not too little that slips around in your hands. The great thing is if you feel it's not enough, you can always add tape. If you're concerned about whether the grip might be too much, then we'd suggest you look at non textured comparable shafts, like the Warrior Kryptolyte.
General Wear and Tear
Being a shaft made from an aluminium alloy, the Gait Ice will dent a little easier than the higher grade shafts. The colour and grip may fade and wear overtime and the logo may wear off, but these are only aesthetic concerns. And if they don't, then quite honestly you're not playing hard enough!
The Gait Ice is treated with an anodised finish, which adds to its exterior protection. The external surface of Aluminium scratches easily and rough surfaces can wear smooth over time. The anodised treatment helps strengthen the outer layer making the shaft less susceptible to natural wear and tear of Aluminium.
One thing we found a little surprising is that you simply cannot remove the butt end! Well, you could cut it out but what's the point in that? Our advice to you is that make sure you like the butt end before you buy.
With all the features of this shaft, we don't recommend it for senior players or box lacrosse. Besides, it's targeted to entry level to high school players so that shouldn't be much of a worry. Yes the shaft does include Scandium, but not to the levels where it could reasonably be advertised as a Scandium shaft. So it's does have elements of a high performance shaft, but it's not at the level of a Composite or Titanium enhanced shaft.
Gait seems to change the pattern every year and the 2012 has a great look. But that's if you're into aesthetics. Where you'll see an opportunity is to pick up last season’s model at a discounted price. Why pay full price?
Felt really good, but in the end it bentGood:light, felt great to play withBad:has no resillience to any sort of contact and just dentsOverall:I have the long pole and it bent within a season. I bought a scandium from Brine instead. It dented up pretty easy too. I don't know for sure but it bent long one of the largere dents. If you're a defender who throws checks, get something else.
Amazing! So light!Good:light, light, lightBad:gets lots of small dentsOverall:I can't believe how light this handle is. I've had mine for a few months and it's awesome! I've got acoupld ofsmall dents but that's it. t'd be good if it didn't dent asd much, but Idon't care because it's so light. Get this.
lightweight, but the butt suxGood:pretty strong, good grip, lightBad:colors fade, the fixed buttOverall:The colors fade a bit on this handle after a while. I don't like the butt end and I can't get it off. I heard this dents a bit but mine is fine. Amazing shaft, I highly recommend it.
Strong and light weightGood:the fixed butt end, grip, lightBad:nothingOverall:I play d with mine and it's great. No bending or anything. I'm amazed how it's held up so well because it's so light. I've got a couple of dents, but they've not a problem. The fixed butt end is awesome! idk why other brnads don't do this. Very good shaft.
Great lightweight shaft with a crappy butt endGood:weight, looks v coolBad:the butt end is awfulOverall:This is the best shaft, extremely light. The only thing I don't like it the butt end. You can knock it off by getting a thin piece of dowell which is longer than your shaft. Put it through the middle of the shaft and bang it on the ground hard.
Super light shaft, but isn't strongGood:weight, colorsBad:dents way too muchOverall:Light, yes. Dents easily, yes. Look's cool, yes. Will I buy another one, No. I bought this because of how light it is. But I get dents in it all the time. It's so weak. I find I'm not playing hard d coz I scared it'll break. I'm getting a brine swizzle scandium after this. Nearly as light but heaps stronger.
Light, but just too weakGood:lightBad:bend, breaks, dents all too easilyOverall:My recommendation for this shaft is don't get it. Yeah sure it's light but it dents, bends and breaks so easily that it' just not usable. IF you're looking for something light, get a scandium based shaft. The titanium shafts are stronger, but also heavier.
A good light shaft that dents a lotGood:sooooo light, looks coolBad:dents easily, fixed butt endOverall:When I first got this shaft, I couldn't believe how light it was. Then found out why, it dents so easily. But the dents haven't affected my game so I'm not worried about them. One thing to know is tha the butt end is fixed. You can't take it off. So you'd better make sure you like it.