STX Scandium Pro 30" Attack Lacrosse Shaft
You can expect great things from the STX Scandium Pro attack shaft. It is made with Scandium, which is one of the lightest materials in the game. Unlike other shafts which boast the lightweight, this shaft doesn't compromise in strength. This little gem is an affordable game changer.
Material & Weight
The STX Scandium Pro shaft is made from a scandium alloy. Scandium alloyed with aluminium not only makes for a more durable compound, but the Scandium helps reduce the weight. It weighs in at about 6.5 oz / 185 grams. Not the lightest, but certainly not the heaviest.
The shaft is a concave octagonal shape. The concave does offset some of the slippery feel which we'll talk about in the next section.
The grip on the shaft is ever so lightly textured. It's hard to see anyone not put tape on it. If you find you play in the wet a bit, do yourself a favour and put tape on it straight away!
STX have covered a broad range with the STX Scandium Pro series because this shaft has a brother, the Scandium Pro Grip. The Grip version is lined with a rubberised coating. So these two don't cut each others lunches, the grip feel between the two is very different. On that note, if you are going to buy a grip shaft, make sure you first try one out because they really are quite different. You'll need to try one out at training, the mall doesn't cut it. Subtle stick movements can be impeded by the grip and so you'll need to adjust to it. Anyway, I digress.
The concave cross section design does give you a little more to grab onto. It's only minor, but the feel of the pointer edges does give you bit more assurance around your hold on the shaft. Yes, we are fans of concave shafts.
General Wear and Tear
We were pleasantly surprised at how durable this shaft is. Scandium shafts are not known to chip or scratch as much as an aluminium shaft. You may get a couple of minor scratches on the surface but if you insist on playing a contact sport you've gotta expect these things!
The STX Scandium Pro shaft is quite durable, even though you may get a dent of two along the way. Like most shafts, these dents tend to come at the top of the shaft from either checks or loose ball contests.
When you pool all the great things about the shaft together, you've got a great package in the STX Scandium Pro. Strong, lightweight, durable and concave cross section are all attributes of a top quality shaft. We don't usually include price in the ratings, but what surprised us with this shaft was how affordable it is! If you're looking to move away from the aluminium shafts and to a Scandium based shaft, you can now do it for only a couple of bucks extra.
Ed note: sorry for no YouTube clips, there's nothing funny about Scandium. Well in fact ... there was this one. Tick tock .... sorry.
So light and lasts agesGood:lightweight, virtually dent freeBad:nothingOverall:I play defence and this is the light handle I've ever played with. The only signs of wear are the couple of chips out of it. Really strong shaft. Highly recommended from this hack.
Amazing shaft that's light and strongGood:light, subtle grip, strong, worth the $$Bad:can't think of anything wrong with it.Overall:This shafts is really light. You gotta get this! The texture gives you just enough grip that you don't need the grip model. Anyway, the grip makes the shaft heavier, it's kinda tacky which stops you from sliding your hands along the shaft, and it peels off. I had this for the whole season and it's strong, only a couple of dents.
really durable shaft that performsGood:doesn't get beaten up, lightBad:dunno, haven't had any problems with itOverall:I like this shaft because it doesn't easily bend or get scratches. I've got a few on mine but they're not really noticable. I've got a Super Proton and the whole setup is sooo light.
One of the best shafts on the market.Good:lightweight, grippy finishBad:I don't think it's bad but it gets a few chips and scratchesOverall:There's also a version of this with grip, but this one has pretty good grip so I wouldn't recommend the grip version. It hasn't got a smooth or sleek finish which I think is where the tiny bit of grip comes from. It's also strong and very light. I really like it.
The only bad thing about it is that it gets a few chips and scratches. But this doesn't affect my game.
Really good even thought it dents a lotGood:light, feels greatBad:questionable strength and durability because of the dentsOverall:This is a great shaft except for the fact that it gets all these small dents on it. It's like every check take a small piece off it. it's odd how they're only small dents, there's no big ones. But other than that it's crazy light and has a good feel through my gloves.