Quantcast

STX Eclipse Keeper Lacrosse Head

STX Eclipse Keeper Lacrosse Head
LGR Rating
4
Avg User Rating
4
(4/5)
of 4 reviews
Price Range
No store prices found.

Review

Brand:
Position:
Grade:
Compliance:
Warranty:
Overall:
4
Accuracy:
4
Ball Hold:
4
Ground Balls:
5

Deciding on STX Eclipse to be the first goalie lacrosse head we'd review was a no brainer. We'd heard so much about his head we had to put it through its paces. We wanted to know if what people were saying stacked up against a critical review. Here we go.

The Eclipse weighs in around 11.2oz / 318 grams. It's not the lightest goalie head going around, but puts it amongst the lighter heads. Any concerns with the head being too heavy are easily allayed with an ultra light pole, like the Gait Ice.

The head is flexible, but by no means flimsy. The flex makes the head more durable, allowing it to better cope with the beating goalie heads tend to take. STX have not included ACP, so playing in hot temperatures may mean the head flexes slightly more. We've not heard of the cold affecting this head, but best check the user’s reviews for any occurrences.

Scoop

The scoop of the STX Eclipse is fantastic. The top of the scoop is a straight line which makes for super easy ground balls. The back of the scoop is very smooth with no lip which can raise the tip off the ground.

The angle of the scoop creates a sizable ridge at the back. This ridge is great for raking the ball back into the crease once you've trapped it. STX have done a great job.

The Eclipse reportedly has the largest face, but we placed it over the Voidlyte and couldn’t' see much of a difference. Aside from the slightly different dimensions, we couldn't confidently say one was bigger than the other.

Sidewalls

It was news to us, but the STX Eclipse was the first goalie head with open sidewalls. We also believe they were one of the pioneers of introducing offset technology into goalie heads as well. We’re looking at a real goalie head pioneer here that has withstood the test of time.

The sidewalls are quite strong and have a small amount of flex in them. We feel this flex is absolutely necessary because you need a bit of give in a goalie head. Goalie heads are forever being smashed into a ground ball contests on the crease. You don't want it snapping because you happened to check an opposition’s stick at the same time.

Following the style of STX lacrosse heads designed with forward cant, the sidewalls do angle back slightly as they extend from the neck. Only this head doesn't have the forward tilt as the sidewalls approach the scoop.

There's no flare to the sidewalls so some meshes will not fully stretch to the holes. Well, you could stretch it to the walls, but you might as well go ad play tennis with it for all the good it'll do you.

And one last little thing, you can roll the ball along the outside of the bottom half of the sidewall. This doesn't make a lick of difference, other than help us show off with our tricks.

Throat

The sidewalls around the throat are quite large. There's a lot of support triangle support bars in the area which give the whole area a solid feel to it. We found that while the lacrosse head is quite wide and challenged our mesh stringing abilities, the tapering in of the sidewalls created a great pocket and throwing channel.

Another observation is that the sidewalls do become near parallel as they approach the scoop, so it would be difficult to form a good channel there. But we found the ball naturally released from around the throwing strings so it wasn't much of a concern.

Neck

At a glance, you can see the neck contains a sizeable amount of support. If you take a close look, you'll notice that the lateral support bars do fan out further that the STX Guardian or their Goalmaster. The head fitted snugly onto the shaft and was very stable. This is a must for those close-in, twitch saves.

Summary

The STX Eclipse lacrosse head is a fantastic keeper head. Considering just the bare necessities of strength, flexibility and weight, it's an excellent head. But when you also factor in it's head size, the amount of flex, ease of ground balls, raking and the neck support, it's clear to see why this head is the most popular in the game.

 

 

User Reviews

  • it's good, it's my second one

    review posted by
    3
    (3/5)
    Good:
    strong and sturdy, wears well
    Bad:
    feels brittle, concerned about playing in the cold
    Overall:
    I bought a white eclipse a while ago and it performed well. I've since bought a black one and so far, after 2 weeks, it's held up well. There's no signs of wear and tear on the head at all.

    My view on heads is that they're likely to break when it's really cold, or when they're new. They take a while to soften up, but any head is prone to breaking in the cold.
    Did you find this review helpful?
  • awesome head, love it, get it!

    review posted by
    5
    (5/5)
    Good:
    DOES NOT BREAK, durable, light, flex
    Bad:
    My decision to buy another head
    Overall:
    You wanna know if the eclipse is any good? Check this out man. I've had the same Eclipse for 10 years and tit just keeps on rockin. It totally like how it was when I first bought it. I've tried a couple of other goalie head, like the Nemi, and those Warrior guys make some great heads. But the one I bought only lasted 2 seasons before it broke in the same place that every head breaks and punk a$$ forwards score on me. Top corner.

    So I'm back to my Eclipse and will buy eclispes forever more. But I don't think I'll be buying a new one soon, coz these babies last forever.
    Did you find this review helpful?
  • Lasted 2 seasons then started to warp.

    review posted by
    3
    (3/5)
    Good:
    flexible, light
    Bad:
    Warped, stop pad peels
    Overall:
    I purchased my eclipse about 2 seasons ago. I really love it as a goalie head, but it's started to warp and bend of late. There isn't much I don't love about the eclipse except the stop pad comes off really easily. Literally during my first session in the cage, a direct hit in the area caused some of it to peel. It wasn't much of a problem, but what's up with that?

    Last week I bought a nemesis and it's such a great head! It's way stronger and far less flexible than I remember the eclipse being when i first bought it.
    Did you find this review helpful?
  • Best of the lot

    review posted by
    5
    (5/5)
    Good:
    light, bendy flex, large surface area for saving
    Bad:
    nothing i can think of
    Overall:
    I've tried out a whole bunch of goalie heads and in the end I bought an Eclipse. These hold up really well and the flex is great. It's bendy but it never breaks.

    They're light, affordable and luckily I'm still on my first one. You can get loads of colors and have a tonne of holes for stringing awesome pockets.

    About the others, I tried a guardian and a nemisis. The Guardian was way to heavy forme. The Nemisis didn't feel as heavy but was still heavier than the Eclipse and had a slightly smaller save area. Eclipse, no brainer.
    Did you find this review helpful?

Want the latest lacrosse gear reviews in your inbox?

Subscribe to our mailing list

Close