The Difference Between Men's Composite and Metal Lacrosse Shafts

Jan 24, 2020

As a lacrosse player or parent you might ask, which is better - a carbon fiber lacrosse shaft or a metal lacrosse shaft? Watch our video as our Product Manager, Brandon Butler explains the main points of difference between a men's metal lacrosse shaft and a composite lacrosse shaft.

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BEST CARBON COMPOSITE LACROSSE SHAFTS 2020

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To start, let's break down the carbon composite lacrosse handle market. The majority of these handles are advanced carbon-fiber technology that delivers superior strength to weight ratio and can perform in almost any weather condition. These are some of the biggest players in the carbon composite lacrosse shaft market and these shafts are some of our Lax.com Pro's favorites:

  • EPOCH LACROSSE

  • Epoch lacrosse was a leader in producing carbon men's lacrosse shafts and is one of our best selling brands for men's carbon composite lacrosse shafts because of the technology that they include in their product.  Epoch has developed the Epoch Dragonfly in different types of lacrosse shafts for different types of players. IQ9 was made for the advancing youth; IQ5 is for all levels of a player shooting between 70-90 MPH, and IQ2 was designed for HS & College players shooting over 90 MPH. The “C” the shape is the most popular shaft shape since it is a traditional concave. To see our full selection of Epoch lacrosse shafts click here.

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    SHOP EPOCH DRAGONFLY ELITE

    MOST POPULAR (C30 IQ5)
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    Epoch
    The best carbon fiber lacrosse shaft is the Epoch Dragonfly Elite. For over a decade now Epoch has been the industry leader in carbon lacrosse shafts, and their new Elite line is no different.
    121772
    $139.99 $95.99
    FACE-OFF (F30 IQ5)
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    Epoch
    The best carbon fiber lacrosse shaft is the Epoch Dragonfly Elite. For over a decade now Epoch has been the industry leader in carbon lacrosse shafts, and their new Elite line is no different.
    121776
    $139.99 $95.99
    DEFENSE (C60)
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    Epoch
    Dragonfly 10 Elite Defense
    121783
    $199.99 $131.99

    EPOCH DRAGONFLY PRO

    MOST POPULAR (C30 IQ5)
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    Epoch
    <p>Please note that this shaft is <u><strong>not </strong></u>hollow, and <u><strong>cannot </strong></u>be combined with any head that features a throat plug or throat lock.</p> <iframe width="100%" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/UPkZwkIW9Xs" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Which Flex is Best for You</strong></p> <hr /> <p><strong>iQ5</strong>: If you&rsquo;re a player who roams the field and can shoot on the run or stand and rip in a step-down shot.</p> <p><br /> <strong>iQ9</strong>: You rely on a quick release when shooting, dodging, and passing to make tight finishes.</p><div class="item image-zoom"><a href="https://www.lax.com/complete-lacrosse-guide-sizing.html#filter=.shafts"> <img alt="Need Help? Complete Lacrosse Guide And Sizing Chart" src="https://www.lax.com/on/demandware.static/-/Sites-lax-products/default/dw80bbcd58/cc%20images/Untitled-4_0000_Complete-Lacrosse-Guide-And-Sizing-Charts.png" title="Need Help? Complete Lacrosse Guide And Sizing Chart" width="100%" /></a></div>
    121758
    $119.99 $79.99
    E-GRIP (E30 IQ5)
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    Epoch
    <p>Please note that this shaft is <u><strong>not </strong></u>hollow, and <u><strong>cannot </strong></u>be combined with any head that features a throat plug or throat lock.</p> <iframe width="100%" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/UPkZwkIW9Xs" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Which Flex is Best for You</strong></p> <hr /> <p><strong>iQ5</strong>: If you&rsquo;re a player who roams the field and can shoot on the run or stand and rip in a step-down shot.</p> <p><br /> <strong>iQ9</strong>: You rely on a quick release when shooting, dodging, and passing to make tight finishes.</p><div class="item image-zoom"><a href="https://www.lax.com/complete-lacrosse-guide-sizing.html#filter=.shafts"> <img alt="Need Help? Complete Lacrosse Guide And Sizing Chart" src="https://www.lax.com/on/demandware.static/-/Sites-lax-products/default/dw80bbcd58/cc%20images/Untitled-4_0000_Complete-Lacrosse-Guide-And-Sizing-Charts.png" title="Need Help? Complete Lacrosse Guide And Sizing Chart" width="100%" /></a></div>
    121760
    $119.99 $79.99
    DEFENSE (C60)
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    Epoch
    The Epoch Dragonfly Pro Defense is perfect for an intermediate level player, who's looking for a top end carbon fiber lacrosse handle. This is a lightweight carbon defensive shaft that is great for all advancing players looking to take their game to the next level.
    121764
    $179.99 $119.99

  • ECD LACROSSE

  • ECD Lacrosse offers an extensive line of carbon shaft choices and are top choices for all types of players. Our Pro's favorite is the ECD Carbon Pro 2.0, which comes in differnt types based off your playing style. First off the "speed" is for attackmen and middies that like a high flex to help them inprove their shot speed. The "power" is a stiffer carbon shaft for D-middies looking for a little more strength on the defensive side of the field and step-down shooters looking for a low flex-point on the shaft. The ECD Carbon Pro 2.0 lacrosse shaft features kick point technology which allows the shooter to have a little extra pop at the end of the shot. The ECD Carbon 2.0 is a good value, and a good choice for advancing youth players that want a light carbon shaft to improve their shooting abilities. See all the ECD lacrosse shafts by clicking here.

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    East Coast Dyes
    The new East Coast Dyes Carbon Pro 2.0 Speed Attack shaft is made for speedy releases. The High Kick Point provides the power you need to make a ripping shot. ECD utilized years of carbon fiber research and development to build on the industry-leading Carbon Pro, and they have once again raised the bar for performance. ECD paired their Kick Point Technology with new flex profiles and raised texture for a style-specific playing experience you will not find anywhere else. On top of that, ECD has applied a long lasting and more durable paint and texture, which will help increase the life of your lacrosse shaft. Our Pro's love the High Kick Point on this attack shaft, because it provides the ability to make stinger shots and has a speedy release. We also love the lightweight feel and textured handle that this shaft has. The Flex8 technology provides a snappy and responsive feel. This attack shaft has advanced materials that make it ultra lightweight with maximum control.
    116956
    $139.99

    SHOP ECD CARBON 2.0

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    East Coast Dyes
    ECD went above and beyond for their redesign of the original ECD Carbon shaft. ECD is famous for always having gear that looks super fresh and clean no matter what. The Carbon 2.0 is no different. ECD uses a gloss finish for the Carbon 2.0 on top of the matte shaft. It is very subtle, but when the light catches, it really pops and looks amazing. To help with the look of the shaft, ECD is using a different paint which is longer lasting and will help keep the texture of the shaft for longer. Our Pros love the grip of this shaft, it uses a diamond texture grip and a new concaving shaft shape. This shape gives the player an unrivaled feel of the shaft and control when playing. Arguably the biggest improvement made for this shaft is the Impact+ Layup that ECD uses when building these shafts. The carbon fibers are sewn together in such a way that makes this shaft even more durable than the previous models, while still remaining super light weight.VIDEO: LEARN THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CARBON andamp; METAL LACROSSE SHAFTS
    110565
    $99.99
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    East Coast Dyes
    The ECD 40" elite composite goalie lacrosse shaft has a mid kick point which provides an accurate release. The Flex3 technology provides a stable, tough feel. This goalie shaft will provide you with accurate clears. This goalie lacrosse shaft sits well in your palm and the smooth finish glives you a nice feel and grip on the stick. This shaft just feels featherweight as well. Good balance and easy to rip clearing passes with. This is a top seller for high school level goalies.
    110569
    $109.99

  • NIKE LACROSSE

  • The Nike Vapor carbon composite men's lacrosse shaft is a lightweight option that has a slightly gritty textured grip. This shaft comes in both attack and defense and is perfect for any level of player. These shafts are made light enough so that even younger players, who are learning to grow their game can improve and benefit from the flex technology. You can purchase either version by visiting Lax.com.

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    Nike
    The all new Nike Vapor Carbon shaft is a sleek new addition to the carbon fiber lacrosse shaft revolution. These shafts weigh in at a very low 5 oz. and have a slightly gritty carbon texture grip. Five different color combinations complete the package and allow the little guys to sport their team colors. So the big secret with most of these shafts is that most smaller player can not flex a carbon shaft enough to get the extra shot MPH that is so frequently advertised. Nike took a different route and made these shafts light enough to benefit the younger players, allowing to really grow their game and improve.VIDEO: LEARN THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CARBON andamp; METAL LACROSSE SHAFTS
    80053
    $99.99
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    Nike
    The all new Nike Limited Edition Composite Just Do It lacrosse shaft is the ideal flex point for all types of offensive players. This limited edition lacrosse stick has the JUST DO IT Nike logo embellished on the side, giving it a super sleek look. The textured finish provides a secure grip in any weather condition. This high performance attack shaft is perfect for any advanced youth or high school player. The composite material is comfortable to hold in any temperature.VIDEO: LEARN THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CARBON andamp; METAL LACROSSE SHAFTS
    115212
    $144.99
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    Nike
    Nike's newly released Vapor Composite Defense lacrosse shaft is the one of the best values on our site for carbon composite shafts. There is little to no flex on the shaft, which is perfect for defensemen and LSMs. A stiff shaft will make sure that every check you throw, as well as every pass and shot, are super consistent. Nike has been making the Vapor carbon composite shaft in attack lengths and they are one the best sellers, we expect the defensive length to be more of the same.VIDEO: LEARN THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CARBON andamp; METAL LACROSSE SHAFTS
    108358
    $159.99

 

BEST METAL LACROSSE SHAFTS 2020


Metal lacrosse shafts come in 4 basic configurations with regards to their mixtures of metals which include: Alloy, Titanium, Scandium, & Krypto Alloy. The manufacturers essentially mix many of these metals to achieve different strength to weight ratios, as well as price points. The shafts that have the most expensive materials, like titanium and scandium, deliver the best in class weight and strength that elite level players demand. Some of the other aluminum mixes come out a bit heavier and are suitable for newer players who don't want to invest in a metal shaft until they are sure they like the feel of it.   As a general rule, ask any coach or serious player, and they will advise you to get the LIGHTEST POSSIBLE SHAFT YOU CAN AFFORD THAT WILL STAND UP TO THE LEVEL OF PLAY FOR YOUR AGE AND ABILITY. This rule holds true, especially for advancing youth players. You want the entire stick to be as light as possible to foster easier ball handling, and that always starts with the shaft. The good news is that in recent years, many manufacturers have come out with a host of ultra-light shafts that won’t break the bank. Here is a list of our Pro's picks for some of the best metal lacrosse shafts.

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  • MAVERIK LACROSSE

  • Maverik makes some of the best metal options available. They use some of the best materials in the game, Scandium-Titanium alloy to make their signature Military Grade strength.  One of our Pro's favorites is the Apollo lacrosse shaft. This is the lightest shaft in the Maverik family and delivers maximum shot velocity.   Another Pro favorite is the Maverik A1 lacrosse shaft. This shaft is an offensive weapon and is made with Scandium alloy and has a thinner wall thickness for an extremely lightweight feel.   You really can't go wrong with any of the metal lacrosse shafts in the Maverik family. They are all time tested and Pro approved.

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    Maverik
    Maverik Apollo Shaft<div class="item image-zoom"><a href="https://www.lax.com/complete-lacrosse-guide-sizing.html#filter=.shafts"> <img alt="Need Help? Complete Lacrosse Guide And Sizing Chart" src="https://www.lax.com/on/demandware.static/-/Sites-lax-products/default/dw80bbcd58/cc%20images/Untitled-4_0000_Complete-Lacrosse-Guide-And-Sizing-Charts.png" title="Need Help? Complete Lacrosse Guide And Sizing Chart" width="100%" /></a></div>
    120991
    $119.99
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    Maverik
    The new Maverik A1 shaft has thinner walls that the last model had and has that same GritGrip which is a not too sandy take on the diamond grip models that sold so well with offensive players in the past. The A1 is still weighing in at 5oz and is one of the lightest lacrosse shafts on the market. The A1 is made out of Scandium alloy, also has thinner wall thickness for an unbelievable light weight feel. Completed with the new redesigned Abe+ adjustable butt-end, a silicone liner for added stability.VIDEO: LEARN THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CARBON andamp; METAL LACROSSE SHAFTS
    61071
    $94.99

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    Maverik
    The Maverik Mission Blank lacrosse shaft is the first ever, no frills super light shaft that is made especially for those that let their game do the talking. This shaft is coming in right around 5 oz. with the patented ABE butt end that lets you determine where you want you bottom hand to rest without the need for heavy tape jobs. The new Maverik Blank is quickly climbing the top sellers list with those players that want the best lightweight materials without all the glitz and glam that other manufactures are splashing around. This price point is amazing for a shaft. This haft is lightweight, strong and we are already seeing high demand with the elite high school summer ball crowd.VIDEO: LEARN THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CARBON andamp; METAL LACROSSE SHAFTS
    59953
    $104.99 - $149.99
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    Maverik
    The all new Maverik Wonderboy Defense shaft is coming in 10% lighter than the previous model. At about 6 oz. these attack and defense poles have been the go to for advanced youth and high school players for years. Simple graphics, light weight and durable. Maverik started the lightweight value revolution with these shafts and you will see them all over the place across the nation.VIDEO: LEARN THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CARBON andamp; METAL LACROSSE SHAFTS
    61080
    $124.99
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    Maverik
    New 2020 Maverik Caliber Defense Lacrosse Shaft
    121001
    $174.99

  • STX LACROSSE

  • The STX Sc-Ti S alloy lacrosse shaft is primarily coveted by attackmen and youth/high school 2-way middies that want the lightest feeling shaft on the market but can take the punishment. The new S-Grip profile provides two grip profiles on the shaft for stronger cradling and better feel. Likely the best strength to weight ratio in the game, this shaft is designed to stand up to the punishment of advanced youth and high school play as well as compete at the top end of the game. Super simple graphics and no-frills design let your play do the talking. The STX Sc-Ti alloy shaft series is the real deal and Sc-Ti technology has been a proven winner year in and year out. Our Pro's like the S-Grip profile which optimizes any style of grip, so you will have excellent feel and control of the stick. The Max sandblast provides a non-slip surface, ideal for all conditions. The new Elite End Cap is lightweight and a durable alternative to tape.

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    SHOP STX SC-TI SHAFTS

    OFFENSE 30in

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    STX
    <iframe width="100%" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/0zlY8tAQRLg" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe><div class="item image-zoom"><a href="https://www.lax.com/complete-lacrosse-guide-sizing.html#filter=.shafts"> <img alt="Need Help? Complete Lacrosse Guide And Sizing Chart" src="https://www.lax.com/on/demandware.static/-/Sites-lax-products/default/dw80bbcd58/cc%20images/Untitled-4_0000_Complete-Lacrosse-Guide-And-Sizing-Charts.png" title="Need Help? Complete Lacrosse Guide And Sizing Chart" width="100%" /></a></div>
    120832
    $99.99
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    STX
    The STX SCTI R alloy lacrosse shaft is for midfielders and attakmen that want one of the lightest lacrosse shafts available. STX R grip profile maximizes hand surface contact on the lacrosse shaft.
    120827
    $99.99
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    STX
    STX SC-TI X Attack Midfield Lacrosse Shaft
    120822
    $99.99

    DEFENSE 60in

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    STX
    STX SC-TI S Defense<div class="item image-zoom"><a href="https://www.lax.com/complete-lacrosse-guide-sizing.html#filter=.shafts"> <img alt="Need Help? Complete Lacrosse Guide And Sizing Chart" src="https://www.lax.com/on/demandware.static/-/Sites-lax-products/default/dw80bbcd58/cc%20images/Untitled-4_0000_Complete-Lacrosse-Guide-And-Sizing-Charts.png" title="Need Help? Complete Lacrosse Guide And Sizing Chart" width="100%" /></a></div>
    120843
    $159.99
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    STX
    STX SC-TI R Defense<div class="item image-zoom"><a href="https://www.lax.com/complete-lacrosse-guide-sizing.html#filter=.shafts"> <img alt="Need Help? Complete Lacrosse Guide And Sizing Chart" src="https://www.lax.com/on/demandware.static/-/Sites-lax-products/default/dw80bbcd58/cc%20images/Untitled-4_0000_Complete-Lacrosse-Guide-And-Sizing-Charts.png" title="Need Help? Complete Lacrosse Guide And Sizing Chart" width="100%" /></a></div>
    120840
    $159.99
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    STX
    The STX SC-TI X Defense is a top of the line pole for elite defensemen and LSMs. The SC-TI X is designed for superior finger and thumb placement on the shaft to increase feel and control of the stick.
    120837
    $159.99

  • STRINGKING LACROSSE

  • StringKing metal lacrosse shafts are designed for every type of player. Our Pro's really like the StringKing Metal 3 PRO lacrosse shaft for advancing youth and players just starting out in the game. StringKing makes their shafts in different weights which are specific to age and style of play. You can choose a lacrosse shaft that is best for you based off your height and weight.

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    SHOP STRINGKING METAL 3 PRO SHAFTS

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    Stringking
    <p>StringKing Metal 3 Pro</p><div class="item image-zoom"><a href="https://www.lax.com/complete-lacrosse-guide-sizing.html#filter=.shafts"> <img alt="Need Help? Complete Lacrosse Guide And Sizing Chart" src="https://www.lax.com/on/demandware.static/-/Sites-lax-products/default/dw80bbcd58/cc%20images/Untitled-4_0000_Complete-Lacrosse-Guide-And-Sizing-Charts.png" title="Need Help? Complete Lacrosse Guide And Sizing Chart" width="100%" /></a></div>
    121928
    $119.99 - $129.99
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    Stringking
    121942
    $99.99 - $109.99
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    Stringking
    <p>StringKing Metal 3 Pro Defense</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p><div class="item image-zoom"><a href="https://www.lax.com/complete-lacrosse-guide-sizing.html#filter=.shafts"> <img alt="Need Help? Complete Lacrosse Guide And Sizing Chart" src="https://www.lax.com/on/demandware.static/-/Sites-lax-products/default/dw80bbcd58/cc%20images/Untitled-4_0000_Complete-Lacrosse-Guide-And-Sizing-Charts.png" title="Need Help? Complete Lacrosse Guide And Sizing Chart" width="100%" /></a></div>
    121937
    $179.99

So the question is carbon composite or metal? Our Lax Pro's believe that most advancing youth players will benefit from the light-weight consistency of metal shafts. Once you start to shoot over 80 MPH, its time to explore carbon composite and see if it fits your game. Most defensive players opt for the strength and stiffness of metal, but those who tend to bend a lot of metal poles will revert to carbon as it does not bend, it only snaps. Questions? Talk to a Pro, 855-255-5294.


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