EPOCH SEQUEL REVIEW
The Epoch Sequel is the second head that Epoch has produced using my “Laid Back” technology. I suppose the name Sequel would give away that it isn’t the first of its kind. I have and will have much to say about the process and passion that many people put into this project, but I will attempt here to just review the head like I would and do with most all of them as they come out. Objectivity is my goal. I am not sure if I succeed or not.
The Epoch Sequel is the follow-up head for the Epoch Hawk and is the second Epoch head made for men’s play.
EPOCH SEQUEL – A Review –
At first glance my thought is that the Sequel has attractive, even elegant lines. The Epoch engineers were inspired by the sight lines of Italian race cars to give this head a combined look that is elegant and all its own with playing efficiency with its lightness and strength as well. The front face opening has a somewhat ‘pinched’ look and even though it is universally legal, which means the throat opening is wider than HS heads at 3” legal minimum. Word is that rule will become more universal in the near future.
The Sequel head will take the pocket anywhere, but it is certainly designed and perhaps sets up best with the pocket in the middle of the head.
Weight – At just over 130 grams it is one of the lightest heads on the market
Hole Placement – There are (larger) holes to accommodate leathers. There are plenty of holes for mesh placement, and holes are protected on both sides of the wall, minimizing string fray. Hole placement gives stringer lots of subtle options. It is easy to do a good job with placing the mesh pocket in this head, maybe unlike the Hawk, which kind of works best with certain holes used.
Face – The Sequel measures 10” from tip of scoop to foam stop at throat,making it on the high measurement (long) side of that stat. Widest opening looks tight even at 6.5”, giving the head a narrow look in spite of being legal for all. The Sequel is Universally legal (X)
Sidewalls – The sidewall design is the cutting edge of “Laid Back”. The maximum ‘feel’ is where the ball sits. The top of the sidewalls are beveled in to encourage the ball into the head and pocket. The “Laid Back” line allows the ball inside the pocket to be deeper than heads where the bottom of the sidewall mirrors the top, but with the scoop NOT curving forward there are less pocket whipping possibilities.
Grab the Throat – The engineers made the throat area durable but not weighty. The feel and balance of this head is great, and best when ball is in pocket. The throat area has a really cool look, too.
What’s the scoop – The scoop blade surface is widest exactly in the center where more surface area helps the getting-the-ball cause. The plastic of the scoop tapers into the side wall really smoothly. The angle of the scoop blade is great for getting ‘balls on the run’ with the subtle scoop surface curvature, which flattens nicely for more scoop surface for just a short distance and the ball ‘jumps’ into the pocket.
Stiffness – The Sequel is pretty stiff, but also has just a little ‘give’ or soft feel in your hands. The EPOCH plastic technology is state of the art/science. I don’t have numbers, they do, but this is just the ‘seat of my pants’ reckoning.
Dyes – The plastic takes dye coloring really well, and the texture makes it seem to the eye and touch almost like the old Warrior Noz. We have been dying sticks since the 1980’s, and Mike Naumburg, exclusively with Rock-it Pocket has taken this art/craft to a very high level and with lots of custom designs.
Features – The recently patented “Laid Back” technology is designed to give the player that ‘hands on’ feeling where it is like holding the ball in the palm of his hand.. There is more hold capability and way less whip to trim than the offsets, which are pretty much all of the other 100+ stick heads now available. Whip is always easy to add, but mostly not as easy to control or dial in.
Go see and Experience THE SEQUEL – The Show begins now
For the last few years Rock-it Pocket has been working with Epoch Lacrosse designing of and R&D for the Epoch Hawk, and now we are so excited about the next one called the SEQUEL. It is the ‘Son of Hawk’. The “Laid Back” technology we have developed offers all of the offset advantages for hold and power, and adds balance and control that lets you feel almost like you are holding the ball in the palm of your hand. The maximum “offset” feel’ is all in one place, the ball spot place. This is different from other mainstream offset designs where the offset happens immediately and the bottom of the sidewall is exactly like and parallel to the top of the wall on every head on the market. That is all pretty much save one, and that one is the Sequel. The fact is that the sidewall on the Sequel measurement gets wider (low part of wall/eye line) by dropping its ‘bottom as it moves up toward the sweet, ball-sitting area. The end result is that the ball is sitting deeper into the pocket and farther away from a surface check than ALL other heads. On top of that, on almost all heads (Brine Edge offset would be one exception) the scoop always curves back up. Or forward toward the top, which further opens the world of whip and whip problems for throwing and shooting far more than the Sequel as well as the first one, the Sequel Father called the Hawk by Epoch as well. That one is meant for players that like a high pocket and scoop on the run with one hand, etc. It is meant to be a high pocket set up that has no whip, a rare occurrence sometimes. The stringing holes in the Hawk don’t give stringers quite as much freedom as the Sequel does.
In spite of the fact that I designed the technology for this Epoch Sequel head just released, it was the Epoch Lacrosse/Rock-it Pocket Lacrosse team that put their best foot forward for this project. Sequels often do not match an original, but this is an exception to that rule. The EPOCH SEQUEL had to be made. We hope you love it.
ROCK-IT POCKET SUPERBOWLL GIVEAWAY
Announcing the annual Rock-it Pocket “Guess the score” of the Super Bowll contest for the upcoming Super bowl 50, to be played in Santa Clara, California this Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, and pitting the mighty Carolina Panthers with Cam the Super Man of this Super Bowl, and all that heavy favoriteness they bring to this match-up, against the perhaps more protective, defense oriented, somewhat less impressive on paper, certainly underdogged Manningman Broncos from Denver. The individual who can do their best Nostradamus impression and predict the final score as well as the correct winner of the 2016 Super Bowl will win one of these Hot-Off-The-Presses, custom dyed Hawk Sequels from the Epoch Lacrosse Company.
CONTEST: Guess the final score in the comment section below (before kick off). Not only will the right guess WIN one of the Sequels, but we will add a pocket of your choice for free. One entree per person only please. Good luck!