Best Women’s Lacrosse Shafts

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As women’s lacrosse heads have made a massive leap forward in recent years, shafts have been keeping pace with stronger and lighter materials and specific designs to fit the growing offset trend.

Keeping up-to-date with the shaft market is as important as upgrading your head every few years. Shaving a few ounces here and there or investing in more durable options will pay dividends to your game.

This guide goes over the best women’s lacrosse shafts on the market and what you should consider when choosing one.

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Best Women’s Lacrosse Shafts

We scoured the girls' lacrosse shaft market to find the best options available. We researched specifications, checked customer reviews, and traveled to local sporting goods stores to feel them in our own hands.

Here are the 7 best women’s lacrosse shafts currently available:

  1. Best for 10° Offset Heads: STX Crux Pro Handle
  2. Best Straight Shaft: Maverik Ascent Women’s Shaft
  3. Best for Defenders: STX Fortress 700 Lacrosse Shaft
  4. Best Lightweight Shaft: TRUE Helios Composite Women’s Shaft
  5. Best 1” Shaft w/ No Offset: StringKing Composite Pro Women’s Shaft
  6. Best Grip & Feel: ECD Infinity Pro Women’s Lacrosse Shaft
  7. Best Cheaper Option: Brine Warp Pro Minimus Carbon Handle

1) STX Crux Pro Handle

Drip Level: 5/5

STX Crux Pro Handle

Details

  • Material: Composite
  • Diameter: 1” to ⅞” flare
  • Offset: 10°
  • Colors:
    • Black/Gold
    • Black/Graphite
    • Black/White
    • White/Gold
  • Warranty: 6 months

STX builds upon its popular Crux 600 line with the Crux Pro shaft—a lightweight, composite shaft made for its Crux Pro head and other 10° heads.

It also has a gradually flared design with the diameter narrowing from 1” at the throat to ⅞” for most of the handle as you move towards the butt end of the stick. This allows for a unique, natural feel to the shaft that isn’t available in most other shafts.

Even with its lightweight design, the Crux Pro bears reinforcement in key impact zones making this a durable option and a worthy investment for multiple seasons.

Before you click purchase, keep in mind that this handle is specifically made for 10° offset heads and therefore should only be considered as an option for such heads.

2) Maverik Ascent Women’s Shaft

Drip Level: 5/5

Maverik Ascent Women’s Shaft

Details

  • Material: Carbon Fiber
  • Diameter: ⅞”
  • Offset: None
  • Colors:
    • Black
    • Black/Grey
    • White
    • White/Blue
    • White/Silver
  • Warranty: 6 months

Maverik built their Ascent shaft specifically for elite midfielders, including those who play the draw, but it can really be used by players at any position.

If you are looking for a head that can be used with a straight shaft, the Ascent is a great option. It is lightweight, yet strong, and should last for multiple seasons.

The Maverik Ascent also includes a matte finish and molded butt-end cap that feels great in your hands.

3) STX Fortress 700 Women’s Lacrosse Shaft

Drip Level: 4.8/5

Details

  • Material: Composite
  • Diameter: 1”
  • Offset: 10°
  • Colors:
    • Black/Gold
    • White/Black
  • Warranty: 6 months

STX makes another appearance on our list with their upgrade to the Fortress 600 in their new 700 model.

The Fortress 700 is built for elite defenders looking for the perfect stick to turn defense into offense. The 700 features a GRIP coating at the base of the handle giving extra stability for laying checks.

The 10° offset pairs well with the Crux Pro, Fortress, or any other head with a 10° offset. The offset is an invaluable tool for making more accurate outlet passes to get your team in transition before your opponent even knows what hit them.

Of course, as with the previous two shafts, be cognizant of the offset to make sure you are picking a handle and head that fit together. Otherwise, be mindful that the 700 does carry some extra weight thanks to its wider profile and added grip.

4) TRUE Helios Composite Women’s Shaft

Drip Level: 4.8/5

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Details

  • Material: Composite
  • Diameter: ⅞”
  • Offset: None
  • Colors: White/Gold
  • Warranty: 6 months


TRUE released their lightest composite handle in the Helios at only 3.5 oz, and they take it a step further by calling this the lightest shaft available without sacrificing strength.

POWERFLX technology at play provides extra velocity with each shot and pass by flexing with the natural motion of the ball. This tech also increases the absorption of the shaft to incoming checks.

Soft Touch texture along the shaft provides increased grip to avoid the need for any additional taping (which adds weight).

This is a great shaft worth consideration for offensive players normally at the center of the chaos—ready to shoot at any moment but durable even under constant duress.

5) StringKing Composite Pro Women’s Shaft

Drip Level: 4.8/5

Details

  • Material: Composite
  • Diameter: 1”
  • Offset: None
  • Colors:
    • White
    • Black
  • Warranty: 6 months

StringKing enters the fray with their Composite Pro shaft—an ultra-stiff, ultra-durable option for any player in a high intensity, high impact position.

The Composite Pro is unique in that it provides you with an option to choose your weight to fit your strength and needs. The heavier the shaft, the more durable and consistent it proves to be and consistency is the name of the game here.

Additionally, the Composite Pro comes with five drill holes providing an insane amount of options for heads to pair it with.

What’s even better is that this is a cheaper shaft in comparison to the others on our list and well worthy of your consideration.

6) ECD Infinity Pro Women’s Lacrosse Shaft

Drip Level: 4.8/5

ECD Infinity Pro Women’s Lacrosse Shaft

Details

  • Material: Carbon Fiber
  • Diameter: ⅞”
  • Offset: None
  • Colors:
    • White
    • Black
  • Warranty: 6 months

Don’t sleep on ECD as they come in with their Infinity Pro shaft, predicated on the goal of optimizing “feel” from end to end.

The progressive shape through the shaft couples with a soft-touch coating and subtle, raised texturing that provide unmatched control, perfect for any player who relies on quick stick movement and stable checking for success.

The advanced carbon fiber design makes this lightweight to keep it competitive with other composite women’s shafts on the market. The high kick point to the design provides a quick, snappy release that matches the shaft’s ease of maneuverability.

7) Brine Warp Pro Minimus Carbon Handle

Drip Level: 4.8/5

brine womens lacrosse shaft warp pro

Details

  • Material: Carbon Composite
  • Diameter: ⅞”
  • Offset: None
  • Colors:
    • White
    • Black
  • Warranty: 6 months

Brine, now operating under the Warrior banner, brings us the Warp Pro Minimus, the lightest women’s lacrosse shaft in their lineup.

The Warp Pro Minimus is built upon the principles of durability. Its carbon composite weave is strong enough to withstand high contact play but light enough to keep the shaft maneuverable in tight corners.

The flex principles at play keep the shaft moving in unison with the ball to provide some extra whip and power to shots, making this a great option for an offense-minded player.

The one noted drawback to the shaft is the potential gap between the top of the shaft and the bottom of certain heads that could result in the need to supplement the fit to avoid rattling.

Girls Lacrosse Shaft Buying Guide

As always, you are far from limited to the 7 girls lacrosse shafts highlighted above. To help you navigate the shaft market beyond this list, here are some things worth considering before settling on your preferred shaft of choice.

1) Offset

The women’s game has embraced the advancement of offset sticks to provide more control since deep pockets aren’t allowed.

An offset stick helps the ball settle into a sweet spot in your head, providing more control and accuracy. This can make an otherwise shallow pocket feel like you’re playing with a men’s head.

If you are looking at offset shafts, keep in mind that these need to be paired with an equally offset head. This is especially important if you already have your head picked out or if you are operating on a budget.

For example, if your head has a 10° offset, you will need to pair it with a shaft that is designed specifically for 10° offset heads.

2) Diameter

The normal shaft diameter in the women’s game falls between ⅞” and 1” with some options employing a progressive shaft design (a thinner handle into a wider throat).

Shaft diameter is an important trait to consider as a source of optimizing the weight and durability of your stick. The wider the diameter, typically the heavier the shaft and the more durable it will prove to be in the long run.

Conversely, the more narrow the shaft, the lighter and easier it should be to maneuver. This is typically more beneficial to offensive-minded players.

If you are unsure of your preference in diameter, it is always worth trying both out if you are able to. It is after all the only way to know what best works for you.

3) Material

Yet another source for weight and durability, it is not worth sleeping on the material used to make the shaft.

Most often, women’s lacrosse shafts are made of some sort of carbon fiber composite material. There are also some metal options, though these are becoming less common with elite women’s shafts. Carbon fiber alone is lightweight and durable, making it a big step up from the aluminum shafts of yesteryear.

The lightest and strongest girls shafts on the market employ carbon fiber or other composite construction to maximize every bit of potential in the shaft but strip down all of the unnecessary elements that weigh you down.

4) Weight & Strength

This leads us into weight and strength naturally…

It is important to find a good balance of both when looking for a shaft that meets the needs of productivity and consistency of a long-term investment.

The heavier the shaft, likely the more durable/stronger it will prove to be. Such an option is much more appetizing to someone normally on the defensive side of the ball where a quick shot isn’t exactly a necessity.

Conversely, companies have been making leaps and bounds forward with composite products that provide great strength-to-weight ratios. It’s possible to find a considerably strong and lightweight shaft nowadays.

5) Customer Reviews

It goes without saying, but always consider the customer reviews and player feedback available for a product before buying. Many of the options on this list are new and lack the amount of feedback you may be accustomed to.

Still, be sure to check and double-check retail sites for customer feedback and pointers on the pros and cons of the product. Do your own research and look for feedback wherever you can because a shaft is an investment not to take lightly…

And as always, be sure to pay it forward—leave your own feedback for purchased gear, and don’t be afraid to amend it as you use it more and more.

6) Budget

Sticking to a budget when purchasing a women’s lacrosse shaft is easier said than done. Shafts are a pricey investment even on the affordable end of the spectrum.

Because of this, a shaft is not really a good place to nickel and dime your budget; what seems like a reasonable price now may double if a shaft were to break way too soon in its shelf life.

Pricier shafts can easily make themselves a worthy investment thanks to their durability that can be measured in multiple seasons.

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Matt

A Bay Area native, Matt picked up lacrosse later in life at the University of California, Irvine. He fell in love with the sport, moving between LSM and in-close pole over four club seasons. Matt continues to follow the sport and play pickup around Southern California when he’s not writing.

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