STX Lacrosse - The 1990's
Continuing to build upon the momentum that STX experienced in the 1970's and during the 1980's, STX continued to bring several signficant technological enhancements to the sport of lacrosse.
STX Turbo: One of the first sticks to be introduced at the beginning of the 1990's - perhaps even in 1990, was the "Turbo". This head continued to build upon the success of the Excalibur - the first open-walled head that STX introduced during the prior decade. This classic head is by far one of the most popular of all time and is clearly recognizable from the unique sidewall design - with the STX logo built directly into the right side wall and the 3 wave like lines that run from top to bottom on the left wall. The inside of the head measures 9 1/2 inches from scoop to throat, while the widest part measures about 6 3/4 inches. I believe the turbo had undergone a handful of improvements over the past 2 decades but believe the earliest versions can be identified by the large embossed STX log at the throat - measuring about 1 inch in length. The stick below also has the original 8 sided aluminum logo handle and original butt cap. The handle on this stick runs about 31 inches in length. Note that the head is not yet off-set from the handle.
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STX X2: In the late 1990's, STX Lacrosse produced a series of offset heads. The X2 was one of them and was a second generation Excalibur. The open sidewall design was very similar to the original design and the head appeared to be slightly more pinched. Also this updated model also added tabs at the scoop in order to attach the mesh pocket. The other off-set head models that STX introduced around 1997 were the Proton and the Octane. Unfortunately for STX, Brine took them to court, charging that STX used their patented off-set desgin without permission - ultimately ending the production of all 3 heads.
STX Proton: The Proton was introduced about the same time as the X2, about 1997, and offerred lowered sidewalls and an off-set head. The Proton really was a unique head - but since it used the new "off-set" technology, it was also part of the 3 head "injunctuction" and ultimately had to stop producing it. The top middle picture shows the Proton's design that was a bit different from the Brine Edge in that the head was on a "cant" from the stick and continued to decrease all the way to a taper at the scoop. Notice that the floating ball stop system has not yet been developed as the throat area still forms a U shape. The side-wall design resembles the later generation Proton Power. The front of the throat of this time period is recongnizable by its hour glass design and STX branding that with raised lines outlining the letters.
STX Viper: The original Viper lacrosse head was introduced around 1992 and offerred a full 2 inch open sidewall and a straight head - as the off-set technology had not yet been invented. Although it shared a similar design to the Turbo that STX produced about 2 years earlier, the original Viper was a unique head - since the walls were virtually open (if you don't count the fang like design) from scoop to throat - which resulted in one of the lightest - if not the lightest heads ever produced - and a favorite of many Attackmen and Midfielders. The front of the throat of this time period is recongnizable by its open desgin and large chunky STX branding at the base. The head at its widest point measured about 6 3/4 inches and from the scoop to the ball stop measured about 10 1/4 inches. This was also one of the first models that STX actually produced a special aluminum stick for - completely painted with the VIPER logo and image of a snake. These sticks are becoming very difficult to find with all of its original paint.