Maverik is on the cutting edge of the lacrosse industry, and this fall the company is set to make an impact on how the game is played with its innovative Maybach glove.
STACK talked with Maverik Lacrosse president and CEO John Gagliardi, a six-time MLL All-Star and All-World Defenseman, about the inspiration for and design of his company's new top-of-the-line glove.
Dropping the glove on its competitors might give Maverik the upper hand in this particular arms race. So what separates the Maybach glove from the pack? "The Maybach has an Armadillo-shaped cuff, which gives you more rotation in the wrist," Gagliardi says. More rotation equals more power and precision.
The "Dillo Flex" design of the cuff works like a pine cone. As the player bends his or her wrist, one layer of padding lays over another, like an armadillo shell. "It's an innovative concept that our developers came up with that we feel is going to be the future of lacrosse," Gagliardi says.
Another killer feature is Maybach's SharkGel technology. Introduced nearly three years ago, SharkGel is a gel insert near the thumb, which, according to Gagliardi, "solidifies when it gets hit," thus taking the bite out of stick checks or slashes to the hand. "The goal is to break less thumbs," he says. Finally, the vented palm and backhand provide breathability and comfort, adding to the glove's flexibility and protection.
The Maybach glove will be available in eight different colorsways. If you don't see your school's specific colors, visit maveriklacrosse.com to customize your gloves to the exact colorway combinations of your team.
Take their word for it
Maverik equipment is battle-tested by Gagliardi and the entire Maverik Team, a group featuring Paul Rabil, John Christmas, Stephen Berger, Dan Hardy and several other MLL and NLL All Stars.
Says Gagliardi: "Our Maverik athletes will use the equipment in games and tournaments and provide feedback, such as 'this is too heavy' or 'this is too light.' We'll go out and test in the field. We'll go after each other to make sure it upholds our standards. If it does, we know it's going to work with the college, high school and youth players."
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