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The Triumphant Return: Mallet Headzzzzzz

Mallet Headz

I laughed myself to sleep last night.

Mallet Headz (who you all remember from a while back as those Brazilian sports writing, world-tripping bike polo equipment producers) are back with a new website and new products. It would seem that they’ve expanded their offerings quite a bit, actually, as they now have not only the “2” standard mallet” but also a new 3″ standard mallet (which, I think, is illegal to use in tourney play, is it not?), a 2 inch diameter ultra light mallet (115 grams), and 3 inch diameter “UltraLlite” (misspelling theirs) at 190 grams.

I’d like to bring up, here, the language concerning mallets in the 3.3 version of the NAH ruleset:

§2.4.2.4 – The inner diameter of any hole on the mallet head may not exceed 57mm (2.25”)

 

Most notable are the travel mallets. Unfortunately, the website doesn’t explain how they assemble, but we can safely assume from the picture that:

travel mallet

Oh, well maybe we can’t assume anything, there.

The travel mallets come at about 27 bucks for the standard travel mallet, 28 bucks for the Ultra Lite travel mallet, and 30 bucks for the quite-possibly-illegal 3 inch Ultra Lite Mallet . Each of those has a 12 dollar shipping charge in the 50 states.

On top of those offerings, they still sell shaft grips, Aerospace T6 shafts, and custom end caps.

3 inchAnyway, I invite you to check out their site  and maybe even join their  facebook page.

I think I might just pick up that travel mallet and do a bit of a review on it. You up for that, dear readers?

Let the games commence, and may the odds be ever in your favor, Malletheadz

Equipment Check: Oury Grips

oury grips

I get so frustrated at my bike grips. They get torn at the end, or get loose, or generally look like junk. I think I’ve used somewhere around 3-4 different grips since I started playing polo, and most of them were just sad disappointments (ask your mom what that’s like).

Your mom joke – yeah, why not.

But then I got a set of Oury Grips , and I can say without a doubt that they are the best grips I’ve used. Between the simple design and tough construction, they seem like they were made for our little game:

No extra pieces: any grips I’ve had to use a tool to get on or off is dumb. Dumb, dumb, dumberton. Yes, it makes getting brake levers off an on, but I don’t do that enough to justify the twenty minute search that inevitably happens when I drop a bolt.

oury2They feel good: With the cubed design of the grip, there are lots of places for your hand to grip into the grips themselves. I have had moments where I lost my handling and was able to use just a few of my little never-will-play-the-piano-well fingers to save myself a nasty fall. Plus it’s fun to squish them when I’m hanging out in goal. Tactile satisfaction.

They Last: Oury uses good material to make their grips, and that material holds up very well against walls, other players, and grinding on the ground. I’m not going to say they are impervious (mine are starting to lose the ever important bar end section), but they are holding up much more than any other grip I’ve used.

Overall – and probably the best endorsement I can give – is that I don’t think about  them while playing. I asked Darby about his Oury grips and he said something along the lines of “I really don’t think about them at all,” which is more of a compliment than anything. Getting equipment that doesn’t require your thinking (and thereby supports your doing) is exactly what you want. 

So if you’re in the market for some new grips, give these a try.