Top 3 Lacrosse Cleats Reviewed for 2017
Lacrosse is a very unique game and has unique requirements for cleats. Players need to be agile, fast and to stop on a dime. We’ve taken these needs into consideration and talked to players on teh field and picked out the best lacrosse cleats.
Can’t wait to see our top picks? Check them out here
Where Did Lacrosse Come From?
Before we get to the best cleats for lacrosse, as usual I’d like to give a little background on where Lacrosse came from. We have to go all the way back to the mid 1800’s to when Native Americans played a similar game, but with much different gear. Just like preparing for war, the players would put on war paint and prepare for battle with the opposing team. Games could last for days and the entire event had from 100 to 1000 players. Keep in mind, that’s with only one ball! So picture huge swarms of players going after and following the ball.
Lacrosse balls varied in material from wood to stuffed deer hide and squirrel skulls. The balls were about 3 inches in diameter.
The first sticks were like giant spoons with no netting and then eventually netting caught on and became the popular choice.
French Jesuit missionaries were the first westerners to discover native americans playing this sport. Most condemned it as brutal and violent, but one man Jean de Brébeuf wrote about it, describing it as “le jeu de la crosse”.
What type of cleats are good for lacrosse?
Lacrosse cleats are a lot like American football cleats, so much so that you can easily play using your existing football cleats such as these. The major difference is the extra spikes under the front of the toe, just like baseball cleats. You can use football, baseball and soccer cleats to play lacrosse, but you can’t use lacrosse cleats for football or soccer.
As with football cleats, you want a super stable ankle and a tight fit. They also need to be able to handle the jarring direction changes while holding their grip in the ground.
- Under Armour UA Highlight MC Lacrosse Cleats
- Nike Huarache V Lax Mid Lacrosse Cleats
- PUMA Evopower Vigor 3D
Let’s look at the best cleats for lacrosse
#1. Under Armour UA Highlight MC Lacrosse Cleats
If you’ve seen my top football cleats, this might be deja vu, because the UA Highlights are rated top mens and womens cleats for both lacrosse and football. It make sense though, because the only major difference is the extra cleats on the bottom. The support and tech that make the cleats is the same and it’s amazing.
The UA Highlight are synthetic and feature the UA ClutchFit that flexes when you need it most while providing complete support. Most cleats will bunch up or get stiff, but these bend and twist as much as you would need them to, while keeping the overall stability intact.
One thing I really like about these cleats is the eyerow cut-outs, which makes putting the cleats on a little easier, especially if you have big feet. The higher than usual ankle takes some getting used to, but you’ll appreciate it and learn to like it, I promise. If you normally experience sore ankles, then these cleats should help.
#2. Nike Men’s Huarache V Lax Mid Lacrosse Cleats
Tacky on the turf, the Huarache are super-lightweight, breathable and provide support ideal for lacrosse. These lax cleats are synthetic, as most are now, and have a 3/4 length wedge Phylon mid-sole. Phylon is basically foam but it’s much more lightweight than previous generations, while still being designed for performance
One thing I really like about the Huarache are the Flywire cables. With these cables, Nike is able to use lighter weight materials and rely on the strength of the thinner cables to support the boot structure. You’ll find these cables in all of Nike’s lightest footwear
The outside of the shoe uses TPU (think of it as high-performance PVC plastic) and all the cleats you could possibly need. The sidewall shovel cleats provide support for those hard turns and to give you a solid hold when you’re holding your ground.
The Huarache are very popular with lacrosse players and our second pick for the top lacrosse cleats. The size and fit are just as you would expect, so no need to order up a size.
#3. adidas Freak Lax Mid Lacrosse Cleats
Stop on a dime or speed past defenders, these Freaks are our third pick for dominating your game. In lacrosse, agility is what gets you those lucky passes and keeps you away from defenders.
The Freak Lax have some really great features I want to point out. First there are three different types of studs under your foot:
- Sprintstuds – giving you traction under the toe during your sprints
- Quickstuds – designed to support your directional changes
- Blasestuds – placed under the heel to support those hard deceleration to stop
The other feature worth mentioning is the toe cap that provides additional forefoot protection. Have you ever stopped hard and had your toes push up against the front of the shoe? These are designed for those situations to support you and keep your shoe from blowing to pieces.
adidas has a slightly more spread out lax lacing design to support your foot and high ankle support. Order a half size larger than you would normally and these cleats will keep you happy.
Wide Lacrosse Cleats
I get a lot of requests for cleats for people with wide feet. It can be a real crap shoot as to whether or not you’ll find what you need. However, lacrosse players can relax because I’ve got a great option for you.
New Balance Men’s Freeze v1 Lacrosse Cleat
Not only are these cleats very highly rated, but they have a huge range of sizes in length and width. If you’ve owned the Freeze Lx before, then these are the same shoe with a new name.
Honestly, these cleats could and should probably be in the top three picks for lacrosse. They’re extremely popular and the fit is exactly as you would expect it to be. Be sure to check out the Freeze cleats.
Kids Lacrosse Cleats
Cost of Gear – getting into a new sport can have a high initial cost – especially if you’re not sure if you’ll stick with it. Consider looking for used gear like the stick and helmet. If you’re looking at buying used shoes or cheap lacrosse cleats, shop carefully and look for shoes that still have a firm sole (it should flex from the front of the foot and up, not from the middle or back. If it’s bending in the wrong places, then the plate might be broken or worn out. The cushioning should be firm and feel exactly the same on both feet. Look at the outside of the shoe at where the cushion starts. If you see areas that look worn out or pre-compressed, then those shoes are probably garbage. Also watch for fungus in really worn out shoes. I highly recommend the adidas Freak Lax Mid Cleat Unisex Lacrosse cleats if you need a new pair.
Drills – you can do these at home in the back yard or in a school field. The more you practice, the more the moments will feel natural to you and you’ll have to think less about them. If you have access to a cement wall (schools are great) or have some plywood propped up on a wall somewhere, mark a spot with some chalk and practice hitting it from a distance. Once you’ve hit that mark three times, move back farther. Bring a friend and practice together.
Attitude – the more you practice and get to exercise, the better and more confident you’re going to feel. If you don’t practice, your attitude won’t be good, so practice is really key. When you’re on the field, communication is important. Learn a new name every day, try to use it during the game. Try not to take things personally. You’ll get hit, fall, scrape a knee or two. Everyone will, so try not to take it personally. If you are hurt, talk to your coach or your parents to see if you need a break to help it heal. There’s no need to over do it.
Good luck out there!