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Paul and Joe (SF) were at The Pit first with shovels.
I was there for that but left to watch the Flyers vs. Blackhawks game with Zach.
Later Paul had Frank draw Chicago Bench Minor Captains draft pick order out of a hat.
I remember a few names but not the full order.
I posted a thing on facebook.com/hardcourtbikepolo
The sun was out but it was super cold today.
Previously: December 20th, 2009 The Pit
Seen on the Eighthinch website..
We just got in our new V2 bike polo mallets and it looks like a few minor changes went a long way. The design remains the same but the compound used is all new and much improved. The weight stays the same at 120g but cracking issues have been solved and the new compound is a lot stronger giving the mallet a much longer life. The slot for the recessed nut has also been tightened up to reduce stripping.
$5 replacement plan: New or old, our mallet heads are covered by a $5 replacement plan. Send your damaged or worn out EighthInch mallet back to us along with $5 to cover outgoing shipping and we’ll send you a new mallet free. International customers can warranty their mallet through their local EighthInch dealer.
The production run hasn’t made it in yet but we’re going to be giving out our first batch of V2 mallets down at the Desert Polo Invite next weekend. If your down there competing you’ll be treated to a complementary mallet/shaft. It leaves us with a few available for sale here until the production run arrives in February.
Stay tuned for our new lightweight tournament mallet that’s in the works too. That model will be an all new design but we’ll have more details once we get some testing done with them.
You have to admit $5 shipped for a new mallet head ain’t bad. And did I read that correct? Entry in DPI equals a free mallet/shaft set up. Bring some hockey tape.
But I imagine V2 with still need to go on a drill bit diet to reach a playable weight.
Also, this new design has me curious, I’m thinking eighthinch may have learned something from their woes from V1.
More info: Eighthinch
Seen in my RSS for Eighthinch but oddly can’t find it on the site. That might have been because the post was pulled from the site but not the feed.?
Below is what was posted with the photos.
Last night I got the first photo’s of our new bike polo mallet. The design remains the same but the compound used is all new and much improved. The weight stays the same at 120g but cracking issues have been solved and the new compound is a lot stronger giving it a much longer life. We’ll release more details once we get them in stock. We’ll have a bunch down at the Desert Polo Invite at the end of the month. Stay tuned for our new tournament mallet that’s in the works too.
A few months ago Eighthinch sent my team and I a set of their new mallet heads. Zach was the first to build his up. He just said it was too heavy to use. And this was after he cut it down to the shorter length, removed the protruding sleeve and drilled it out with many lightning holes. I know he did give it a couple weeks of play at The Pit but I have not seen him use it in a while.
I built mine up after just trimming it down to the shorter length. I did not have the matching mallet because they were not ready yet so I found a ski pole that fit the opening. Not all ski poles are the same outer diameter but finding one to fit is not that difficult. Making a hole that is aligned with the holes in the head is not that easy. I had a bit of a headache getting the bolt to run through correctly because the hole I made in my ski pole was off just a slight bit. This made it very difficult to make the nut thread onto the included bolt. After I did get it to thread on, it deformed the plastic meant to hold the nut in place. I’m guessing if you were to do this with the pre-drilled Eighthinch mallet shaft these troubles would not be so bad.
After building it I also felt like it was heavy. After just two games one if the caps flew off. There is one big problem with the design. There is a seam caused by the mold having two sides and on a very slim section there is a hole for the screws that keeps the cap attached. Those holes are on the seam and the seam cracked and did not hold the screw. All that equals the caps don’t stay attached.
I ended up not attaching the cap again. It would not be that hard to make my own holes in a thicker section so the screws could hold the cap in place. I just didn’t feel like investing the time.
Also mine cracked in the side near the crest shaped cut out. So the un-capped end was cracked in three places. The top seam, bottom seam, and on the side. This caused the open end to lose it’s shape after a few games. While still playable, definitely not standing strong.
And on my third or fourth week of games it cracked in an unexpected place. Along the sleeve. From the top and almost all the way to the bolt hole. I’m not sure why that happened. I’ve not seen HDPE act like this so I’m really confused.
And as for the wear. I think it wears a fair amount. Not too fast and not something that could last forever. I have no complaints about the wear.
I can’t give this product a good review. I kind of think Eighthinch wants to make things to put their name on. I don’t feel like this was made for the abuse polo puts on the equipment. I think this is an attempt to make way into a growing market.
There have been a number of other players who have expressed their thoughts about this mallet and the company that made it. Not much of that has been positive.
But, on a positive side, Eighthinch has made efforts after the fact to get closer to the bike polo community. They have sponsored a good number of tournaments with product. And have left responses to the feedback on the forum.
In some of those responses, they have said they are making revisions to the design. But those are somewhat limited because of the mold. I think the best thing to do is wait and see if the second version is any better.
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EighthInch Mallet Head Video
I built up my two St Cago Tournament singles to a couple Fixcraft shafts and played a few games tonight with one. It feels really good so far.
More to come…
If you or your team have the saddest, most totaled, wasted looking mallet or set of 3 mallets you could win a re-up from EighthInch along with some extra swag. It’s pretty simple, Just send a picture and they pick the winner. For all the details read the post on the EighthInch blog. Free Mallets! Do it.
Or if all your busted up mallets are long lost to the trash can at the park like mine are, then you might just make a pre-order. Mallets will be shipping soon. How soon? Check the EighthInch site for that.
For more info: EighthInch.com
Previously: EighthInch Mallet Head Video