K18 Gloves: Tried and Trusted

Posted on March 24, 2011 by

Categories: Companies, Equipment/Gear, Gloves, STX

You may have noticed that the JHU Blue Jays were sporting White/Silver K18 gloves last weekend in an OT loss to Syracuse. The gloves looked pretty sharp, but they didn’t make the switch for aesthetics alone. Last week a Hopkins middie broke his hand during practice using another pair of gloves (yet to be determined). The team had been wearing 2011 Assault gloves as well as Nike Vapors up until this point. It became apparent Coach Pietramala chose to switch back to the steadfast K18s.


It was obvious it was an impromptu decision because the gloves colorway did not match the Jays Columbia Blue/Black/White uniforms. Instead the gloves were plain and dull. The players numbers were even written on with a Sharpie instead of embroidered. This was a Red flag. Coach Petro must really trust the K18s protection to revert back to them. Was he worried other players would succumb to injury? We will have to stay tuned to see what they wear next against Virginia this weekend.

Click a photo to view the White/Silver K18s. If you have heard anything else on this feel free to leave a comment below.

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  • http://twitter.com/RickysTweets Ricky Choi

    Good piece guys…real interesting. You certainly have an eye for gear detail!

  • Kill

    Saw this on LAS last week

  • RC

    I also have noticed that it looks like Air Force and Penn are wearing standard K18′s as well. Does anyone have any details on why they do not have custom gloves?

    • SM

      STX has been having problems getting their custom gloves made… I know first hand as my high school’s custom K18s have yet to come in and were supposed to be done in Late Feb. the rep I have talked to said that the delay is because of the fact that STX is now manufacturing their stuff overseas since being bought by Nike, and that has led to a slower processing time. I don’t know if UPenn and AFA are waiting on their custom gloves or not, but I know that A LOT of people/teams are still waiting. STX has been giving out (well they gave my team) stock colored K18s for FREE to tide their buyers over until they have received their custom gloves. Great customer service… just a shame that they are having issues with the new manufacturer overseas.

      • RC

        Thanks for the response, I figured it was something like that. Hopefully you get your gloves soon.

  • MDlax

    STX cant deliver gloves. My high school team switched over to the King 3 since STX burned us and we will never go back.

  • cusefan

    Nike and Stx have been having serious issues with the gloves. I heard that Cuse has already ripped 6 sets of Nike Vapor gloves. All the hype behind bad product. Doesnt make sense why Nike would do that. I dont see them being around for long with performances like this.

    • Mattknott1

      I agree with cusefan. My high school temam was going to get a deal on some custom color Nike vapor elites! But as soon as they got to the country a Nike rep would not let us have them because they were so poorly put together.

      Instead they ended up giving us stock k18 2′s. Everybody on the team loves them.

  • Cuseclublaxer6

    I’ve always been interested in the STX gloves, and the feel is amazing right out of the bag when I tried in the store. However, as a club player at Syracuse we’ve gone Brine the last two seasons and not a single defect in the custom silos, shakedowns, thrillers, king IIs, and King 3s. My silos have seen over 100 days of use and the only reason I got new king 3s is because they were so sick and such a great deal at the team rate! Can’t say anything bad about the brine product.

  • Aol

    Makes sense, but just goes to show how sinuous top lacrosse brands have become with college teams. Kind of like Nike and college football.

    Just a thought – K18 – Kyle Harrison could possibly get kick backs from his signature line and Coach Petro threw him a bone.

  • LC

    With so many high school athletic programs losing funding doesn’t it seem excessive for DI schools to have home and away gloves and helmets. Now JH (which has used Assaults (two versions) and Vapors (two versions) this year) is using their third different glove. I can understand if it is a safety issue, but it seems weird that other programs are still using the Assaults.
    Another example of excess is SU’s throwback jerseys and throwback color scheme on the Pro7’s and CPXr’s. They did look cool but . . . . Three sets of Helmets!!!!!

    • Rpalumbo94

      That has nothing to do with hs funding.
      Their either sponsored and wearing them for the company or pay for them themselves which has absolutley nothing to do with hs funding

    • Rpalumbo94

      That has nothing to do with hs funding.
      Their either sponsored and wearing them for the company or pay for them themselves which has absolutley nothing to do with hs funding

    • Rpalumbo94

      That has nothing to do with hs funding.
      Their either sponsored and wearing them for the company or pay for them themselves which has absolutley nothing to do with hs funding

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  • LC

    With so many high school athletic programs losing funding doesn’t it seem excessive for DI schools to have home and away gloves and helmets. Now JH (which has used Assaults (two versions) and Vapors (two versions) this year) is using their third different glove. I can understand if it is a safety issue, but it seems weird that other programs are still using the Assaults.
    Another example of excess is SU’s throwback jerseys and throwback color scheme on the Pro7’s and CPXr’s. They did look cool but . . . . Three sets of Helmets!!!!!