While this may not be the longest or most product-rich buying guide, shoulder pads are the most important piece of equipment for your safety in the upcoming lacrosse season.
Under the new shoulder pad decision, players of all skill levels (including college lacrosse) will be forced to wear epaulets with the new NOCSAE ND200 approval to play. This move is aimed at increasing the safety of the players and creating the necessary additional protection for the chest and heart.
Therefore, it’s time to ditch those cut off epaulet liners you’ve been using for five seasons and maybe even received from your older cousin who played. It’s time to invest in gear that will keep you safe and healthier so you can play the game we all love for longer.
While there aren’t many deals that match this standard just yet, I’m here to feature some of the best deals from your favorite trusted brands.
Lacrosse Shoulder Pads Buyer’s Guide 2021-22
Maverik Max EKG Speed ââShoulder Pad
Maverik has been making trusted protective gear for many years, but its latest additions to the shoulder pad world have an even bigger protective impact. Maverik Max EKG Speed ââshoulder pads feature several safety attributes including EKG (External Kardic Guard) technology visible on the front of the shoulder pad. Despite added protection, these shoulder pads are still contoured enough to suit any player’s playing style.
Another awesome feature of these pads is the ANAFORM padding to protect both the spine and the chest from any checks or knocks that might come your way. These are a great option when entering the market for purchasing shoulder pads as they are ND200 certified.
Looking for something with a little more protection and size? Here are some other shoulder pads from Maverik that are also ND200 certified:
Zerolyte True Temper Lacrosse Shoulder Pad Liner
While True Temper is still a new contender in the protection game, they’ve come up with a great new option with the Zerolyte epaulet liner which meets the new NOCSAE ND200 standard. Personally, I have been using these pads for several months now and I really like the weight and flexibility of the pad. Personally, I prefer the liner style because it gives me the most flexibility in my game.
The front of this pad features advanced ZRB technology to give you the greatest protection in the chest area. The Zerolyte shoulder liner is another great option when shopping for your new pickup this season.
STX Cell V shoulder pad liner
Looking for something really low-key that won’t slow you down? Those Cell V Shoulder Pads from STX might just be the option for you. Meeting the new NOCSAE standard and staying light and extremely mobile sounds like a good mix to me, not to mention this is an updated version of the ever popular Cell line of protection. With the GeoFlex II protection of these pads, you are sure to be safe in the hands of STX.
These even feature a seven point stretch zone system to let you customize and move these pads for your ultimate comfort. There isn’t much to dislike about these pads. Check it out on your next lacrosse safety purchase!
Are you looking for an STX pad with even more extra protection? Discover the STX Cell shoulder pads or the Stx Shadow Pro shoulder pads.
Warrior Evo Shoulder Pad
Chances are, no matter how long you’ve been playing, you’ve used a pair of Warrior shoulder pads at one point or another. Maybe they were your favorites? Maybe they are your go-to brand? The good news for you is that Warrior brings a great new offering to the table in the Evo shoulder pad which meets the NOCSAE ND200 certification. From sleek design to sternum impact protection, they will suit almost any player this season.
These pads also feature a Wartech liner to keep you cool and ventilated while you play. Personally, I like the design of these pads simply because of their customization with multiple removable padding sections. Surely another great option to add to your list!
Nike Vapor shoulder liner
Nike offers you protection and style in their new Nike Vapor Slippers. From the solid color design on the front and center of the Nike swoosh, these things look mean.
Style points of course, but that’s not what we’re here for. These liners are NOCSAE ND200 certified and feature a sternum protection system that will not interfere with the player at all to promote playing comfort. We all know how annoying it can be to wear a pair of uncomfortable shoulder pads, but with these, you won’t even have to worry about it.
Their minimalist safety design provides the right protection in the right areas without any extra lint to get in your way. Kudos to Nike for these shoulder guards! Bonus points for all Nike enthusiasts too.
Again, I know there aren’t a lot of options right now for the new ND200 certification, but don’t let that get you away from some of these great options listed above. Unlike a lot of our other gear, a new pair of certified shoulder pads this season is an absolute must to stay safe and continue playing the game. I suggest trying out several different shoulder pads before purchasing if you can, as each person will have their own fit preferences when it comes to shoulder pads. Get a pair that you feel comfortable and secure in. Good luck and happy epaulet hunting!
Need more help with your 2021-22 gear?
We have specialist buying guides for the 2021-22 season coming over the next few weeks, from mesh to helmets and more. Everything you need will be covered in our guides. Take a look at what we have prepared for you!