Equipment

Modifide: Why You Shouldn’t Have Favorites

December 15, 2014

I have used a Modifide Arc 4 mallet head since October of 2013. I am crazy about it. I reviewed the original arc and its little brother on the site, and the Arc 4 has been as reliable as it has been fun to use.

And now, as I’m sure we’re all mostly aware, Modifide has called it quits because, let’s face it, life often dictates that sort of thing. Now I’m faced with a few choices to make as a player:

  • Do I try to buy up all the ARC 4s I can?
  • Do I hope that someone else buys the company and continues to make the head?
  • Do I learn how to use a standard shaped mallet head (there are plenty of great options out there, no doubt).

This is a dumb situation to be in, but one that I think folks in our sport come across more often than not: a company makes something you integrate into the way you play, then that company disappears and you’re left needing to fundamentally change a few key aspects of your play in order to keep up.

Now I’m probably overstating this (hell, this is yellow page journalism at its best!), but it is an inconvenience I’m going to find myself in sooner or later. There simply isn’t enough of a market for multiple companies to really find value in competing with each other for sales, and that leads to a lot of good folks stepping away from fine products only a year or two into the business. And that’s fine–the fault isn’t at all with them. The fault is in a flooded market & a lack of demand.

Instead of leaning so heavily on a single product that has the chance to simply disappear (which is such a funny thing, really, when you think about how the shape of a game’s equipment is traditionally specific), you should try to be strong on all sorts of mallet heads. That is to say, you should be at least comfortable using various types of equipment. I’m not saying at all that your entire game will be different for years after company XYZ stops making the Wizzbang mallet head, but it might push into a different product which, for at least a little while, will take more of your attention to use (in my case, having mallet heads that are longer and catch on the ground in a different way than what I’m used to).

So how do you familiarize yourself with different mallet heads without spending $200.00 a year? Hell, I don’t know. I realize this is the part where I’m supposed to give you some sort of over-the-top solution about the problem, but I don’t have one. I guess maybe you should be aware of the situation and be open to re-learning your equipment. Does that work? Okay maybe that doesn’t work.

Anyway I’m just frustrated that my currently most-used mallet head’s company is stepping away from production. Sure, there are so many options out there for me to have fun with, but MAN that gets my goat.

Product

Fixcraft’s 2015 Tournament Head

December 14, 2014
fixcraft tournament head

Wow, just wow; this is the sexiest hardcourt bike polo head that I’ve ever seen. That color, that lip, that inlaid logo; just wow. Fixcraft‘s amazing now tournament head weighs in at only 78 grams and can be yours for only $25.99. Head over to the Fixcraft webstore to pick one up now!

Editorial

Modifide Calls It Quits

December 11, 2014
modified bike polo

It is with our deepest regret that we announce the curtain call for Modifide Bike Polo Equipment. With two strong years of production behind them, the owner, Steven Sal Debus, has to walk away as he works to grow DU/ER Denim. Here is the official announcement from Steven:

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Editorial, Product

ONE to ONE’s Bike Polo Fundraiser Program

December 10, 2014
cinny bike polo shirts

If you’re unfamiliar with the company, ONE to ONE Print Shop is ran by, and ultimately for, bike polo players. In an effort to help each team, each club, and the sport as a whole grow, they have initiated a fundraiser program. When you order shirts through them, they will sell the shirts from their website for a certain amount of time, and all of the profit of the sales will go to the club or team that placed the order. It’s such an amazing idea! Check out the official word from ONE to ONE:

In tune with our constant and ever growing support and sponsorship of bike polo we are going to start offering polo club/tournament/team shirts for sale on our website, hosting them for a certain amount of time and printing/shipping them all at once. The prices will be set by the club and all of the profits will go back to the club. First up, Cincinnati, the nasty-natti. Available until December 17 so move quickly! Share this on your club page and help this club out!

To help out the club, you can pick up your Cincinnati Bike Polo shirt HERE. And be sure to LIKE ONE to ONE on Facebook so you can find more shirts that they will be offering in the future!