Elevate your game, FutureLab
The FutureLab Collection is Osaka's answer to the new design trend that has come to field hockey in recent years. Composites have allowed manufacturers to approach shape design more boldly than ever before, so Osaka rolled up their sleeves and got to work on this one! The basic goal was to reduce the overall weight of the stick while maintaining the stiffness and performance that everyone has come to expect from Osaka's top model sticks. The result of this endeavor is the FutureLab- the lightest and most advanced stick Osaka has ever created.
• Level: Elite
• Composition: 98% Carbon, 2% Kevlar
• Shape: Low Bow
• Targeted Weight: 500g
The FutureLab NXT bow shape is the culmination of a two-year development process nurtured by a basic principle: beautiful design is built on a foundation of scientific principles. The geometry of the FutureLab remains remarkably similar to Osaka's Pro Bow shape while offering a geometric angular profile that requires less mass to achieve superior performance. This cutting-edge engineering has allowed Osaka to create their lightest stick to date. They've combined the geometry with their top-end carbon weave, which is also used for the Pro Tour Limiteds to achieve maximum stiffness.
The goal for the redesigned head shape largely follows the same principles. Osaka wanted to stay true to the maxi hook head shapes all of the Osaka sticks have had in recent years while offering something new and exciting to players. This is where the Hookslot comes in… Osaka has taken a chunk out of the hook; this gives you greater control when dragging the ball or performing skills. Backhand control will feel very similar to Osaka's existing shapes, but if you are a dragflicker or assist the penalty the benefits will be considerable. Also, players that are technical and like to use the hook while playing will notice the major increase in control this seemingly minor design feature offers.
Since this new shape speaks for itself, Osaka has opted to keep the graphic design for the stick very minimalistic, but bold. The dark holographic foil and bright blue details are sure to catch everyone's attention on or off the pitch.
For the players of the future…
If you are a player looking for something truly new and exciting in the world of hockey… this stick is for you. Experience the engineering that has gone into this shape with your own hands, but don't be surprised if you feel like you are holding nothing at all. Experience the FutureLab NXT bow.