Machine Politics vs L'Équipe, August 2010. Photo by Steph Simcox
Portland Polo Parts: The Second Coming
After four months of rejecting mallet heads from my old manufacturer, I found a new manufacturer for the Portland Heads. This is a new design with higher tolerances and a reduced weight, optimized for bottom mounting.
The mallets are about 78 grams (plus or minus one gram) undrilled. Due to this light weight, I don't recommend drilling speed holes in them. They are milled from solid UHMWPE in Electric Salmon. One end is open, one end is a left as a solid cap.
As before, they are 2.5” outer diameter and 5” long with interior ribbing at both ends and in the middle for strength. The middle rib is 1/8" wide for your bottom-mounting pleasure. Here is a cross-sectional view: http://portlandbikepolo.com/files/mallet-cross-section.jpg.
These are light mallets, so if your spirit animal is Thor riding the Incredible Hulk, you will break this mallet. If you smash the mallet into the ball instead of into the ground, the mallet will last for months.
Pricing depends on how many you buy:
1-2: $25 each
3-5: $24 each
6-8: $22 each
9+: $20 each
In Portland: $20 each (discount for saving me a trip to the post office)