Once you make it past the beginner class you are going to need a few things. Below is some gear descriptions and links to supply vendors to help you figure out what you may need. Gear can get expensive very quickly and it is recommended you invest on a good mask and electric vest while going for cheaper options in the other equipment. The gear that wears out the quickest is cords, weapons, electric vests, and shoes (in that order). Most equipment is bought online but there are a few brick and mortor locations. You can also buy gear directly at tournaments. As always our in-house supplier is a great option!
The first thing every fencer needs:
- Socks must be knee length
- Shoes should be stable ankle style with
good sole grip (these will wear out fast)
- Pants should be flexible
- Bags : you will amass a lot of gear over
time. Get a durable bag with a lot of room.
The basic layer of all fencers. Jackets are available in both left and right handed options. If fencing with an Epee weapon you may want to order these with your last name and country printed on the back for competitions.
A good glove can make a huge difference. You will not wash these! Every glove should fit tight at the beginning because overtime they will loosen slightly. Still, watch out that they aren't too tight. Fingers should bend easily.
These are required for competition. It is highly recommended you get one, both for women and men.
- Arm Protector (for the weapons arm and must have for every competition)
- Chest protector
- Soft Layer chest protector (new
A good helmet will last you for years. You will need two types of bibs (electric and regular) so if you can find a mask that switches out bibs (Leon Paul) then it is a smart option. However if you want a cheaper option and think you will be going to competitions it is best to get an electric bib mask.
These should last a long time. It is not recommended that you wash these. Like the Jackets there are both left and right handed versions.
You will want to get your last name and country printed on the back. Sometimes you can order this included but if you have a plain one it is possible to get them silk screened at certain locations.
Weapons can be broken down into two major parts 1) the handle and 2) the blade. Handles come in different shapes and you may be comfortable with a specific type. Blades come in different stiffness values and quality can very greatly.
Weapons are shaped specific to foil, epee, and saber.
These will break. ALOT. Most fencing Gear problems originate here. There are different cords for the three weapons so make sure you get the right ones.
Links to equipment sites
Has a great range of equipment that is pretty affordable but also good access to high end gear. Also has a helpful brick and mortar storefront.
Has a great range of equipment that is pretty affordable. Local support available when shopping through Gladius
Absolute fencing is a good east coast main line brand that has slightly different cuts and styles which taller fencers tend to like more. See sizing charts.