While we do not require equipment for first few lessons, students should eventually purchase their own protective equipment. We have compiled a list of the suggested items to use in our classes. Students are not restricted to these specific items but for safety reasons they should consult the coach before using an item in class that is not by a brand on our list.
Read this before purchasing anything!
"Do not be tempted to buy a sword first! It's not the first thing you need!" - we have plenty of loaner weapons!
Gear should be purchased in order of safety importance: Mask and back of the head protector, Gloves, Gorget, Jacket, Weapons.
If you are using thrusting weapons and/or wearing a light jacket you need a chest protector.
When it comes to shoes look for a pair that has soft soles and allows you to move quickly. You do not want a shoe with a thick sole that is not made for side to side motion, such as a typical running shoe. Consider purchasing fencing shoes, volleyball shoes, or indoor soccer shoes. Some popular ones are Onitsuka Tiger Ultimate 81, Adidas Sambas, Ascis Gel Rocket, and Adidas D'Artagnan.
Our club colors are WHITE (for jackets) and BLACK (for pants)
Masks + Accessories
SPES Vectir Occipital overlay (back of the head protector)
PBT HEMA Fencing Back of the Head Protector
SPES “Unity” Mask Overlay Pro (back of the head protector)
SPES Heavy gauntlets (for longsword)
Sparring Gloves (Mitten/Fechtschule Gdansk) (for longsword)
Neyman Trigger Gloves (for longsword)
$11 (Per glove. Order one for each hand!)
Absolute Standard 3-W Washable Glove (for rapier)
Leon Paul HEMA Gorget
Absolute Force HEMA Deluxe Gorget
SPES AP Jacket (for longsword)
SPES Officers Jacket (for rapier, sabre, etc. NOT LONGSWORD!)
"ARCEM" Black Armory Jacket
Absolute HEMA Black Pants w/Extra Padding
SPES Locust pants
Elbow, Knee, and Shins
SPES “Shell” Shin Protectors
SPES “Shell” Elbow Protectors
Absolute Force Elbow pads
Destroyer Modz Forearm protectors “Kool Beanz”
Neyman Leg Guards
Absolute Chest Protector (Women's)
Absolute Chest Protector (Men's)
Purpleheart Liner (with Gel Inserts) for a Helmet or Fencing Mask
SPES Fingertip Protectors (for inserting into gloves)
Castille Armory V5 Feder (Ask for the F3 blade, the F4 HEMA blade is too stiff)
Regenyei Standard Feder (with rolled tip)
Regenyei Short Feder (for those under 5'6", with rolled tip.)
VB Steel Feder Revision A
Darkwood Economy Rapier
Castille basic rapier w/ standard quillion block and spatulated tip
Castille Italian Dueling Sabre
Darkwood Italian Dueling Sabre