First Fencing Gear Purchase


Buying fencing gear for the first time can be a daunting experience. I hope this will help.

First a few tips:

  • All vendors have a link somewhere to help you measure your fencer for the correct size.
  • Clothing manufacturers size their garments differently from one another. American. European. Chinese. Use the vendor sizing link to guide you.
  • Vendors like it when confused parents and new fencers call them and ask questions. They’d much rather send you the correct gear in the first place than process a return.
  • If you find a great deal on ebay or craigslist send me a link and I’ll tell you if it’s worth buying.

Semi-local vendors include:

Online vendors include:

For Beginners

  • Foil Mask (or Epee Mask) (A little snug is better than a little loose).
    • Mask Cord (yes)
  • Glove (A little loose is better)
  • Plastron (aka. Under arm protector). (A little loose is better).
  • Plastic Chest Protector. Male or  Female. (A little loose is better).
  • Jacket. (A little loose is better).
  • Rather than buy a practice weapon, just continue using mine– or buy an electric weapon instead.

After a few months… when you’re certain you or your young fencer is going to stick with it for a while… it’s time to look into personal electric gear.

For intermediate

When you or your young fencer is ready to compete in local/ regional tournaments: 

For Advanced