Equipment

Equipment – What we wear.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  In other words – an investment in protective gear and a quality weapon may save you a trip to the ER.  Take it from us – we’ve seen our share of purple and bloodied fingers, broken bones and bruised ribs.

When you come out to fight with us we will have loaner equipment for you.  We certainly don’t expect you to outfit yourself overnight with top quality gear.  That being said we should also point you in the right direction for what gear we use and recommend.  This includes trustworthy brands or vendors we’ve proven over the years.

Here’s a breakdown of equipment starting from head to foot:

HEAD:  Minimum 350N Three weapons mask.  The options are numerous.  Prices will vary.  Make sure you find a good website with a sizing chart and measure your head.  A mask that doesn’t fit is a dangerous mask.  It should be snug enough not to shift around while you lunge or step but not so tight that you can’t speak.  Remember that you’re going to be wearing padding like a ski cap/fleece cap underneath so measure accordingly.

NECK:  There are numerous options here as well.  For rapier fighting at minimum a leather collar or gorget.  For longsword a gorget is required.  You can talk to a fighter at practice or check out this gorget from Purple Heart Armory; Castille Armory has this one with more size options and better coverage for the back of the neck.

CHEST:  For rapier you can go with sleeveless shirt to fencing jacket with plastron inside.  It’s your call.  For longsword padded fencing jacket or gambeson is highly recommended.

ARMS: Elbow pads are highly recommended for rapier; required for longsword.  Forearm protection is optional for rapier, highly recommended for longsword.

HANDS:  A sturdy pair of leather gloves with some type of wrist protection is recommended for rapier; For longsword minimum of Lacrosse gloves are required for free-play; for sparring modified lacrosse gloves, gauntlets or SPES Heavy gloves are required.

WAIST: For rapier or longsword some prefer a stout belt (weight lifting belt, or leather girdle).

GROIN: Interior or exterior groin protection is required for sparring.  During drills or free-play activities it will probably not be necessary.

Legs: Avoid shorts.  A comfortable pair of black jeans work well. Some prefer a black baseball pant or knickers. Knee pads are highly encouraged for rapier and required for Longsword sparring.  Shin guard are also required for Longsword.

Feet:  Traditional footwear is a calf-height lace up black boot.  Wear what’s comfortable and stable for you.  If your venue is indoor please wear a non-marking sole.

HEMA Longsword Equipment Cost Breakdown

This is just one of sundry possible combinations of equipment available. Note this equipment list is for fighting with longsword and not rapier combat. Rapier combat will require less robust glove options.
Item
CostURL
Feder$325http://castillearmory.com/all-products/standard-feder/
Gambeson
$209http://www.woodenswords.com/SPES_Axel_Jacket_V2_0_350N_p/spes-jacket.htm
Forearm Guards (pair)
$60http://www.woodenswords.com/SPES_Forearm_and_Elbow_Guards_V2_0_Pair_p/spes-forearm.elbow.2.0-h.htm
Lacrosse Gloves
$60-150https://www.amazon.com/Brine-Triumph-Lacrosse-Glove-13-Inch/dp/B00EGH2FC4/ref=sr_1_22?s=team-sports&ie=UTF8&qid=1477450320&sr=1-22&refinements=p_n_feature_twenty_browse-bin%3A5712507011%2Cp_72%3A1248957011&th=1&psc=1
Knee & elbow pads
$49https://www.amazon.com/PRO-TEC-Street-Black-Large-Elbow/dp/B004NHOAXY/ref=sr_1_20?s=outdoor-recreation&ie=UTF8&qid=1477450809&sr=1-20&keywords=Pro-Tec+knee+pads
Zen Warrior Armory Lobster Tail Gorget$55Link
PBT HEMA Fencing Mask 1600N$126http://www.woodenswords.com/product_p/p-mask.1600n.htm
SPES Trinity Mask Overlay with Back of the Head Protection$80http://www.woodenswords.com/SPES_HEMA_Mask_Overlay_with_Back_of_the_Head_Prote_p/spes-head.mask.back1.htm
TOTAL$1,012 + any shipping costs ($100-$200)
Rapier Safety Requirements for tournaments.

(We recommend you don't buy anything but tournament capable equipment as anything less just adds to your overall cost of equipping yourself or your fighter(s))
 Rapiers/Daggers must be tipped with rubber blunts, held in place with tape.
 HEMA or 3-Weapons Fencing Mask in good condition. 1600N is recommended.
 Back of the head protection.
 Neck Protection: Some form of rigid neck protection or gorget that covers the larynx.
 Torso: Fencing jacket or HEMA gambeson, minimum 350N is required.
 Gloves; padded or reinforced
 Groin/Breast Protection, internal or external.
 Hard or soft elbow and knee protection.
Item
CostURL
Rapier$325-625Please see talk to your local instructor before purchasing a weapon and talk about recommendations for our style of fighting.
Gambeson or fencing jacket
$209http://www.woodenswords.com/SPES_Axel_Jacket_V2_0_350N_p/spes-jacket.htm
Forearm Guards (pair), not required but recommended
$60http://www.woodenswords.com/SPES_Forearm_and_Elbow_Guards_V2_0_Pair_p/spes-forearm.elbow.2.0-h.htm
Zen Warrior Armory Gloves or Lowe's
$20-70Zen Warrior gloves
Lowes's
Knee & elbow pads
$49https://www.amazon.com/PRO-TEC-Street-Black-Large-Elbow/dp/B004NHOAXY/ref=sr_1_20?s=outdoor-recreation&ie=UTF8&qid=1477450809&sr=1-20&keywords=Pro-Tec+knee+pads
Zen Warrior Armory Lobster Tail Gorget$55Link
PBT HEMA Fencing Mask 1600N$126http://www.woodenswords.com/product_p/p-mask.1600n.htm
SPES Trinity Mask Overlay with Back of the Head Protection$80http://www.woodenswords.com/SPES_HEMA_Mask_Overlay_with_Back_of_the_Head_Prote_p/spes-head.mask.back1.htm