The mask protects your head, and so getting the right one is vital.
When you begin fencing, there is a fair amount of kit that you can expect to use and over time you will want to purchase your own kit. These pages give a brief idea of what each piece of kit is for.
In terms of buying your own kit, what should you buy first? Most people tend to like to get a mask or glove first as these are the things that come into contact with your skin. There is no need to hurry though the club is happy to provide equipment for as long as you need it.
The jacket covers your torso and protects your body against hits and broken blades.
The plastron is usually a half jacket that goes under your normal fencing jacket.
The glove protects your sword hand.
Breeches are those strange knee lengh trousers fencers wear.
Socks, they go on your feet.
Can any trainers be worn or do you need proper fencing shoes?
The electric jacket that allows the box to detect on target hits for foil and sabre.
If you are going to fence electric, you will need one of these.
So you have all your nice new fencing kit, how are you going to carry it?