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Getting Your Own Gear
After you've been fencing awhile, and you know you're going to stick with it, you'll probably want to start getting your own gear. Like any other sport, the price ranges are pretty wide. Most of us get most of our gear from three places: Absolute, Blue Gauntlet and Fencing.net. They all do web sales and they're pretty reliable. Their addresses are: http://www.fencing.net/ , http://www.blue-gauntlet.com/ , and http://www.absolutefencinggear.com/shopping/. All of these vendors provide safe equipment so the biggest issue is getting the right fit. Shopping online means that what gets delivered may not be quite right. Theresa is our armorer and when you get gear delivered, you should check with her on fit and quality before you use it. For sabre, you'll need a sabre mask, a lame, an overglove or sabre glove (with lame gauntlet), mask cords, sabre body cords, and electric sabres. This is in addition to the jacket, knickers and plastron. Folks ask about fencing shoes and we recommend that fit and personal preference for weight and comfort are more important. Many top fencers use court shoes such as volleyball shoes. And you can get those in town at any sporting goods store or shoe store. You want a flat sole and good ankle support. You don't need to get all of the gear at once; the club gear can be checked out for tournaments and is there for you to use. Let Theresa or any of the coaches know if you have any questions!
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