Equipment is provided for students in the plastic group, and we have most sizes available for rental for beginners. If you are ready to practice regularly in the electric group, you must have your own equipment. Here is what you will need for practice and for any competitions:
Be sure to put your name on all of your equipment!
Below you can find detailed information about all of these items, as well as information on how to order your first set of fencing equipment.
*Most of these items can be found in Absolute’s 13-Piece Competition Sabre Set. Please be sure of your sizes and the recommended upgrades before ordering.
Recommended: AF SABRE CE 350 N MASK: REGULAR ($86)
Measure the circumference of your head starting from underneath the chin, going up the side of the head, over one ear, over the top of the head, back down the other ear, and back to under the chin to make a complete circle.
|Under 21”||21”-23”||24”-25”||26”-28”||Over 28”|
Measure the widest part of your chest, just below the armpits (women may use regular bra size) and add two inches. Jackets only come in even sizes; if your measurement is odd, round up to the next even number. Be sure to specify left or right hand.
Sabre lamés are usually the one size larger than your jacket. Add 8″ for your chest measurement for an average fit. Be sure to specify left or right hand.
Take your waist measurement (at the belly button) and add two inches. That number should be your knickers size. Knickers only come in even sizes so if you fall on an odd number simply round up. Tall size pants are 3″ longer in the inseam.
Recommended: AF FIE 800N SABRE GLOVE ($56)
Measure around your palm (excluding your thumb) and add 0.5″. Be sure to specify left or right hand.
Recommended: AF NYLON UNDERARM PROTECTOR ($22)
Sizes are based on height.
Recommended: ABSOLUTE WOMEN’S PLASTIC CHEST PROTECTOR ($27)
Use bra size.
|Training||32ABCD 34ABCD||34DE 36ABC||36DE|
Recommended: Nike or Adidas are the most popular and reliable brands of fencing shoe. Nike shoes tend to be lighter and thinner, while Adidas are heavier and have more support.
Fencing shoes come only in men’s sizes. To calculate women’s sizes, take your shoe size and subtract 1.5. For example, a women’s size 8.5 is a men’s 7.
Recommended: ABSOLUTE E. ELITE (S2000) SABRE ($58)
Fencers in Y-10 must have a #2 size blade. Fencers older than 10 use #5 size blades only. Be sure to specify left or right hand.
AT LEAST two body cords and two mask cords per fencer.