Fencing is a sport that requires a number of different pieces of equipment to participate in. Hutt Valley Fencing Club is happy to provide gear for you to give it a go, but we encourage students who would like to stick with fencing to purchase their own kit.
There are a couple of options for purchasing gear. The club will receive inquiries from time to time to sell pre-owned fencing gear. Please reach out if you would like a list of the current 2nd hand fencing gear.
The other option for purchasing fencing gear is Mainland Fencing. This is a local Fencing gear vender located in Lower Hutt. Please inquire with us if you would like to place an order with him. Alternatively, there a number of links below or you can go to his website by clicking the logo below.
Below is a timeline in which we recommend that you purchase you gear in order. We have taken into account hygiene which is one of the main reasons that we recommend purchasing gear as required. For competition requirements, see the appropriate section below.
|Equipment||When to buy|
|Glove||1 Term of fencing|
|Mask||2 Terms of fencing|
|Plastron/chest protector||4 Terms of Fencing (1 year)|
|Weapon(s)/Wires||4 Terms of Fencing (1 year)|
|Jacket/Breeches||1.5 Years of fencing|
We are currently exploring options for various starter packs and sets. This page will be updated with more information as it is available.
Gear & Competition Requirements
There are a number of different requirements depending on what level you are fencing at and what age group. We have outlined the competition and age group requirements below.
We recommend that you follow the sizing guide provided by the reseller that you are going through.
For weapons, the sizing guide below is applicable:
- Under 9s & Under 11s – Size 0
- Under 13s – Size 2 – Size 3
- Under 15s+ – Size 5
There are special requirements for mask straps while fencing at competitions. They require a doubling-over elastic strap and safety systems that affix the mask to your face.
Club Level / Training / Under 13 Fencing Competitions
Below are the minimum entry-level requirements. We do not recommend you start here unless you are an U13 athlete as all other competitions gear requirements surpass the below.
|Equipment||Safety Level||MF Link|
|Glove||350N (CE1)||Click Here|
|Foil & Epee Mask||350N (CE1)||Click Here|
|Foil Lame Bib||N/A||Click Here|
|Plastron||350N (CE1)||Click Here|
|Chest Protector||Required for women and U13s and younger||Click Here|
|Foil||Non-Fie, multiple sizes available||Click Here|
|Epee||Non-Fie, multiple sizes available||Click Here|
|Sabre||S2000 / No-requirement||Click Here|
|Foil & Sabre Wires||N/A||Click Here|
|Epee Wires||N/A||Click Here|
|Jacket||350N (CE1)||Click Here|
|Foil Lame||N/A||Click Here|
|Sabre Lame||N/A||Click Here|
Regional & National Competitions
The main thing to note about regional and national competitions is the requirement for FIE Weapons and a total of 1150N of protection on the Torso. You will also be required to wear Breeches in this Category. The kit that is the same as the above section has been left off.
|Equipment||Safety Level||MF Link|
|Sabre Glove |
(Foil and Epee have the same requirements as previous section)
|Plastron||800N or 350N (CE1)||Click Here|
|Jacket||800N or 350N (CE1)||Click Here|
|Breeches||350N (CE1)||Click Here|
More information on Fencing Gear
For more technical information and history, check out the link below. There is also an example of the stamps and marks that indicate the safety level of the fencing gear that you are required to wear.