Practicing HEMA can be as expensive or inexpensive as you want. If you intend on learning and coming to drill no equipment is necessary. The club has plenty of equipment. We also practice historical european wrestling, or ringen, which requires no gear at all. If you want to explore sparring we also have loaner gear.
Here is a list of gear members have used, and the places to order. The requirements are based on what is needed to . We encourage you to shop around, look at reviews, and make an informed choice. Prices below may be inaccurate.
There are many options for beginners masks. If the mask does not include back of the head protection it must be purchased separately.
Absolute Force Deluxe HEMA Fencing Mask $109 (back of the head protection included)
Recommended for longsword drill and synthetic tournaments:
Recommended beginners rapier:
Castille Armory Complete Basic Clamshell $225 (some searching on the site required)
Eventually you may want to purchase a steel longsword to compete in steel tournaments:
For drill work during regular class typically gloves are not required. Any sparring or more intense drill requires protective gloves. In some cases lacrosse gloves may be sufficient.
SPES Heavy Gloves $180
Only soft sole shoes are allowed on the mat. Most tournaments require your feet to be covered.
i.e Wrestling shoes, kung fu shoes, or barefoot. No street shoes or boots allowed.
Kung Fu shoes can be purchased through Bold City Longsword for $20
A hard throat protector, a gorget, is required for any sparring.
Lynx Jacket $145 to $165
SPES AP Jacket Mens $209
SPES Jessica Finley RingenJacket $120 (only for wrestling, not suitable for sparring)
Men are required to wear an athletic cup. Recommended for women also.
Elbow and Forearms
Elbows must have hard coverings at least to the center of the joint.
Forearm protection is recommended but not necessary.
Legs, Knees and Shins
Knees must have hard protection at least to the center of the joint. Shins protection is highly recommended and necessary in some cases.
Thigh protection is recommended but not necessary.
Catchers Leg Guards from Amazon $50 - $60