Equipment Guide

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. 

 

Books

The Art of Combat: A German Martial Arts Treatise of 1570

The Art of Sword Combat: A 1568 German Treatise on Swordmanship

Mask

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)

Weapon

Recommended for longsword drill and synthetic tournaments:

Synthetic Meyer Federschwert Longsword $105

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:

Regenyi Standard Tournament Steel Fedder $345

VB Standa rd Steel Fedder $269

Gloves

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.

Five Finger Gloves from Sparring Gloves $240

SPES Heavy Gloves $180

Koning_Gloves $280

Feet

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

throat

A hard throat protector, a gorget, is required for any sparring. 

Destroyer Modz Gorge $45

Jacket

Lynx Jacket $145 to $165

SPES AP Jacket Womens $209

SPES AP Jacket Mens $209

SPES Jessica Finley RingenJacket $120 (only for wrestling, not suitable for sparring)

Groin

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.

Elbow and forearm protection from Purple Heart Armory

Lynx Forearm And Elbow Guards $45

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.

Knee and Shin protection from Purple Heart Armory

Leg/Thigh protection from Purple Heart Armory

Lynx Fighting Pants $65

Catchers Leg Guards from Amazon $50 - $60