Guide to Buying HEMA Gear
About HEMA Gear
As you progress in your training and want to participate in more advanced exercises, you'll be required to obtain the appropriate protective equipment. This guide is designed to help you understand the best order in which you should purchase your gear, along with a list of suggested vendors.
We understand that obtaining gear can be an expensive and lengthy process. Students will often take a year or more to fully acquire a full “tournament ready” kit.
About Gear Requirements
Some of our classes require fencing equipment to participate.
Classes range in gear requirements from:
No Gear — only comfortable athletic clothing and shoes.
Minimal Gear — mask, light or heavy gloves.
Full Kit — mask, jacket, heavy gloves, gorget, chest protector required, lower body and elbow protection strongly encouraged.
Refer to the Course Catalog for more information about what gear you need for specific classes. If you have any questions about gear for a particular class check with your instructors.
Gotham Swords Uniform
Only comfortable athletic clothing and shoes required!