Why, hello there,
Sorry if you feel horribly deceived by the title, but what I'm actually
looking for is to start some conversation and get some opinions, not
reveal to you some great fantasy supply company which sells great
quality equipment for dirt.
I just got the notion that opinions on this subject would be nice after
reading that letter posted inquiring about "Blue Gauntlet" (for the
record, never heard of them). So, to start us off ...
When I was at the Canada Games with a team I was co-coaching, one of our
fencers had a Santelli mask which was brand new, sent to him by his
uncle in N.Y., N.Y., and it failed the mask check because the bib was, I
swear this is true, stapled on. It was stapled on in a few places, and
it is totally conceivable that a blade could hit the bib and deflect up
into the throat (we tried, and it wasn't hard to do at all). This
fencer also had a a Santelli FIE mask, which was fine. I personally
prefer Soudet FIE masks, but at any rate ...
Opinions, horror stories ... anyone? anyone?
P.S. re: the cup thing. Women may be fascinated, or disgusted, to know
that there is no (as of a couple of years ago, at least, unless this
has changed) rule forcing men to wear cups, but there is one forcing
women to wear BP's. The sport we all love is fairly non progressive at
Marc A. MacKenzie.