> Date: Sat, 01 JUN 1996 11:14:20 +0100
> Newgroups: rec.sport.fencing
> Subject: Need info on chest protectors
> My wife and I began fencing this past April and are really enjoying
> the sport. However, we have found that my wife is very sensitive to
> hits to the sternum. She wears *** protectors, but these don't
> help against hits to the upper chest. We have spoken to a few women
> at our club about full chest protectors, but most of them have the
> same complaint: the chest protectors they use are cut too low at the
> top, allowing painful touches to the upper chest and collar bones.
> Does anyone know where we can find a chest protector that will fill in
> that gap between the middle of the sternum and where the mask bib
> picks up? Thank you.
As a fencing lady I can partly relate to your wifes' problem. I fence
for about 6 years now and get bruises when I fence with guys and
as a result of competitions. About a month ago I changed from wearing
*** protectors looking like to small cups to a *** armour, which
is made from plastic and covers more than the cups. It also saves you
from bruises on the side of your ***s and under the weapon arm, as
well as just above. It will not go as high as the mask (one will not
be able to move anymore if it is that way!)
In contrast to what I thought it didnot reduce the movements you need
for fencing. It is not cheap, about USD 70 and you should try some
different brands because one is higher to your chin others are more
covering the sides.
I hope this will not stop you or your wife from fencing, it will get
better once you get more advanced because as novice one tends to run
at eachother like mad man at the same time.
The *** armour together with the plastron is for me a good help.The
plastron is nothing more than an extra layer of cloth of about 800N and
will help but also makes it a lot warmer to fence.