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How to choose the right size fencing gear

Even though the number one reason to buy new equipment is because it gets lost, it’s still quite common for parents to buy significantly bigger jackets, lame and knickers for their fast growing young fencers in an effort to save money. Of course all parents prefer spending less on fencing gear, but is it really ok to put your child on the fencing strip in something that makes them the biggest moving target in the competition? How can you find the right size in fencing gear, allowing “room to grow” but without exaggerating? The key is to not go too big. A good rule of thumb is to buy a size up from your child’s current clothing size. This will give them some room to grow, but won’t make them look like they’re swimming in their gear. Another thing to keep in mind is that most fencing gear is adjustable, so even if it’s a little big, you can usually tighten it up to get a better fit. By following these tips, you can be sure to find the right size in fencing gear for your child - without breaking the bank.


Sizing Guide for Knickers:

For a little kid, long knickers that go all the way to the floor might be cute, but the same can't be said for a 14 year old. When selecting fencing gear, it's important to make sure you get the right size. If the knickers are too big, they'll look bulky and uncomfortable. If they're too small, they won't provide the necessary coverage. Absolute Fencing Gear has a shorter version of their knickers that may be more flattering for older kids. No matter what size you choose, always make sure the fencing gear fits properly. Otherwise, you may be sacrificing comfort and performance.


It is essential that your fencer has the right size in their fencing gear in order to fence properly. To determine the size of knickers you need, take your fencer's waist measurement between their hips and their belly button. Add one size (2 inches) to that waist measurement to determine the size of knickers you need. Since all uniforms come in even sizes only, remember that if you get an odd number of inches, always go up one size. For example, if your fencer has a 31 inch waist measurement, you would add 2 inches and come to 33. The next even number would be 34, so you would buy your fencer a size 34 Cotton Knickers. This will ensure that they are comfortable and able to move properly while fencing.


When measuring for your knickers, it is important to get an accurate measurement of your waist. The best way to do this is to use a tape measure, as opposed to a string and ruler. The inseam measurement for knickers should be two inches below the knee, but full length for long pants. For men, the waist should be measured at the navel, not the pants line. For women, the waist should be measured at the smallest place, and the hips at the largest place. If your waist falls between two sizes on the sizing guide, it is best to choose the next size up. This will ensure that your knickers fit comfortably and are not too tight.

Sizing Guide for Lames and Jackets

Jacket measurements are important to consider when ordering a fencing jacket. The cotton fencing jackets are cut fuller than our stretch jackets to allow maximum mobility during fencing. For men, chest should be measured as high as possible across with the arms down. Waist should be measured at the navel, not at the pants line. For women, we need five measurements please for women. Include these figures in the comments section of your order, a step that will make the whole thing go much more smoothly and easily. Measure your chest at the largest place, your waist at the smallest place, and your hips at the largest place. Please record your height and weight also. Jacket measurements are essential in ensuring you have a comfortable and practical fencing jacket.


Gloves are one of those things that are really tricky to buy online. You can't try them on, so you have to hope that they fit well. That's why it's really important to follow the sizing guide and measurement recommendations when buying fencing gloves. You want gloves that will really fit well! To measure the hand, you'll need the circumference of the four knuckles where the fingers connect to the palm. Just hold your hand out like you're going to shake hands with a politician, with your thumb up and out of the way. Then be as accurate as possible when taking the measurement. A difference of a half inch can change your glove size. So follow the guide and measure carefully to make sure you get a great fit!


When it comes to fencing, having the right-sized mask is critical. A properly fitting fencing mask will not only provide the best possible protection, but it will also be more comfortable to wear, allowing you to focus on your fencing techniques. Fortunately, taking accurate measurements for a fencing mask is relatively easy.

The first measurement you'll need is the circumference of your face. To take this measurement, start under your chin and measure halfway between your chin and throat. Then continue up the side of your face in front of your ear. From there, continue over your forehead and down the other side until you reach the beginning point under your chin. It's important to keep in mind that all heads are shaped differently, so even if you measure one size according to the guidelines, you may actually be another size. With that in mind, here are some general sizing guidelines based on age and gender:

- Children ages 8 and under should wear fencing masks sized Small or X-Small.
- Women and girls ages 9 and up should wear fencing masks sized Small, Medium, or Large.
- Men and boys ages 9 and up should wear fencing masks sized Medium, Large, or X-Large.

If you fall somewhere in between two sizes, it's generally best to err on the side of larger rather than smaller. Once you have your measurements, you'll be able to select the perfect fencing mask for both comfort and protection.

Conclusion paragraph: So there you have it! Follow our simple guide to getting the sizing just right on your fencing gear, and you’ll be looking and feeling great on the piste in no time. Remember to use your common sense – if something doesn’t feel quite right, don’t be afraid to go up or down a size until everything is perfect. And as always, if you have any questions at all about finding or fitting fencing gear, American Fencing Gear is here to help. Thanks for reading, and happy fencing!