made of stainless steel mesh, to protect the face. Some fencers
now have masks with clear perspex panels, enabling their eyes
to be seen.
Glove worn on the fencing hand only.
Jacket, underjacket and breeches, all
made of highly resistant fabric, similar to that used in bullet-proof
vests, for maximum protection.
Fencing shoes. The latest generation of fencing shoes
are known as "asymetrix", with the left and right
shoe being of slightly different construction to reflect the
fact that the shoe on the "leading" foot undergoes
totally different stresses from that on the other foot. When
buying asymetrix shoes, the fencer therefore needs to specify
whether they are left or right handed.