Yes if your group and practice of HEMA requires gear there are a few things to take into account:
- Most gear is sized for men, women tend to need smaller gear so make sure the gear fits. A proper store will provide a size chart and sell gear that is suitable for women. Some even offer custom fit gear;
- However a lot of gear simple isn't suitable at the moment. There is still a lot to win here as a large amount of female HEMA practitioners create their own gear or customize existing gear;
- In competitive play and practice with steel weapons a groin protector is advisable. Most people think this is only important for men, but a hit to the groin can be very painful no matter if you are a man or woman. This shouldn't be underestimated. Unfortunately the quality of groin protectors for women is very poor;
- The same goes for the chest, a strike there can also be very painful, more so then for men, so a hard plate together with a properly fitted sports bra is advisable. Again quality of the available equipment is often lacking.