Are there special considerations for women such as different gear?

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.

For more information on female equipment visit the Esfinges forum or inform about this on the Brynhildr forum here at Fightschool.