I fence with a pair of federschwerts and a pair of wooden wasters. I have received what must be a hundred knocks to the noggin by now, full-contact, and I've never had so much as a headache. These are incredibly sturdy. The side flaps can be slightly annoying, but are worth it.
The only downside is that the bib is far forward enough that a weapon can get in underneath it. I'd wear something additional on your neck, even if it's only a jacket. Other than that these are perfect for a cut-and-thrust or longsword fighter.
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November 17, 2012
from Tulsa, OK United States
Very well padded. Love the full head covering. Not sure if it's enough protection for steel weapons but excellent for polymers Great value.