Sizing for Fencing Masks
In order to choose the right size fencing mask for you: Take the measurement from under the chin, through the middle of the ear, to the top front of the head all the way around to ensure the right size. What you are doing is taking the vertical circumference of your head (around your face) to measure the size of fencing mask you need. You do not measure around the head like a hat.
22” – 23”
24” – 25”
26” – 28”
Please be aware that this is a rough guide, individual heads vary considerably in size and shape. The best way to be sure is to try masks on at your club. If one of our masks are not available to try on then masks from other manufacturers can be used as a guide as they are very similar in size.
We have a more detailed Comprehensive Guide to Fencing Masks available on our blog.
When choosing your fencing mask, note that it is not a helmet and meant to prevent a fencing blade from striking the head and face, but not meant to protect for falls. If you want to use it for something like stick fighting then you'll need to look at HEMA helmets which have more padding built in.
Are there 3 Weapon Masks?
Fencing masks are made for each sport - epee, foil, and sabre - based on the target areas in electric fencing. Because each fencing discipline now has a slightly different target area including the head or bib area of the mask (foil), you typically need a separate mask for each discipline. 3 weapon masks were common before sabre was scored electric and now is synonymous with epee mask.
In dry (or non-electric) fencing, epee masks can be used for all 3 weapons and because of that some suppliers still designate their epee masks as "3 weapon fencing masks."