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Mask FAQ


Frequently Asked Mask Questions
1. So, what is the difference between these masks?
2. How do I choose the right size?
3. Can I fix the dents?
4. Why does that hurt?
5. How do I test a mask?
6. Can I adjust the fit?

1. So, what is the difference between these masks?

All Triplette masks are approved by the FIE, and pass the 12 kg punch test required by both the FIE and the SCA. That test measures how much force is required to spread the wires in the mesh, and another factor of mask strength (and thus durability) important to SCA fighters is dent resistance. The mesh in the 183 will dent  a little more readily than the 1999, and the 2000 is the strongest mesh available. This is the SAME mesh used in our FIE Homologated mask, and its production qualities are so strictly regulated by the FIE that ALL such meshes are essentially identical. 

The 183 has a vinyl liner, where the 1999 and 2000 have removable, washable flannel liners.

The 183 bib is un-rated, the 1999 tests at 400 newtons, and the 2000 at 550.

Our recommendation for SCA fighters is the 1999 or 2000. These stand up well against the impact of schlagers. We do not recommend the 183 in schlager competition.

 

2. How do I choose the right size?

Most women wear a size 3, most men a size 4. Our largest mask is a size 5. Measure the oval of your face (NOT hat size) from your chin around the top of your forehead and back to the chin.. Finally, will you wear a hood on the inside, or attach one over the mask? The sizes are very adjustable, and will fit a wide range of people.

3. Can I fix the dents?

Just tap the dents out with a light hammer. If you need to repaint, do so. Then test the area around the dent with a mask punch.

4. Why does that hurt?

Ummm, you should take the mask off first.

5. How do I test a mask?

1. All mask testers should be calibrated before they are used.

2. Some brands of testers are less likely to damage a mask than others. We sell and recommend a Prieur style tester.

3. Plunger of tester must be perpendicular to mask surface

4. Tester should go straight up and down without wiggling

5. Do not exceed the tester's pressure indication. On our tester, the top of the probe will be flush with  the top of the barrel.

6. Two or three plunges are plenty.

6. Can I adjust the fit?

Sure... if the mask is to tight under your chin, but has room on the sides, then squeeze the sides together.  If it is too tight on the sides, squeeze the chin towards the forehead.

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Features

CTH1 Stainless Rapier Helmet
CTH1 Stainless Rapier Helmet
$325.00 $295.00

Italian Classic Fencing Foil
Italian Classic Fencing Foil
$72.75

Cut and Thrust Hard Shell Hood
Cut and Thrust Hard Shell Hood
$69.50

Soft Torso Armor
Soft Torso Armor
$195.00

Gold Rapier Blade
Gold Rapier Blade
$100.00

 
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