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    Default Sparring gear - can anyone help?

    I need to buy sparring gear, but need some help in choosing it. I need gear that won't hurt my skin...which is a bit sensitive. From my experience with weightlifting gloves, I think that dirt/sweat and latex are prolly the biggest irritants.

    So....I think I need something that is latex-free and easy to clean. I've been looking at Century and a few places, and I can't tell what a lot of the gear is made of.

    Price isn't a serious concern. I don't want to go broke paying for the stuff, but I'll pay for good quality gear that doesn't hack up my skin.

    Anyone have any recommendations...or faced a similar issue with a student?

    Suggestions are greatly appreciated.

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    Most sparring is polypropolene foam covered in vinyl. I would suggest Century ofr your first set, and they have a sale til the end of this month of gear. Or go for high quality with anything by Macho. Just make sure you wipe the sweat out after each use and you shoudl be fine.
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    Thank you so very much Rob! I really appreciate your help!

    Now if only learning to spar was this easy

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    Learning to spar is just as easy. Just keep blocking, kicking and punch until you are told to stop.
    Quality outweighs quantity every time.

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    Default Re: Sparring gear - can anyone help?

    Some people may be allergic to plastic. If the dipped foam gear bothers you, you might want to consider vinyl or leather types. Regardless of the kind you buy, be sure to wipe the gear down after use.

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    Thank you all so much!

    There is another post here that says sparring is like playing tag. I'm not afraid of tag, so I can't be afraid of sparring, right??? (Must keep repeating that to myself)


    Ceicei, is just wiping the gear down enough? Or does it need to be soapy water? I'm a noob at all of this

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    Soapy water is not advised especially once you start to get small cracks inthe vinyl. I would use a dry towel that is a little stiff to wipe out the insides. the terry cloth should absorb the moistures as it wipes it off the surface. Then you can just throw the towel in the wash. Another suggestion is the mesh sparring gear bag that century sells so that the equipment airs out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Broad
    Soapy water is not advised especially once you start to get small cracks inthe vinyl. I would use a dry towel that is a little stiff to wipe out the insides. the terry cloth should absorb the moistures as it wipes it off the surface. Then you can just throw the towel in the wash. Another suggestion is the mesh sparring gear bag that century sells so that the equipment airs out.
    Wow, I'm really glad I asked that question.

    I'm learning so much.

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    While we're discussing sparing gear, maybe someone can give me some advice also. I wear glasses. I can't see without my glasses and contacts don't work well for me. What can I do about headgear to protect me and my glasses?

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    I had a friend who had really sensitive skin.. she would rash and break out with her vinal gear.. as I was a costume design major I suggested light cotton or spandex like gloves tabis and an arming cap (orriginal medievil cloth headpiece to keep teh sweat under control).. if you can sew this is a great way to go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lady_kaur
    I need to buy sparring gear, but need some help in choosing it. I need gear that won't hurt my skin...which is a bit sensitive. From my experience with weightlifting gloves, I think that dirt/sweat and latex are prolly the biggest irritants.

    So....I think I need something that is latex-free and easy to clean. I've been looking at Century and a few places, and I can't tell what a lot of the gear is made of.

    Price isn't a serious concern. I don't want to go broke paying for the stuff, but I'll pay for good quality gear that doesn't hack up my skin.

    Anyone have any recommendations...or faced a similar issue with a student?


    Suggestions are greatly appreciated.

    in Derry NH there is a martial arts store called Martial Arts Outfitters. they make there own gear. they are inexpensive and quality is good. you should check em out. they are very helpful too

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrBunny
    I had a friend who had really sensitive skin.. she would rash and break out with her vinal gear.. as I was a costume design major I suggested light cotton or spandex like gloves tabis and an arming cap (orriginal medievil cloth headpiece to keep teh sweat under control).. if you can sew this is a great way to go.
    That will will work in some schools, but not in tournaments, the other concern with cloth gear is when you hit some one they you get a friction burn.

    Unless you are specifically allergic to vinyl I would not worry about the gear.
    Quality outweighs quantity every time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chempo
    While we're discussing sparing gear, maybe someone can give me some advice also. I wear glasses. I can't see without my glasses and contacts don't work well for me. What can I do about headgear to protect me and my glasses?
    Several companies have head gear with built in face masks so that you can wear your classes. Some have bars like a catchers mask in baseball, others have a clear lexan cover to protect you. If your school has a lot of contact go withthe bars or a Youshinkai headgear because people in that style fight full contact.
    Quality outweighs quantity every time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Broad
    That will will work in some schools, but not in tournaments, the other concern with cloth gear is when you hit some one they you get a friction burn.

    Unless you are specifically allergic to vinyl I would not worry about the gear.
    what we used was a fine poli cotton that was fairly tight tot he skin.. much like an under armor situation that seporated the vinal from teh skin and absorbed the sweat.. she loved it..
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    I recommend Masterline.

    I fight hard every week and Masterline usually lasts 5 to 7 years for me!
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    My favorite gear is made by FIST. They have some fingerless options similar to the polyurethane which allows a grab. I am rapidly wearing mine out at 10 years + of really hard use. I have replace tournament gear every couple of years, but this stuff lasts and lasts and lasts for years of training.

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    Default Re: Sparring gear - can anyone help?

    Avoid that foam stuff, and go leather
    Get some good gloves and shin protectors, and go at it!

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    As I stated earlier, it all depends on what the purpose of the gear is for and how often it will be used. If Lady Kaur is buying if for just in school use then her best bet is to aske her instructor for his recommendations because the instructor may have their own regualtions for gear. If she is buying for tournaments then she will have to make sure that the gear falls into the guidelines of what is acceptable to the tournament circuit in that area.

    In any cases whenever possible a student should purcahse any equipment from their school, every dollar coming into to the school helps keep the doors open.
    Quality outweighs quantity every time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0nslaught
    in Derry NH there is a martial arts store called Martial Arts Outfitters. they make there own gear. they are inexpensive and quality is good. you should check em out. they are very helpful too

    Ohhh...thank you so much Onslaught. I am in the area quite frequently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Broad
    As I stated earlier, it all depends on what the purpose of the gear is for and how often it will be used. If Lady Kaur is buying if for just in school use then her best bet is to aske her instructor for his recommendations because the instructor may have their own regualtions for gear. If she is buying for tournaments then she will have to make sure that the gear falls into the guidelines of what is acceptable to the tournament circuit in that area.

    In any cases whenever possible a student should purcahse any equipment from their school, every dollar coming into to the school helps keep the doors open.
    The gear is for school, I don't see myself competing in tournaments.

    I did ask one of my instructors - granted this person was NOT the owner - and he said "whatever I wanted could probably be ordered."

    I'm fine with that, and I think my school may have good contacts. However, I'm trying to get a better feel for what is out there and available...and I appreciate all of the input very much!

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