fencing masks for FMA sparring
I started doing some real contact sparring/drills using a kendo helmet I already had. Although, the kendo helmet provided sufficient protection I found it very confining. It was harder to use my peripheral vision to see incoming strikes. Also, I found that I rarely took a hard shot to the head, I was able to block or deflect most of the head shots. I did get my legs "'tore up" because it was hard for me to see low incoming strikes. I think I need a helmet that allows better visibility, even if I have to sacrifice some protection. I will admit the guy I was sparring with was a lot less expierienced than me, so maybe I do need the protection.
I think a less confining and lighter helmet would be better. Maybe a fencing mask. Does anyone know if fencing masks come in different "weights" that offer differing protection? What should I look for when buying a fencing mask for FMA sparring? I checked out the WEKAF helmets but couldn't find one for less than $100 and that is without the shipping included. And they seem about the same as a kendo helmet. The fencing masks I saw on ebay vary widely in price but it looks like I could get a decent one around $50-$60. Any advice would help.