OK, I asked this before, but posted it in the wrong place. See what happens when you get a geezer on a computer? Anyway, I'm trying to get some feedback on the what's the best all-round gear for contact training drills and full contact sparring. I make my own padded sticks, but I'm interested in getting some good headgear, etc. so I can raise the reality factor. It's hard to judge this stuff from pictures on-line. It seems like the three options are: Doce-pares/WEKAF headgear, a 3-weapons rated fencing mask and a kendo "men". I've heard that the Kendo gear is tops, but pricey. Any leads? And will the fencing stuff really take a full power hit with full body force behind it? What's your experience with this??? I know a lot of you spar...right?