The BFA have announced the following change to the clothing regulations for plastrons when fencing with size 0-3 blades:
Plastrons when fencing with size 0 –3 blades all 3 weapons or non-electric foil blades.
Presently fencers using these weapons do not need to wear a plastron if they are wearing an 800 Newton jacket.
From 1st September 2014 this will no longer be approved and this category will be removed from the Clothing Rules.
The reason for this change is because of some reports of the under-arm seams of 800N jackets coming apart, putting at risk this vulnerable area of the body – the area that a plastron is designed to protect.
So from 1st September 2014 the minimum level approved for those fencing with size 0–3 blades or with non-electric foil blades will be:
- either a 350 Newton jacket plus a 350 Newton plastron
- or a 350 Newton jacket which includes an integrated 350 Newtons plastron.
You can find the full announcement here: http://britishfencing.com/news/latest-news/?n=841