Thanks for the advice--you guys have been really helpful. I think I'm going to get the LP Contour FIE mask. Next, I'll need a jacket. From what I've read on the forum, it seems like I can get away with buying a low-end jacket. I'm looking for a synthetic fabric stretch jacket for two reasons: 1) I think I might fence epee in the future and, more importantly, 2) Showing off for the ladies.
These are what I've found in my price range:
Absolute Fencing Stretch Jacket with Blue Trim
BG 350NW Stretch Jacket with European fitting
BG 350NW Stretch Jacket with functioning lining
BG Heavy Stretch Jacket
PostSport Front-Zip Stretch Jacket
Which is better? Have I left anything out?