I've recently picked up the sport of fencing and am starting this year as a club officer for my university's fencing club for the first year. Our club provides gear to students, and we have historically bought the cheapest gear possible (not up to me). I'm really worried because the jackets we use are the cheap Absolute cotton ones (I'm not sure they are even 350n) and we DO NOT provide plastrons. Also, nobody else seems to really think we need them. We also use the cheap Chinese rebar absolute blades that have the propensity to break often. I am concerned about the safety of our fencers. Problem is, the old club president is essentially running the show and won't listen to anything I have to say, so for me to even try to sway the club to reallocate our already slim funding to buy plastrons would be a major uphill battle. Is this that big of a problem from a safety perspective? Fencers getting bruised is tolerable. Getting a blade through the jacket isn't. Thoughts?