Well, I ordered some equipment from Blade Fencing (www.blade-fencing.com) last weekend, and it should be in tomorrow. I got the 5-Piece starter set (Beginner's glove, jacket, helmet, foil and carrying bag), up 'till now I've been using the generic club equipment. I've only been fencing for a few weeks now, so don't know much about quality... but if anyone has anything similar, comments are always appreciated. On a sidenote, my instructor suggested that I get a visconti grip when I purchase my next foil. What's a good vendor that won't blow my budget? I've heard some mixed reviews about certain places, but I'd like to get a forum-based oppinion too.