I have had these arm guards since they first came out in 2019. They have served me well in the few tournaments I have fought in (thanks to Covid) and I mostly used them for longsword.
TL:DR I absolutely recommend them (9/10)
Breaking in: These come as a flat sheet, so you will need to roll them really well. You can try using a hair dryer to soften them, but be careful not to melt them with a heat gun. When I first tried to roll them to curve around my arms, I was gentle. However, I should have rolled them very tightly and put some weight on them to hold them in place for a day. That would have been much faster.
Durability: A common problem people have with older styles of forearm protectors is that they are made of plastic or rely on plastic. As most of you know, plastic will eventually break. These are made of thick styrogum, which is thicker than what is used to make sparring gloves (SG, I hope you are taking notes). This means that unless you are fighting with sharp swords, these will last longer than your feder. Mine still show no signs of wear and tear, and the elastic has not broken or worn out yet.
Mobility: This is the most important part that people often talk about when it comes to arm guards. Traditionally, off-the-shelf HEMA arm guards have been heavy and bulky. These solve that problem. The styrogum has some friction, so it does not slide. They are very light and great for traveling, allowing me to fight as if I was wearing nothing at all (stupid sexy Flanders).
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