Introducing the Waistband Clip
The latest accessory for the EnPointe wireless fencing system
Blog Post 31st July
The Waistband Clip is an accessory that we made based on feedback from fencers, coaches and clubs. It allows for the Pocket Box to be worn on sweatpants or shorts without pockets, or with very baggy pockets - perfect for blade training or structured bouts.
The Waistband Clip is a great way to ensure the Pocket Box is making a ‘good’ connection with the fencer, and will ensure that you do not encounter any issues that currently may appear when fencers use the Pocket Box in very baggy or loose pockets.
How do I use the Waistband Clip?
The Waistband Clip is pretty straightforward to use, but here’s a couple of tips to make sure you get the best results:
- Make sure you place the Pocket Box into the Waistband Clip in the same orientation that you would place it in your pocket. The logo should be facing outwards.
- Make sure that the Waistband Clip is placed underneath the fencing whites, jacket or lame. Don’t ‘tuck in’ your fencing jacket behind the Waistband Clip, as this could create a gap in your protective gear.
- Clip the waistband clip onto the waistband of the sweatpants, don’t clip it onto the outside of a pocket, or a loose or dangling piece of clothing. Like the Pocket Box, unless the waistband clip is snug against the fencer’s body, it won’t work properly.
- While the Waistband Clip allows for fencers to use the Pocket Box with sweatpants or shorts, we recommend this for coaching, structured bouts, or supervised training. Always wear full protective equipment when fencing against an opponent.
Who should use the Waistband Clip?
We recommend the Waistband Clip for sweatpants or breechers that have no pockets, or very baggy pockets, where the Pocket Box would rattle around. If you’re placing your Pocket Box in loose pockets and are seeing the equipment error light flashing for your side of the piste, you may want to switch to a Waistband Clip, so that the Pocket Box remains secure and maintains a close connection to the fencer.
How sturdy is the Waistband Clip? Is it made from durable materials? Will it securely hold the Pocket Box?
The Waistband Clip is made from stainless steel, covered in a smooth varnish, to ensure it won’t snag any material, or scratch the surface of the Pocket Box. It has been designed so that it fits the Pocket Box perfectly, and securely holds the box in place.
Where can I get a Waistband Clip?
Waistband clips are for sale on our online store.
If you have any questions about our Waistband Clips that we haven’t answered here, please don’t hesitate to contact our support team at [email protected], and they’ll be more than happy to help!
Our latest firmware update
Blog Post 20th June
As more clubs adopt the EnPointe system, we’re gaining a deeper understanding of how fencers are using the system and the types of venues they’re using it in. Some fencers have asked us to boost the system’s tolerance to electrical interference in Sabre, while others have told us they’ve experienced issues maintaining a reliable connection while fencing in crowded venues.
This update addresses both issues.
For Sabreurs, we’ve developed a new method of hit detection that makes the EnPointe system more tolerant to sweat and movement within loose pockets. We’ve also improved the system’s ability to reliably detect fast hits to the mask; and introduced a more accurate way to sense when a lamé has disconnected. We’ve also enhanced the system’s tolerance to electromagnetic interference, or EMI. EMI refers to electrical noise that’s radiated by electronic equipment and, at high levels, can interfere with signalssensed by your EnPointe system. This firmware update significantly improves the system's reliability and performance at the small number of venues where EMI is an issue.
We’ve made a few other improvements, too, including a fix to address a rare bug that occurs when the system is in Foil mode and connected to a Piste Box – the Piste will no longer register as on-target when a blade hits flat on a sweaty leg – and restricted the pairing of the Piste Box to one Relay Box at a time. This change is designed to prevent the Piste Box accidentally pairing with a Relay Box other than the one you’re intending to use.
As this update is a beta release, we’re keen to hear what you think. Tell us about your experience fencing with the firmware update or any bugs you encounter by emailing us at [email protected].
With further testing and refinement, we’re aiming to formally release this firmware update within the next few months, so stay tuned!
Piste Cancellation is Here!
Blog Post 28th February
We’re pleased to announce the release of our latest product: the EnPointe Piste Box!
The Piste Box allows for metallic pistes to be cancelled in Epee and Foil, and is compatible with all previously sold EnPointe wireless systems.
Accompanying the release of the Piste Box is our newest firmware update: EnPointe Version 1.2. This is the first official update for the EnPointe wireless system. It enables the Piste Box to be used with any of our wireless systems and improves the overall user experience.
It’s called the Piste Box update, but you don’t need to order a Piste Box to take advantage of it - the update includes improvements that will benefit all three weapons.
We’ve worked very hard on this new product, and we’re excited to share our latest technology with you. Our Piste Boxes have been getting a thorough work out, both at our partner test clubs and at tournaments around the world!
Here’s a quick summary of what you can expect from the Piste Box.
Conductive Tape: The Piste Box setup involves laying a strip of conductive tape along the side of the piste that’s then connected to the Piste Box.
Practice Setups: This involves placing the conductive tape in a strip along one side of the piste. For most clubs, this type of setup will offer sufficient accuracy in piste cancellation.
Competition Setups: This involves placing conductive tape in a border that completely encircles the piste. Providing competition-level accuracy in all environments. We’ll go into the differences between the Practice and Competition setups in a later blog post.
Alternate Setups: This can involve connecting large pieces of metal - for example a podium or an adjacent piste - to the Piste Box instead of the conductive tape. This setup can vary greatly in different environments, so if you’re interested in an alternative setup for your venue, simply contact our support team at [email protected] and we can help you find the best way to ensure accurate scoring at your club or venue.
Connector Wires used to connect the Piste Box
How it works:
Any given fencing venue or club has an environment that is better suited, or less suited, to using wireless scoring systems. The conductive tape upgrades a ‘poor’ environment to a ‘good’ environment, ensuring reliable hit cancellation no matter what your venue is like. This is how EnPointe guarantees reliable hit cancellation in all environments.
This is a basic summary of the workings of the Piste Box, but if you’re interested in more information on our latest product, be sure to check out our Piste Box FAQs, the User Manual, and the new Piste Box Setup Video available on our YouTube channel.
If you have any questions about the Piste Box, or any feedback or suggestions you would like to pass on to us, feel free to contact us at [email protected].
We hope everyone enjoys fencing with the EnPointe Piste Box.
See you on the (cancelled) piste!
Blog Post: 28th November, 2018
It’s been almost six months since we released our EnPointe three-weapon wireless fencing system, and things have been full speed ahead!
We’re on track to release our Piste Box next month, which allows for hits to a metallic piste to be cancelled in Foil and Epee. Our Piste Boxes are currently getting a work out at several test clubs here in Melbourne and around the world.
We’ve also been trialling our piste cancellation at a number of global FIE and UIPM events. Under the watchful eye of our EnPointe technicians, our system was used at the Pan American Youth and Veterans championships in San Salvador, and at the Foil and Sabre FIE satellite tournament in Antalya, Turkey. Our wireless system also made its Modern Pentathlon World Championships debut, in the mixed relay event ranking round in Mexico City, and was just used from the round of 64 through to the gold medal match at the Epee World Cup in Tallinn, Estonia!
Meanwhile, our engineers have been working on our next update, with a new beta version released last week. You can expect improved sabre performance in all environments, less sensitivity with the pocket box equipment error light, plus it will be more robust against noise. If you’re keen to have a try, it’s available now from our downloads page.
Since we launched six months ago, we’ve had such an overwhelmingly positive response from fencers and clubs! We’ve had a great opportunity to converse with fencers all over the world, and see some truly great athletes performing at their peak. From all of us here at EnPointe, we’d like to say a big thank you to all the test clubs, reviewers, competition officials and fencers who have helped us learn and improve. Your insight and feedback is invaluable in enabling us to bring you a better system.
We’re looking forward to what the next six months will bring!