My gym has the face bar type headgear like this:
I bought some cheaper headgear with the cheek protectors (diff brand but like this):
When I spar the newer guys, I just use my own headgear with the cheek protectors. There's this one more experienced guy that always kicks my ass though, and I feel the punches a little more than I'd like to when I wear my own headgear sparring him. I sparred him today wearing the face bar headgear that my gym has, but I took a couple hard hits to the face and the bridge of my nose is red/bruised/swollen. I found out I gotta bring my own headgear for my 1st fight next month and I'm trying to decide if I should use the one I already have or buy the face bar style. What exactly is the difference between the two? Does one style typically offer more nose protection than the other? Thanks.