So you never wrote this?:Are you kidding me? That's the exact opposite of what I wrote.
Rattan has been used my many more thousands over an even longer period. "Live" steel is used by lots of people over a long period of time too. That's the standard for safety that you set in your own argument. You're contradicting yourself now.All up, I'm inclined to agree with those who've pointed out that latex weapons have been used by many thousands of people over several decades, and we don't actually see the hypothetical concerns that people are raising here, or at most they are rare events.
The bottom line is, some things are just safer than others, and you don't need to hit people with weapons to conclude that. The fact that you wouldn't let me (an amateur) hit you with "live" steel shows that even though live steel is safe, you don't feel safe enough to actually let new players hit you with it.
You have that backwards. The first evolution of ultralights comes from about 1991, before latex larping was a thing. Latex stole the core material from boffers, because it's safer.You know why your ultralights are so light compared to classic boffers? Because they have adopted aspects of latex weapon design, which has always been far lighter than classic boffer design.