Definitely support something like this.. nothing is more annoying than losing the tournament because you're put up against some king/hero guy in the last round (you know, the guys that have 300-400 weapon skill) who's outfitted with a sword and board and/or horse and you start off with some crappy bow. Hell, even crossbowmen get the shortsword, archers should too. Frankly, as much as on one hand I'd love to pick the gear and kick ass all the time I also like the current aspect of forcing you to be at least familiar with a variety of weapons. To me, only real changes that need to happen are - give archers shortswords and let you choose your own equipment in the last battle of the tournament (the final). Also, perhaps there could later on be a system (if there's time for that) to let you, as you gain renown pick your own gear in all battles (but still I'd rather that it stays tournament gear, not player's gear, apart from, perhaps, in the final).