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Medieval Under Armor Padding

Combat gambeson with overlapping collar

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Medieval Under Armor Padding

Combat gambeson with overlapping collar

This gambeson has been created as medieval fighting under armor gear. All features of this perfect SCA and rebated steel fighting oriented piece has been designed taking into account practical needs of sword fighters.

This gambeson looks great but its main advantages are engineering ones, not aesthetic. External layer is made of thick and durable cotton, inner one is made of perfect quality natural flax lining. Clasps are flat enough to be comfortable when worn under plate armour. Neck has overlapping piece to provide full-round shock-absorption with gorget worn on.

This piece can be used with both western plate armour and eastern type armour like lamellars and scale armor, for both SCA and rebated steel fighting.

To have a grasp of our medieval gambesons and fabric armor, you may check out our article covering this topic.

To check how to measure yourself please click here.

Please contact us if you have any additional questions.


  • External layer: thick and durable cotton
  • Lining: natural flax lining
  • Batting: cotton-based natural batting


  • Stand-up collar with front overlapping
  • Straps are made of natural leather, thick but soft
  • Reenactment casting clasps

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  • Artem Aristov 09 of November 2019:

    Can you ship it in Moscow?

    ArmStreet Team:

    Yes, of course, we ship to Moscow. 

  • Aaron Phelps 03 of September 2019:

    Is there anyway you can do a white color on the outside as it's more realistic for what I'm going for? You do that I'll get that and your Norman Helmet ASAP!

    ArmStreet Team:

    Hi Aaron, yes we can make it in white cotton for you. Please select any color available and leave a request in the comment section to make it white. 

  • anthony mena 25 of March 2019:

    Will this work for armor combat as extra padding

    ArmStreet Team:

    Hi Anthony, yes this is an underarmor gambeson and it can be used for armor combat. 

  • Devin 25 of October 2018:

    Hello there. Would it be possible to get this gambeson a bit thicker to better fit Steel sword sparring? I know it would cost a bit more but it would be worth it.

    ArmStreet Team:

    Hi Devin! Yes, it is possible. Please simply leave this comment to your order and we will send you the invoice for the extra charge. 

  • Devin 24 of October 2018:

    I was wondering one question. Would this gambeson all by itself be suitable for Steel sparring in Hema drills? I was hoping this specific gambeson would have enough protective padding to be suitable for steel sword sparring.

    ArmStreet Team:

    Hi Devin, this gambeson is not puncture proof, unfortunately. We can offer you our canvas gambeson instead. 

  • Deni Constantinou 29 of July 2018:

    Hello, can i get this Gambeson in white flax linen?

    ArmStreet Team:

    Hi Deni, yes it is possible for a little extra. Please contact our support team for more details. 

  • Tyrone 16 of May 2018:

    Good day, Is it possible to make this garment but with the collar that is seen in the "Padded jack -hound of war collar" instead of the overlapping collar. Also, I assume that you can add lacing reinforcements to attach pauldrons to the shoulders just by adding to the comments? I would also be interested in making it slightly shorter, and with an opening slit at the wrists, and red flax linen outer layer? 

    ArmStreet Team:

    Hi Tyrone, all adjustments are possible. Please contact our support team for more details. 

  • Ben 14 of April 2018:

    Out of curiosity, how thick does this gambeson end up with three layers of batting?

    ArmStreet Team:

    Hi Ben, it is about 1.5 cm thick. 

  • Dennis 15 of March 2018:

    How easy is it to move around in the gambeson? I have never worn one before, so I have no idea how stiff I should expect the sleeves (let alone the rest of the garment) to be.

    ArmStreet Team:

    Hi Dennis, this gambeson is very comfortable for combat.

  • Jonas 24 of February 2018:

    Is it possible to get this with side pockets?

    ArmStreet Team:

    Hi Jonas, yes it is possible. Please contact our support team for more details and price. 

  • Jacob Vanorsdale 24 of June 2017:

    Is it possible to get the outter layer in wine red?

    ArmStreet Team:

    Hi Jacob, yes we can make it in wine red linen, but it costs a bit extra. Kindly contact our support team for assistance. 

  • Daniel 02 of June 2017:

    I'd like to know if you could change the straps on the gambeson to buttons. Is it possible?

    ArmStreet Team:

    Hi Daniel, yes it is possible. Please contact our support team for more details. 

  • Brian 31 of January 2017:

    Is it possible to get slits or openings at the armpit and inner elbow on this?

    ArmStreet team:

    Making the slit is possible, it will cost $35.00 extra. If that works for you, just mention it in the comments to your order and we`ll send you a PayPal invoice for the extra then (PayPal account is not necessary needed, you can pay with your credit card).

  • Nathanael 14 of January 2017:

    Would it be possible to get this made with only a thin layer (0.5 cm) of padding except for the shoulders and collar which has the standard full layer of batting? I'm wearing it under plate and mail voiders, and would be looking for attachment points for the armour, and a linen outer (ideally with an amber or saffron type of orangey yellow colour something like #F4C430 or #FFBF00 if you want to look it up on colour tools) How much would that cost?

    ArmStreet team:

    This gambeson has one layer of batting and when it is ready it is about 0.5 cm thick, it is not possible to make it thinner. Originally, the outer layer of the gambeson is made of cotton, can be made of linen flax for $35.00 extra. We have only one shade of yellow linen available, but we have also orange one.

  • Brandon 22 of December 2016:

    I see that brown is not listed as an option but would it be possible to get this in brown?

    ArmStreet team:

    This gambeson is made of cotton (and it has flax lining), we don`t have it in brown. It can be made of Brown flax linen for $35.00 extra. If that works for you, just mention it in the comments to your order and we`ll invoice you for the extra.

  • Niko Viggianiello 05 of December 2016:

    If I buy at least on 07/12/2016, Can I receive it before (absolutely) 22/12/2016 in Rome? I'm XXL (European) Thank you so much and best regards, Niko

    ArmStreet team:

    This gambeson is not available in stock, it can be ordered in custom size only. Manufacturing takes 27-31 days, and even if we rush it, it cannot be made and delivered by December 22, sorry.

  • Caro 27 of November 2016:

    Can you make one for a woman, layered for HEMA?

    ArmStreet team:

    This gambeson can be made with three layers of batting maximum for $35 extra.
    If this works for you, please order via the site and mention this custom upgrade in a comment to your order, and we'll send a PayPal invoice for the extra charge to your email.

  • Mark B. 30 of October 2016:

    Can you add additional layers of batting? I would use this for HEMA and i would want a bit more protection. The overall design is excellent for it but i would need at least another layer of batting.

    ArmStreet team:

    Yes, it can be made with three layers of batting for $35 extra.

  • Sigurd 10 of October 2016:

    Could this gambeson be made with half sleeves?

    ArmStreet team:

    Yes, please let us know how long you`d like the sleeves to be at contact@armstreet.com.

  • Coulston Mayes 24 of June 2016:

    I'm looking for a gambeson ideal for SCA combat, what's your recommendation?

    ArmStreet Team:

    Hi Coulston, this gambeson will work. 

  • Ted 10 of March 2016:

    Can or will you make this garment with a red exterior and a black interior? If so i wold purchase this!

    ArmStreet Team:

    Hi Ted, yes we do, you may select this color combination at the checkout. 

  • Jarrett Metcalf 12 of August 2015:

    I was wondering, can this gambeson if made custome, be made out of a red fabric with black lining? my sur coat is a lot of gold(yellow) and black with red Highlights. the red with wither black or yellow on the inside would be a nice touch. Also how much is the shipping cost to Tulsa Oklahoma USA>? Thanks for your help

    ArmStreet team:

    Outer layer can be made of red wine flax linen for $35.00 extra. Simply add a comment to your order, and we'll send an invoice for the extra charge directly to your PayPal email.

    Shipping rates are equal for all states/countries, $76.00 for the shipping of custom-made gambeson.

  • Jordan Neville 05 of July 2015:

    Hello Armstreet, this is my first time buying any sort of armour or padding and I am interested in a gambeson in which I can learn to fence with a longsword. I was interested to know if your craftsmen could or would add another layer/s of padding to your "Gambeson Medieval Underarmour Combat Padding" gambeson. If this is possible, would this add anything onto the price. Thanks Jordan

    ArmStreet Team:

    Hi Jordan, yes it is possible to add another layer of batting for $40 extra. 

  • Hugh Reynolds 04 of July 2015:

    Would it be possible to get this gambeson in a shorter length? Like just lower than hip length, similar to the European Woolen Gambeson?

    ArmStreet team:

    Yes, please specify the exact length of the gambeson in a comment to your order.

  • Scott 26 of June 2015:

    Is this gambeson suitable for longsword fencing with a Federschwert or a blunt longsword? Is the padding as thick as the HEMA jackets made specifically for sparring?

    ArmStreet team:

    This gambeson has one layer of batting; for combat use, we recommend 2-3 layers. Take a look at Long cotton gambeson, its body has 3 layers of batting, and the sleeves have 2 layers of batting each.

    Our padding meets the standards of SCA and "Battle of the Nations" championship. As far as we know, neither HEMA Alliance nor WMAC have no detailed requirements for the arming clothes. If such rules have already been developed, we’d be very grateful if you could share them. Also please specify what armor do you use.

  • Cameron 25 of June 2015:

    Hi, how thick in metric is the Gambeson Medieval Underarmour Combat Padding, how many layers of batting do you use ? Thanks.

    ArmStreet team:

    It has one the layer of batting, its thickness is about 1.5 cm or ⅗ of an inch.

  • Kyle 11 of June 2015:

    Hello, I just had a question in regards to your, "Gambeson Medieval Underarmour Combat Padding." I was curious, would it be possible to order the entire gambeson in the Red Wine Flax color? Thank you, -Kyle

    ArmStreet team:

    Yes, the entire gambeson can be made of red wine flax linen for $35.00 extra.
    Simply add a comment to your order, and we'll send an invoice for the extra charge directly to your PayPal email.

  • Cast;lerock museum 01 of February 2015:

    On the Gameson Medieval Underarmour the leggings only show at the bottom of the picture. Can you tell us how they look? Breeches or separate leggings and how attached to the body.

    ArmStreet team:

    Model from photos wears usual black cotton pants.

  • Kyle T. 23 of January 2015:

    Hello, I was wondering how many layers of batting are on the torso and arms. Also, I am wanting to purchase this for WMA with steel feders and I am wondering if the cotton outside would put with that abuse.

    ArmStreet team:

    One layer of thick batting both on the torso and sleeves. Thicker gambesons are the Asian Type Long GambesonMongol GambesonEuropean Woolen Gambeson.

    Should work good for WMA, but please note that it is designed for wearing with the armor, rather than as a separate item.

  • Cecil 23 of December 2014:

    Hi there, I am interesting in purchasing a gambeson. The two I am looking at are: European Underarmor Gambeson Padding SCA Jack Paladin or Gambeson Medieval Underarmour Combat Padding. They both seem very similar, would you mind explaining the differences between the two? Thanks!

    ArmStreet team:

    There are some differences between them:

    • Fasteners (buttons - leather straps with buckles)
    • Collar (open collar - closed collar with laces)
    • Outer layer fabric (linen - cotton)
    • Color (one color - two colors, since the outer layer and lining are made of different fabrics)
    • Sleeves (buttoned slit on the forearm - slit w/o buttons)
    • Different quilting patterns

  • Daniel Walters 08 of November 2014:

    A question regarding your Gambeson Medieval Underarmour Combat Padding - I note the outer material used is cotton. I'm concerned about excess heat and sweat retention, and was wondering if it is possible to have it made using linen instead?

    ArmStreet team:

    Flax outer layer costs $35.00 extra. Simply add a comment to your order, and we'll send an invoice for the extra charge directly to your PayPal email.

  • James Bacon 16 of August 2014:

    Could this be produced using wine red flax for the outer layer as cotton was not available during my re-enactment period?

    ArmStreet team:

    Yes, flax outer layer will cost $35.00 extra. If this works for you - please simply leave us a note in the comments to your order, and we'll send an invoice for the extra charge directly to your PayPal email.

  • Bonn 31 of July 2014:

    Since I'm sure you have much more experience with these matters, I'll ask you. I need a gambeson for early October, but this is the catch. Most likely, I will be losing between 20-40 pounds in that time. How adjustable are your custom sized gambeson's, and can we make an estimate from my current measurements?

    ArmStreet team:

    Gambeson is not adjustable, so we need your actual measurements.
    We recommend placing your order after the weight loss/gain, otherwise we cannot guarantee a good fit.

  • Elliot Yung 09 of February 2014:

    could this possibly be done in yellow?

    ArmStreet team:

    Lining is made of flax linen, it can be made in yellow for free.
    External layer comes in cotton, but we can make it of yellow flax for $35.00 extra.

  • Bailey Young 23 of December 2013:

    Would there be anyway to get this with the external layer being red like displayed in some other pictures on this site and if not is the dark blue in the external layers colours option the same as the black displayed in the pictures?

    ArmStreet team:

    External layer can be made of red linen for $35.00 extra, and lining - for free.
    Blue cotton is dark, but lighter than black cotton shown in pictures.

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  • Logan 23 of October 2020:

    Armstreet strikes again with amazing quality. Perfect to my measurements. I’m blown away. Fitted snugly and great mobility. Buckles are low profile and mail fits over them nicely. Very happy with the purchase!!! Thanks armstreet!

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