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A part of our Kingmaker Collection, this padded coat is the perfect base layer for a noble knight who needs a gambeson that’s reliable, versatile and undeniably handsome. This is the gambeson of a person who leads armies, inspires troops and had an unbeatable sense of style. After all – an influential person must not only be great, but look the part as well.
This gambeson was created after countless rigorous tests as we tried to create the ultimate gambeson. We wanted to make something that would be excellent for training in during HEMA, but also padded enough to wear under armor for heavier types of combat. We also wanted it to be breathable, comfortable, and applicable to many different situations – which is why we decided to make it in two pieces! The bottom piece consists of a short crop-top type garment, which laces up close to the body. The padded sleeve pieces are deep set and include the whole shoulder joint, affording excellent movement as well as giving you adequate padding where you need it most. The arms are wide fitting until the forearm, where they become a slim fit with a slit to ensure that there are no buttons to squeeze under your bracers for added comfort. We do allow an option for closure on the forearms, please get in touch if you’d like to discuss customizing this aspect of the gambeson.
The second piece of this glorious gambeson is the sleeveless vest part, which completes the full gambeson look when worn overtop of the sleeve portion. The vest laces up at the front with about 4cm of overlap to make sure you’re getting enough protection. It’s complete with lacing points at the shoulders for pauldrons and the bottom for a leg harness. You’ll notice that the sleeve portion also have lacing points for the upper cannons of an arm harness.
The two piece design is brilliant because it means that your arms can function independently from the rest of the gambeson. If you have a leg harness pointed to the gambeson, none of your sword movements will pull it up or affect that part of your body. This also means that the vest stays in the right place all the time and isn’t likely to ride up and expose your lower torso, even when you’re in a high guard.
This gambeson is made with our premium 100% flax linen, including the lining and finishing touches. We’ve stuffed it with a natural cotton batting which is breathable (which is a relief during hot seasons).
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This item is part of the “The Kingmaker” collection
This item is part of the “Paladin” collection
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Fits great, the 2 piece assembly works amazingly well and should be the new standard for any padded jacket. This will greatly assist me in figuring out the Johannes Liechtenauer mitigating injuries.
Do u guys post to Malaysia and u have a payment plan?
Hi Faisal, yes we ship to Malaysia and yes we can split the payment for you.
Here in Loch Soilleir its hot as hell! One the the errors I believe heavy fighters make in the SCA is not understanding why gambeson was used. It blunts a blow and acts to absorb the force of a strike. In short it's a buffer. But again here in Loch Soilleir, its muggy, humid, and down right hot! Which is exactly why this gambeson is so dag on AWESOME! You can do away with the body of the piece and still have padding on your arms! Allowing you to point your vambraces couters rerebrace and spaulders/pauldrons all the while giving your body some room to exchange heat. I will always have on of these. I just fold my sleeve because they're a little long and wham instant added padded protection to my wrists. Not to mention the piece looks decent as feast garb. Did I mention it comes with points already built into it. Fortunately for me the points were exactly where I needed them to be(Armstreet magic I guess!), but adding some doesnt hurt if you need to. For heavy fighters this is another must have product, especially if you fight in a warmer climate. Throw those three black underarmor shirts you sewed together away, and buy one of these! "For God's sakes man! You might not be a knight yet, but looking like one gets people talking?! If you want be a knight, at least dress like one with this Kingmaker Gambeson!"
hi, before i got this i had the European Padded Jack “Paladin”, while it was a great fit and looked really cool, it was a bit uncomfortable under a cuirass (the seem up the side was in the way mostly). i got the kingmaker to make a warhammer empire captian ish look. and not only is the colour amazing, the fact it is in 2 parts is amazing. i can move so much more easely in the arms, and it is so much more comfortable under the cuirass. lots of movability, if there was a rating system, it would be 5 stars. cant wait to get the legs part of this.
Is it possible to have one made that is red with black trim in a xl size?
Dear Josh, this particular gambeson can be made in offerred colors only. However, we can make Hound of War gambeson for you in red linen with black edging.
Will there be a restock or is it possible to place an order for the large size? Alternatively how forgiving would sizing be if I am at the top edge of the medium size chart?
Dear Ben, we often re-stock all the sizes and colors. We can see most of the color combinations are available in size L at the moment. Kindly send us your measurements and colors you are interested in so we could help you to choose the right size and tell when your size will be back in stock.
I see the garment has a "Slim fit" description. Could you please explain the slim fit description.
Hi Russell, it means that this gambeson will fit like on the pictures of the listing. For comparison, our Asian type gambeson fit more loosely.
Are there any special requirements for cleaning this item? Like is it dry clean only or can you clean it through any normal method?
Hi Eric, dry cleanning is prefferable. However, you may also wash it gently with hands in warm water with soap and then try it flat on the towel.
Would it be possible to custom order one with an extended inner garment, so instead of a crop top it comes down to the waist?
Dear Justin, customization of this gambeson is not possible at the moment, sorry. This gambeson comes in fixed sizes only and pre-made products cannot be altered, unfortunately.
Hi; what is the length of the sleeves from shoulder to wrist? Thank you,
Hi Jay! The sleeve length for XL size is 68-70 cm.
Would it be possible just to have the inner part, so just the arms and the upper chest part. So it does not have the body padding.
Hi Tristan! Unfortunately, it is not possible to purchase the parts of the gambeson separately.
Is this coat standerd sizeing, i seen a few of your other items required measurments?
Hi Devin! This gambeson can be made in standard size only.