The Kingmaker Gambeson
A versatile two piece gambeson made from flax linen
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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- 100% flax linen (outer, lining, details);
- Cotton batting (inside padding);
- Metal eyelets;
- Lacing cord.
Dimensions for Fixed Sizes (length of the central seam from the neckline to the bottom):
- S - 70 cm (27 9/16");
- M - 71 cm (27 15/16");
- L - 72 cm (28 3/8");
- XL - 73 cm (28 6/8");
- XXL - 74 cm (29 1/8").
- Exclusive ArmStreet design;
- Two pieces;
- Lacing for closure;
- Additional points to lacing armor;
- Slim fitting