L Buckle-Up Diamond-Quilted Black Gambeson

Medium Buckle-Up Diamond-Quilted Black Gambeson


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  • Product Description

    This medium size gambeson is made from heavy cotton and is padded from three layers of wool felt. This garment will give full comfort, freedom of movement and protection to the wearer.

    The Gambeson, called also the Wambais and Aketon, was a quilted garment, either used as the sole defence by the foot-soldier, or, by the knight, worn under the hauberk (chain mail) to prevent it from bruising the body under the impact of a blow. Many period illustrations also show that chain mail shirts were worn below a gambeson.

    The Gambeson, is perhaps the most ancient of all armours and was known to the early Egyptians. It was padded with a soft material such as wool, or tow, or cloth reduced to shreds, which was enclosed between two layers of material and then sewn together. Although offering but little opposition to a lance-thrust or the stab of a dagger, it took most of the power out of a sword cut and could stop an arrow fired from a long range. Against the mace, or a stone from a sling, it was of great use in preventing bones from being broken.

    For battle re-enactors, the protection it affords from heavy blunt impacts is superior to that of chain mail worn by itself. If worn over chainmail (as was common back in the day) the protection afforded is quite substantial. When purchasing a gambeson, prospective buyers need to ask three questions; how will it fit, how bulky and restrictive will it be, and how much protection will it offer? The order is important, because although the primary purpose of a gambeson is protection, if one cannot move effectively then too high a price is paid for defense. Fit is primary because even the best gambeson will restrict mobility if it is not correctly sized. The Medieval Shoppe offers five sizes and a sizing guide based on chest measurement. The armpits on this gambeson are open: the arms hinging off the yoke of the shoulder thus ensuring unhindered movement of the arms and better ventilation. Despite being a well-padded garment it does not feel bulky. When worn by itself it is very comfortable and (of such importance in our Australian climate) it does not feel overly hot.

    This gambeson is both attractive and comfortable, made with quality materials and an obvious attention to detail. The sturdy cord is very easy to use and the gambeson can be put on and removed quickly and without difficulty. The stitching is nicely done and without evident flaws. The cut of the garment has no similarity to any modern coat,  which adds a touch of period flair when worn by itself. There is much that sets this gambeson apart from less expensive alternatives; fit and finish, quality of materials, period details and the use of all-natural fibers. These are all secondary, however, to what truly elevates this garment above its competition; it fits, it's not restrictive, and it works.

    The gambeson has four tough leather straps, set with solid brass double-frame buckles comprising of two addorsed D-shaped loops with subtriangular outer edges: a replica of an original 14th-15th century AD buckle (direct copy of a buckle excavated in Brockdish, Norfolk, England). This was a common design from roughly 1320 to 1420 and was widespread throughout Europe.

    (Reference: Egan, G. & Pritchard, F. Dress Accessories 1150-1450, London, 2002, p.88 item 386.).

    M - Please check our size guide:


    Sizing Chart
    Size Your chest size
    M Up to 102 cm
    L Up to 110 cm
    XL Up to 120 cm
    XXL Up to 127 cm
    If in doubt, choose a size larger. Better too loose than too tight!


    Length (shoulder to hem): 88.5cm

    Width (armpit to armpit): 61cm

    Arms (yoke of shoulder to cuff): 63cm

    Weight: 3.4kg




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