- Gift Vouchers
These classic Crusader helms come in many styles. You often see these shorter helms in manuscript illustrations, and their erstwhile popularity will be apparent to you once you try one on. As this one doesn't fully encapsulate the neck, and bulges around the nose and mouth, the air-flow is excellent. Other similar (longer) helmets may cover a little more of the lower neck and even down to the clavicle, but this also cuts off a great deal of outside air and traps some carbon dioxide within the helm.. Some people (myself included) find such helmets impossible to fight in, because of breathing issues. This one, however, is an absolute joy to wear.
Our 16g (heavy duty) Templar helm weighs 2.886 Kilos, has a circumference of 76cm, an external width of 24.5cm, an external length of 25cm and a height of 30cm. It comes complete with a fully adjustable suspension liner. The chinstrap consists of two "Y" shaped strap. This helmet has an extra long ocularium (or vision slit) each being just over 9cm long. The front, has 18 ornate ventilation holes which also allow for some downward vision. In classic Templar style, is reinforced with a brass cross: giving formidable sword-proof facial protection. This helm will comfortably fit anybody with a hat size of 59 to 63. If you take a medium hat size, there's plenty of room beneath this for an an additional interior arming cap and chain mail coif.
This type of helm, may seem claustrophobic to our eyes, and indeed, wearing such helmets partially restricts breathing, hearing and vision. I can only guess how hot they would have become under the desert sun, but despite the drawbacks, they were worn for good reason – they were almost totally impervious to any attack. Many Crusader victories against more numerous and lightly armoured Islamic forces can, in some measure, be attributed to the effectiveness of Crusader heavy armour – which was impenetrable by the standard Arab hand and missile weapons of the day. At Tiberias (1187) when the crusaders were hemmed in by the Saracens, after two days of hard fighting, when most of the lightly equipped foot soldiers were killed or wounded, when hardly a horse in the army could carry its rider, the armoured knights are known to have suffered no serious casualties.
Why Wait? -- This item is in stock now (in Australia) and ready to post!