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Our Templar helmet weighs 2.386 Kilos, has a circumference of 67cm, an external width of 21cm, an external length of 23.5cm and a height of 33cm. It comes complete with a fully adjustable leather liner. The chinstrap. The chinstrap buckle is of an authentic medieval design too. This helmet has an extra long ocularium (or vision slits) each being just over 9cm long. The front, has 48 ornate ventilation holes, and in classic Templar style, is reinforced with a cross: giving formidable sword-proof facial protection. This helm will comfortably fit anybody with a hat size of 56 to 59.
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.
Battle Ready (18 gauge) -