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European gambesons

European gambesons for anyone! European padded armor is multivarious and can satisfy any tastes and wishes. European gambesons were and remain the most popular armor among Medieval knights as well as modern reenactors. Main reason – they are easy and cheap to make. At least, when compared to leather or metal armor – no need in forging metal, tools, grim blacksmiths, just cute ladies with needles and a lot of fabric, threads, and patience.

About European gambesons

European gambesons were and remain the most popular armor among Medieval knights as well as modern reenactors. Main reason – they are easy and cheap to make. At least, when compared to leather or metal armor – no need in forging metal, tools, grim blacksmiths, just cute ladies with needles and a lot of fabric, threads, and patience.

European gambesons for anyone

European padded armor is multivarious and can satisfy any tastes and wishes. 

We could conditionally divide European gambesons into six types:

Both Medieval gambeson and modern gambeson have good protective qualities. It only must be properly produced and Steel Mastery is always at your service with it. 

If you associate yourself with nobles – Medieval gambeson is an indispensable element of your plate armor. Parts of shiny plates are attached to your gambeson by leather cords, if you want to be safe. But you shouldn't perceive gambison only as underwear for your metal armor. 

Often being an independent armor (for example jupon, that was worn alone or over a mail shirt), gambeson could have from 18 to 30 protective layers with leather as the upper one.

(If you don’t know how many layers you need, just order our samples for gambesons layers padding to decide or we can consult you regarding this question)

Oh! And don't forget - you can always order this gambeson in the DIY version. What could be more cool than a real Medieval padded armor made all by yourself? We have already done all the boring preparations, so you need only to order a DIY gambeson set and follow detailed, simple and understandable instruction How to sew gambeson 

Why do you need European gambeson from Steel Mastery?

  • It is a perfect custom underarmor made of 100% natural fabrics by your individual parameters.
  • It is comfortable in wearing and provides reliable protection in battle.
  • It is sewn by our cool tailors with over 15 years of experience.
  • We provide convenient payment systems (PayPal, Skrill, Visa, MasterCard, American Express)

Just contact us via email [email protected] and we will sew perfect European gambeson just for you!

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Review about items

Long Knight gambeson of the XI-XV centuries
Scott Blosser
Long Knight gambeson of the XI-XV centuries
HG-21

This gambeson is amazing. Not only does it look and feel great, but it is also a work of art. This is the first time I ordered from Steel Mastery, and it will NOT be the last. I would highly recommend for anyone looking for quality armor.

Arming doublet, 1405 year
Don Hausser
Arming doublet, 1405 year
HG-04

I couldn't be more satisfied. I ordered a 3-layer doublet for use in HEMA. The quality is without second - durable and well-stitched. The fit is perfect - it allows full range of motion in the arms, shoulders, and across the back without issue. The customer service was also fantastic. Absolutely well done!

European gambeson front closed
Marinella
European gambeson front closed
HG-02

It's perfect I bought from the site and Anna made herself available on all my requests I'm recommending to all friends who make historical reinterpretations to buy from her .. 5 stars are few thanks Anna

Arming doublet, 1405 year
Wayne Heinz
Arming doublet, 1405 year
HG-04

I ordered this for use in HEMA. I wanted something more traditional that would also suit HEMA practice. I got the HEMA 350 N material on the outside and the linen on the inside and three layers of padding. The three layers is a little light compared to most Spes jackets made for longsword fencing. While not ideal for competition the level of protection is more than suitable for regular sparring and training. But let me tell you, the quality of construction, the fit and the customization are unparalleled. I feel like, and I am, wearing a work of art. I can't recommend it enough. The only thing I would change is to add arming points on the elbow compatible with most hard elbow protection used in HEMA.