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Gambeson of crossbowman of the XII-XIII centuries




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Gambeson of crossbowman of the XII-XIII centuries

natural (uncolored)
XS - waist 63-69 cm (25-27 in.)
Default options
  • Fabric  cotton
  • Inside fabric cotton
  • Layers of padding 2 layers
  • Attaching of the sleeves standard
  • Color of leather fastening black
  • Two-color design one colour
  • Fastenings for steel arms absent
  • Design of the bottom edge standard
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Custom made

This item is a custom-made, which means that our crafters use individual body measurements of a client for manufacture. Such type of manufacturing provides with a perfect fit of an item.

Inside fabric
Layers of padding
Attaching of the sleeves
Color of leather fastening
Contrast quilting and edge
Color of Contrast quilting and edge
Two-color design
Paint Stamping
Additional back protection
Fastenings for steel arms
Design of the bottom edge


Gambeson (or gambison) of crossbowman of the XII-XIII centuries has tight fit.

It was typical as for dismounted soldiers, so for mounted knights.

You give us your specific measures and wishes - we make you a completely custom gambeson that will bring you joy and comfort for a long time! 

Made-to-measure gambeson armour may be sewn by two ways:

  • Machine manufacturing. Tailors will make padded armor by your parameters, using sewing machine.
  • Hand sewing. Custom gambeson will be completely sewn by hands of our tailors. Such type of manufacture is historical one and is offered for additional costs.

You can use this medieval gambeson armor for:

  • SCA
  • HEMA
  • Larp
  • Stage performances
  • Medieval festivals
  • Reenactment events

Base price includes following options:

  1. 1-2 layers of padding (natural sheet wadding 50% cotton, 50% wool);
  2. Natural (uncoloured) cotton for outer and inner shell;
  3. Standard sleeves’ attaching (closed armpit);
  4. XS-size;
  5. Black leather strap;
  6. Straight bottom edge;
  7. No fastenings for steel arms.

Gambeson has cuts from the front and back on the bottom hem that provide with good mobitily during the fighting.

There is leather lacing on the collar for fastening.

Poor soldiers mostly wore cotton and linen gambesons. Rich noble warriors preferred silk, velvet, wool or leather gambesons. The most popular colors of quilted gambesons among all the knights were yellow, red, black, green and blue. In options, you may choose the wished gambeson material for outer and inner layers. 

Quantity of padding layer depends on the main armour. If you plan to wear chainmail over gambeson, so 5-6 layers will be required. If there will be usual plate armour or brigandine, so 2-3 layers of natural wadding is enough.

Various color are available for order. If you choose half-coloured or quarter-coloured long gambeson, please inform us by e-mail, what colours you prefer and its exact disposition.

Standard sleeve attaching is an option by default, but you may choose option “Laced sleeves”, which will allow transfroming your padded armor into sleeveless gambeson.

If you plan to use plate arms or spaulders over your gambeson, we recommend you to order leather fastenings for steel arms.

There are two layers of padding in sleeves by default. If you want to change it, please contact us [email protected]

Main photo shows gambeson with following options:

  • 3 layers of padding;
  • yellow linen for outer shell;
  • brown linen for inner shell;
  • standard sleeve attachment (without hole under armpit);
  • M-size;
  • brown leather strap;
  • straight bottom edge;
  • no fastenings for steel arms.

You may create a look of medieval crossbowman of the XII-XIII century, combining this quilted gambeson with chausses and medieval long cotta.

Also, we offer you have a look at these gambesons of the same historical period: medieval leather gambeson, ordinary gambeson, European gambeson of the X-XIII centuries.

In section “Gambeson” you can see all models that we offer for ordering. If you didn’t find any for your taste and wish, please send us photo and description of the required model and we will make it for you.

In this article we're telling how to choose a gambeson.


If you don’t like the received product for any reason, you may send it back to us within 14 days. If the received item has defects or does not fit your parameters, we will make a new item and send it to you at our costs. If postal service lost your parcel, we make a search of it. If parcel could not be found, we make new item at our expenses.


We ship orders via National Postal Service, who carries order to your local post office. Upon shipping, we provide you with tracking number of parcel. If you need express delivery (DHL, TNT, etc.), please contact us.


Every product is handcrafted and requires time for manufacture. Approximate time:

  • Gambeson and padded armor – 8-9 weeks;
  • Costumes and other clothing – 4-6 weeks;
  • Brigandines – 3-4 months;
  • Leather accessories 2-4 weeks;
  • Metal armor – 2-5 months.

Please contact us if you would like to know more precise terms.

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