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Gambison

Welcome to category “Gambison”! A great choice of medieval padded armor is presented here. We offer different models of custom made aketon and gambeson armor, made of natural fabrics of various color, for historical periods from the VI to the XVII centuries. Find your best padded gambeson here!

About Gambison

For tailoring of the submitted models of medieval outfits we use only natural materials. This provides not only sufficient level of protection, but also appropriate level of comfort.

Gambison cut options and used materials will satisfy all over customers:

  • supporters of historical authority - reenactments

  • participants of SCA events

  • Larp - "Live Action Role-Playing" participants

The proposed site models take into account the various specifics of our gambisons. At the wish of the customer it can be machine or hand sewing.

As a set for gambison warp we offer different materials:

  • linen

  • silk

  • cotton

  • wool

  • velvet

  • leather

  • suede

For the lining we use:

  • cotton

  • silk 

  • linen 

We can produce different types of them:

  • short

  • long

  • sleeveless

  • short sleeved

  • closed-front

Gambison options:

  • Combination of two or four colored gambison is possible. 

  • If you wish historical (mottos, names of city or area) and free nature inscriptions can be embroidered on it. 

  • The sleeve of the gambison can be completely sewn or with a hole under the armpit for better mobility. 

  • Padding can be done vertically, anatomically or rhomb-shaped. 

  • The bottom edge can be decorated with festoons with configuration selected by the customer. 

  • In case if the gambison must be fastened we offer a choice of buttons (metal, cast bronze with ornaments, buttons covered with cloth) or leather lacing. 

  • For the plate items fastening to the gambison we recommend to use additional leather straps on the sleeves. 

  • It is possible to select the number of layers of padding (from 2 to 6) to create the padded armour of desired thickness. 

Only few simple actions are required to buy the wished gambison armour, aketon or doublet:

1.       Open the page of needed model;

2.       Choose outer and inner fabric for you padded under armour and its colour;

3.       Choose type of sleeve attachment;

4.       Select your size;

5.       Choose type of fastening;

6.       Add leather fastenings for plate arms, if required;

7.       Choose decoration;

8.       Select quantity of layers of padding, depending on your main armour.

If you wish to order such item, please choose first colour in options, and send us the second colour (and layout of colours) to [email protected]

Every model is hand-made according to the medieval patterns and customer’s individual measurements and regards.

Once you choose all options, add product to cart and make a payment. Then our manager will contact you with measurement request and specification of order’s details.

If you ran into any difficulties with choosing or you did not find required padded jack in this category, we can make it individually for you. Just send us picture with detailed description to [email protected], so we could quote you and discuss details of order.

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Review about items

Renaissance period gambeson XVI-XVII century
Jason
Renaissance period gambeson XVI-XVII century
HG-08

I just got mine in the mail and I love. The custom tailoring makes for an excellent fit and it has quality construction.

Renaissance period gambeson XVI-XVII century
Louis
Renaissance period gambeson XVI-XVII century
HG-08

Love the style of this doublet! Big thanks to tailors, it fits like a glove and so comfy! Special thanks to customer service manager for her kind and useful answers to all my questions:)

Renaissance period gambeson XVI-XVII century
JERRY J
Renaissance period gambeson XVI-XVII century
HG-08

Amazing item! I ordered it with 1 layer of padding and that is more than enough for use under a plate harness. I am super excited about this product and plan on ordering from Steel Mastery in the future.

Renaissance period gambeson XVI-XVII century
JERRY J
Renaissance period gambeson XVI-XVII century
HG-08

I ordered this gambeson for use under my harness. While it took a little bit to get to me because of a misshap at the postal service, Steel Mastery was very helpful in helping me locate it. I recieved it yesterday and I am already amazed at the quality and usefulness. I ordered 1 layer of padding which is more than enough for using it under plate, but be aware that the armpit holes might be too open and allow the rearbrace and opening to poke you, although this was an easy fix. All in all, I am very excited about this item and plan to order more soon.