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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

Short HEMA style gambeson with diamond stitching
Emil Westenius
Short HEMA style gambeson with diamond stitching
HG-24-2

Service was excellent and the finished product is good as well. I got mine with 5 layers, which is really protective but really hot to wear as well. The customisations I ordered look really good. The custom fit is excellent.

HEMA jacket gambeson style
 Julien Loze
HEMA jacket gambeson style
HG-38

I ordered this gambeson for HEMA, with the following options: - 2 layers, - 350N puncture resistant fabric, - dark blue color. It is absolutely great ! The gambeson looks incredibly good, fits perfectly and offers good protection. I only used it for light contact sparring with very rigid synthetic swords, and I didn't feel a thing while receiving thrusts to my chest and cuts to my arms. I plan to add other pieces of equipement for heavier sparring in the future, though. Like some other comments said, this gambeson also provides great mobility, even though I ordered the two layers version. As a conclusion : it's a great product, I definitely recommend it !

HEMA style gambeson with diamond stitching
Dario Demmig
HEMA style gambeson with diamond stitching
HG-24-1

Fits perfectly, looks awesome, protects well. Combined with the personalized stuff that is available it is just amazing.

Ordinary Gambeson
Nathan
Ordinary Gambeson
CG-02

Very good quality, perfect fit, great customer service. I recommend !