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HEMA style gambeson




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HEMA style gambeson

natural (uncolored)
Size ( waist circumference):
XS - waist 63-69 cm (25-27 in.)
Default options
  • Two-color design one colour
  • Fabric  cotton
  • Lining fabric cotton
  • padding type  (20%wool and 80%cotton shred)
  • Layers of padding  1 layer 0.6 mm
  • Contrast quilting and edge absent
  • Attaching of the sleeves standard
  • Fastenings leather laces
  • Color of leather fastening black
  • Fastenings for steel\plastic arms absent
  • Personal emblem absent
  • Paint Stamping absent
  • Additional back protection absent
  • Standard length  105 cm
  • Fast Shipping  Absent
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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.

Two-color design
Lining fabric
Neck protection
padding type
Layers of padding
Contrast quilting and edge
Color of Contrast quilting and edge
Attaching of the sleeves
Color of leather fastening
Fastenings for steel\plastic arms
Size ( waist circumference)
Personal emblem
Paint Stamping
Additional back protection
Standard length
Manufacturing time
Fast Shipping


HEMA style gambeson is a type of modern gambeson designed especially for fighters, who take part in Historical European martial arts.

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! 

This long gambeson has some feature of its medieval ancestors, for example, natural fabrics, wadding, stitching (for example – diamond stitching), and lacing for fastening. But, cut of this padded gambeson is adapted for HEMA standards.

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 straps;
  6. Straight bottom edge;
  7. No fastenings for steel arms.
  8. Paint stamping – no

HEMA style gambeson


Gentlemen prefer leather laces

First of all, have a look at HEMA gambeson in front of you. Do you know, what makes it as it is? That nice overlap of flaps on the chest part. Firstly, there is always additional protection of body. As even if two layered gambeson was ordered, you will get four layers of protection on the chest. Secondly, there is a severe conformity to HEMA standards. We will talk more specifically about it.

In case, two honorable gentlemen have a modicum of free time, desire to warm-up and specific knowledges about Historical European martial arts, so why would two honorable gentlemen and their comrades, having discussed about martial arts a little bit, not to rough up each other with bats. Without evil intent, but as a part of historical experiment only. 

That’s how a soldier, writer, swordsman and true gentlemen Alfred Hutton were considering in the 1862 year, when he organized his own Cameron Fencing Club and published 12-page manual for historical fencing “Swordsmanship”. HEMA enthusiast existed before Mr. Hutton, however we owe just to him modern golden age of this sport historical movement.

And, in order to have still gentleman look after such experiment, but not be like lower class, covered with grazes and bruising, these gentlemen will require such a little as padded gambeson.

It is worth to notice that primarily HEMA gambeson was not aimed for reconstruction of historical protecting clothing. It had being designed just as functional protecting clothing, which was providing proper protection of blows of dull steel sword. Gentlemen have chosen gambeson armor in particular instead of common fencing protection, because it proved successful during the centuries.

However, modern padded jacks shifted away from the forefathers so much that now have even zip fasteners. Think it over! Zip fasteners! I just choke with a piece of pudding! No, no, and no! So what if zipper is much faster and easier in use, than strings. We suggest such choice non-gentleman, criticize it in every way and insist on the using of leather strings in particular. That allows your HEMA style being HEMA jacket and classy medieval gambeson at the same time, in which it is not a shame for any gentleman to take a walk at the presentable event among other ladies and gentlemen in historical clothing.

Our tailors were working hard, studying HEMA manuscripts, ancient tapestries and gravures, and created really cross-functional aketon armor. The one, which allows not only fencing, but also making wonders of acrobatics. It looks decent, but may complete even royal armor at the highest level. It is cut according to the HEMA rules, but definitely unique. Classy pass to the courteous community ;) 

When you will be ordering your gambison, you may choose not only fabric and color (or color combination, as we offer half or quarter-colored padded protection as well), leather, type of stitching and size. It is up to you what quantity of layers will be in your padded gambeson, whether it will be sewn or laced sleeves, or will they be absent at all.

You will get real custom gambeson, made only for you, which will serve you for years, protecting good and delighting an eye.


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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Fantastically made and comfortable I adore how mine looks and feels to wear The only adjustment I would make would next time would be to buy laced on sleeves for more maneuverability
Isaias Murray
The quality of the fitting as well as the comfort of the gambeson is excellent. Customer service was also commendable, with them answering any questions I have had. Could not recommend more to anyone whom needs a gambeson
Osamu Kimura
The measurements were great and no problems at all. I am a little concerned about the strength when fighting with a longsword because I ordered a 3-layer one, so I probably should have ordered a 5-layer one. It may not be a problem if you use a one-handed sword.
Jaedon Geach
I know five star's is looking like a bot, but the quality of the product really is that great. I've got a custom tailored gambeson and padded liner, it did not leave anything to be desired and is quite comfortable, the only downside is I can't wear it all summer for its too hot.
Top notch quality! This gambeson fit perfectly and looks great. Comunication was also amazing considering i messed up my measurements and management went above and beyond to help me correct. A+ steel mastery rules!
Steel Mastery was really great when ordering this. I sent in the measurement and design and the pictures they sent back for approval looked perfect. Everything I wanted. Then when usps lost my package and took 4 months to tell me, Steel Mastery made a new one from scratch and shipped it out for free. They've been super friendly and patient with this whole order. I just got the gambeson yesterday and I couldn't possibly improve it if I tried. It fits wonderfully, is extremely comfortable, and quite protective. Not to mention it looks great! Comfy enough that I will definitely just be wearing this around the house for comfort in addition to my training. Thanks Steel Mastery! You guys are great and I will definitely order from you again when I need something.
Incredible piece of kit. Looks amazing, fits perfectly. It's even better than I expected. Thoroughly recommended for anyone in need of a gambeson
I am very happy with this wonderful piece of work. It fits perfectly. great quality and a really friendly contact. I can recommend Steel Mastery! Thank u very much.
Timothy Moore
If I could give more than 5 stars I would. Far and away the best gambeson I have ever owned. Quality of materials and craftsmanship are unimpeachable. They were willing to work with me every step of the way and were super through. I would recommend steel mastery to everyone. They are hands down the absolute best.
This gambeson fits very well, looks great, and is very unique with a good number of customization options. I got mine with dark blue cotton outer fabric with two padding layers and personally requested HEMA fabric as the lining fabric. The overlapping folds at the front of the gambeson provide a surprising amount of padding to hits on the ribs and chest. With a chest protector and a gorget to cover the gap at the neck, it's more than sufficient for light to medium intensity sparring. If you plan on using this for heavy/steel or tournament HEMA sparring, it will probably work but some tournament safety standards may not accept it. It's not 800N like other HEMA clothing, but I unprofessionally tested whether the fabric could be pierced with the point of a dull smallsword and it seems to work! You'll probably be safe wearing this, but do take my test with a grain of salt. It can be a bit hot to fight in, but overall it's a good gambeson and a great job by Steel Mastery! :)
Even in corona lockdown-times (with slightly increased delivery time) the result is very nice! Heavy quality of fabrics, sturdy leatherwork. Communication is fast and genuine. Fits like a glove! Would recommend Steel Mastery to everyone!
Steel Mastery does really bang up work! The gambeson itself really is a proper hand tailored garment. I opted for linen inside and out, with leather buckles. The linen is light enough that I can wear it in warmer climes (being from a desert) being quite warm but avoiding heat stroke. The leather appointments are supple and well worked and allow for a great deal of various fits. I find that two layers provides comfortable protection against wooden weapons (SCA, Practice Sparing, etc) and adding the open under arms really allows a great deal of freedom of movement without really any noticable restriction in movement. Finally, their customer service is top notch. I asked for updates on my gambeson and had several questions that Steel Mastery's customer support handled promptly and professionally, generally never more than a 24 hour delay from when I asked it. Really a great purchase from great people.
Erik Kullander
The Gambeson i ordered on Gotland during the Medievil Week is exactly as i wanted it in both the fit and color, Its allowes movement as i wanted and makes me look dashing at the same time. Thank you so very much
Jeff Hamilton
The gambeson that I order is top notch quality and fits like a glove. They did absolutely fantastic work and I'm extremely pleased with the results. I would highly recommend them and will definitely be ordering from them again.
Fits me perfectly and seems very authentic. Materials are a very good quality and worth the money. Ive purchased cheaper gambesons from other sites and were very uncomfortable and restrictive. Not the case with this one. Amazing work.
...I remember designing that thing. xD Was a custom job done for me, nice to see that other people enjoy it too! Excellent work btw. Only thing that could be improved is shoulder mobility.
Very good work! Straps are hard, fitting is perfect. I am really satisfied with this gambeson.
I just received it and I love it! Thank you very much!!
We received the order and are happy with the results. The gambesons are a little bit on the big side but no problem. We are verry satisfied with the results.
It's easy to wear, it fits my torso, it's easy to move, and its design is simply great! It is said that it is a wonderful gambeson! Thanks a lot!
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