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Medieval padded armor

You've come to the section of padded armour - the most important element for each customer who wears plate or mail armor.  Wide range of our padded armour will undoubtedly please everyone, as Steel Mastery gives you the most interesting custom-made models of different ages. In this section you will find such types of padded protection as Padded liners and caps, Gambesons, Padded pelerines and aventails, Padded gauntlets and gloves, Padded chausses.

About Medieval padded armor

Section “Padded armor” offers you a great variety of stuffed body protection, which will additionally protect you during medieval combat or fencing.

There are 7 categories in this section:

  1. Padded liners and caps. Stuffed head protection for different types of helmets (liners), padded coifs and arming caps, with or without pelerine.
  2. Gambeson. Various models of the most popular medieval underarmor such as aketons, doublets and padded jacks. Here is also represented women’s gambesons, leather LARP gambesons and sleeveless stuffed vests.
  3. Padded pelerines and aventails. Quilted accessories, which protect chin, neck and upper part of chest during the battle.
  4. Padded gloves and mittens. Two and three-fingered medieval hand armor, mittens with full covering of fingers. Also, gladiator padded arm protection is presented.
  5. Padded chausses. Medieval leg underarmor, which is used with mail or plate armor, as well as a separate one. With or without sole, knee pads for plate caps, accessories for chausses.
  6. Padded armor sets. We combined the most popular models of our padded underarmor into sets of two and three pieces so you can buy it in one click.
  7. Ready padded armor. Different models of our padded underarmor in perfect condition and ready to ship immediately after purchase. Goods in this section are new and were used for photo-shoots only.

For the manufacture of each item from any section, we use personal measurements and requirements of customers. That means that you will get absolutely unique handcrafted armor.

Materials, which we use for sewing:

  • Linen
  • Cotton
  • Wool
  • Velvet
  • Silk
  • Leather
  • Jacquard

We stuff our goods with natural sheet wadding (50% of cotton and 50% of wool).

Depending on the item, you may choose different options, eg. decoration of the bottom edge, fastening and sleeve attachment for gambesons, leather inset for gloves, foot strap for chausses, etc.

We are always open to new ideas! So, if you did not find a model that stroke to your heart, please contact us via [email protected] or social networks and send description/photo of padded armor of your dreams and we will make it come true:)

Padded armor or stitch after stich

History of padded armor begins long before Current Era. In fact, there is one of the earliest protecting outfits, after leather and twig, as it was much easier to sew a few layers of fabric or leather, than hammer out, cast, braid or rivet metal.

Even in Europe, padded armor as we know it, was in use since at least the X century, though there are factors to suggest that it existed even earlier.

To the point, all padded armor may be divided into three types:

- Independent padded cloth armor, from the earliest representatives to the medieval models and modern protecting cuirasses for fencing sport and kendo.

- Padded under armor, which protects as against enemy, so against own armor, defending from the injuries, which plate armor, mail or brigandine protection could deliver to the sensitive human skin.

- Padded upper armor, which protects as a warrior, so his main armor.

Gambesons and aketons are the most prominent and popular representatives of the padded body armor, which may take place in all three mentioned types. They started their journey in the X-XI centuries and finished in the XIV century.  Read more about them in the description of category “Gambesons”, however there are some models before and after them, which deserve attention.

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Let’s start from linothorax – ancient Greek body armour, which had a look of multi-layered cuirass of linen fabric, reinforced with metal sheet around the waist. Historians suggest its usage starting the Mycenaean period (from the XVI to the XI century B.C.) and until the III century A.D.

It was widespread on the entire territory of the ancient world, and became a standard hoplites armor from the end of the VI century B.C.

Painted depiction of a soldier wearing the linothorax, from an ancient Macedonian tomb of Mieza, Macedonia in Imathia, Greece, 4th century B.C.

Also, Etruscans used this padded armor, covering it with metal plates.

Mars of Todi, Museo Gregoriano Etrusco

Later, Macedonians, Romans, Celts and other nations borrowed and remodeled such padded cuirasses.

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In the IV B.C., Scythian warriors worn padded leather jackets and pants. You may see them on the gold Scythian adornments.

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Historians cannot say for sure whether Scandinavians worn padded armor in the VIII-X centuries. From the one side, the probability of the fact that they were wearing mails on the bare body is almost equal to zero. From the other side, it is quite possible that they settled with a shirt and leather jacket, being worn under the mail. Unfortunately, there are no artefacts, which may make clear the fact, if they were wearing padded armor.  Also, there are no text evidence; Scandinavian paintings and carvings do not allow to specify, what was worn under the chain mail.

But, there is a different story in the XI century. Thanks to Odo, Bishop of Bayeux, a half-brother of William the Conqueror, until the present day we may admire the Bayeux Tapestry, which had been made shortly after the Norman Conquest. 

So, in more recent times, historians define outfit with triangles/diamonds as padded leather armor, whereby a separate metal plate is sewn inside each triangle/diamond.

     

The Bayeux Tapestry

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Now, here is a kabadion – Byzantine padded body armor, which had been made of few layers of cotton fabric. There is a body protection of Persian horsemen, which was adapted by Byzantine army in the X century for their horse cavalry. Though some researchers suggest that infantrymen worn thigh-length kabadion of and cavalrymen worn this protection of under-knee-length. Sleeve length varied; long one usually had cuts for more comfortable weapon usage.

I. St. Nestor, Church of Saint Nicholas tou Kasnitzi in Kastoria, about 1180 A.D.

II. Icon, Saint Demetrius, beginning of the 12th century.

III. Codex Græcus Matritensis Ioannis Skyllitzes, National Museum in Madrid, 12/13th century.

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It is worth mentioning that padded armor is not only body protection. Descriptions, paintings and statues show us many options of using it for protection of head, neck and legs.  

Here, you may see padded head and neck protection:

The Morgan Bible, also called the Crusader Bible or Maciejowski Bible

Here is a padded liner of the tournament helmet of the 1484 year:

Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria

Here is padded leg armor – cuisses:

The Morgan Bible, also called the Crusader Bible or Maciejowski Bible

Though, panzerhose protected legs more often than cuisses:

Sainte-Geneviève Library, 1370. Paris, France

The Archangel Michael, 1490, Balselona

You may see panzerhose in The Bavarian National Museum:

Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, Munich, Germany

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After rule of gambesons and aketons, pourpoint or arming doublet reigned in Europe of the XIV-XVI centuries. Though, poor soldiers still could wear gambeson and jacks as an independent protection: thick padded jackets of 12-30 layers of linen or canvas. Padded upper armor was infrequently accessed protection; combining with plate armor, it was more decorative element with blazons.

However, together with plate armor, padded cloth armor runs into category “under armor” and protects as against foe, so against main armor, being a base for attaching of armor parts at the same time. Mail pieces were sewn on the uncovered places quite often. Such padded body armour could consist of padded layers of fabrics, so have wadding inside.

*It is worth to mention that although majority believes that medieval padded armor was always stuffed with additional materials (bristle or matted wool or linen), it is not so in reality. Actually, most part of the padded protection was made of fabric layers, padded together, without additional elements in between.

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Pourpoint Charles de Blois (1360-1380 years) is the most popular padded body armor of this period.

Pourpoint of Charles de Blois, Musee des Tissus et des Arts Decoratif, Lyon, France

It has tight form-fitting cut, as non-military doublets of those years had; it is covered with expensive silk and has horizontal stitching. Although, other pieces of padded body armor of those years are not so popular, as this one, they had almost the same cut: difference were just in materials cost and quantity of buttons.

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Padded upper armor of Edward the Black Prince is another interesting model of that period. It has as short length, so short sleeves. Upper layer is embroidered with blazons and padded vertically.

Arming coat of Edward the Black Prince (1330-76) preserved in Canterbury Cathedral

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Whereas XIV century made the first step from huge thick gambesons to tight pourpoints, looking like stylish doublets, so the XV century became a golden age of arming doublet.

Considering medieval padded armor of the XV century, we should mention doublet of Malatesta. This typical representative of Italian padded cloth armor has vertical stitching and puffed sleeves, dated by 1472 year.

The doublet/farsetto found in the grave of Pandolfo III Malatesta's

One more arming doublet with similar look:

1435 - 1445 Italian, Museum of fine arts, Budapest, Hungary. Drawing - points for arms, padded skirt.

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Even padded upper armor of the mid-XV century looks more like fashion clothing, than battle one. For example, here is one of two identical padded upper armor, dated by 1440-1460 years:

Waffenrock, Holstentor Museum, Lübeck

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Besides survived arming doublets, there are numerous paintings, which allow us to draw conclusions about variety of padded defense of those times:

Jan Van Eyck, Cucifixion,1440 year

Pisanello, 1450–1455 years

   

St. Florian, Österreich, Oberösterreich, Stiftssammlung, 1480-1490 years

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The trend continued in the XVI century: padded under armor was identical to civil doublets and jackets, being fully functional elements of main armor at the same time.

Painting by Giovanni Battista Moroni, 1550 year

Fencing Doublet, Leather, silk, linen, cotton, 1580

Fencing Doublet, Leather, silk, linen, cotton, ca. 1580. The Metropolitan Museum of Art

European arming doublet, 1550

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However, not only knights worn all mentioned-above padded body armor. Infantrymen and archers were wearing jack – multilayered padded body armor, which was previously mentioned.

By contrast with rich and noble knights, who were contriving in their own padded armor and as hard as they can, demands to the jack of common soldiers are written in details in ordonnance and articles of investigational period. So, there are “jack of three cloths of waxed canvas with lining of ten simple canvas” are described in French ordonnance of Charles, Duke of Burgundy. French ordonnance of Louis XI, dated by 1470 year, describes jack in details: “We should say about jacks, that they have to be made of 30 or at least 25 layers of canvas or linen, probably with deerskin as outer layer. Those, which have 30 layers and outer layer of deerskin, will be better and softer clothing. For that purpose, it would be better to make them of four parts. Sleeves must be sewn to the body part well, excluding leather. Holes for fastening of steel parts on the sleeves must be big enough. Holes should be located near of collar, but on the collarbones. High-stand collar must be not too high from the back, leaving space for sallet’s tail. Jack must be buttoned or tied with lacing from the front. Jack must be comfortable and light and be worn over sleeveless pourpoint without collar, made of two-layered fabric. Chausses should be fastened to such pourpoint.”

Chronicler Dominic Mancini describes English infantry, called by Duke of Gloucester and Duke of Buckingham in London 1483 year: “In fact, common soldiers have more comfortable jack, thigh-length and stuffed with cotton wool or other soft fiber. They say, that the softer a jack is, the better they resist  swords and arrows blows. Besides, it is lighter in summertime and handier in wintertime.”

You may examine jack on the Memling’s paintings closer. Archers were wearing such model:

Hans Memling St Ursula Shrine c. 1489. Memlingmuseum, Brugge, Belgium

Here is an infantrymen:

Hans Memling St Ursula Shrine c. 1489. Memlingmuseum, Brugge, Belgium

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And, few words about eastern padded armor, so differ from European protection, but so interesting too.

For example, gazakhand of Arabian writer and commander Usama ibn Munqidh, XII century. Armor consisted of five layers: linen lining, mail of small rings, padded cotton layer, “Frankish mail” of big rings and ornamented outer layer. Button fastened an armor.

Chopcut – padded vest with vertical stitching on a common soldier of Bokharan town militia forces: 

Here is various Central Asian padded under-vests and cuirasses:

They are followed by Central Asian, Mongolian and Far-Eastern cuirasses of the XV-XIX centuries:  

There is remodeling of Central Asian and Far-Eastern armor:

Iranian paintings of soft Mongolian vests “Khatangu Degel”:

Chinese paintings of soft Mongolian vests:

Nipponese paintings of soft Mongolian vests from «Mongol Invasion” by Nagataka Tosa:

Fragment of an illustration from “Battle between the forces of Persia and Turan” Shahnama, Tabriz 1370 year, the Sarai albums, with draughtsmanship of padded armor:

Tajik padded chapon:

Padded lining of mail, XVI century (probably, Rus, Central Asia or Iran):

Draughtsmanship of tegiliay:

Collection of padded vests from the Turkish museum in Konya, XIII century:

Sudanese padded armor, XIX century:

If you like any of these padded armor, so Steel Mastery is always ready to make custom protection for your!

Review about items

  • Liner for bascinet and barbute
    Liner for bascinet and barbute
    CL-01

    IgvarWty

    Quality at the top, more than pleasant service and measures at the top I would not fail to recommend steelmastery to my medievist friends who do not know him yet

  • Liner for bascinet and barbute
    Liner for bascinet and barbute
    CL-01

    Magnus Cast

    Its nice thank you ....ready for battle of the nations)))

  •  Liner for Great Helm
    Liner for Great Helm
    CL-03

    Ienei Francisc

    Great addition to my gear. You have a costumer for life.

  • Liner for sallets, norman and conical types helmet
    Liner for sallets, norman and conical types helmet
    CL-04

    Vedran

    Perfect liner, completely made by custom measures. Made very fast and also sent with fast shipping. Highly recommended.

  • Liner for sallets, norman and conical types helmet
    Liner for sallets, norman and conical types helmet
    CL-04

    William Knight

    Great liner, just what I needed, surprisingly fast shipment, highly recommend!

  • Padded cap with pelerine of the XII-XIII centuries
    Padded cap with pelerine of the XII-XIII centuries
    CL-07

    Daniel lopez

    It was a long wait but in the end it was definitely worth it. I got it shipped to north america by the way. Anyways fitment was perfect, the leather straps feel strong and look great. The padding is nice and thick. The cotton feels high quality. Im so happy with this hood. Going to put this one through hell and back wish me luck!

  • Padded cap with pelerine of the XII-XIII centuries
    Padded cap with pelerine of the XII-XIII centuries
    CL-07

    Derek Rott

    Just got these in last night and I already LOVE them! Thank you and everyone involved so much for your time and diligence.

  • Padded cap with pelerine of the XII-XIII centuries
    Padded cap with pelerine of the XII-XIII centuries
    CL-07

     David

    I'm probably gonna have to get a bigger helmet to go over this, but thats the only downside I've had. A fine bit of padding for yer noggin!

  • Padded liner with pelerine
    Padded liner with pelerine
    CL-08

    P.M

    Very satisfied about mine, well done, nothing to complain about! (It's around 1-2 layer of padding)

  • Padded liner with pelerine
    Padded liner with pelerine
    CL-08

    David C May

    I had to get the padding that came with my helm removed for this, but its well worth it

  • The torse
    The torse
    CL-09

    Mara

    Got this to match some padding to go over my bascinet, the material feels really nice and the colours are perfect. I kind of wish they had options for more customisation like patterned fabric or maybe some cloth falling down at the back as well but I knew it didn't have these, but I wanted a more simple design. Maybe in the future I can get something more complex for a different part.

  • Padded medieval coif
    Padded medieval coif
    CL-11

     Giovanni Chiroli

    Great product, very comfortable especially under the helmet, perfect measurements

  • Padded medieval coif
    Padded medieval coif
    CL-11

    Ilan Abehssera

    Well crafted, fits perfectly, fast and good communication with the team, perfect thanks!

  • MEDIEVAL PADDED CAP
    MEDIEVAL PADDED CAP
    CL-13

    Graham

    I ordered a single-layer padded cap and it is a perfect fit. I particularly like the way the cap is cut so that it lies on, and protects, the forehead. Workmanship is excellent and the cap looks great! i would definitely order padded items fromSteel mastery.

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

    Jason

    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
    Renaissance period gambeson XVI-XVII century
    HG-08

    Louis

    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
    Renaissance period gambeson XVI-XVII century
    HG-08

    JERRY J

    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
    Renaissance period gambeson XVI-XVII century
    HG-08

    JERRY J

    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.

  • Gambeson VI-XIII century
    Gambeson VI-XIII century
    HG-09

    Morten

    Excellent quality, quite fast delivery (as for custom thing), spot on fitting. Will order more from these guys.

  • Gambeson VI-XIII century
    Gambeson VI-XIII century
    HG-09

    craig

    excellent item, fit and quality. even added some customisations that aren't on here. Also managed to get this to me sooner than expected. I cannot recommend steel mastery enough

  • Gambeson VI-XIII century
    Gambeson VI-XIII century
    HG-09

    Dale

    This padded gambeson is perfect!. It is superb quality and workmanship. I have recommended you to all my comrades!

  • European gambeson front closed
    European gambeson front closed
    HG-02

    Juho

    The gambeson I got looks to be of finest quality. I can't wait to use it in action! It feels great when wearing it. My only "complain" is about the long production process (almost 13 weeks) but I can partly blame myself about that because I made my order in the market season.

  • European gambeson front closed
    European gambeson front closed
    HG-02

    Cristoff Moor

    Hello! I received the gambeson today. It is in perfect conditions and the measures are ok. Thank you!

  • European gambeson front closed
    European gambeson front closed
    HG-02

    Mike Shufter

    Absolutely delighted with your service, the quality of gambeson, the packaging and the amazing pricing. Will definitely order something more from you again.

  • European gambeson front closed
    European gambeson front closed
    HG-02

    John Ellis

    This is an amazing gambeson made by skilled armorers. I would buy from seller again!

  • Arming doublet / aketon - 1360 year
    Arming doublet / aketon - 1360 year
    HG-03

    Connor stratford

    When mine arrived it was perfect! I’ve never been happier!

  • Arming doublet / aketon - 1360 year
    Arming doublet / aketon - 1360 year
    HG-03

    Steven

    I'm totally satisfied with this doublet! Very good tailoring and qualified customer service. It took 1 month to get my order - quite fast as for tailor-made item:) Thanks so much!

  • Arming doublet / aketon - 1360 year
    Arming doublet / aketon - 1360 year
    HG-03

    Andreas Völcker

    Wonderful care and good work keep it up. We recommend

  • Arming doublet, 1405 year
    Arming doublet, 1405 year
    HG-04

    Sercan 

    Fits nice and is extremely comfortable. Recieved it and loved it

  • Arming doublet, 1405 year
    Arming doublet, 1405 year
    HG-04

    Miro G.

    The gambeson was tailored exactly to my needs and is just great. I definitely recommend it and will order again once the need arises. :)

  • Arming doublet, 1405 year
    Arming doublet, 1405 year
    HG-04

    Jason

    Wonderfully built, very snug but no restriction on movement. Good looking gambeson as well.

  • Arming doublet, 1405 year
    Arming doublet, 1405 year
    HG-04

    David

    I have received it. Its quality is superb. It fits like a glove. I love it. Next time I add anything to my swordfighting kit, I will budget for Steel Mastery, though that might take a while. Thanks for everything

  • Arming doublet, 1405 year
    Arming doublet, 1405 year
    HG-04

    Andrew Waterson

    The arming doublet was very well made and my son (who it is for) was more than happy with it. Steel Masters service is very good and professional. The custom made size fits perfectly, is very comfortable to wear and easy to move around in. This isn't our first product from Steel Mastery and it will not be our last order from them as all their products have been well made and their service has always been good..

  • Arming doublet, 1405 year
    Arming doublet, 1405 year
    HG-04

    Dom Sanerivi

    I bought this gambeson with the intention of using it for HEMA. My first observation of it was that it is thick and flexible. I chose the thinnest option, and it hasn't affected my mobility in the slightest. I can get my arms to touch my ears, a feat nobody else in my club can achieve in their gear. It is very warm, and comfortable enough that I've worn it as a jacket when going for walks. I cannot stress enough how much I like this gambeson!

  • Arming doublet, 1405 year
    Arming doublet, 1405 year
    HG-04

    T.F

    The Doublet is beautiful. It fits perfectly, and even thought it is only 3 layers, it is sturdy and feels like a stand alone armor. I can not get over how comfortable it is. I have several “off the shelf” gambersons, but nothing comes close in quality or fit to this doublet. I don’t understand why I waited so long to get a respectable piece such as this.

  • Arming doublet, 1405 year
    Arming doublet, 1405 year
    HG-04

    Adam

    I am very satisfied of the products and will order on Steel mastery the next time

  • Arming doublet, 1405 year
    Arming doublet, 1405 year
    HG-04

     James

    Overview: I ordered this gambeson for use in HEMA, specifically the works of Fiore dei Liberi. This is is the first tailored garment I own, and the difference between this and an off-the-shelf gambeson is incredible. I have full practical range of movement. I have worn several gambesons in the past, and all of them required me to fight them to move the way I wanted. With this gambeson, I simply MOVE, and the gambeson complies. It is an ally to my movements, not an enemy. Fit: As in the overview, the fit on this gambeson is excellent. I was worried my measurements would be wrong, or something wouldn't sit quite right, but Steel Mastery has provided an amazing garment based on my sub-par measurements. I can lift both hands above my head, reach my hand over my shoulder and into the small of my back, and do many of my normal stretches while wearing it. It fits snugly without being tight. The tailored waist keeps the fabric against my flanks, which helps to avoid bunching and discomfort. The linen fabric seems to breathe quite well, and while it keeps me warm, I did not feel as though I was overheating over the couple hours I wore it last week. More testing in the summer months at renaissance faires in California will see how that holds up. Protection: I bought this gambeson for use in HEMA sparring and the occasional tournament. I wear a WinterTree gorget under the gambeson to protect my collarbone and throat. The gambeson fits very nicely over the gorget, and keeps it flush to my body. While I would not karate block and incoming sword blow and expect the gambeson to protect my bones from being broken (it's not steel armor after all) it does what I feel a gambeson should do in terms of protection. It makes sure that errant or poorly executed cuts are nothing to worry about. I am confident this garment would protect me from minor alignment errors even against period-sharp swords, though I will not likely test that any time soon. I received a couple of thrusts to the torso and cuts to the arm during my testing, and they all felt solid but manageable. I cannot speak to more layers of padding, but if you are planning on wading in against opponents with little to know control and that "but hitting hard is how you HEMA" mindset, you may be helped by 3 or 4 layers of padding. For me, I'm comfortable with the protection offered. Style: Gods damn, I look good in this. This gambeson really stands out from the crowd. In an era where ren faires seem to be dominated by mass produced garments from the same three shops, and where tournament fighters wear what look to be space suits and call them "historical" this piece of kit REALLY brings together the medieval look. The blue is subtle. At first, I thought it was black! But sunlight shows its true color. Regal, but not ostentatious.

  • Arming doublet, 1405 year
    Arming doublet, 1405 year
    HG-04

    Francisco Seven

    Communication was excellent and the gambeson is amazing!!! +++++ Will buy again!!

  • Arming doublet, 1405 year
    Arming doublet, 1405 year
    HG-04

    Lucas Mendes

    I got this doublet in royal blue, 2 layers with linen exterior. With some nice festoons. It's an amazing doublet. The color is beautiful the linen makes it really soft and comfortable to wear. Their products are built to last and the craftsmanship is beautiful. Not only does it protect well in battles it also looks amazing on its own. I only use steel mastery padding under my armour. Amazing customer service and shipping was very fast and resonable. I recommend them to everyone looking for gambesons and the like.

  • Aketon, second half of the 14th - first half of the 15th century
    Aketon, second half of the 14th - first half of the 15th century
    HG-06

    Ian

    Absolutely awesome gambeson. The fit is 100% on point and the material is very sturdy. I highly recommend steel mastery!

  • Aketon, second half of the 14th - first half of the 15th century
    Aketon, second half of the 14th - first half of the 15th century
    HG-06

    Dylan

    Very satisfied with the service at Steel Mastery! I opted to have extra buttons and additional length and they were more than happy to make the adjustments for me.

  • Aketon, second half of the 14th - first half of the 15th century
    Aketon, second half of the 14th - first half of the 15th century
    HG-06

    Misère

    Great choice of customization! And the manufacturers are attentive to historical requests: I ordered a gambison with real eyelets sewn instead of the usual straps, it's solid! Thanks from France! (French crossbowman of 1459, franc-arbalétrier d'Auvergne)

  • Eastern Gambeson
    Eastern Gambeson
    HG-07

     Atte Lommi

    A well-made quality product, even when ordered in 5 layers the mobility is excellent and the fit great. At such thickness the gambeson is noticeably heavy to use, but using a belt makes the weight still distribute nicely. Due to this model overlapping, 10 layers (about 5 cm of padding) in front is plenty of protection. The long, flaring hem is rather stiff in 5 layers (especially at first), which makes it look a bit goofy but protects thighs very well on its own even when leg is bent enough to actually be in contact with the hem.

  • Eastern Gambeson
    Eastern Gambeson
    HG-07

    Jonathan

    Good workmanship and nice materials, though it is a bit heavier than I expected (3 layers and leather cover).

  • Eastern Gambeson
    Eastern Gambeson
    HG-07

    Peter

    I heard nothing but only good reviews about Steel Mastery from my friends. However, I've never ordered custom-produced products on-line, as I doubted it may be manufactured well without personal attendance (my body has some "peculiar" features, hehe). Finally, I ordered this Eastern gambeson (two-layered, black linen), provided measures and approximately in a month, I got my gambeson. What can I say - these guys have an eye for custom manufacturing! Firm stitching, nice fabrics, and what is the most important - gambeson fits me so good, not even like a glove, but like a skin, lol)) So, 5 of 5 stars and highly recommended!

  • Eastern Gambeson
    Eastern Gambeson
    HG-07

    David

    I ordered this for a number of reasons (style, color options and more protective than my other gambeson) and am very satisfied with the result. I can tell I'mma get a lot of use out of this in my HEMA group

  • Eastern Gambeson
    Eastern Gambeson
    HG-07

    Alexander Morena

    I just receiv the gambeson, and it is amazing ! Thank you, you and all the team, for it ;)

  • Eastern Gambeson
    Eastern Gambeson
    HG-07

    Gustav Morgan

    I do all my online medieval shopping with Steel-mastery and I'm never disappointed. They are the best. Quality and service is the best. Return process is really easy and simple. I ordered the wrong style gambeson, so I just paid for shipping and additional cost for some options that I needed. Thank you guys, for your understanding and patience.

  • Eastern Gambeson
    Eastern Gambeson
    HG-07

     Jose

    Tested in combat and really confortable. Made to measure and fast delivery. Very well attended also. I'll definitely buy from Steel Mastery again!!

  • Eastern Gambeson
    Eastern Gambeson
    HG-07

     Steve

    I received my gambeson and I am very happy. It is really comfortable and beautiful.

  • Gambeson of crossbowman of the XII-XIII centuries
    Gambeson of crossbowman of the XII-XIII centuries
    HG-11

    Fin

    Excellent craftsmanship, very comfy and very durable.

  • Gambeson with sewn mittens of the XIII century
    Gambeson with sewn mittens of the XIII century
    HG-12

    Dominic Paul Sefton

    I shall start with noting the faultless quality; it’s in every stitch, warp and weft. I ordered a custom-fitted gambeson and gave my measurements and I’ve used it with steel weapons and on stage. It fits beautifully and really is very authentic. These were used for hundreds of years in the early mediaeval period. I highly recommend.

  • Gambeson with sewn mittens of the XIII century
    Gambeson with sewn mittens of the XIII century
    HG-12

    Sean Gaffney

    Great Product it was of extremely high quality and exactly what I ordered. When it says custom design they take the time to work with you and make sure they are building the suit that is right for you. Sound contact all the way through the process keeping you updated on progress and always happy to talk.

  • Gambeson with sewn mittens of the XIII century
    Gambeson with sewn mittens of the XIII century
    HG-12

    Nick

    This is a great gambeson. It is very sturdy and well made, with a good historical feel. I chose maximum padding, 5 layers, and in addition to being very protective it wears surprisingly light and is very comfortable. If you go with this option I would recommend getting the open armpits however, because it gets very hot at this thickness. And finally, Steel-mastery's customer service is excellent. After ordering the gambeson I found that I had misunderstood the measuring procedure, and they went ahead and made a whole new gambeson without extra charge.

  • Gambeson with sewn mittens of the XIII century
    Gambeson with sewn mittens of the XIII century
    HG-12

    Chris Aartsen

    Amazing quality for such a prize. It's very comfortable to wear and does its job 100%. Only prob I had was with the laces but that was easily taken care of.

  • Aketon of the XIV century
    Aketon of the XIV century
    HG-15

    James

    Just to let you know the gambeson arrived today, and I am very pleased with the fit & quality. I will be recommending you to my friends! :)

  • Long gambeson of the XI-XV centuries
    Long gambeson of the XI-XV centuries
    HG-21

     Cade

    It fit perfectly, and the quality is amazing. The customization helped me get exactly what i was looking for. Definitely worth the money.

  • Long gambeson of the XI-XV centuries
    Long gambeson of the XI-XV centuries
    HG-21

    P.M

    Ordered a 4 layer of padding long gambeson, i'm very satisfied with it. It fit me perfectly, i love the color I asked for (green and white), I even slept with it and it was sooo comfortable I love it

  • Long gambeson of the XI-XV centuries
    Long gambeson of the XI-XV centuries
    HG-21

    Gustav Åhs

    Well made and with nice coloration, I ordered it with quarter colors and fabric covered buttons and it looks really good, I especially love that they alternated the button colours against the colour of the background. It has a nice weight to it and will work well both for sparring and for looking stellar on the battlefield.

  • Long gambeson of the XI-XV centuries
    Long gambeson of the XI-XV centuries
    HG-21

    rovida laurent

    very nice crafting, effective and kind staff, i' m very happy:-). i chose standard sleeves, i recommand laced sleeves for use it in fight.

  • Long gambeson of the XI-XV centuries
    Long gambeson of the XI-XV centuries
    HG-21

    Peter

    I'm vey happy with this gambeson. It's very well made, and everything about it fits perfectly. The customizable options really let you get exactly what you want, and customer service was very helpful. Shipping was also quite quick considering how far it had to go.

  • Long gambeson of the XI-XV centuries
    Long gambeson of the XI-XV centuries
    HG-21

     H. Serrano

    Good quality and a fantastic work! I ordered this gambeson for HEMA training and I'm very satisfied with the results. Highly recomended.

  • Long gambeson of the XI-XV centuries
    Long gambeson of the XI-XV centuries
    HG-21

    Mike Wilks

    Awesome service. I just got my second gambeson. First one was spoiled at customs or during transportation. Package was opened and closed again. On the front part there were some oily stains. Before shipping Steel mastery send me the photo, everything was fine. Since it was not their fault, I agreed to pay for the shipment in both directions, but the manager discussed the situation with the owner and we split the shipping price. A+ or AAA+++. You are the best.

  • Long gambeson of the XI-XV centuries
    Long gambeson of the XI-XV centuries
    HG-21

     Manuel

    I own this Gambeson for a month now and for me it is well worth the prize. The made to measure fit is comfortable and doesn't restrict movement. The finish leaves nothing to find fault with, stitchings are firm and no loose threads up until now.

  • Ordinary Gambeson
    Ordinary Gambeson
    CG-02

    IgvarWty

    My first Gambeson, quality at the top, more than pleasant service and measures at the top I would not fail to recommend steelmastery to my medievist friends who do not know him yet

  • Ordinary Gambeson
    Ordinary Gambeson
    CG-02

    Dino elsberg

    Super accomodating and helpful, quick responsen from the staff and great quality intens

  • Ordinary Gambeson
    Ordinary Gambeson
    CG-02

    William

    My second gambeson from SM (the perivous one I ordered about four years ago and it's still serve me well). As usully, perfect craftmanship and customer service.

  • Ordinary Gambeson
    Ordinary Gambeson
    CG-02

    Michael

    Satisfied with this gambeson. Way more comfortable and light than I expected. Despite of three layers of padding it does not sweat out too much. Fastenings are sewn firmly and cast bronze buckles are really beautiful (honestly, I thought there'll be kind of cheap "golden"-colored clasps, but no). Well done, guys, conrats! Will buy more from here!

  • Ordinary Gambeson
    Ordinary Gambeson
    CG-02

    Loïc

    The quality of this gambeson is very good. The adjustement made to fit with my measurements are perfect. I 'm completely satisfied by this product. The customer follow up was excellent. I recommend

  • Ordinary Gambeson
    Ordinary Gambeson
    CG-02

     Kjell

    An excellent item! Three layers of linen keep me snug and warm, and though it felt a little tight at first, I quickly got used to wearing it!

  • Ordinary Gambeson
    Ordinary Gambeson
    CG-02

     Adrien

    I use my gambeson for sword fighting. It is resistant, protects well and fits me perfectly. During the whole procedure, I had an excellent follow-up and I received my order on time. What more ? I am very satisfied of what i ordered :)

  • Ordinary Gambeson
    Ordinary Gambeson
    CG-02

    Sondre

    I have this gambeson in linen with 3 layers of padding in the torso and 2 layers in the arms. With holes in the armpits this gambeson gives good maneuverability, and my movements do not feel restricted while using a sword. The overlap in the front of the gambeson seems sufficient enough to stop a sword thrust from slipping in. The gambeson also does a good job at keeping me warm, even in snowy environments.

  • Ordinary Gambeson
    Ordinary Gambeson
    CG-02

     Claudia

    I am very happy with this gambeson. The choices of material are nice and it fits nicely.

  • Women's gambeson
    Women's gambeson
    HG-16

    Ella

    I received my gambeson yestarday and it is amazing and very comfortable! It fits all my measurements and materials are so good. Nothing wrong at all, just what I expected to get:) Thanks!

  • Women's gambeson
    Women's gambeson
    HG-16

    Lucille

    I just wanted to say BIG THANKS to all Steel Mastery team for this awesom gambeson! I have it with two layers, royal blue linen (color is even better and brighter than I expected!), good stitching and fit is simply FANTASTIC! And I like the idea of laced sleeves: as a result I got two for the prce fo one - super comfy gambeson and padded jack:) Love this gambeson to bits, thank you guys!

  • Women's gambeson
    Women's gambeson
    HG-16

    Geneve

    I purchased this gambeson with red leather cover, two layers of padding and cast buckles two years ago and I must say it is the best custom made thing I ever had - it's still as good as new (despite of I have up to 4 trainings a week). Especially I love that I may adjust and regulate lacing on my waist. In two words, I recommend this gambeson to all girls who wants not only be safe when training, but also look good ;-)

  • Women's gambeson
    Women's gambeson
    HG-16

     N.V. Alonso Glez.

    Wow so WOW!! Awesome excelent gambeson!! Thanks so much!! Its PERFECT!!! great work with best quality, all the way has deserve every step!! I use my gambeson for sword fighting. It is resistant, protects well and fits me perfectly....my friend told me "it fights alone" LOL !! During the whole procedure, I had an excellent follow-up always clear, fast and friendly. I am very satisfied of what i ordered ...Just PERFECT! and 100% recommend! Impresionante y excelente gambeson !! ¡¡Muchas gracias!! ¡¡¡Es perfecto!!! ¡Gran trabajo con la mejor calidad, todo el largo proceso ha merecido la espera! Uso mi gambesón para la lucha con espada: Es resistente, me protege por completo y me encaja perfectamente ... mi amigo me dijo "¡el gambeson lucha solo" LOL! Durante todo el procedimiento,el seguimiento y las respuestas de la tienda fueron siempre claras, rápidas y amables. Estoy muy satisfecha con el producto ¡Simplemente PERFECTO y 100% lo recomiendo!

  • HEMA style gambeson
    HEMA style gambeson
    HG-24

    Daniel

    ...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.

  • HEMA style gambeson
    HEMA style gambeson
    HG-24

    Carlos

    Very good work! Straps are hard, fitting is perfect. I am really satisfied with this gambeson.

  • HEMA style gambeson
    HEMA style gambeson
    HG-24

    Anna

    I just received it and I love it! Thank you very much!!

  • HEMA style gambeson
    HEMA style gambeson
    HG-24

    Sander

    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.

  • HEMA style gambeson
    HEMA style gambeson
    HG-24

    Tobias

    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!

  • HEMA style gambeson
    HEMA style gambeson
    HG-24

    Laurian Wolter

    The fit is very nice, it feels very comfortable and it looks really great (i chose a cotton outside in royal blue and a linen lining). I got the standard fully attached sleeves which might be not ideal if you intend to use it for serious HEMA practice since arm movement above the shoulders is a bit restricted and pulls up the whole gambeson a bit. From what i read in the comments though the other versions do not have this issue so this just in this particular case. I also chose the simple leather lacings as fastenings and find while the leather feels a bit soft an stretchy they hold up ok and shouldn't be dificult to replace if the ever do wear out. Overall i'm very satisfied with the craftsmanship especially for the price, as well as the customer support.

  • HEMA style gambeson
    HEMA style gambeson
    HG-24

    Manuel

    Perfect workmanship and nice quality of fabrics. Gambison is very comfortable, love it pretty much. Thanks guys!

  • HEMA style gambeson
    HEMA style gambeson
    HG-24

    Paul

    I got this gambeson specifically for HEMA trainings and satisfied 100%. It looked so good on the picture and when i got it i was even more excited, cause its fit is perfect (guys made it for measures of my body) and i feel super comfy when wearing it. My gambeson has laced sleeves, so it may be turned into sleeveless jacket. Two goods by price of one ;-) Client support is also very nice and on point. Thank you, Steel Mastery!

  • HEMA style gambeson
    HEMA style gambeson
    HG-24

    Karl

    Gambeson is light (I have it two layered) and comfy. Congrtas to designers and tailors - it was a good idea to make lacing from the inside, too. So you may easily make fitting a bit looser or tighter. The best custom-made good I ever had. This HEMA gambeson defnintely deserves all stars, not only 5:) Highly recommended!

  • HEMA style gambeson
    HEMA style gambeson
    HG-24

    Kevin Rumpler

    I ordered the Gamebson in "royal blue", the color turned out very nice. The unusual position of the laces is a real eye-catcher. The Gambeson fits perfectly, works just fine in combat. I chose the 3-layer variant with holes at the armpits, it offers enough protection on it´s own for light to medium sparring, only encountered minor obstruction at the high longsword guards. I ordered the arms a bit longer than I would for normal clothing in order to ensure some proper overlay between the armor and my sparring gloves. A very fine piece of craftmanship, the only small issue I encountered was that one of the brass lace points got loose the first time I tried it on. Just crimped it on again and it held up perfectly since then. The other ones were properly fitted. The delivery was quite fast considering it´s a made-to-measure piece. I would definitely buy it again, that´s a full recommendation from my side.

  • Medieval leather gambeson
    Medieval leather gambeson
    HG-17

    Hans

    Superb quality of materials and fantastic fitting (there's my first made-to-measure thing:) It looks amazing, it's very comfy! And customer service is the best one I've ever had) Keep it up!

  • Royal gambeson of patterned fabric
    Royal gambeson of patterned fabric
    HG-23

    Anthony

    I adore this gambeson - it's practical and has so nice fitting. A special thanks to friendly client support. Steel Mastery, you rock, guys! Will definitely order more from you!

  • Leather sleeveless gambeson
    Leather sleeveless gambeson
    HG-28

    Richie

    I'm impressed with this padded vest:) Materials are perfect, leather is quite soft. All is fantastic, thanks!

  • Leather sleeveless gambeson
    Leather sleeveless gambeson
    HG-28

    Eddie

    Awesome padded jack, exactly what I ordered. It fits perfect; high quality leather and good stitching. VEry professtional customer sevice. Thanks Steel MAstery. Will be ordering more from your shop.

  • Gambeson with elbow-lenght sleeves
    Gambeson with elbow-lenght sleeves
    HG-25

    Stanley

    Fitting is good for my measures, materials are perfcet. Always prompt replies, reasonable price. I am completely satisfied.

  • Gambeson with elbow-lenght sleeves
    Gambeson with elbow-lenght sleeves
    HG-25

    Gregory

    I got my gambeson within 1.5 months and very happy with it! All stitches look firm; lacing is a bit thin but I may easily replace it with a new if required. I was trying it a couple of time for my archery trainings and it's perfect! Thanks to all Steel MAstery team!

  • FEMALE SLEEVELESS GAMBESON
    FEMALE SLEEVELESS GAMBESON
    HG-31

    Mara

    Absolutely love this gambeson. It fits perfectly and feels so flexible. The material is much nicer than other gambesons I've had in the past. I went for the linen option. The price was astonishing, it's much better than the more mass produced gambesons out there that cost about the same.

  • Renaissance doublet in wool (quilted)
    Renaissance doublet in wool (quilted)
    DB-01

    Claudia

    jacket has arrived, everything is fine, thanks.

  • Padded collar
    Padded collar
    PC-01

    GLD

    The product exceeded expectations. The workmanship is excellent and I'm happy with the item. The process from initial order to delivery has been easy and well communicated. Thanks SM.com

  • Torse - medieval heraldy headband
    Torse - medieval heraldy headband
    CL-10

    Larry McLean

    I was very pleased with the quality and workmanship of the torse I received. They were very professional are careful in their communications to ensure that it was made exactly right. Could not be more pleased.

  • Padded mittens for medieval fencing
    Padded mittens for medieval fencing
    PR-06

    Caroline

    I confirm receipt of the parcel. All is perfect.

  • Leather mittens with diamond stitching
    Leather mittens with diamond stitching
    LB-77

    Mike

    Good and comfortable mittens, fast shipping and very professional customer service. Thanks!

  • Ordinary padded mittens
    Ordinary padded mittens
    PR-07

    IgvarWty

    Quality at the top, more than pleasant service and measures at the top I would not fail to recommend steelmastery to my medievist friends who do not know him yet

  • Ordinary padded mittens
    Ordinary padded mittens
    PR-07

    Bit

    Very good product! Very comfortable! Made them with horizontal seams. Love the natural (uncolored) fabric! Support system fast and kind. Great communication, service and kindness. Very satisfied.

  • Long padded chausses
    Long padded chausses
    CPC-04

    Marcus B

    Trotz engen Sitz gut beweglich. Mit zwei Schichten Polster ausreichend für platte oder brigantine . Schön leicht aber warm. Ansonsten bin ich sehr zufrieden.

  • Long padded chausses
    Long padded chausses
    CPC-04

    P.M

    Very satisfied about them ! Nice color, i'm moving freely, excellent quality

  • Long padded chausses
    Long padded chausses
    CPC-04

    Sercan 

    Fits nice and is very comfortable.

  • Long padded chausses
    Long padded chausses
    CPC-04

    Connor Hill

    Fit perfectly, very comfortable, and durable! got mine 2 Layers thick & I still feel some sting and impact of practice weapon but otherwise fine!!

  • Long padded chausses
    Long padded chausses
    CPC-04

    Florian

    Absolutly perfect! They fit realy well and are realy comfy

  • Long padded chausses
    Long padded chausses
    CPC-04

    Jason

    Tight fitting with no restriction to movement. Well built, and warm, very warm.

  • Long padded chausses
    Long padded chausses
    CPC-04

    Al Romero

    I ordered these chausses and they came as promised. They were of excellent construction. If you live in a warm climate, however, be sure to only get 1 layer of padding. I got two layers and it was quite thick. I had my seamstress friend cut out one layer of padding. I may have her open up some vents too, but that's only because of the California heat. If thick, comfy padding is what you're after, this is the right product for you.

  • Padding for elbows and knees
    Padding for elbows and knees
    PK-01

    Mara

    Got these because after the summer events I realised full padding was suffocating. Perfect for events during heat waves

  • ARMING BELT FOR CHAUSSES
    ARMING BELT FOR CHAUSSES
    MC-04

    Florian

    Very good quality! Great to be used with padded chausses

  • ARMING BELT FOR CHAUSSES
    ARMING BELT FOR CHAUSSES
    MC-04

    Samuel Janiv

    A bit long if you have a medium-frame like I do, however it certainly is resilient. I would advise nonetheless to use some braces to relieve back pains if you intend to use the belt to support plate legs.

  • Medieval gambeson with long padded chausses (Cotton set)
    Medieval gambeson with long padded chausses (Cotton set)
    SET-5

    LEROY 

    I ordered this set in October and I get it in December. The measurement are really respected and the quality is fine. This 3 layers model is a very good protection. I fought recently in armor with it under and the 3 layers protected me as well. I took a hit on a weak point of the armor and i had no injury.

  • Medieval gambeson with long padded chausses (Cotton set)
    Medieval gambeson with long padded chausses (Cotton set)
    SET-5

    Jure Murn

    I ordered this set of gambeson and chausses. I must say that I'm very satisfied with the quality of product. My order was 3 layers, with all additional acessories, and all is as described. When I made my order, they contact me and send me informations for body measures. They even contact me back, to asure of one measure, that was a mistake, when I take a measure. Obviously they have some experiences. Production time was about 2 months , they shipped it with national post and took about one week to get it.

  • Gambeson - 1 Layer padded armour
    Gambeson - 1 Layer padded armour
    CG-021L

    Samuel

    Very happy about this product. It's a bit warm when you pu it on, but the cloth breathes nicely thanks to its holes below the armpits. The buckles look resistant, and even tough you'll feel a bit stuck with your arms at first, you'll be able to wield a sword in no time (I tried, and it works fine) !

  • Gambeson - 3 Layer padded armour
    Gambeson - 3 Layer padded armour
    CG-023L

    Dean Toron

    Amazing new find! Found this guys on medieval market in Orange. Bought some chausses and gambeson, just love them. Great quality, perfect fit. Will definitely be buying from them again!

  • Closed-front gambeson - 1 layer padded armour
    Closed-front gambeson - 1 layer padded armour
    HG-021L

    Ienei Francisc

    I am satisfied with your work quality. I will recommend it to my brothers.

  • Viking gambeson - 3 layers padding
    Viking gambeson - 3 layers padding
    HG-093L

    Fjodor Muchortov

    Excellent! Perfectly fits (L size). Precisely made, nothing left unfinished, or undone. Fast delivery, perfect communication. Recommending to all.

  • Women s gambeson 3 layers padding
    Women s gambeson 3 layers padding
    HG-163L

    Anne

    Very good product and quality. The gambeson fits perfectly. The woman shape is very well designed and the color is wonderfull. Thank you !

  • Padded chausses - 1 layer padding
    Padded chausses - 1 layer padding
    CPC-041L

    Samuel

    A tad tight, as in a bit difficult to put on. However, once you're in, it fits like a glove. You should be careful with the strappings (especially the one below your foot, if you have long feet like me) when you put on the chausses in order to not break them, even if they seem pretty resilient.