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Padded armor

You've come to the section of padded armour - the most important elements for each customer who wears armour.  Wide range of our padded armour will undoubtedly please everyone, as Steel Mastery gives you the most interesting 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 Padded armor

1) Padded liners and caps.
You have already purchased a helmet, but have not bought for it a liner yet? You are on the right track, because we offer liners for all types of helmets:

  • bascinet
  • barbute
  • sallet
  • Norman
  • Phrygian
  • Morion
  • Conic
  • chapel
  • "sugar loaf" helmet

Also here you will find liner for a Great Helm, it also could be worn under the Pot Helm and Kettle Hat. You can wear mail hood over this padded set. This Great Helm liner is a full set of 4 pieces: - Padded pelerine with front leather fastenings - padded hood - cap - and padded ring.

These models are not designed for the separate wearing on head. They require the installation in the helmet with rivets or sewing. All our liners are made of 100% natural materials. Their convenient, simple, historically correct design provides safety and excellent buffing for bugurt, tournament fights and workouts. Ordering a liner, you can choose material and color of the product.

2) Gambesons.
Probably no buyer can overpass this section of padded armour, where there is an incredibly wide range of gambesons, aketons, pourpoints, doublets, jacques (jacks) and much more.

Padded products we offer are completely focused on customer’s requests. For tailoring of the submitted models we use only natural materials. This provides not only sufficient level of protection, but also appropriate level of comfort. Options and used materials will satisfy both supporters of historical authority, and participants of SCA events, taking into account the practicality and convenience. The proposed site models take into account the various specifics of our medieval armour. At the wish of the customer it can be machine or hand sewing.

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

3) Padded pelerines and aventails.
Medieval helmet was never used separately. There was always extra mail or cloth protection with it for head, face, neck and shoulders. The helmet was often combined with aventail. This element of the armour is an addition to the bascinet or barbute types of helmet.

Sufficient protection of the warrior in the battle was reached combining elements of armour. Each of them performed its function, complementing the others. Some armour protected from direct penetration of the enemy's weapons in the body. Others served to absorb the impact or for additional reinforcement. These elements include the pelerine, which was used as an addition to the helmet, gambeson or brigandine, and strengthened the protection of the neck, shoulders, shoulder blades and chest. We should not forget about these things selecting of armour. This is not only historically, but also functionally.

During the dramatizations of battles exactly head, shoulders and chest take the most blows. Such padded armour is made of natural materials - linen and cotton. They are fastened with leather straps the on the front. The customer can choose the color of the fabric for sewing pelerines. More than a dozen different colors and shades are available.

4) Padded gauntlets and gloves.
Here we suggest you familiarize yourself with not less important elements of the padded equipment – gauntlets and gloves. Gloves can be two-finger and three-finger. These padded gauntlets give a good protection for hands during swordcraft training or fencing.

5) Padded chausses.
During the training sessions and fights feet are at risk without good protection. In order to avoid injury during fights, we suggest that you buy on our Steel Mastery website padded thigh protection and padded chausses.

If you are not sure, how to define your size, please have a look at this table.

Review about items

  • 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
    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
    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!

  • 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.

  • 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
    Andreas Völcker

    Wonderful care and good work keep it up. We recommend

  • 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
    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
    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 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.

  • 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
     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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.