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Sleeveless gambeson




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Sleeveless gambeson

natural (uncolored)
Men's size/price:
XS - waist 63-69 cm (25-27 in.)
Default options
  • Fabric cotton
  • Lining fabric cotton
  • Layers of padding 1 layer
  • Fastenings leather laces
  • Color of leather fastening black
  • Two-color design one colour
  • Design of the bottom edge standard
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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.

Paint Stamping
Contrast quilting and edge
Additional back protection
Men's size/price
Lining fabric
Layers of padding
Color of leather fastening
Two-color design
Design of the bottom edge


Sleeveless gambeson is one of the most popular model of medieval padded underamor in XI-XII centuries.

Warriors who did not take participation in close fights were preferably wearing such vest gambeson. It did not protect the whole body, but was good protection for archers and crossbowmen who were fighting on distance.

Made-to-measure quilted gambeson armour may be sewn by two ways:

  • Machine manufacturing. Tailors will make padded armor by your parameters, using sewing machine.
  • Hand sewing. Custom gambeson will be completely sewn by hands of our tailors. Such type of manufacture is historical one and is offered for additional costs.

You can use this medieval gambeson armor for:

  • SCA
  • HEMA
  • Larp
  • Stage performances
  • Medieval festivals
  • Reenactment events

Base price includes following:

  1. 1-2 layers of padding (natural sheet wadding 50% cotton, 50% wool);
  2. Natural (uncoloured) cotton for outer and inner shell;
  3. XS-size;
  4. Straight bottom edge;
  5. Black leather laces.
  6. No decoration

Main photo shows gambeson with following options:

  • 2 layer of padding;
  • Dark-blue cotton for outer and inner shells;
  • L-size;
  • Black leather straps;
  • Straight bottom edge.
  • No decoration

There are various materials are available for such padded vest. As fabric of gambeson was showing social status of owner, you may choose velvet, wool, leather or more simple linen or cotton. Bottom edge can be decorated with festoons.

We offer different quantity of layers for your sleeveless gambeson. If you plan to wear quilted gambeson under the hauberk, so 5-6 layers will be required. If there will be full-plate armor or brigandine, so 2-3 layers of wadding is enough.

Almost for every gambeson by Steel Mastery, we offer such options as “Laced sleeves”. This option allow you transforming any gambeson jacket into sleeveless gambeson.

Blue, red or green gambesons were the most widespread that time. If you choose half-coloured or quarter-coloured padded vest, please inform us at [email protected], what colours you prefer and its exact disposition.

There are two layers of padding in sleeves by default. If you want to change it, please contact us!  

Benefits, which you’ll get, if you buy medieval gambeson at Steel Mastery:

  1. Custom-made high-quality padded underarmor, made of natural fabrics by your individual parameters;
  2. Reliability and comfortable wearing for years;
  3. Product made by experienced tailors, who really know how to make a good armor;
  4. Convenient payment systems (Paypal, Skrill, Visa, MasterCard, American Express);
  5. Flexible return system in case if you don’t like an item.

We recommend completing your padded protection with chausses and pelerine.

Check out also other models of light gambesons: sleeveless gambeson with festoons of the XII-XIII centuries, sleeveless gambeson of XII-XIII centuries. If you are looking for a short-sleeved gambeson, these models might be interesting for you: gambeson of the VI-XIII centuries, aketon of the XIV century.

In section “Gambeson” you can see all models that we offer for ordering. If you didn’t find any for your taste and wish, please send us photo and description of the required model and we will make it for you.

In this article, we're telling how to choose a gambeson.


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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