Padded gambeson or aketon for use in reenactment combat. The padded arms are removeable through the use of leather lacing fasteners for ease of movement and equipping. While attached, the arms still leave the armpit open for maximum manoeuvreability.
There are two types of gambeson; those designed to be worn beneath armour, and those designed to be worn as independent armour. The latter tend to be thicker and higher in the collar. For common soldiers who could not afford mail or plate armour, the gambeson, combined with a helmet as the only additional protection, remained a common sight on European battlefields during the entire Middle Ages.
Detachable sleeves attached with leather thonging.
Adjustable neck slit
Fawn linen lining
Sleeves (armpit to cuff): 520 mm
Shoulder to lower hem: 870 mm
Chest: 1060 mm
Weight: 1.50 kg
Don't be misguided by claims that heavier gambesons are better. Sure, more padding can equal more protection but more weight doesn't equal more padding. It can simply mean it is larger or longer or more cumbersome. An ideal combat gambeson is a balance between softening a blow and your movement. A gambeson that is overweight can impede your skill and prowess on the battlefield. When in doubt trust only MFC products or contact us for the full story. Our gambesons are not only better designed for re-enactors they are also far better value.
Other historical names for arming jackets are: gambeson, jupon, aketon, arming doublet, gambaison, acton, arming coat, cotte, auqueton, hacketon, zuparello, haqueton, pannzar, vapntreiyu, wambais, wambesium, wambuis or wambs.
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