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SPES products - technology & methods of manufacturing
- products with visible signs of using modern methods and tools in their production; e.g. visible outside and inside seams in clothing made with the use of a machine.
- products with visible signs of using both modern and traditional methods and tools in their production; e.g. main, inside seams in clothing are made with the use of a machine while outside stitches and details are sewn by hand.
- goods with visible signs of using only traditional methods and tools in their production; e.g. all seams in clothing are sewn by hand.
*NOTE. We always use high quality materials and fabrics while making our products - the above standards of their production are not related to the materials used.
Medieval padded armor of Paris is a type of gambeson for historical reenactment. This medieval gambeson was presented in iconography from the 14th and 15th centuries. This clothing is closed with leather laces and has a collar.
Long medieval padded armor of Paris is made of the highest quality materials. As an outer layer and lining, we have used linen fabric. Filling is made of polyester-cotton fleece of various thicknesses in different areas.
Each sections in this medieval padded armor have different levels of thickness:
↪ on chest, shoulders and elbows - Y2
↪ in rest of medieval gambeson - Y1
More information about thickness you can find here.
This padded armor is closed with four leather laces and it has a high collar. It ends right above the knees. What is more, it has a cutout in the back which provides a higher comfort of movement. Long medieval padded armor of Paris has vertical stitchings on its whole length, both torso section and sleeves.
NOTE - there is an option of modifying the thickness of amortization layers in this model of medieval padded armor. To customize this product, please contact our Sales Department before you place an order.
More information on the thickness of the gambeson can be found
When you place an order, please choose one of the available colors. The table of colors can be found here.
Our long medieval padded armor is available in standard sizes from XS to XXL or in custom size, fitted to individual needs for an additional 20% charge. To choose the proper size, please follow the chart below:
Individual measurements. Price + 20%.
Please write down the chosen size in additional information box when you place the order.
Medieval padded armor in iconography
A medieval padded armor similar to this model can be found in numerous sources from the 14th and 15th centuries. Usually it has a form of a long gambeson with vertical stitchings, closed with leather laces.
One of the sources presenting such medieval padded armor are the Froissart's Chronicles. The full name of this work is The Chronicles of France, England, Scotland, Spain, Brittany, Gascony, Flanders and the Adjoining Countries. It describes the events from the years 1327-1400. Pages present armed soldiers wearing similar gambesons, plundering the houses of Paris. This is where the name of this product derives from.
Long medieval padded armor of Paris - features
- closed with 4 leather laces, easing the process of putting the clothing on
- covering the neck with a high collar
- available in standard size chart (XS to XXL) or in custom sizing
- option of any modification
- based on historical sources
- option of modifying particular layers
- cutout at the back of the gambeson, increasing the comfort of movement
Padded armors in the medieval period
Gambesons were a cheap protection for the fighting men in the Middle Ages, but only the poorest ones used only them as their single armour.
For others they were a part of a complete protective armament, providing amortization of the hit and the protection of attritions from the armour. Among padded protective elements we can find: gambesons protecting the trunk and hands, padded gloves, padded coifs and separate hoses. They were sewn from layers of a fabric.
In the 13th century gambesons were long and rather badly-fitted to the figure. Medieval padded armors were usually put over the head and buttoned only near the neck. Later, with the development of other elements of the armour, gambesons were shorter and better fitted to the body. In the 14th and the 15th centuries they were usually buttoned at the front or laced up.
The upgrading of SPES gambesons design
Currently, we are working on implementing to our assortment the upgraded versions of our well-known medieval padded armors. Changes include:
- improving the functionality and mobility of our aketons
- layers’ thickness (check the chart with levels of amortization)
- directions and shape of stitchings
- minor changes in cut (for better fitting)
- and most of all, matching the gambesons to our six-levels size set: XS-XXL (NOTE: you can still order a custom-sized gambeson)
Therefore, you can be sure that upgraded SPES gambesons are even better suited to your needs. And if you have any questions about mentioned changes in any model, contact us - we will dispel the doubts!
To make each gambeson stand out even more, we gave them unique names. From now on, the Gambeson type 6 is named Long medieval padded armor of Paris.