This Arming Doublet Gambeson of padded cotton is closed in the front with lacings with brass tips. Extra lacings are present on the doublet by which armor can be attached to it. Its interior is lined with cotton felt. As this gambeson is crafted from organic material, it will breathe better than poly-fill gambesons on the market. It is handcrafted – sizes will vary so these measurements should be taken as approximations.

A thick, padded jacket common to Medieval and Renaissance warriors, the Gambeson was a protective layer beneath chain or plate armor – it served both as a shock absorbing layer and chafe protection for its wearer. Poorer combatants and lightly-armored archers and skirmishers might wear only the gambeson as their major piece of body armor.

Quilted with many layers of fabric, typically linen, a padded jack could act like a sort of kevlar and give its wearer excellent protection from cuts and slashes. It could even stop arrows in some circumstances. Additional protection could be added to such gambesons with jack-chains, a sort of partial-plate protection which could stop a strong slash from cutting into the shoulders and arms.


Please Note: This Gambeson is constructed with the necessity that its wearer have a smaller waist measurement than their chest measurement. This is important to note, because a padded armor gambeson is not flexible in the same way a common and comparatively thinner shirt is.

Please Note: The length of this gambeson terminates where your natural waist is, not your belt waist. This makes it shorter than modern garments, though this gambeson is following the fashion of the 15th Century.


Chest Size: 37 1/4 (94.6 cm)
Waist Size: 32 1/4 (81.9 cm)
Length from Back Collar to Bottom of Coat: 22 (58 cm)
Weight: 5 lb 11.6 oz

Chest Size: 40 1/2 (102.8 cm)
Waist: 34 3/4 (88.2 cm)
Length from Neck to Bottom of Coat: 23 (60 cm)
Weight: 5 lb 11.6 oz

Chest Size: 43 1/2 (110 cm)
Waist Size: 36 1/4
Length from Neck to Bottom of Coat: 25 (64 cm)
Weight: 6 lb 1.6 oz

Chest Size: 46 3/4 (118.7 cm)
Waist Size: 37 7/8 (96 cm)
Length from Neck to Bottom of Coat: 25 (64 cm)
Weight: 6 lb 2.2 oz

Chest Size: 49 7/8 (127 cm)
Waist Size: 41 (104 cm).
Length from Neck to Bottom of Coat: 26 (68 cm)
Weight: 6 lb 5.5 oz

Chest Size: 55 (139 cm)
Waist Size: 42 (106 cm)
Length from Neck to Bottom of Coat: 26 1/2 (67 cm)