The Vikings weren’t always known for the flashiest or showiest of helmets, but they frequently wore some of the most effective for their period. This Viking Spangenhelm recreates one such helmet for the modern-day warrior to wear into battle. And warriors can not only wear this for great historical style, but they can also depend on it to keep them safe and secure from harm, too! This helmet echoes the look of a traditional spangenhelm, featuring a rounded, conical top shape that is reinforced by metal strips. The helm also features a nasal guard in the front, for added protection, as well as a short aventail attached to the back, to provide some mail protection to the neck. The helmet is crafted from 18 gauge steel and features a darkened Epic Metal finish that gives it an ancient appearance and helps protect the helm against rust.
The interior of the helmet features a liner, both for comfort and for making small adjustments to size. It also has a leather chin strap with adjustable steel buckle to help keep it firmly affixed to the head. It is a full-sized replica helmet that is fully wearable, and when worn, it stands up rather well to the rigors and impacts experienced during the course of LARP combat and light reenactment. It is available in two sizes, either medium or large.
Nice but flawed. Not sure if it’s typical. Don’t get me wrong, I like the helmet but it has a couple of issues. The biggest issue is there is rust on it along the edges of the strips and corners and a little on the nose guard. It kind of makes it look more authentic in a way, sort of. It can’t be buffed out because that takes off the finish. Also, the liner is glued in and looks like it might come unglued one day but that’s minor. I can always use better glue. The mail is good and looks great and the construction of the helmet is very good. I love the style and ordered a skull to attach to a stand for it’s display.
Sizing tips for those with big heads!!! I strongly considered to buy this helm due to it lists supporting up to 28″ circumference. However I just want people to be aware that when Epic ships a “Large” helm, it will fall in-between 24″ to 28″ (meaning one helm may fit only up to 26″, while another one may fit up to 28″). The wonderful folks at kultofathena measured a few of the Large helms for me and they were all 26″, which would probably have been fine but I ended up ordering a different helm.