Arthur Suede Gambeson

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This suede vest makes an excellent addition to your re-enactment gear with its quality construction. The Arthur Suede Gambeson offers armour padding that can be worn under many kinds of armour to help prevent rubbing and pinching. The tall collar on the medieval gambeson increases comfort around the neck, as well. The suede gambeson is top-stitched in a diamond pattern that allows movability and keeps the padding in place. The front of the padded gambeson is fastened with four buckled straps. Metal eyelets run along the edges of the arm holes and bottom hem of the sleeveless gambeson, allowing the addition of sleeves or tassets (sold separately) when extra protection is desired. Leather strings for attaching pieces are included. This arming wear comes in black or brown color options.

Please note that colors may vary slightly from what is pictured.

Key Features:

  • Padding ins 1/2 Inch thick
  • Available in black or brown
  • Eyelets allow addition of sleeves and tassets
  • Fastens in the front with buckles
  • Excellent medieval arming wear


  • Made from cowhide suede and polyester

ChestWaistOverall LengthShoulder Width
Small42-44.75 inches42.5-45 inches26 inches15.5 inches
Medium43-45.75 inches43.25-45.5 inches26.5 inches16.5 inches
Large45.5-47.75 inches44-46.25 inches27 inches16.75 inches
X-Large49-51.75 inches49.5-52.25 inches27 inches18.25 inches
XX-Large58-60.5 inches57-59 inches29.25 inches19.75 inches

3 reviews for Arthur Suede Gambeson

  1. Thomas W.

    I wore this gambeson for the first time for a 3-day organized outdoor event, and it was not only comfortable, but also got a lot of compliments. It really is a handsome piece with quality stitching and a nice weight to it. It might be less pleasant to wear in summer months, though.

    Although a gambeson is made to be worn underneath armor, I wore it alone over a white shirt. It makes a nice vest or light armor that way. It seems well-made, and I expect it to hold up to a lot of use. The buckles on the straps are plastic, and that’s the only “short-cut” I could identify in the make. The gambeson comes with extra leather tongs, presumably to secure the separately-sold sleeves and tasset.

  2. Robert Egler (verified owner)

    It is very well made, very sturdy. I usually wear a large, and ordered a large. It’s a bit tight, but ok. The one significant issue I have is that the arm holes are too small, very tight, quite uncomfortable under the arms. I’m going to open the sides and install eyelets for lace which will solve both problems. Otherwise it’s really too tight under the arms to wear for long.

  3. Francis Costello (verified owner)

    My only regret is not just buying the complete set since the suede sleeves and tassets seem impossible to find seperately. Otherwise, it’s fantastic; absolutely love it. Fits great and very comfortable even for long periods of time. First time I wore it out was Halloween and pretty much everybody complimented it.

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