Protection of the warrior in the battle was achieved by combining different items of armour. Each of them performed its own function as well as complementing the others. Some armour protected the wearer from direct penetration of the enemy's weapons. Others served to absorb the impact or for additional reinforcement. Padded armour was worn either by itself or as a foundation for other forms of armour to be worn over. It is the starting point to build a complete suit of armour on.
We are New Zealand's leading Padded Armour specialists. While there are many types of padded armours available on the market, most are not suitable for combative activities because they have not been styled correctly around the shoulder so movement is restricted. As a jouster I need maximum mobility to control both horse and lance. Gambesons or similar padded garments form the first layer of defence in a suit of armour (or harness). If it does not provide maximum freedom of movement then the entire harness becomes unworkable and dangerous.
Because of this I have carefully selected a small range of gambesons (essentially padded jackets) which are not only historically accurate but provide great freedom of movement for the arms and shoulders. I have also carefully chosen a small range of supporting padded separate limb and head garments. As a side note it is interesting to see how the design and styles of these gambesons followed the changes in men's civilian clothing over time.
Our Gambesons are also suitable for martial arts practitioners who want a sturdy but functional padded garment for drilling and light sparring with wooden weapons such as bokken, jo and bo. We also have a martial arts gambeson which is quite generic that we recommend as a 'sports gambeson' for this activity.
Gambesons were the first Lord of Battles items that we started to sell in quantity in New Zealand back in 2012. Since then we have sold over 100 to martial artists, medieval re-enactors, jousters, IMCF/HMB fighters and LARPer's and have had none returned. They do require a bit of maintenance from wear and tear like re-sewing on buttons and reinforcing button holes but I have used my 2 gambesons almost weekly since 2012 and these are the only repairs that I have had to make.