Love this shirt, I just wish the accompanying leather jerkin came in XXL... Pity really...
Reviewed by Lt. Timothy J.
This is a decent shirt - but definitely not padded (except the sleeves, as has already been stated). I sent mine back b/c said crinkly stuffing (some sort of processed plastic?) was coming through with the lovely threads on the sleeves. Recreate this shirt in heavier materials, use a more natural padding, and this would be a winner.
Cheap crap. I was under the impression this was going to be a historically accurate, soft thick-cheesecloth like cotton fabric.. (something they would have used in historic times).. instead I get a shirt made for a thin-shouldered fat guy that feels (and sounds, when you squeeze the padded sleeves.. crinkle crinkle) like its made out of recycled milk jugs. Their measurements are off. way off. Yes, I checked the sizing guide several times before I ordered. If I block with a shield and counter with a sword simultaneously the shirt is either going to rip or I'm going to be unable to perform said counter. If the shirt were historically accurate and made from cotton, not this machined canvas crap, this wouldn't be an issue. Come to think of it, canvas has more stretch than this machined junk. Oh and to top it off no sooner had I taken the shirt out of the plastic than I noticed several unraveling threads on the right arm where the white meets the brown. Makes for a hole where the plastic sleeve stuffing could come out.
I can honestly say I have never purchased something so misrepresented in my entire life. Sure, it looks nice.. but you wouldn't want to live there, if you catch my meaning. Unless you're built like a pear.. thin on top and thick in the middle. Then you should be fine.
Nicely made. Goes well with the leather jerkin.
Very comfortable and fits well. Goes great with my crusader tunic.
Beautiful shirt came professionally packaged and arrived promptly. At 6'6, 200lbs. I ordered the L/XL and it fits properly not at all baggy. Style of the shirt is very clean and noble. Off white color is perfect with the brown accents. As mentioned before only sleeves are padded and I would not wear this shirt into combat. Makes a superb renn faire piece or addition to your LARP costume. Very pleased with my purchase and I will definitely do business with this company again.
This is a great product. The only reason it's not getting 5 stars from me is...
1. The shirt has many modern features that keep it from being a true period garment. (metal eyelets, machine stitching, cotton fabric.)
2. Upon receiving it I found that one of the decorative threads on the sleeve was ripped out.
3. As others have stated, the description is misleading in that only the sleeves are padded. (They are not so padded as to provide adequate protection for combat.)
2 and 3 aren't so much an issue for me considering I'm going to be using this as a non-combat cool weather gambeson to wear under armor in the California heat.
It serves the cool weather function very well and I resigned the decorative threading to an early grave before I ever ordered it. It's not nearly so bad as to warrant a return of the garment.
All of that might sound like a bad review, but it isn't. It's earned every one of the 4 stars I am giving it.
This is a fantastic looking shirt that serves my purposes well and comes at an amazing price. It's very sturdy as a costume piece and gives an unmistakable air of nobility to the wearer.
Shirt is well made but description does not say that the arms only are padded. Looks good but the description is misleading.
Love the shirt. I didn't know that only the sleeves were padded until I got it in, but that actually was what i was hoping for. I will be wearing this as part of my wedding outfit.
It's a nice part of a costume, as well as regular life. I get compliments on it every time I wear it!
Super comfortable highly recommend!