Better than I expected, partly because so much from Windlass is a gamble. One item is a gem, the next thing, not so much. This...is decent. Not sure how historical or how well it would hold up to abuse but its a shield and its strapped. At the right price its all good. Will note that the leather strapping is a bit on the small/tight side. At least for me. Because of this I end up with a few inches of arm at the elbow not behind the shield. My guess is that this is sub-optimal if the shield really mattered for protection. For something on the wall...all good!
September 03, 2016
My first impressions is that this shield will get the job done. It's long (protects to the knee), and is both lighter and thicker than I was expecting. This makes it easy to maneuver and doesn't fatigue the arm quickly. The craftsmanship seems very fine, though I the back strap could use a buckle, as it is very long; some instruction on how to use the tie strap and what looks like adjustment holes on the arm strap would be helpful, as well. I have yet to use it in combat, but have an event soon at which I hope to battle-scar its perfectly painted surface and may have more to say about it later.
August 29, 2016
This shield is everything you want it to be. The straps on the back are perfect. The shoulder strap is in the right spot. When I brought mine to the CT. Renaissance faire all the knights loved it. This shield looks as good as it does on the website.
December 18, 2010