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Re: New HEMA jacket

Postby admin » 04 May 2012 22:55

Just a quick note to say that my jacket was waiting for me on return from my holiday and I love it so far. I haven't used it in anger, but in terms of fit, manufacturing quality, style and mobility I think it is absolutely great - in fact it far exceeded my expectations and I am very glad that I decided to wait for this product instead of getting one of the sport fencing master jackets, which lack so many of the great features of this jacket. I was especially struck by how toughly this is made - if I ever have to face a broken blade then I would trust this more than Leon Paul's jacket, for example. Totally happy with it so far.
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Re: New HEMA jacket

Postby Motley » 08 May 2012 14:24

Awesome thanks for the feedback. I thin one of these will feature in my future.

Did you go for a standard size or custom?
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Re: New HEMA jacket

Postby admin » 08 May 2012 15:55

Standard, but I am a fairly normal physical. There is more material around the tummy than I need, but as someone pointed out to me, that does help to keep the heat down a bit by offering more ventilation! I am 42 inch chest, 33 inch waist, if that's any help.
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Re: New HEMA jacket

Postby Motley » 17 May 2012 16:11

So after having chance to put it through it's paces at Dijon do you have any more thoughts?

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Re: New HEMA jacket

Postby admin » 17 May 2012 16:16

Yeah, it's great. The large neck works great with the mask inside and pretty much eradicates the need for a separate gorget. You can also move the head around enough, though it takes a little getting used to.
The only thing I have not decided yet is when to use forearm guards (escrima) over the top - I fought a couple of steel longsword bouts in Dijon and used one forearm guard (right arm), but I think if your opponent is not hitting that hard, or using something like a feder, then it may not be necessary.
For nylons you can wear this jacket with nothing else over the top or underneath - it's enough by itself.
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Re: New HEMA jacket

Postby admin » 06 Jun 2012 17:33

I continue to be extremely pleased with my AP jacket. The only question left for me is how to wash it - does anyone here know if it is machine washable?
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Re: New HEMA jacket

Postby Michael S » 06 Jun 2012 17:47

From the SPES Historical Fencing Gear facebook page (8th May):
Because many of you asking how to wash our jackets: we do not recommend wash in washing machines. Please do it by hand wash in max 40 degree of Celsius or go to dry cleaners. That will keep your jacket in good condition longer :)

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Re: New HEMA jacket

Postby admin » 06 Jun 2012 18:27

That's a shame! Thanks anyway :)
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Re: New HEMA jacket

Postby Hugh » 06 Jun 2012 21:02

has anyone tried (or reviewed) the Fechtschule or Fechtschule Gdansk gambesons?
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Re: New HEMA jacket

Postby Laurent » 11 Jun 2012 21:48

I am using the "Fechtschule Gdansk" Gambeson, and I like it; fits well on the body, does not hamper mobility.
Most of my friends opted for the "Axel Pettersson" Fencing Jacket instead, and I think it offers an overall better protection than the Fechtschule Gdansk due to the overlap on the chest.
To sum up I would say that:
Only the "Fechtschule Gdansk" brings some protection to the thighs and the waist.
The arms are equally protected on both.
The "Axel Pettersson" protects the chest much more.
If an extra neck protection is still required, the "Fechtschule Gdansk" keeps it less open.
The fabric used on the "Fechtschule Gdansk" is linen, so its finish is better in my opinion.
Adding the Body Protector which fits nicely on the "Fechtschule Gdansk" puts it on even term as far as the chest protection is concerned in my opinion.

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Re: New HEMA jacket

Postby Monster Zero » 12 Jun 2012 23:03

admin wrote:Standard, but I am a fairly normal physical. There is more material around the tummy than I need, but as someone pointed out to me, that does help to keep the heat down a bit by offering more ventilation! I am 42 inch chest, 33 inch waist, if that's any help.


Matt:

What size did you get?

I'm nearly the same size these days, and am going to be ordering one soon.
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Re: New HEMA jacket

Postby admin » 12 Jun 2012 23:45

Large.
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Re: New HEMA jacket

Postby Monster Zero » 12 Jun 2012 23:46

I was thinking that's the right size for me.

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Re: New HEMA jacket

Postby Monster Zero » 09 Jul 2012 00:40

Just ordered the Large in Red!

Mua ha ha ha!

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Re: New HEMA jacket

Postby Monster Zero » 25 Jul 2012 00:19

It arrived today and it is a great fit, perhaps a little big.

Lots of room in the shoulders and in the waist.

Doesn't ride up or bunch a bit.

Only improvements I can see would be to double stitch it, and add a heavier zipper.

It's great!

Also picked up the occipital add-in for the mask and it works perfectly on my Leon Paul.
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Re: New HEMA jacket

Postby Reinier » 25 Jul 2012 06:39

I hope they will make a version with a back zip - I strongly prefer back zips, and the jacket looks great.
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Re: New HEMA jacket

Postby Magnus Hagelberg » 25 Jul 2012 15:38

Reinier wrote:I hope they will make a version with a back zip - I strongly prefer back zips, and the jacket looks great.


??? the whole thing with the jacket is that it's front zipped.. why on earth would you want it backzipped?
so that you need help getting it on and off?
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Re: New HEMA jacket

Postby Andreas Engström » 25 Jul 2012 20:18

And it's zipped to the side of the chest with a huge amount of overlap, so not the remotest risk that it might be penetrated or damaged. I strongly prefer this and would be quite interested in why one wouldn't. :-)

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Re: New HEMA jacket

Postby admin » 25 Jul 2012 21:18

Ditto what the Swedes said :)
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Re: New HEMA jacket

Postby Markehed » 25 Jul 2012 22:30

As a fellow Swede I support my countrymen in their assessment of the AP jacket. It works great for me as well.
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