admin wrote:From a personal perspective, one of the problems is that your arming doublet needs to be tight in order to hold the armour in place. I am not remotely constricted by my harness in terms of breathing, but the arming doublet makes me hot and constricts my chest and stomach to some degree. In fact it has to - if I wear it loose then the armour which is attached to it moves about in the wrong way.
That's very true- my pourpoint is very constricting, and it has to be to hold the legs up but not get in the way of movement. To a certain extent, while my legs are suspended (i.e. I stand straight up), the weight is distributed across my torso. While in a fighting stance, the thighs take a larger portion of the weight.
As far as breathing goes, I normally need a couple of minutes with the visor down to get used to rebreathing my own CO2- I can either drop the visor late and try to get the fight over and done with, or keep it down for a while as my system adjusts.
That's pretty much my experience as well - the arming doublet (just like the hoses) fit very tight in the late 14th and throughout the whole 15th century. That's by the way one of the main problems with today's reenactors bouting: ususally the doublet and hoses do not fit as they should - leading to restrictions in movements or simply uncomfortable armour.
I usually wear an open sallet and a bevor on reenactment events (as my visored sallet doesn't fit to the period I'm portraying - yep, I know, reenactors are...anal....).
But even with the open sallet breathing does get difficult. as I happen to breathe out against the bevor, thus having rebreathing my own CO2. I usually try to blow my breath somehow over my bevor which certainly leads to a strange facial expression which gladly noone sees.....
I used my visored sallet occasionally for HEMA purposes, it's more the restricted view than the restricted breath why I prefer the open sallet.
As it has been discussed: it does seem, that at least from the second half of ther 15th century onwards, certain armour-parts were astoundingly light: guantlets, vambraces, rerebraces, cuisses and greaves seem to be in general a lot thinner and lighter compared to breastplates and helmets.
Of course that's a wide field as there was quite a range of armour AND I don't know enough about the late 14th/very early 15th century, i.e quality of steel, heat treeatment etc..