Medieval Leg Protectors
(About) An Articulated Masterpiece from the Chivalric Heyday of Plate
This functional pair of Medieval Leg Protectors are a fantastic solution for re-enactors and LARPers who want the look and function of late-medieval plate without the frustration of fiddly and time-consuming compound leg armor. Our Medieval Leg Protectors are a hybrid piece of armor consisting of an articulated cuisse on the thigh and a poleyn with a protective flared fan plate over the knee – all in one. They are made from period-accurate 16-gauge mild steel – this is slightly thicker than the 18- or 20-gauge steel generally seen in historical medieval battle armor, but the thicker gauge gives better resilience and protection. They are fully articulated with riveted lames between the poleyn and greave – and it features peg holes that will accommodate the matching Steel Greaves. They also feature three leather straps and buckles to keep them secure and comfortable, as well as leather attachments for tassets.
Overall, they are an astonishing product for the price. They would make an equally fantastic addition to a re-enactment impression of a late-medieval soldier as to a LARP costume of a fervent paladin.
(Curiosity) An Elegant Solution
An historical stickler might point out that these aren’t really true cuisses, since they only cover the front of the thigh and the shin, rather than encasing the whole thigh and calf in plate. Full period-accurate harnesses of plate are available, but they are generally much more expensive and more time-consuming to don and doff. For all but the most hardcore of re-enactors, our Medieval Leg Protectors more than do the job.
- Material: 16-Gauge mild steel
- Weight: 16 lbs (pair)
Overall Length: 22.5 Inches
Thigh Length: 13 Inches
Calf Circumference: 14.5-21 Inches
Thigh Circumference: 16-24 Inches
Knee Circumference: 16.5-21 Inches