Complete Product Analysis

 

Aluminum Chainmail Jerkin

By Chowser, July 11th, 2017

1 INTRODUCTION

FOAM Chainsaw Sword

Chainmail was one of the most versatile types of armor used during medieval times. It was flexible as well as strong, which made it invaluable for footmen and cavalry alike. It did have a few drawbacks, the most notable of which was its weight. Steel Chainmail was HEAVY, the jerkin alone would weigh thirty or more pounds, and was often closer to fifty. In addition to all that weight it would always be accompanied with padded or leather armor underneath, which added even more to the load. Such was the cost of true protection during the Medieval era, and most soldiers were absolutely willing to pay it in exchange for the hope of survival.

Today when people ware chainmail, the chances are that it is more for looks than for protection. And if your goal is just to look the part, there are much lighter armor options available. Like this aluminum chainmail jerkin, which weighs around one fifth of its steel counterparts. It may not give you the same protection from swords and axes, but at least you won’t be out of breath before you ever get to your cosplay event. Because there are likely some questions about how well these items function, we’ve decided to give you a full review of this aluminum chainmail body armor.



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2 DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION

This armor is still a strong choice, as it is handcrafted from high-quality aluminum alloy rings linked together in the classic European Four in One weave pattern. The Four in One pattern means that each one ring is connected to four other rings, which makes for a sturdy yet flexible armor. It is widely believed to be one of the most effective and versatile of the weave patterns, and was used on the majority of chainmail armors.

Because it is aluminum, the design is not intended for full contact LARP action; however, it is definitely usable for light to medium LARP such as with FOAM weapons. Contact with steel weapons would likely result in injury, and bent or broken rings, however, and is not recommended.

Modifications and repairs will be relatively easy because the aluminum rings can be manipulated much more freely than steel rings. This is a major bonus for those who intend to modify the armor to suit a particular cosplay need. In addition, the upkeep on this item is a breeze because the aluminum will never rust. So, you don’t need to worry about oiling or moisture issues.


Pros: Cons:
  • Light weight.
  • Flexible.
  • Good for Light and Medium contact LARP.
  • Oiling not required.
  • Relatively easy to modify or repair.
  • Not intended for heavy contact LARP.
  • Slightly lighter in color than steel.
  • Padded armor not included.
  • Coif not included.

CONCLUSION

This armor is well made, and perfect for a huge variety of cosplay and LARP scenarios, from Medieval to Fantasy. It will serve you well in light to medium LARP action, and at one fifth the weight of steel it wont bog you down. It requires zero oiling, and can be stored almost anywhere, which is a huge bonus compared to steel. We think this is a much better choice for the lighthearted cosplayer and LARP, and we think you will too.

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