(laced to meet in the middle)
|Small||33″ / 84 cm|
|Medium||36″ / 91 cm|
|Large||41″ / 104 cm|
|XLarge||46″ / 117 cm|
Note: This chart is meant as a general reference – and gives the measurements with the pourpoint laced to meet in the middle. Because this garment is laced up it has allot of flexibility in how it fits. It won’t precisely lace up to meet in the middle on most people (unless you happen to be that exact size) but that is not necessary in order to fit correctly or look good. Please note that if you are on the cusp between sizes that you generally want to choose a smaller size because the garment is meant to be worn laced very tightly in order to support the leg harness. In other words, it more desirable that there be a gap in front where it laces rather than have it be even a little loose. That way you can lace very tightly from your waist to your hips in order to keep the weight and pull of your leg harness exclusively on your lower body, which is how this garment is designed to be used. If your pourpoint is not laced very tightly around your waist some of the weight of your leg harness can be distributed up to the shoulders, which greatly increases fatigue. Because the armhole is large and the garment is sleeveless the chest measurement is not a factor in fit.
White, Black, Red, Royal Blue, Burgundy, Purple
Slate Blue, Sage, Dark Green, Oatmeal, Dark Brown, Gold
Note: Please note, only some colors are available in the heavier weight linen we use in making this product. Also, with the difficulty of accurately representing colors on a variety of monitors, the color names are meant as descriptions along with the swatches. Please use both when deciding on what color to order. Also, despite how the colors may appear on your monitor the same color names in Wool, Silk and Linen are different and do not exactly coordinate.
The development of plate armour required arming clothes to evolve into the foundation to which the armour attached. While the gambeson served this role for arm and body defenses, a closer fitting garment was required to support the leg harness. The exact form of such a garment in the 14th century is unclear but by the early 15th century we have documentation for the ‘pourpoint’, a garment worn over a linen shirt and under the gambeson. The form of this garment is like that of a sleeveless cotehardie, a garment whose own development coincided with the adoption of plate leg harness. The large armhole follows the lines of the period with the exaggerated lines of the ‘grande assiette sleeve’. Therefore, while we can not guarantee this is the exact historical solution for earlier portrayals, we offer it as a reasonable solution based a slightly later period. Our pourpoint is made of heavyweight, 7.5 oz linen and has a medium weight cotton canvas lining. In addition the front, bottom quarter is lightly padded over the hip, providing an extra layer of protection in an area often left unprotected in many styles of harness. Much like a later cotehardie, our pourpoint is meant to be worn very fitted and tightly-laced, so as to support your leg harness at the hip rather than having the stress on your shoulders. We have included two sets of arming points to be used to attach leg harness. This garment also makes a nice accessory worn over shirt, braies and chauses when not on the field. We recommend dry cleaning this item in order to extend its life to a maximum. Linen is a very strong fiber but it is also very brittle. Machine washing and drying will break down the fibers over time. The front lace is available in natural or black. The arming points are available in natural with plastic tips or a variety of colors with metal tips. The colored laces and metal tipped laces are available at an additional charge.
Read more about our arming clothes in the article The Evolution of Arming Clothes
“The Pourpoint is the answer for supporting Leg Harness.I have the Revival pourpoint.. and I can say without reservation that it is the best, most comfortable,most stable arrangment for holding up leg harness I have ever used, and I have used them all. In 22 years of armoured combat I have never had a harness more comfortable and high performing than I do now.. all due to the Revival Arming Pourpoint.
The key is to have the pourpoint.. **very** tight, the sides of the garment opening should **just** meet when snugged very tight on the hips.. and if you are conventionaly shaped this will mean that the garment *won’t* meet over the chest. This is the proper fit IMO, ( this has the added benefit of girdling in your “extra padding” and providing a more svelte profile )
Also you must reinforce the points with leather or fabric patches to ensure the points don’t tear out in vigorous combat.
The point placment is perfect for me.. and if you are wearing the proper size they should be ok for most. There must be one point over the rotation point of the side of the hip.. right at the insertion of the hip joint. The other point should be at the center point of the leg harness.
I strongly endorse this product.
Revival clothing has the answer.”
– Brian McIlmoyle A.I. IMAF
Principal Instructor AEMMA
Drawing after a detail of an illuminated manuscript circa 1441 in the Nuremburg Museum, Nuremburg, Germany
Drawing after manuscript 621 fol. 365 circa 1427-1438 in the Bibliotheque de l’Arsenal, Paris, France
Drawing after manuscript 988, lat. 17294, fol. 122 verso circa 1430 in the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France
Drawing after manuscript 5070 fol. 49 verso circa 1440 in The Bibliotheque de l’ Arsenal, Paris, France