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The clothing

We have two main goals: historicity and security. This is why your outfit, only during fights, must be historical for the Viking (Scandinavian), Slavic and Frankish period.

Below is the list of mandatory clothing to make up your historical tunic. However other types of clothing are possible as long as they are historically correct. For example: woolen hoods, kaftans, calf band, etc...

All non-historical protection and clothing for the relevant period must be invisible. Only the fencing mask will be an exception.

All clothing will be subjected to a check before the beginning of the fights. All decisions taken by the referees will not be discussed.

The organization reserves the right not to validate a piece of clothing if they deem it to be non-compliant, even if it complies with the regulations below.

If you’re having any question on a rule, a weapon you own or any other interrogation, feel free to ask us away via formulaire de contact !

Tunic / Kaftan

Whether it is a civil clothing or a superposition of many layers of cloth, the tunic is the first used body armor in combat, which its efficiency is very underrated.

In Herja only the top layer counts, as long as the one(s) below are invisible. Depending on your geographic area, the period but also the wealth you represent, it can therefore be a simple linen tunic, or a more work wool tunic or even a caftan, etc...

Authorized material: Wool or Linen
Linen, in accordance with the rules of touches, does not entitle you to any protection!

Patterns, colors and shapes: We ask you to respect the patterns and colors of fabric historically compatible with your period but also with your geographical area. In addition, respect a minimum of the consistency of the clothes, Slavic pants should not be associated with a Norwegian tunic for example.

Simple wool tunic, loose enough to hide protections Linen tunic Woolen tunic Woolen tunic Woolen tunic
Our advices

Without hesitation we recommend a Woolen tunic because unlike linen it offers you protection against cuts which could well save your life on a battlefield.

When buying or designing, consider taking it loose so you can hide protections underneath while still having mobility for your movements.

We recommend

Why not combine a tunic and body protection? that's why we recommend thick woolen tunics.

Made of a superposition of several layers of thick wool, it effectively absorbs shocks, which allows you to reduce the number of protections worn underneath and makes you easier to move. it is even possible to incorporate inside, in strategic places, leather plates to protect certain sensitive areas.

Find these thick tunics on the protections page

Pants

p>Although they’re not a fight oriented article of clothing, its convenience and its usefulness make a very good body armor out of it. Strengthened by a pair of calf bands, it will offer a very good protection against slicing hit.

In Herja only the upper layer counts, as long as the one(s) below are invisible. Depending on your geographic area, the period but also the wealth you represent, it can therefore in terms of shape (braies, bouffant, etc.), color and patterns.

Authorized material: Wool

Patterns, colors and shapes: We ask you to respect the patterns and colors of fabric but also the shape of the garment historically compatible with your period but also with your geographical area. In addition, respect a minimum of the consistency of the clothes, Slavic pants should not be associated with a Norwegian tunic for example.

Simple wool pants/breeches Wool trousers/breeches without puttees Wool trousers/breeches with puttees Baggy wool trousers with puttees Wool baggy pants with gaiters
Our advices

When buying or designing, consider taking it loose so you can hide protections underneath while still having mobility for your movements.

We recommend

The addition of puttees is a practical and historical addition.

They have a whole bunch of advantages like providing extra thickness to protect the shins from blows (of which there are many). This also has the advantage of fixing well and preventing your modern protections hidden underneath from turning so as not to interfere with you during combat.

Historically, in addition to providing protection to the lower legs during combat, it allowed protection from brambles, nettles and others when walking. It also acted as a compression stocking which could be important when traveling over long distances or at altitude.

Shoes

They’re one of the essential elements of the 5th century scandinavian warrior starter pack. They assure the feet are protected, one of the most important body part during combat.

Only histo or histo-compatible leather shoes will be accepted during outfit checks.

Authorized material: Cuir

Patterns, colors and shapes: We ask you to respect the shape of the shoes historically compatible with your period but also with your geographical area. Respect the consistency of the clothes as much as possible, Slavic shoes should not be associated with a Norwegian tunic for example.

Leather shoes Leather shoes Leather shoes Leather shoes Leather shoes Leather shoes
Our advices

You have to tell yourself, with histo shoes, you slip and in the middle of a fight it can be fatal...

We modern men have always lived and grown up with shoes with modern soles that provide good grip on most surfaces.

This is why we advise you, for shoes that do not already have them, to have modern soles fitted by a Shoemaker. Admittedly, this has a cost but, in addition to preventing slips, it will increase the life of your shoes by protecting the leather sole.

We recommend

For those looking for historic shoes, we recommend the entry-level Viking Oseberg Boots sold at Celtic Web Merchant. They are the interest of being everywhere and have a good quality/price ratio.

For those who would like to invest in stronger but more expensive shoes, we recommend the Viking range from Ferey Médiéval. Very good quality shoes, which last over time if they are maintained correctly and in addition with modern soles already installed.

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