Leg Armour Support - Pressure Bands
Pressure and support principles behind the fabric or leather garments that support leg armour, hose or even modern stockings.
The best way for the human body to carry medium to light weights on the legs is to use pressure bands on the midrift. It allows full range of motion of the arms and the legs when done correctly.
The pressure bands need to be of ever decreasing pressure in order to provide comfort and movement. The downwards pressure of the borne weight is held mainly at the bottom, and then gradually lightened off as it gets higher. Weight on the shoulders reduces range of movement and the ability to raise the arms high above the shoulders, so should be at best zero, or the least amount possible.
In the diagram below, red and orange hold most pressure, yellow less pressure, and green (or above) significantly less pressure. The white line indicates the angle of a fitted garment. This white line is the edge of the 'cone segment' that holds the weight in place by shape.
|Anatomy man shows pressure bands with colour coding with ROYGBIV colour coding|
This gentleman is wearing a light fitted sleeveless garment that has points to hold up his padded leg armour and likely also a steel over armour. The method by which the pressure is regulated is by the tightness of the lacing. at the bottom the lacing will be firmed, and it will gradually have less pressure as it goes upwards. Clever tailoring provides the angle in, and then an angle outwards - the point where these angles change is visible as the spacing of the laces, and a small fabric bulge. The upper section of the garment above the green zone is clearly holding less pressure, and this is acknowledged by the garment maker as the time consuming lacing has been abandoned for simple ties, which can easily take the lowered pressure and are easier to construct.
|This garment is called and arming doublet by my contemporaries.|
|This is called a modern garter belt.|