i was inquiring to buy a medieval cloak and i thought /out/ would be a good place to ask
what's a good material for a cloak? which is best for keeping dry during rainfall, staying warm, and the overall management of it such as keeping it clean? any recommendations or experiences with a medieval-era cloak?
sealskin with seal fur lining
>pic somewhat related
Get a wool cloak. Wool is cosy. Wool is based.
thick polar if you want it for cheap.
i had a polar cloak and used it all the time at night to keep my back warm as the fire kept my front warm.
when you sleep you can throw it on top of your blanket and even your face if very cold.
only problem with polar is sparks burn a hole in it unlike wool. but wool is very problematic to clean and expensive.
The only medieval material is wool or MAYBE alpaca (which is not medieval, but doesn't look different from wool).
Also, the only medievalish way to keep it dry is standing under a roof or a tent. Medieval people had no way to permanently waterproof clothes.
To stay warm, keep it dry. If it gets wet, just dry it on your body or by a fire.
To keep it clean, don't do this
To clean it, just brush the dirt off.
Strictly speaking wax and oils were applicable for waterproofing linen, but beeswax was expensive (the only non-smoking light source) and had many other (more important) applications while oils and fats were probably more important as food.
Okay okay, I was exaggerating here... these waterproof fabrics existed, but did not find application (you try making a cape out of leather...). Either way, most people probably had little need since they would end the day either in their own home, some kind of building or in a tent. They'd also pretty much always have a fire available somewhere. Carrying extra weight and paying extra money for a totally waterproof garment was not something the common man would do.
I know where you can get some of the wool-viscose mix the Wehrmacht did use, if you want. http://www.zib-militaria.de/epages/61431412.sf/en_GB/?ViewObjectPath=%2FShops%2F61431412%2FProducts%2F190550
>no option for brown or regular green
fuck, i would be sold if not for that, i wanna feel like i belong leaning against a tree and taking a nap, ignoring my lord's orders to iron his trousers
I had a wool square cloak I made from a replica us army blanket that kept me warm and dry that I got off amazon for $20. Just needed to add a penanular cloak pin to keep it in place. Pic sorta related.
Does anybody have experience with a plash palatka? AKA the soviet sniper cape? Its not medieval but its a waterproof canvas cloak that I can I'm looking into. To anybody that has experience with it, is it worth it?
I wish I had an invisibility cloak so I could disappear from this place and not have everyone I meet look at me with disgust. Then perhaps when I die it could be my shroud, keeping even my bones from view till they too are weathered and destroyed by time.
It would nice to be a wizard as well, perhaps then I would have some worth.
>which is best for keeping dry during rainfall, staying warm, and the overall management of it such as keeping it clean?
A polar fleece cloak with a goretex overcloak.
Shills will tell you wool, but while wool is still warmish when wet just like polar fleece, and takes a longer time to get smelly, it soaks up a metaphorically literal ton of water and takes days to dry.
A thin merino wool undercloak might be a good idea because it doesn't stink like synthetics worn next to the skin, but if you're wearing a cloak you're probably celibate so the smell isn't really relevant.
A cloak isn't worn next to the skin anyway.
Also, OP specifically said "medieval". If you start optimising like that, you quickly find out a cloak is a poor use of insulative fabric in the first place...
>tfw had to google Larping
It's worse than I thought. I don't understand why people get into these things that just scream "AUTISM!!!". It's like those Rennaisance Fair people. Why not pick up a football or something and at least try to fit in with normal people?
You can't be considering a cloak, for real.
Just get a proper woolen coat, it is a modern, more fitted, cloak with more pockets, more buttons, sleeves, and cheaper nowadays.
The only advantage of a cloak is that it doubles more easily as a blanket.
I own a cloak.
Its a bandsmans cloak for a dress uniform
Its warm but I would not want to wear it in the wet or damp.
Advantages of a cloak as compared to a jacket, coat.:
More flexibility with the level of insulation. Open it, throw it behind your back to decrease insulation.
Reserve fabric to use as blanket for rest, sleep or as a tarp if waterproof.
Shape is good to keep water of even if the material itself is not entirely waterproof, since most of the fabric does not contact the body. Also protects other things below the cloak from water, unlike a jacket.
Shape is good for ventilation when used for water protection rather than insulation.
Inefficient way to use insulative material for clothing.
Vulnerable to wind.
Makes working (slightly) harder.
Makes navigating brushes and such harder, gets in the way and snags.
Gets in the way of equipment (stuff on belt, bags, backpacks).
Violates the layering principle if made of insulative material (like wool).
There are "cloaks" made with modern waterproof materials (ponchos and raincapes) and these are used a lot. There are even insulative cloaks like these improved poncho liners with hole and hood that kifaru or hpg make. The fact that they find less use by orders of magnitude than rain cloaks, let alone jackets speaks for itself.
>Le epic cloak meme
Lindybeige pls go. Take your autism elsewhere.
>No one ever wore a cloak that was open
>Everything medieval was utilitarian
Come on son.