“A firefighter and a soldier in full gear bear the same load as a medieval armoured fighter. Which one will perform best on the run?”

Daniel Jaquet is an academic from Vaumarcus, Switzerland. He’s a Medievalist who specializes in armored fighting. He’s also a practitioner of Historical European Martial Arts.
He launched a Kickstarter campaign to make this movie. It’s fascinating! And good to know if you ever have to fashion your own armor!

The modern fire-fighter or the soldier carries a load of approx. 20-25kg (44-55lbs) at the most. That’s about the same load imposed on a late medieval armored fighter, and we know this from recent scholarly work, including experimentation phases with modern-day equipment and faithful replica (3D motion capture, energy expenditure measured on treadmills).

We chose the obstacle run on a military base in Switzerland to demonstrate the mobility of the armored fighter with a comparative approach. Everybody knows, or can easily picture how agile fire-fighters or modern soldiers are. Is it the same for an armored knight?

  • Tina Gallagher

    Obviously, the guy has never worn full fire gear or carried any firefighting equipment. Nor has he ever worn full battle gear or a pack.

  • Mikial

    Very cool stuff, and they’re all studs. I’ve never been a firefighter, but I have been a soldier and I have competed in full SCA armor. Well done to all three.

  • David Blakeman

    Gentlemen, I salute you. I doubt that I would have made the second obstacle while clad in running shorts, the three of you are true warriors.