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SPES AP Jacket Light PRO 350N
SPES AP Jacket Light PRO 350N

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SPES AP Light Fencing Jacket 350N with PRO Plates

Jackets are make to order - please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery.

Multi-color options. Chart available HERE.

When checking out using the Custom Size option ONLY, include your measurements (according to the Sizing chart in the adjacent tab) in the Comment section during checkout. Do not use punctuation and enter measurements in centimeters (it's made in Europe!) ALL MEASUREMENTS MUST BE INCLUDED.

If ordering a standard size we do not need your measurements.

See Sizing tab for more information.

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Light fencing jacket based on the popular "AP" 350N model. Besides the features like an overlap in the front, bladecatcher, hard form protection, the "AP Light" is characterized by low weight, breathable construction, adjustable waist and extra pockets with foams. What is more, this jacket is thinner than the regular "AP" but still made from 350N puncture resistance fabric. Its lining allows heat and moisture removal and has the antibacterial function.

On sleeves you can find pockets for additional elbow protectors, e.g. "Shell" (link). Thanks to extra pockets for the foam, you can modify ribs, shoulders, and front. This feature allows using this jacket in light historical fencing training, as well as tournaments.

- 350N puncture resistance certificate
- Low weight

- Pockets for foams
- Breathable lining with antibacterial function

- Bladecatcher

- Pockets for elbow protectors

- Adjustable waist

Multi-color options. Chart available HERE.

Washing Information is HERE.

AP Fencing Jacket

AP "Light" Fencing Jacket

Puncture resistance

350 N

350 N


2,5 kg – 3,5 kg / heavier

1,6 kg – 1,9 kg / lighter

Basic layer of filling/amortization

Thicker on the whole surface;
protecting more body areas

Thinner; ensures better mobility

Additional inner amortization layer


Pockets with removable foams; changable
level of amortization on shoulders, front and ribs


Standard; more difficult
because of thicker amortization layer

Good moisture and heat removal,
antibacterial lining


Handwash or chemical wash; longer drying

Laundry wash; shorter drying

Additional fitting to the size


Extra strip on the back– adjustable waist


Quilted with amortization layer

Thin; recommended additional protection

Additional fastening


Pockets for additional elbow protectors

Designed to

Intensive training and tournaments as well as
HEMA beginners

many kinds of training.

#1. Does the AP Light Jacket offer adequate protection for the full range of HEMA styles from longsword to rapier? I know it offers less then the regular style but I'm just curious how scaled down that protection is in comparison.
PHA> If you are doing ALL HEMA, its a good choice. Its less impact resistant than the AP, but more than the officer. Range of motion is also somewhat in-between.

#2. Is the light variant made from the same material as the regular SPES jacket? If not, what material?
PHA> It has more synthetic materials, including a open cell foam that is fairly breathable.

#3. Lastly, how significant is it in terms of the reduction of heat compared to the regular style?
PHA> Significant. Because of the open foam, mostly in the back.

Ultimately, I want a jacket that still is protective for all styles of HEMA combat but does not overheat excessively, as I will be practicing outside as well. Of the two, the SPES Axel Jacket V2.0 or the SPES AP Light 350N, which would you recommend?
PHA> The light for sure. You may get a few more bruises, but you will be cooler and have better motion.

New policy: we are imposing a $25 restocking fee on any return, exchange OR change in the open order for any special color (not black) on any SPES jacket or pants.
So please review your orders carefully and be sure you leave yourself time for your order to arrive if you want custom work, usually 4 weeks. I try to have black jackets and pants in stock at all times!

Average Rating: Average Rating: 5 of 5 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 6 Write a review »

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5 of 5 300 newtons March 9, 2021
Reviewer: Tate Batson from Madison, WI United States  
I fight with this and it keeps my innards and other valuables safe

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5 of 5 Ideal jacket January 13, 2021
Reviewer: Matt O from Stow, OH United States  
My custom size came pretty close to perfect. The jacket itself is the bare minimum protection for longsword. Light pads on the ribs, shoulder and a vertical strip down the front. No forearm pads but most people use hard forearms anyway so I think it’s a plus that this has less bulk there. It’s also a lot less hot than my last jacket. If you’re ok with sacrificing pads for maneuverability I think this is a great jacket.

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5 of 5 December 31, 2020
Reviewer: Angie from Brownsburg, IN United States  
The jacket is relatively lightweight and appears to be well made.  Shipping was much quicker than the 6-8 weeks listed, which was a big bonus (though the jacket was black, so possibly already in stock).  My HEMA loving son was very excited to receive it as a gift.

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5 of 5 AP Light Pro August 27, 2020
Reviewer: Sean from Hanover Park, IL  
Overall a great jacket.  I had mine custom tailored and SPES did very well with that.  I've heard others saying the foam pads under the shoulders are too restrictive and uncomfortable, and I can vouch for that, I took them out immediately.  I also agree with the other reviewer that the forearm protection isn't comprehensive enough and could do to cover the inner area.  Otherwise a great jacket, it was completed faster than the quoted time, and arrived quickly.  Purpleheart is awesome and they will continue to be my go to shop for HEMA supplies!

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5 of 5 Everything I wanted in a HEMA jacket August 21, 2020
Reviewer: John from Cleveland, OH United States  
This is my first HEMA jacket, after wearing different club jackets for the last 6 months. I knew I wanted something that was much lighter for heat reasons, while still offering solid protection for long sword and lightsaber. This seemed to cover all the bases from the reviews I'd read, and in practice it's even better.
The manufacturing quality and the fit are great. I'm vastly more comfortable in this jacket than in any I've had a chance to try. The padding still means it's warm, but I can go much longer in this one than I could in others. The hard plastic armor is very functional, and attaches easily to the velcro loops on the sleeves and shoulders without restricting movement. I've found it to be very protective, and plenty loud - so there's no question when it's hit.
One minor critique - the loops on the plastic guards need to be replaced already, but these seem to be readily available hair rubberbands.
Custom color jacket arrived much more quickly than I expected.

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