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PostPosted: Wed Sep 04, 2013 4:08 pm    Post subject: How encumbering was a sashimono? Reply with quote
Question is as the title says. Razz

A friend and I were talking about banners and standards in ancient and pre-modern armies and we got on the subject of sashimono. We got into a discussion on if they were all that encumbering or in any way hindered a soldier's fighting capability and mobility.
We can't find a good answer one way or another if they would have a negligible effect, as they're just flags on a light frame, but maybe some more elaborate ones might, or if they might impede a running/charging solder by adding to the wind resistance, like trying to run with a sail tied to your back. They're also held stiffly in place on the back, so I severely doubt they'd get in the way or throw one's balance off either.

I know there are some re-enactors here and others who have had first hand experience with armor and whatnot, so maybe someone can give us some insight?
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