These 13th Century components were designed to protect the shoulders of the wearer. Popular in Germany and during the early Crusades, they could be made of steel or heavy leather. They were cheap to make and lighter than previous versions made to protect the shoulders. Held in place with leather strapping (or cords), they were easily replaced when damaged (and easy to remove when not needed). They were often combined with other components to enhance protection. The Ailette disappeared from combat use around the early 14th Century in most countries.