You hear accounts of guys trundling around with a dozen arrows sticking out of their padded armour, looking like pin cushions. This has lead to the belief padded cloth armours could stop arrows surprisingly well, and may've been more efficient in doing so than mail. Is this true?
One point to be considered, is often that heavy padding may have had mail in it. And that may've been the major arrow stopping factors. I have seen some tests on mail vs gambesons with arrows, but I can't remember a definitive example that shows the efficiency of one over the other.
So, could someone please tell me? Was padded armour more efficient at stopping arrows than mail?