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Leather armor

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This is a lore summary, presenting intradiegetic or in-universe information about the subject. For game characteristics and similar data, consult the table on the right.
Game-specific articles
FalloutLeather jacket
Leather armor
Fallout 2Leather jacket
Combat leather jacket
Leather armor
Leather armor Mk II
Fallout 3Leather armor
Wanderer's leather armor
Tunnel Snake outfit
FO: New VegasLeather armor
Leather armor, reinforced
Lightweight leather armor
Gecko-backed leather armor
Gecko-backed leather armor, reinforced
Fallout 4Leather armor
Fallout 76Leather armor
FO TacticsLeather armor
Leather armor Mk II
Fallout: BoSLeather armor
Van BurenLeather jacket
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Leather armor is a lightweight body armor made from tanned animal hide, offering protection from firearms and melee damage.[1]

Note: that most raider armors are made from parts of leather and metal, and are covered in a separate article

Variants

One-sleeved leather jacket

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A very stylish pre-War black, heavy leather jacket. This jacket is an ill choice to wear in the scorching sun of the desert and one of the arms has been torn off.[2][3]

Two-sleeved combat leather jacket

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This heavily padded leather jacket is unusual in that it has two sleeves. You'll definitely make a fashion statement whenever, and wherever, you rumble.[4]

Motorcycle football armor

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This leather armor is based on pre-War armor designed for Motorcycle Football and other dangerous contact sports. The simple construction techniques required to produce armor of this design made it a popular choice following the Great War. It provides moderate protection, and the light construction makes it easier to dodge attacks while worn. Unfortunately, it provides little to no protection against explosions or plasma attacks.[5]

The principal material used to construct leather armor after the war is tanned brahmin hide,[6] making it cheap and readily available to nearly anyone.

Motorcycle football armor Mk II

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A superior version of the motorcycle football armor design, finely crafted from tanned brahmin hide.[7]

One-sleeved leather armor

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A full black leather armor with one sleeve and bits of motorcycle football equipment like football shoes.

One-sleeved lightweight leather armor

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A hand-modified suit of one-sleeved black leather armor for reduces its overall weight and increase its ability to protect with a more rugged black leather.

One-sleeved leather armor, reinforced

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A reinforced version of the one-sleeved black leather armor, equipped with brown leather protective and crafted with a tanned strong and robust black leather.

One-sleeved gecko-backed leather armor

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A leather armor crafted from the durable hides of geckoes. The fire, golden, and green gecko hides also confer a bonus to fire, radiation, and poison resistances.

One-sleeved gecko-backed leather armor, reinforced

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A reinforced version of the standard gecko leather armor which still confers bonus to fire, radiation and poison resistances.

Two-sleeved Tunnel Snake leather jacket

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A "Perfecto" style leather jacket with a snake emblem on the back, has two sleeves, worn on top of a Vault 101 jumpsuit, used by the Tunnel Snakes gang in Vault 101.

Eastern Brotherhood leather armor

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A suit of leather armor crafted, like other types, from tanned brahmin hide. Unlike other types of leather body armor, Brotherhood variants are composed of individual segments mounted on the body using straps. The armor includes pauldrons, a cuirass, breastplate, pauldrons, armguards, and a complete set of armor for the legs and groin. For some reason, the Brotherhood chose to paint all leather armor orange.

Midwestern Brotherhood leather armor mark II

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A superior version of the Midwestern Brotherhood of Steel leather armor with a new design for the torso, more reinforced than the mark I version with more layer of orange tanned brahmin hide.

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References

  1. Fallout 2 Official Strategies & Secrets p.64: "There are two types of Leather Armor. They're both manufactured from the boiled hides of either brahmin or Geckos, and both look the same. Leather Armor Mk. 2 is made with more care, so it gives slightly more protection."
  2. Vault Dweller's Survival Guide p.5-18: "What’s the point of wearing armor if you can’t look good? The Leather Jacket is a toned down version of Leather Armor, providing minimal protection while not sacrificing any dodging capability. Stylish, too. Unfortunately, poor ventilation and the black leather make this a very hot armor to wear under the scorching desert sun."
  3. Fallout 2 Official Strategies & Secrets p.64: "The hip Leather Jacket is a relic from the before-times. It has only one sleeve left, but it makes up in style what it makes lacks in protection."
  4. Item description: "{26500}{}{Combat Leather Jacket}"
    "{26501}{}{This heavily padded leather jacket is unusual in that it has two sleeves. You'll definitely make a fashion statement whenever, and wherever, you rumble.}"
    (PRO ITEM.MSG (Fallout 2))
  5. Vault Dweller's Survival Guide p.5-17: "The original Leather Armor was designed for Motorcycle Football and other dangerous contact sports. It is likely that the simple construction techniques required to produce armor of this design will make it a popular choice following a nuclear disaster. It provides moderate protection, and the light construction makes it easier to dodge attacks while worn. Unfortunately, it provides little to no protection against explosions or plasma attacks."
  6. Item description: "{100}{}{Leather Armor}"
    "{101}{}{Your basic all leather apparel. Finely crafted from tanned brahmin hide.}"
  7. Item description: "{37900}{}{Leather Armor Mark II}"
    "{37901}{}{An enhanced version of the basic leather armor with extra layers of protection. Finely crafted from tanned brahmin hide.}"
    (PRO ITEM.MSG (Fallout 2))