Thanks Magnus, that was fun. Love a good argument. Dammit, Blackhawk, stop ruining our hissy fitting with reasonability.
And seriously . . . find me a job that pays twice or even 1.5x what I make now, and I would SO throw down and buy those Ti gaunts.
Hive--Out of curiosity, how do you intend to define what's armour enough to have to be legal armour and what isn't? Where's the line? Are 8 oz leather gaiters subminimum armour that get failed as not-thick-enough greaves? What about a 10 oz leather vest? Those both seem like perfectly legitimate garb choices that could be confused with armour and might get caught in the middle of such a rule. How about if I were wearing a full 14th century harness and put Azon mail chausses underneath to fill in the gaps entirely for looks? What if I wore my SCA coat of plates over my mail? It has plastic plates, but it's over legal armour, what then? Do you pass it as garb, tell me to take it off, pass it as garb only as long as it's over top of passing armour?
Or on the safety gear front, a plastic coat of plates to protect someone's kidneys? How about that exact same coat of plates to protect those kidneys with aluminum instead of plastic plates? Is a lacrosse helmet legitimately non-armour safety gear (to, say, protect someone with a history of concussions who could suffer serious injuries from another head hit, or someone with a neck injury), and if so, why not an aluminum helmet?
Honestly, I really rather think that there are much bigger fish to fry.