The many layers of leather used in this battle clothing make it very sturdy.
Leather Plate (レザープレイト, Rezā Pureito?, lit. Leather Plate), also known as Leather Chest Plate, Leather Vest, and Leather Breastplate, is a recurring light armor in the series. It is a weak light armor, providing minimal defenses.
Plate worn for combat.
Leather Plate is low-ranked light armor that provides 8 Defense, halves Ice-elemental damage, and teaches Chakra. It can be bought for 530 gil at Lindblum (disc 1/2), Treno (disc 2), and Black Mage Village (disc 2/3), found in Lindblum (disc 1 - Church), or stolen from Black Waltz 2. It can be equipped by everyone except Steiner and Freya.
Leather Breastplate is a low-ranked light armor that requires the Light Armor 2 license to equip, and provides 6 Evade and +30 HP. It can be bought for 300 gil at Rabanastre, Dalmasca Westersand, Barheim Passage, Nalbina Fortress, Bhujerba, and Dreadnought Leviathan, or from the Bazaar from the "Assorted Leathers" set, or stolen from Wildsnake (3% chance).
In the Zodiac versions, it can now be bought for 300 gil at Rabanastre, Nalbina Fortress, and Barheim Passage, or from the Bazaar from the "Assorted Leathers" set, stolen from Wildsnake (3% chance), or found at Garamsythe Waterway (Eastern Waterway Control). It can be equipped by the Machinist, Monk, Archer, and Shikari.
A breastplate made of tanned leather. Though it is flexible, its durability leaves something to be desired, like any other piece of leather equipment. However, since it protects the chest, a vital point of the body, it provides a sense of relief when worn. The leather plate is often used by travelers, as well as militia men in some small villages. There is even an industry to develop this piece of equipment, which makes it widely available.