The Classical Greek hoplites (soldiers) wore a rather fetching cuirass or "corslet". I have made a reconstruction of one, and I have a few points to make about it. There is a theory, to which I do not subscribe, which says that these things were made of many layers of linen. I made mine from very thick leather, and I feel pretty safe in it.
One point I meant to mention but forgot appears in another (very short) video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bg1iPL8eVeE.
I weighed my cuirass, and it came out at 14 lbs (6kg).
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