ah, but have you seen the changes in patch 1.05?
Will spoiler the rest of this, but if anyone else is keen for a little summary of armours I've used throughout my many hours, the following all rank nicely in my list of kit
To be fair the Dingy Robe and Maiden Skirt were so awesome for me because they have excellent lightning protection. So for most of the online/multiplayer stuff (as well as my usual Sunbroing O & S) they're almost unmatched in terms of weight.
Special mentions for the Witch Cloak and Logans Hat.
If you're after a little bit of poise to stop yourself getting staggered by everything, I recommend Solaire's Chest Piece as well as the Chainmail set. Really good physical protection. Other notable mentions definitely include Kirks Thorns Set. Just one piece of it means if you roll into any enemy that doesn't have poise, they'll stagger. Excellent to use against the gargoyles in Anor Londo
Some other excellent heavier armours, the Dark Chest and Gauntlets are very good all around. Ornstein's is good, but bettered by the Dark Set in almost every way. The Silver Knight set is also a pretty decent set.
Obviously, if you're looking at heavy armour, the Giant's set is pretty excellent, as well as Smoughs. His gauntlets actually look pretty cool
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