|[ leather cloak|
|Base price||40 zm|
This cloak is strictly superior to the more common dwarvish and orcish cloaks, which provide the same MC but no AC. Any type of magical cloak, including the fairly common elven cloak, will still be superior to this, providing the same or better AC and MC, plus some special abilities.
Despite its mundane nature, the leather cloak is actually a relatively recent addition to the game, having been introduced along with the touchstone in NetHack 3.4.0. The buglist indicates that it resolves the incongruity of human soldiers being generated with elven cloaks.
Since dwarvish and orcish cloaks have been buffed to MC2, almost any cloak is preferable to this one: higher magic cancellation is well worth a point of AC. The only exception might be for a character who already has MC 2 or MC 3, perhaps from a cornuthaum (MC2 in slash'em) or mithril-coat (MC3 in slash'em), in which case the leather cloak may be preferable.