Absolutely no good reason why this still exists. The notion that somehow one is more powerful in LEATHER compared to being decked out in STEEL is just stupid. It is bassackwards to the way it should be. I`m sick to death of leather armor where everyone wears the same thing. Wheres my Norse Helmet? Wheres my shadow chain armor? Why are these penalties still here? Seriously..... I would like to know why metal armors have a meditation penalty anymore. For me this is by far my biggest pet peeve. It makes no sense (in todays UO,maybe 10 years ago it fit) to still have this in game. Can`t be to hard to code.... or remove that part of the code. Would be one of the simplest things the Devs could do that would impact everyone who plays the game in a positive way. More variety in armor..... wouldn`t that be great.