Sugestion 2nd part
i know its posible with little effort in the programing side but its a long term desicion
can devs consider to let metal armor been upgraded with leather or cloth to inherit some of its "bonuses"
same for cloth and leather armors to be upgraded by cloth or metal addons
this way crafters can REALLY make unique Armor/Weapons (not less or similar than loot) of course this will increase the trade
on the defense of the idea, this will make CRafting in LR UNIQUE and i have seen in Real Life this kind of work, enhancing leather with Metal, or even enhancing cloth with Metal sounds weird but really kicking ass armor/weapons where made doing this kind of craft.