Considering that the magic user and the thief have no restrictions on wearing the chainmail, it's possible to get it and use it. In the fourth game, they end up getting it anyways.
However, do you go ahead and get it at the first game? The advantages are the higher defense, but the disadvantage is the increased weight. This means that magic users can hold less mana potions, while thieves can hold less throwing daggers. At the same time, though, magic users and thieves are not capped on strength, and the Fighter also carries a shield and a sword, which are heavier than a dagger.
So, is it really that much of a disadvantage? And if you don't get it, do you do it because of the weight, or because of theme?
Edited by Zachski, 30 October 2010 - 02:30 AM.