Was having a conversation with a Paladin friend of mine and he suggested I post my question here and get the opinion of the Paladin Community. So here it is:
For a Mithra Paladin (i suppose any race really) would a Byrnie be an equivalent or atleast acceptable substitute for a Gallant Surcoat. Here are the the stats of each. (Forgive me having to write this out, first time posting I dont know how to link these to the Database like I see in other posts)
Byrnie: def:46, HP +25, Str +3, Dex -3, Vit +3, Agi -3, Int -3, Mnd -3, Chr -3,
Gallant Surcoat: Def 47, HP +20, Vit +4, Divine Magic Skill + 5, Emn +2
I have a Haubergeon, that I will likely use for most of my exp parties. What I am really wondering is can I use the Byrnie instead of a Surcoat so I dont need to stop lvling to get the AF done. Would the +20 att and +str make up for the loss in emn. I intend fully on doin it later, for purposes of storing at the very least.
Thanks in advance.