The Metal Chest Plate is an over-garment torso covering with its current design iteration dating back to July 2015. It is the premier ‘kit’ torso covering, with the Jacket being the exception for players operating mostly within the arctic biome.
The metal chest plate operates much in the same way that Hide Poncho, Wood Chestplate, or Road Sign Jacket does. While defensively more stacked than the jacket in this slot, when the sun goes down in the snow, that defensiveness turns to weakness. While lacking in both cold and radiation protection, the metal chest plate is unmatched (excluding the heavy metal set due to speed reduction) in projectile defense.
They are found in high-tier loot crates as well as drops from heavy oil rig scientists. It can be researched at a research table, or through significant scrap investment at a Tier 3 Work Bench.
The metal chest plate may be recycled for a marginal amount of leather, high-quality metal, and several sewing kits and is a popular item for skins.