Hide Armor is a piece of armor made for almost every class and has a armor class two points lower than leather armor, giving better defense, but it weighs a lot more and it will decrease thieving abilities. It lowers pickpocketing, disarm/find traps and lockpicking by 10% and lowers stealth by 20%, making it unfavorable armor for thieves and it will lower stealth for rangers as well. It's added by the Tales of the Sword Coast expansion pack. It also appears in Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition and Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn.
In Baldur's Gate II, this armor is for sale at more stores.
|“||Hide Armor is made from the thick hide of a very large animal (an elephant for example) or from many layers of normal leather from common animals, like cows. Hide armor as far too bulky, inflexible and heavy to be used much in advanced human cultures. Although, among the barabaric humanoid masses throughout the dark forests and misty jungles of the world, hide armor is common. Even though it offers more protection than leather armor, one must get by the offensive odour and shoddy appearance in order to wear it effectively. Even though thieves can wear this armor, it has a negative effect on their abilities.||”|