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Relevant rules snippets from Run & Gun, p. 59:

NEWEST MODEL

These items are the most recent incarnations of their corporate creators. That means they lose a little more when purchased as Lightly Worn, namely a 20 percent loss of Armor Rating (round adjusted Rating up) when buying older models of the clothes.

LIGHTLY WORN

The Lightly Worn option provides runners with a chance to buy some primo gear at a discount rate, with a few catches. Buying from the Lightly Worn section requires the character to have Armand as a contact with a Loyalty of at least 2. When gear is purchased Lightly Worn, the character gets a price discount of 25 percent, but they only get the Armor rating; they do not get any of the Features of the armor. The Lightly Worn feature can be bought off by having the piece of Armor refit. This requires an Armorer + Logic [Mental] (10, 1 hour) Extended Test and costs 10 percent of the original armor cost for each Feature the character is trying to have restored.

Do I need to refit a Newest Model every so often to avoid having it degrade into Lightly Worn and lose 20% of its armour rating? Or is Newest Model only meant to imply that purchasing the used version gets you an older model that isn't as good, and applies the -20% armour rating in addition to Lightly Worn's lack of armour features?

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The term "refit" to me says it all. The Armor was not originally made to fit your body perfectly.

Therefore you would need to to refit a already worn armor, to your specific body type and form.

Therefore I would not interpret this as the need to "refit" your newly broght armor once in a while. Although you definetly might want to have your armor checked once in a while, if it ever took a hit, since it may be damaged.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ If you buy it new, it is fitted to your body. My GM is under the impression, possibly from previous editions, that 'Newest Model' items degrade after you've had them for a while, but that doesn't sound right to me, so I have asked here for clarification. \$\endgroup\$ – Lexi Jan 24 '20 at 11:52
  • \$\begingroup\$ I wouldn't call it "degrading" but there are reasons, why police officers and soldiers nowadays switch out their protection after it took a hit. These things get damaged when used. But it is not like it will start to fit you less and less, like "refitting" implies. \$\endgroup\$ – Chund Jan 27 '20 at 8:56

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