It can be upgraded with a piece of leather at a workbench and also benefits from the Steel Smithing perk, which doubles the improvement
A variant of the armor piece, called Studded Imperial Armor is available. It replaces the leather collar around the neck and on the back with chainmail. It grants the same level of protection as the regular piece but it cannot be improved at a workbench due to a bug. One can be obtained from Beirand if the medium armor is chosen after joining the Imperials.
- When wearing a full set of imperial armor guards may comment "judging by the armor you're wearing you must be an imperial scout if so well met."