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Armored Clothing  
  Ordinary apparel that contained both armor and muscle amplification devices.  

There is only a brief reference; its purpose may be mostly literary, since Herbert wants to emphasize how isolated his protagonist, Jorj X. McKie, is on the planet. McKie is forced to go into a very hostile area with only his wits to shelter his flesh.

McKie longed for his armored clothing and its devices to amplify muscles, but such things were not permitted.
From The Dosadi Experiment, by Frank Herbert.
Published by Berkley Putnam in 1977
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In another place in the story, McKie "slips on an armored pullover, dark green and with the appearance of cloth."

This novel was written in 1977; Kevlar was first marketed by Dupont in 1971, so the armored aspect is less impressive as invention (however, it is true that Kevlar was first created and used for automobile tires). The idea of muscle amplification, however, is still beyond us.

For another glimpse of what it would be like to have clothing that offered to amplify the power of our own muscles, see the entry for polycarbon exo, from Mona Lisa Overdrive by William Gibson.

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