Outfitting system is becoming more restrictive once again. Since Update 5, we are no longer able to barter for armour we are not eligible for. Following criteria must be met:
- correct class,
- higher than minimum level of the item,
- higher than minimum rank of the item.
This is applicable for barterers who offer class specific armour, such as barterers in Ettenmoors, new Isengard instance hub and Ost Dunhoth reward barterers (these have been tried and confirmed).
Wardrobe restrictions haven't been changed, so you can still put other class' armour above your level into your wardrobe - you just won't be able to barter for it. If you acquire this armour via quest, or you purchase it from auction hall (this applies to all Bind-on-Equip items), you will still be able to equip it cosmetically via wardrobe.
My personal opinion is that this is unnecessary return to restricting cosmetic usage of items. I understand if somebody is unhappy, because he's earned rank 9 in Ettenmoors and somebody who never played PvMP can wear the same stuff as him. There a big "but" - in Ettens, where rank is matter of prestige, cosmetic armour cannot be shown anyway, so no "n00b" would be able to look as top players there. And outside of Ettens - nobody cares.
I'll rather finish my whining, because right now, I'm really disappointed about this change :(
Note: Big thanks to Kemendin for letting me know this news by e-mail and Hymne.