Mail Weight? in Discussion Posted February 16, 2011 · Report reply I didn't know to look at the gage. How important is the thickness of the wire? The thickness of the wire combined with the size of the ring will tell you how much of the shirt is metal, and how much is air. More metal means stronger, but welding is also a big factor. Unwelded rings are much weaker. At this point I'll point out that TRL sells their fabric to someone that makes anti-shark suits. They also sell chainmail leggings to protect lumberjacks from cutting themselves. This stuff is pretty tough. Not bulletproof, but more than capable of stopping sharp objects from cutting you.