I'm wondering if anyone has found it useful to purchase high level mage robes and hoods (for example Adept and Expert robes) during the early stages of playing a mage build. I ask because these robes are very expensive to buy early in the game (we're looking at around 4 grand upwards) and they are very difficult to come by, compared to suits of armour. You can craft your own armour using the smithing skill, but you can't tailor your own robes. Armour can also be taken from dead bandits, but enemy mages only ever seem to wear those crappy black robes. You can even just find suits of armour lying around in dungeons and people's homes, but I don't think I've seen any adept or expert robes strewn about for the taking or handed to me as a reward for completing a mini quest. So yeah, for those of you who wear robes, did you ever fork out for a powerful robe early, and did it work out well for you?