|A Qing Dynasty bamboo hat helmet, probably used by the militia. (Source: Trocadero)|
Although never used by Ming armies, one particular group did find bamboo armour useful — warrior monks from Shaolin Monastery. Warrior monks were often recruited to aid government efforts in combating Wokou (倭寇), so some form of protection must be necessary.
Other than warrior monks, Mao Hu Lu Bing (毛葫蘆兵), which like Shaolin monks also came from Henan province, also made use of bamboo greaves.
Man Wen Lao Dang (《滿文老檔》) mentions in passing the use of wooden armours (also worn together with leather armour) by Ming troops from Sichuan province during Battle of Sarhu.