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Posted: 9/11/2010 2:12:01 PM EDT
Hopefully simple question, I see prices for stand alone plates very well below the price of regular plates and soft armor, why would you still run soft armor?

Is it extremely uncomfortable without it?

Is it like saying , why the hell wouldn't you wear the extra armor when your wanting to stop bullets, etc?

My very very limited experience with plates I can only guess these are the reasons, can anyone confirm?
Link Posted: 9/11/2010 2:27:17 PM EDT
To achieve level IV you need to wear soft body armor under most all plates.
Link Posted: 9/11/2010 2:52:30 PM EDT
Even under a standalone level IV plate, it's a good idea to wear plate backers or soft armor. Helps to absorb the trauma and in case the back of the plate ever dents from a ballistic impact, the soft armor will absorb it instead of your ribs..
Link Posted: 9/11/2010 3:07:44 PM EDT
Originally Posted By ThePreparer:
Hopefully simple question, I see prices for stand alone plates very well below the price of regular plates and soft armor, why would you still run soft armor?

Is it extremely uncomfortable without it?

Is it like saying , why the hell wouldn't you wear the extra armor when your wanting to stop bullets, etc?

My very very limited experience with plates I can only guess these are the reasons, can anyone confirm?


Plates only cover a small area of your torso, soft armor almost always covers more.

"stand alone" means the round won't penetrate, but it will still leave a bruise and can break bones. Think of it as 'minimum necessary' to do the job, and adding soft armor will help reduce the trauma further.

Link Posted: 9/11/2010 6:18:57 PM EDT
Basically what I was thinking, thanks for confirming guys.

I think I might go with the Mayflower set-up and run low profile plate carrier and chest rig that way I can go light or heavy.
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