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What plate carrier is super heavy duty and is made to be worn without soft body armor? Is it a bad idea to only wear a front plate with no soft armor and stand alone plates? Seems like you would be much faster and less tired than with an interceptor style vest.

I am thinking about wearing a dump pouch on my left side of my web belt instead of on my vest. It seems like it will be quicker to throw stuff in it.

Do you wear your IFAK first aid on your strong or weak side?
Hang your dump pouch off your belt, it's easier to access from both sides.

I won't say that soft armor is required but the impact of the hard armor on your body is substantial. There's another thing to think about, spalling. That bullet may stop, but the plate may not.

Of the two choices, hard and soft armor, I'll stick with what I use for work, soft armor with a trauma plate if needed.
 

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The soft armor is much easier to wear long term and under a pack/LBE.

And plated leave a great amount of skin unprotected that even a cheap soft vest covers.

And again, a hit on a hard plate will make you very very sore.
Soft armor at least absorbs the hit.
 
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