I am considering getting some body armor. Why? Because I can and I want to. Anyway, I am thinking about what type would suit my needs best--concealable soft armor or hard plates. Also, is there a significant difference in comfort for different thicknesses of soft armor. Concealable armor: On one hand, it would be nice to have something that you could wear whenever you want without getting any attention for it, but on the other, is it really worth it to wear armor? I guess this is addressed to police as they have the most experience wearing it for extended periods of time, but really how uncomfortable does that stuff get? It isn't nearly as likely for a civilian like myself to need it so is it worth the discomfort? Also, if it is worth the discomfort would you recommend 4mm level II goldflex panels or 5.25mm level IIIA goldflex? Does the extra 1.25mm of added protection also equal added discomfort? Level II still stops almost all pistol ammo. External plate armor: Many people keep a rifle in the trunk of their car just in case they have time to get it out and need it for some reason or other (zombies!). You could also keep an external vest with tacticool molle crap all over it in the trunk with your rifle, something you could throw on over whatever you are wearing if the situation arises. Think this might suit the needs of the average gun nut more than concealable? There's also the do-all option, a soft vest with molle on it and plate pockets that you can conceal if you want, or stick molle tacticool on it and put plates in and use as an external vest. I've been mostly looking at these Pro-MAX vests: http://www.bulletproofme.com/ProMAX_Vests.shtml or maybe this BLACKHAWK! (always have to use all caps and an exclamation point, they are that operator) for an external-only plate carrier http://www.bulletproofme.com/TACTICAL_Body_Armor.shtml#Blackhawk-Vest or maybe go all the way and get some interceptor Open to other suggestions as well.