Safeguard Armor offers a soft armor solution with this broader coverage. They also have front and rear plate pocket. While operators/soldiers need freedom of movement for obvious reasons I am no longer so sprightly. My plans are to hunker down/shelter in place so I like the idea of flexibility: vest with better coverage and plates to supplement. I can always pull the plates out. Normally they are just kept in all the time. I am surprised that ICW options were seemingly so quickly dismissed.