The update to .06 standards isn't that impressive, IMO. Plenty of .05 vests still out there from reputable makers and doing fine. US Armor is a reputable maker.I don't have the option to look at the vest until the money is paid. I would like the more flexibility. On the plus side the more flexibile vest is .06 certified but its older for some reason
I went with the xlt. I think it will serve me well. I knocked a inch off my belly/waist measuremenrt because I want it to be a bit snug because I plan on loosing some gut weight. How long did it take to get yours in?XLT is a great vest, got one in my carrier right now. There is truly not much difference between it and the XP. They are both flexible, way more so than all Kevlar 129 etc. Even in 3A, the XLT or XP are both comfy as far as armor goes. Real test is how it is fitted. US Armor custom fits to 1/2" so make sure you are measured in full duty uniform using their sizing chart and if it's not a rep, have two people measure you as you mentioned and compare the two. As I used to do this, make sure they don't pull the measuring tape really tight, just let it drape down and take the measurement.
Actually, aramid is a class of fiber (aromatic polyamide). Aramids are generally used in weaves, rather than laminates, but how it's used does not define the chemistry.Aramid just means it's a woven material (Kevlar, Twaron), as opposed to a laminate (Spectrashield, Dyneema).