God knows I hate a kevlar vest, and I know that I've got to wear one, that's not the question. The Sheriff buys me a very nice vest every few years, and I've hated every one of them. What I hate about the damned thing is wearing it underneath my uniform shirt. It looks like crap, and I sweat like a hog and after a few hours my tee-shirt is sodden. It's a miserable, uncomfortable existence.
Talking to a buddy today, he tole me that some folks are going to external plate carriers, and that there are some very nice ones being made that closely matches the uniform. You put your badge and name plate on the carrier and wear it outside the shirt, like a vest. Sort of like this:
If any of my readers have any input, I'd be pleased to consider it.