If you get he right fit, it is not obvious at all. People have a tendency to view it as a thick ass foam padded bullet proof vest or something, but there not. I have the older vest and it is not horribly thick, but good enough to protect you if you biff onto your side or back off of a rail. They have articulated pads so your movement is still really great. They are honestly probably as comfortable as you can get for any kind of back and side protection and are not cumbersome at all. It doesn't provide any spectacular amount of warmth but obviously aids some to layering. I would assume that the newer ones have only gotten more comfortable and lighter weight.
*nods* Thanks for the info. I could care less if people notice or not, I more meant that question in terms of being "cumbersome" as so you rightly stated it...but sounds it's a good buy.
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