I am not sure I understand your question. Soft armor and trauma pads generally are in no way better than IIIa+ hard armor.
My question was would a lvl III3(SOFT ARMOR) insert be better than a cheap trauma pad, because trauma pads say "no ballistic materials included"
I saw Rhino armor offers 6x8's but $50 for a peice lol and 10x12 $120 :/ I got both sets ofthe trauma panels(4x) for $70
Also there seems to be a surplus of old body armor going around in single front/back peices. I heard armor isn't good past 5+ years but have seen tests done that show other wise. Kevlar can rot and I think if you USE IT EVERYDAY for five years it counts. Not everyone uses it for everyday. 5 years = 1825 days of use.