Actually that is not true. Until the NW boost to 250hp i had never worn it. I used flak, flak was the goto due to all the grenade/prox mine spam, tanks, rocket pods etc. Its actually a 2 fold boost for why NW is go to now. Explosion damage radius was nerfed and NW was buffed. I now only put on flak during indoor operations that are always a spam fest. If flak actually mitigated direct (rocket/tank shell) damage then it would be more useful, it only blocks splash ( Utility belt for Medic for extra grenades is more useful by far for that class, I also don't know any LA using nw other suits are more useful. If NW was dropped back to 125 i would go back to flak all the time except a few situations for belt/ammo etc. Personally i think NW should have been for HA only and had a 10% movement speed cost (HA guns tend to have lower ttk so need the health, can't hipfire so raises ttk the time to ADS (well VS can hipfire theirs accurately). All the suits should have had some specific to a class. *you either have more hp/shield and hit hard but fire slow or low hp/shield but fire/move fast and hit soft.