Carapace Armor (Long War)
Our Carapace Armor was designed to offer substantially better protection against the alien plasma weaponry through the use of their alloys. Tests indicate a substantial survivability increase relative to conventional body armor."
There is a good chance this armor kit will probably be your standard issue armor throughout the game. While it might slow you down it does keep your soldiers alive and can even take a critical hit, provided it is not from a plasma cannon.
Special NOTE; And - as a bonus - they look and feel like wearing a RollerBall derby uniform. Conversations (maybe simple rumors, we're not 100% sure) heard in the gymnasium even prove that some male troopers are starting to act like RoboCops. The girls seem to agree on one more thing though; it's not the metal, it's the mental.