The problem is, typically with the smaller manufacturers you do miss out on the bleeding edge technologies and innovation that is afforded to the main players via their much larger R&D budget.
When you look at "softer" senior level pads like the CCM E4.9, Bauer 2X, RGT2 Senior, none are what you would consider a soft pad.
With Brian's you have the Gnetik 8.0 whose chassis is based off of a much older OG Gnetik Pad, and no sliding tech has been added. With Vaughn their VE8 'Pro' as with their senior stuff is heavier, thicker, and lacks sliding tech too BUT does strike the softer pad want.
I'm sure my pad preferences aren't too common anymore, and my terribly bad hips are an anomaly, but that said FFS, I'm only 27 haha.