Thank you all for the input. I had not considered the effect that a longer shaft would have in distance when comparing lofts. I will be certain to compare the hybrid and 5-iron side-by-side and choose from there.
I was recently fit for irons by my instructor then ordered a new set of Callaway X2 Hot irons (5-AW). I considered ordering a mixed set with the X2 hot 3-4H, but I noticed something in the loft gaps transitioning from hybrid to 5-iron that confused me and I decided to wait until I had more information. Specifically, their 4H is 22 deg. and the 5i is 23 deg. Their 3H is 19 deg.
My first question is whether there is any practical benefit to carrying a hybrid in my...