AR500 Armor® Level III+ Lightweight Backpack Armor 9.5" x 13"
- Product Review (submitted on May 13, 2019):
I don't really have any meaningful experience with body armor or getting shot to death, so consider that in light of this positive review - I'm just a random guy with kids, not some combat vet or whatever...
I bought this plate (and the larger backpack plates) for my kids for their backpacks. I purchased two of these - one with the base coat (because of the unlikelihood that a frightened child would be able to perfectly block incoming bullets) and one without the base coat (in the event that the base coat makes it too thick to fit in a small backpack).
The product itself arrived timely, seems to be of good quality, is clean, and clearly depicts the date of manufacture, what it is rated for. and some other details. It seems very sturdy and had no obvious flaws. The packaging material was sufficient to protect the product. As far as added weight goes, this plate feels like it weighs about as much as a 1-inch schoolbook.
I tried installing both plates in this roe sling sold by Walmart (https://www.walmart.com/ip/Fieldline-Pro-Series-ROE-Sling-Bag-Shoulder-Pack-Shooting-Range-Backpack-Bag/51272033). The 9.5x13 plate will fit if it does not have a base coat. It will not fit if it has a base coat. I don't feel the plate jabbing into me when I walk, actually the backpack feels a little better against my back due to the uniform pressure it now applies.