AR500 Armor® Level III Backpack Armor 9.5" x 13"
- Product Review (submitted on November 12, 2015):
I purchased this backpack plate for a multi-hit capable option that I could take with me to school and not draw a lot of attention. With the escalation of school shootings in the past decade, I think anyone going full time should consider their safety. As a Father I think its my responsibility to do everything in my power to make sure I get back to my family. You can't stop everything but luck favors the prepared.
I have served in law enforcement, military and private security roles in the past and used soft and hard body armor of all different makes - this appears to be a fantastic product at a great price. It is heavy, probably to heavy to consider for the kids, but it is no problem being carried in my bag. Its thinner than I expected (I did not take the buildup coat) but I know it will still do the job and do it well.
It fits nicely in a backpack designed for a laptop and gives me the protection I want without drawing attention. I purchased a neoprene sleeve for it so it looks a bit like a tablet in my bag when I open it up around people. No one has asked about it or even noticed and I leave my bag open during class.
I'm sure this isn't the first thing that comes to mind but it should be considered. AR500Armor packaged this plate very well. They used plenty of reinforced tape and enough filler to completely immobilize the plate and contents and an inconspicuous outer package. Not a huge concern until you consider they have to send 8-20lbs on average across country with careless package handlers and often times left on the front door (like mine was). I was pleasantly surprised. Also the AR500Armor lapel pin included with the order was great and totally unexpected.
AR500 Armor is outstanding in my book.
Not only will they have me as a life time customer but I certainly plan to expand my collection of AR500 products and tell my friends, family and co workers.
Armor up, it could save a life.