Vestpak Bulletproof Backpack

Campus carry is noting but a dream in most institutions of higher learning. Not to mention elementary and secondary schools, too. Wheat’s a student to do if the worst happens?

Short of changes to state law or school board policies, some schools have begun selling bulletproof backpacks to their young skulls full of mush.

Check out this model offered by Vestpack. It offers all the storage and compartment capacity you’d want in a normal backpack, plus both back and chest plates rated for level IIIa protection.

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  1. avatar Ralph says:

    “Wheat’s a student to do if the worst happens?”

    I’m so cornfused I can barley imagine it.

    1. avatar DrewR says:

      Well, you know, it’s marketed for college students, so most of them think accidentally ingesting a little gluten IS the worst that could happen.

      1. avatar BigDaveinVT says:

        That’s worth noting. But I fail to see how something normally worn on the back will protect someone’s skull.

        I thought RF hired an editor.

  2. avatar Cliff H says:

    Security theater.

    Unless this student is running away just as fast as he can boogie this pack does not nothing except make his parents feel like they’re doing good by him while at the same time keeping his school a gun-free zone.

    And I, for one, would not like to deal with the impact of any of those shots to the back panel and watching the effect of the 9mm and .45 buckling the soft front panel was just excruciating.

    Better than being shot, maybe, but there’s still all whole lot of student that isn’t protected and I suspect that this fancy pack wouldn’t even slow down a 5.56 NATO. and a shotgun with 00 Buck rather than a slug (which was bad enough) would be highly likely to inflict injuries outside the perimeter of the vest, especially the neck and head.

    Sorry, no sale.

    1. avatar BLoving says:

      I think the point got missed.
      I’ll be getting a backpack plate from AR500 to slip into the strap compartment of my Drago bag. While it will be rated to stop a .308 round, it will have the same weakness you just mentioned – it would do nothing to protect all of the rest of me sticking out around it.
      But then that isn’t really the point, y’know? The point of a trauma plate is to provide the most protection to the most vital organs (head notwithstanding), heart, inner lungs, aorta, the parts that no doctor has a prayer of saving you if they get hit.
      And that is the point of light armor – protect what needs protection most while unfortunately sacrificing other/less critical bits for the sake of wearability. 🤠

      1. avatar Cliff H says:

        Which may be fine so long as the guy providing the incoming is not pressing his point. You take a couple of random hits and he moves on, okay, live to fight another day.

        But from my point of view, unless the thing is intended to save you just long enough to deploy your own weapon and return fire it’s like declaring your body a bullet-free zone. You may go there thinking your safe and drop your guard, but you ain’t really safe.

        Giving one to your kid and then thinking THEY are safe is even worse.

  3. avatar DrewR says:

    I think it would make a decent host for a Get Home bag, but at $500, I’ll stick with hard armor that doesn’t need to be replaced every 5 years.

    1. avatar A O says:

      For an experiment we shot my old level IIa vest a few weeks ago. The vest is/was 11 years old. It stopped 380,9,40,45 just as it was designed to do. 5 years is just a warranty period.

    2. avatar George says:

      I checked their site and they are planning to cover head too in a new model soon… With their patent.
      They are having Thanksgiving sales.
      Check it out.

  4. avatar ironicatbest says:

    500$ holy shit. Books stop bullets too,

    1. avatar Snatchums says:

      Well……. https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2017/06/29/us/fatal-youtube-stunt/index.html

      Some of those books cost $500 themselves, too.

      1. avatar ironicatbest says:

        .50 cal, that guy was a dumb ass

  5. avatar Cloudbuster says:

    Short of changes to state law or school board policies, some schools have begun selling bulletproof backpacks to their young skulls full of mush.

    Those schools are going to feel incredibly conflicted the first time some kid comes to shoot up a school wearing one of those.

    (Note: I think they’re a great idea, but animosity to civilian ownership and use of bulletproof vests is one of the many paranoiad attitudes the anti-gunners foster).

    1. avatar BLoving says:

      I wouldn’t worry about that. Suicidal shooters don’t prepare for people shooting back, it’s why they choose the venues they do. Then they put the bullet through their own brainpans as soon as the sirens get within earshot.
      The Los Angeles bank robbers were the last and only time I’ve heard of someone actually looking for and preparing for a real fight.

  6. avatar Bitter says:

    Sure would have liked to see how a 5.56 would do against this body armor.

  7. avatar Barry Rosenschein says:

    Poor typing on this one. Problem with bulletproof backpacks are that it adds considerable weight for the little one. Doesn’t protect their Skulls full of mush.

  8. avatar Button Gwinnett says:

    Have you seen how the kids wear backpacks now? Loosen the straps all the way and wear it at the butt. Well, you won’t suffer a Forrest Gump wound…

  9. avatar ATFAgentBob says:

    Check out this model offered by Vestpack. It offers all the storage and compartment capacity you’d want in a normal backpack, plus both back and chest plates rated for level IIIa protection.
    Well it offers 3A plates so it’ll stop 5.56mm still my son could barely manage to hold up my old IBA with plates in it and I highly doubt he could hump that monster around with plates and books in it.

  10. avatar Arc says:

    Most backpacks have a metal frame, easier to slip a level three or four plate inside that compartment. Its what I’ll be doing.

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