You hope you’ll never need a bulletproof backpack, and you definitively hope your children won’t need one either, but in today’s world with hundreds of active shootings every year, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Following the highly publicized mass shootings in the USA, the demand for bulletproof backpacks soared as worried parents all over the country wanted to give their child the best chance of survival in an emergency situation.
Bulletproof backpacks are specially designed backpacks that contain bulletproof armor and ballistic shields able to stop bullets and allow the wearer to survive extremely dangerous situations. They usually look similar to standard backpacks, but have special compartments made of ballistic materials and can act as a bulletproof vest should the need arise.
Since they are considered a niche or specialty product there aren’t that many manufacturers designing them so the selection is a bit limited, but we’ve put together a list of the best bulletproof backpacks on the market from reputable brands that you can trust.
BulletBlocker 50 Backpack
The BulletBlocker 50 Backpack is a bulletproof backpack ideal for those looking for a big and spacious hiking backpack. It’s the largest backpack in our list by far, and although it’s designed for longer expeditions, it can act as a regular day pack as well.
It features well-organized compartments, a water bottle pocket, hydration system and a waist belt which can be easily tucked away.
The ballistic features are top notch. All BulletBlocker backpacks use the latest Kevlar technology for their bulletproof panels and are tested to the NIJ IIIA standards.
The pack uses a removable Kevlar panel for easy cleaning and maintenance and can stop bullets such as 357 Magnum, 9 millimeters, .45 caliber hollow points and more.
Leatherback Tactical One
The Leatherback Tactical One uses a sophisticated design to allow the backpack to transform into a bulletproof vest and protect both your front and back torso with a ballistic panel.
It’s a very clever design, making use of a separation zipper to divide the backpack in two, and the only company in our list that does that, staying true to their mission of being the world’s safest backpacks.
You will need to purchase 2 additional bulletproof panels to make full use of their system and that can get quite pricey, but can you actually put a price on your safety?
They have a very limited color range, only black, grey and tan available as of now.
BulletBlocker Tactical Backpack
The BulletBlocker Tactical Backpack is built from a Condor Orion Assault Pack that has been modified to include proprietary bulletproof technology. In that regard, it still keeps all the features that great tactical backpacks have, like detachable compartments, accessory pouches, stash pockets, hydration systems and waist belts, but it also provides discreet bulletproof protection.
Like all the other BulletBlocker backpacks, the ballistic protection is made of removable Kevlar panels tested to the NIJ IIIA standards, weighing only 20 oz, allowing you to keep an inconspicuous look while still being fully secured.
BulletBlocker Jump Pack
The BulletBlocker Jump Pack follows the same design philosophy as the previous model, this time being built on top of a Condor Compact Assault Pack 126 armored with BulletBlocker ballistics.
This pack is sturdy yet versatile, making use of the well-known MOLLE technology to allow you to add additional pouches or accessories as needed.
It’s smaller in size than the previous models, comprising of only two main compartments and two exterior pockets, so it’s more suitable for a light trip or as a daypack.
Leatherback Civilian One
The Leatherback Civilian One bulletproof backpack is very similar to their tactical model reviewed previously, but its style makes it better suited for everyday carry or as an urban pack.
It still features the same sophisticated design that allows it to transform into a bulletproof vest, and it still requires two additional ballistic panels for front and back, but it comes at a slightly lower price.
Their color range is even more limited, only black and grey being available on their website.
If you love the bulletproof technology employed by BulletBlocker but their previous models were too big or had a too strong military look, you’ll love their Defender bulletproof backpack.
This is a model that can be easily worn as a school or work backpack and it won’t attract any unwanted attention.
The ballistic shield is discreetly sewn in the back of the pack and the rest of the compartments cater to the modern professional. There is a padded laptop sleeve, zippered accessory pockets, a beverage holder and everything else you may expect from a modern urban backpack.
TuffyPacks All-in-One Level IIIA
TuffyPacks All-in-One Level IIIA buletproof backpack is a great option for professionals and students alike. This is a media ready backpack with a laptop holder and an auxiliary cord connection for your music device.
The shoulder straps are padded and the back area is molded to ensure your comfort during prolonged wearing.
Unlike backpacks that use removable panels as anti-ballistic shields, TuffyPacks backpacks have the ballistic coverage sewn directly into the center divider, allowing for a larger protective surface area.
BulletProof Canvas Classic Pack
We feature another design from BulletBlocker that offers the same anti-ballistic protection they’re known for, in a stylish and minimalist look.
The BulletProof Canvas Classic Pack is built on top of a Jansport backpack supplemented with bulletproof technology. It looks just like any other modern backpack that can be worn to school or work, with a laptop compartment and front pockets but it has a lightweight ballistic panel sewn in the main compartment.
It comes in 3 colors, Red, Camo and Periwinkle.
TuffyPacks SwissGear SmartScan
If you love Swiss Gear backpacks, you’ll love this package offered by TuffyPacks as well. It’s comprised of a SwissGear 1900 SmartScan Laptop backpack fitted with a TuffyPack Level IIIA ballistic shield for the ultimate security and style combo.
This SwissGear SmartScan backpack consists of a large main compartment, a dedicated protective laptop compartment, sunglasses holder and multiple pockets for all your accessories. On top of that, the SmartScan technology allows in-case laptop scanning to aid you at the airport.
As for the bulletproof aspect, the 1200D ballistic polyester fabric combined with the TuffyPacks removable bulletproof insert will ensure that you travel safely yet in style.
BulletBlocker Junior Pack
Worried about the safety of your child in this age of mass school shootings? This BulletBlocker Junior pack is designed to offer your child the protection it needs, made of lightweight materials to ensure that even small children can wear it effortlessly.
The back is fully padded and the straps are ergonomically designed for all day support. It may look like any other school backpack, but the sewn in ballistic panels may prove life-saving one day.