Protection You Can Leave Home With

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Quickly deploys from "Backpack to Bulletproof" in 5 Seconds

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Doubles As A Bulletproof Vest

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12 Month Guarantee

12 Month Guarantee

Patented and Designed By First Responders

Designed & Patented By First Responders

Backpacks With 2 Bulletproof Panels

Every year, there are hundreds of active shootings.

The Leatherback Gear backpack is a well designed, highly functional sophisticated everyday bag. The hidden armor panels and separation zipper allows the wearer to transform the backpack in seconds into a full torso ballistic protection device. The ballistic rating of our armor allows the wearer to stop up to a .44 magnum round. However, the user can customize their level of ballistic stopping power by adding contents to their backpacks: e.g., laptop, tablets, textbooks/books, etc.

We want you to survive the next.

The Leatherback Gear backpack can be worn like a bulletproof vest protecting your front and back in the event of an emergency.

Life saving protection starting at $329.

Civilian One Backpack

Everyday style and protection.

Civilian One Black

Civilian One - Black


Civilian One Wolf Gray

Civilian One - Wolf Gray


Tactical One Backpack

This bag will handle a camping trip, a deployment or a walk around town.

Tactical One Black

Tactical One - Black


Tactical One Tan

Tactical One - Tan


Tactical One Wolf Gray

Tactical One - Wolf Gray


Watch as our bag stops bullets

Our bags include NIJ IIIA level armor rated to stop up to a .44 caliber round. Keep in mind our bags include two panels and you have to factor in the stopping power of other items within the bag ie; textbooks, laptops, tablets. Leatherbackgear Armor rated at level IIIA will protect the wearer against nearly all handgun rounds up to .44 magnum, including 9mm submachine gun rounds, and even 12 gauge shotgun slugs. To be rated level IIIA, armor must protect the wearer from .44 magnum with a mass of 240 grains and a velocity of 1340 ft./s.

Piece of mind...

"My wife and I purchased this backpack after investigating the options for child safety in schools and evaluating other protective backpacks on the market. Our son is in 9th grade and the pack’s weight isn’t an issue, which was my biggest concern with all the stuff he has to carry daily. It can also fit all his stuff without straining the zippers. The pack reminds me of military grade gear I used when deployed, albeit not as durable with water-proofing (and stitching). This is the reason for the 4 stars (I.e. I carried a Camelback backpack when deployed that didn’t have native armored panels, but it was waterproof and I still use it 12 years later). The next concern is keeping the pack with him in his classrooms, surprisingly, it’s a non-issue. Overall, my wife and I have more piece of mind that if there’s an active shooter in our son’s school that he has a better chance of making it out alive. I also appreciate the 10% discount for veterans and first responders, thank you!"

Steve from Seattle
Oct 22, 2018

Your Leatherback Gear questions, answered.

Below is a list of our commonly asked questions. If you have a question that we didn't address, please contact us at

All Leatherback Gear is designed and engineered within the United States of America and always will be! Our armor is manufactured in Southern California while our backpacks are manufactured by one of our select supply partners around the world. However, they are fully assembled here in Southern California to meet our rigorous standards for quality and performance.

Yes! Body armor is legal in all 50 states and can be transported and/or worn over state lines. As a law-abiding citizen you cannot be arrested for wearing or transporting of body armor and your armor cannot be confiscated.

All body armor sold by Leatherback Gear has a limited lifespan due to the natural degradation of ballistic materials over time. Leatherback Gear™ body armor panels have a 5-year lifespan with a full manufacturer warranty, guaranteeing the body armor panels from defect during the entire lifespan of every vest produced. It is advisable to replace your soft body armor panel within the 5-year period from date of manufacture that can be found on the label of every soft body armor panel. Soft body armor panels should always be replaced in the event that the soft armor panel has been compromised in any way including having been subject to and having stopped any caliber of bullet that may have been fired at the soft body armor panel.