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We are often asked how we came up with the idea of turning a backpack into a personal protection system, within seconds to protect both your front and your back (the only patented design of its type in the world). The Leatherback Gear bulletproof backpack is the brainchild of a law enforcement & security professional while on active duty assigned to protection in the summer of 2016 when the UCLA shooting occurred. While live media coverage of the chaos and subsequent response by first responders to the active shooting, our founder (trained in prevention and protection), observed media live streams of droves of students (all wearing backpacks!) exiting buildings and milling around campus. The instantaneous thought, as if by revelation, ”What if we could take something that students are carrying every day and turn it into a tool that would convert it into a personal protective vest to keep them safe?” After trial and error, the result was a 100% functional backpack that had hidden within itself our patented personal protection system.


Leatherback Gear™ was invented and designed by two brothers who are law enforcement first responders with real experience building security plans, protecting people and securing locations; preventing active shooter and terrorist-related incidents; and most importantly responding to an active shooting and putting the threat down before lives were lost. We create products and technologies designed for safety and protection at the forefront of everything we do.


Our mission is to empower you with simple and easy to use protection tools to keep you and your loved ones safe, in the event you find yourself, in an active shooting crisis. At Leatherback Gear™ we believe that when you are equipped with the proper tools and education, you become your first and best line of defense in any situation.

Founder and CEO


Mike De Geus

Chief Operating Officer

Julie Mccuen


Steve Bizal

Marketing Assistant

Danielle Wilson

Business Development

Bjorn Jonsson

Customer Experience Representative

Alyssa Auld

Training Coordinator

Cliff Krieg


Alicia Moreno

Law Enforcement Liason

Brad de Geus

Customer Experience Representative

Emma Shepard

Graphic Designer

Raul Montoya

Board Member

Mitchell Chait