I love the bag very much however I should mention some critiques in hope you might have some future designs in mind. I bought the civilian bag because it was smaller than the tactical bag however the tactical bag seems much more sturdy in construction. In particular the side pouches are made from a soft posh material that fear will not hold up to my lifestyle the same goes for the shoulder strap pockets and the internal lining. these areas just get so beat up in the day to day to be made of such materials but we shall see I feel I must handle with super care. If you are a soccer mom or an upscale socialite then you are ok. if only they made a civilian bag this size with the same robust materials as the tactical. the main compartment is super tiny only 4" deep I would have loved a couple more inches back there I'm fine with the width and height of the bag. I am super pleased with everything else and I'm so relieved to have protection when walking the uneasy streets these days. Thank you guys for making these products.
So first off. I use a plate carrier at the gym with plates in them. Wearing that to the gym in my area is a little weird as it looks like a bulletproof vest because well it is. As for this item. I remove the armor when not traveling as I wear a vest to work but for the gym it is super inconspicuous on the walk there then when I get there, I deploy. I got a weighted plate up front and in the rear and while it is a little big I got used to it quick. For travel it’s great. I usually stick an armor plate in my off-body carry bag anyway but it only covers my back. For travel this can cover front and back plus holds all my work stuff and issued geared. Cool product with function. A little expensive but it’s my life. No price is too much and I’ve already gotten my money’s worth.
The backpack is really nice. The best "ballistic" backpack I've tried & one of the best backpacks I've owned period. Keep in mind that this is first impressions. Time will truly test it but so far the backpack is great! Seems well made, smart design, love the dedicated armor compartments (lots of other "ballistic" backpacks lack this feature & its a gamechanger imo), the conversion to a front/back protective vest is terrific. Takes a little adjustment to dial it in to your preferences but it's really a genius design. Now, you're probably wondering "this guy seems to love this bag. Why only 3 stars?" To be fair, maybe 3 stars is harsh. Maybe it should be 4 stars but while Im typing this I'm still a bit annoyed that either I didn't notice the description change or I assumed (we know what that does) or whatever that case... I was thoroughly disappointed upon receiving my Level IV rated bag that had freaking hard plates in it! You may say "duh" but idk why I assumed they were flexible/soft Level IV panels similar to the ones I own by Safe Life Defense. Again, maybe 3 stars is harsh but I was super disappointed when I opened the bag & pulled those hard plates out. Again, I made the mistake of ASSUMING. So this review is to save anyone else the trouble. If you want an awesome backpack with soft/flexible lightweight armor panels stick with the Level III rating. I mean if there's a market for the hard (super heavy) plates then more power to Leatherback & those who want that in a backpack but I have already removed the plates & replaced them with some Safe Life FRAS panels I bought because they're much lighter & rated to stop rifle rounds (approx. Lv 3+ protection).
A lot of pouches, very convenient backpack, top quality from the fabric to the zippers. I've a 17" laptop which fit perfectly in his dedicated slot, cables and mouse in their internal compartment. Feels very soft and balanced on the shoulder. Not even talking about the peace of mind thinking this will be my lifeline in case anything happen. Best investment ever.
I bought the product to assess its suitability to be useful as a college student accessory / ‘satchel’ but also provide protection in the unlikely event of needing protection. My family will provide comments as to the suitability as a backpack; whilst I will explain the marvelous features of the product, with respect, I hope they do not need to explore its true potential :-). Get it?