The panel used in the Parco Protective Backpack is designed with the user's best interest in mind.
The Panel is Removable
Most backpacks with similar protection have a panel that is permanently attached or sewn to the backpack. The problem with a permanently attached panel is (1) the user should remove and inspect the panel periodically to be sure it is not worn or torn and (2) the panel may need replacement.
Rather than requiring an entire backpack to be purchased if the panel needs to be replaced, we designed the Parco Protective Backpack to have a zippered compartment that allows the panel to be easily removed for inspection and/or replacement.
Inspect the Panel
Over time, the panel may, for example, become worn or punctured. Thus, the panel should be inspected periodically.
The customized, zippered compartment allows the panel to be easily removed, inspected, and/or replaced as needed.
The customized compartment is designed to fit the custom-sized panel.
This allows the panel to fit snugly in the backpack and remain in an upright position, which offers greatest protection. Inserting a protective panel into a backpack without a custom compartment will not allow the panel to remain in the proper position for protection.
NIJ Level III-A Standard
The panel is a National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Level III-A protective "bulletproof" panel. Specifically, this panel has an NIJ Level III-A rating, which means it is resistant to most handgun ammunition including .22SR, .22LR, .25, .32, .38, .380, .357 Magnum, 9mm Full Metal Jacket, .40 Cal., .45 Cal., and .44 Magnum. The panel is not intended to offer protection for threats above this level.
The Panel is Travel-Friendly
The protective panel is fully able to be scanned by airport security, which makes the backpack TSA friendly. Protective backpacks are permitted by TSA (as carry-on and checked luggage) but may be prohibited by local agents at their discretion.
The panel is made of a flexible protective material and weighs about 1 pound. This allows the overall backpack to remain very light -- it's comparable in weight to any other backpack. (It's not a heavy plate that weighs down the backpack.)