Armored backpacks...any experience?
I have been pondering the idea or one of these for the last year or so and was wondering if anyone here has had any experience, good or bad. I have only been casually looking and hoped that maybe someone here might have some insight. There are panels that can be bought and installed into existing packs and backpacks with the panel that have already been sewn in. I was hoping to hear from anyone that has experience with either option. Was the extra weight of the panel/plate noticeable and how well did everthing stay in Place? The weight and comfort are being brought up with the thinking along the same lines as; "a small gun in the pocket is better than the full sized at home in the safe." If the pack weights 10-12 pounds empty I'm not sure how much I'll want to use when I add another 20 pounds. I do know that it the armor needs to meet the certification standards. I think I'm leaning toward level IIIa mainly due to the weight involved to move up to III. I did see a level III plate disguised as a clipboard but I think t is still ten pounds.
Thanks in advance,