FAQ  

Frequently asked questions

General Overview

Handguns are fine, but many attacks involve assault weapons. What happens then?


The protective layer integrated into our bags is the strongest that can be realistically carried for day-to-day use, and it covers many real-world scenarios. Keep in mind that even when fired from a rifle, a bullet’s ultimate penetration relies on distance and angle, as well as other materials (doors, desks, drywall) it may have to pass through, slowing it. So while nothing but a heavy ceramic plate will stop a point-blank assault rifle shot, this is only one scenario -- and ArmorMe provides a solution to many, many others.




I’ve seen a number of similar backpacks on the market. What makes ArmorMe different?


We are proud to have worked with a top Israeli defense contractor for design and testing of our bags; Israel has amassed the world’s most renowned expertise in self-defense and terrorism countermeasures. They only issued their stamp of approval when the products performed to their requirements in various scenarios they provided. In addition, our bags are eco-friendly, and due to the materials and manufacturing process of large, experienced manufacturer, can be offered at a substantially lower price point than our competition




Attacks can happen just seconds - will my daughter have time to get her backpack and protect herself with it?


We encourage customers to practice scenarios at home so the actions of locating and utilizing the bag become second nature. Many attacks do have some level of warning, whether it be gunshots coming from another location, the sound of panic, or even seeing the assailant approaching. In many news stories reporting on school shootings, students and teachers hid in their locations until help arrived. Doing so with a layer of strong protection provides much, much, better chance of survival. In the event that an individual chooses to run for the purposes of escape, this extra protection increases the likelihood of success as well.





Specifications

How heavy is it? Do I really want to carry around a few extra pounds even in an “empty” backpack?


A regular, non-protective backpack weighs roughly 1.2 to 1.8 pounds. An ArmorMe backpack with one plate to protect the front will add a little more than 1.5 pounds (for a total of 2.5), and two plates, for front and back use, adds about 3 pounds. Every similar bag on the market that uses the thickness and quality of bullet-resistant material required for adequate protection comes with this weight addition. There is no way around it -- police and military personnel can tell you that it is the decision that you make for safety. Sure, it takes some getting used to, but especially in the digital age where textbooks are becoming less of a contribution to weight, this defensive layer replaces it.




What is the size and weight of the ArmorMe backpack?


Please follow this link for full product specifications of the single backpack: https://www.armorme.com/product-page/single-panel-armorme-backpack Please follow this link for full product specifications of the double backpack: https://www.armorme.com/product-page/double-panel-armorme-backpack




For what ages do you recommend the ArmorMe backpack?


Both the single and double backpacks are 17" tall and, thus, are full-size backpacks most suitable for teenagers and older. Of course, you should consider the size of your child and make the decision best suited for him or her.





Using ArmorMe

Can I bring my ArmorMe backpack onto a plane?


As bulletproof panels and body armor are not designed to (and cannot) harm another individual, the TSA and other international security bodies generally have no problem with passengers taking protective vests, panels and bags like ours on a plane. However, the TSA does make a blanket statement about many defense-oriented belongings: "even if an item is generally allowed, our officers make the final decision on whether an item is allowed through the checkpoint." We will continue to monitor this status and will note here any changes in policy. We would appreciate any reports from our customers regarding their success (or very unlikely problems) with taking our bags through TSA airport checkpoints.




What is the best way to use the double panel ArmorMe backpack?


The double protection IIIA panel bag can be either unzipped and extended to provide extra protection in front or opened up to provide both front and back protection. Please see the “How To Use” section on our website for more details on how to use the bag effectively. https://www.armorme.com/how-to-use





About the Company

Where is ArmorMe based?


The ArmorMe Company is based out of Hong Kong. The bags are developed and tested in Israel and orders are shipped out of our New Jersey Logistics Center.





Purchasing an ArmorMe backpack

How much does an ArmorMe backpack cost?


We currently have two options available for purchase. The single panel ArmorMe backpack costs $159.99 and the double panel backpack costs $209.99.




Where can I purchase an ArmorMe backpack?


ArmorMe Bags are available for purchase either at our Amazon shop or directly through our webshop under Shop.




Where do you ship to?


We currently ship to the 48 contiguous United States. We do not ship to Alaska and Hawaii. Shipping is free and takes 5-8 business days.




Why does the ArmorMe backpack cost so much?


Giving the right amount of protection necessary to be effective requires high quality materials which, unfortunately, come at proportional monetary cost. We feel that using lower quality components in order to create an “economy” version would reduce the effectiveness and not give each child the proper protection.





Safety & Certification

Is ArmorMe safe?


ArmorMe bags are meant to keep you safe during specific scenarios, such as knife and handgun attacks. The bullet-resistant panels in our bags is the strongest that realistically can be carried for day-to-day use. While nothing but a ceramic plate will protect you from a point-blank bullet from a heavy rifle, ArmorMe provides safety during many other types of violent attacks.




How has ArmorMe been tested? What are the certificates?


We are proud to have worked with a top Israeli defense contractor in the design and testing of our bags. The contractor only issued its stamp of approval after the products performed to its requirements in various testing scenarios. You can find details on the protective panel and the testing on the Home page of our website.




Do you need any training to use the ArmorMe backpack?


While there is no formal training necessary to use the ArmorMe backpack, we do encourage our customers to practice scenarios at home so that locating and using the backpack becomes second nature. Please check out the How To Use section of our website for more details.




What caliber gun is used in the test video?


In the test video we use 9mm and .44 magnum bullets. You can check out the full certificate from the test at this link: https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/dcad42_c00fa5f158de425e989a97a075bc2622.pdf




What is the level of the armor?


The panels in our bags are certified Level IIIA NIJ Standard. Please see our test certificate for more details. https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/dcad42_c00fa5f158de425e989a97a075bc2622.pdf





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