Why is it important to be able to remove the protective panel?
The material that is used to make the protective panel is aramid fiber. This is the same type of strong, heat-resistant material that is known as Kevlar®.
This type of material typically expires after about 5 years. Thus, by having a zippered pouch where the panel is stored, the protective panel can be replaced when needed.
This convenience also allows the panel to be cleaned as needed.
Other backpack manufacturers often sew the protective panel in so that the user has to buy an entirely new backpack. Additionally, when the panel is sewn in, the user is not able to view the expiration date on the panel.
We put customers first.
What are the restrictions for buying and using protective material?
The type of protection in the Parco bag is a soft plate type of bulletproof armor. Federal law in the United States prohibits any individual convicted of a violent felony to own or possess body armor. The online sale of this type of protective armor is allowed in all states with the exception of Connecticut, where such a transaction cannot occur online or via mail. (Accordingly, we do not ship to Connecticut.)
Further, the state of Louisiana does not allow body armor to be worn on school premises or at school-sponsored events.
Additionally, each consumer is expected to consult federal, state, and local laws to ensure compliance prior to purchase.
How does the Parco bag protect?
The Parco backpack offers protection via a protective panel inserted into a specialized compartment in the backpack.
The protective panel included in the Parco backpack meets the standards of the NIJ. 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. For further details, refer to the NIJ website.
When will I receive my order?
Orders are processed immediately and shipped via USPS Priority Mail. If you did not receive a tracking number after your purchase, or if you have another question about the status of your order, please contact us at [email protected].
Can the Parco backpack go through airport security?
Yes. Because the protective panel is made of highly compressed fabric, it can be scanned through standard airport security, which makes the backpack TSA friendly.
Body armor is permitted by TSA (carry on and checked) but may be prohibited by local agents at their discretion.
What material is used to make the Parco backpack?
The Parco bag is designed to be a high-quality backpack that will hold up well to normal use. We use exterior material that is 840D polyester, which is quality ballistic material. (Most backpacks are made of 400D or 600D material.) Please note, however, that even though this is a high-grade polyester that is known as a 'ballistic material' the primary user protection comes from the custom "bulletproof" insert that is housed in the backpack.
Side note: A denier is a unit of measurement for fabrics. A fabric with a higher denier (e.g., 840D) tends to be thicker, sturdier, and more durable. Fabrics with a lower denier are generally softer and silkier.
The interior lining of the Parco bag is also high quality, with several compartments and pouches (e.g., sunglass pouch, laptop pouch) that are lined with a softer, velvet-like material to offer protection from scratches.
Where does the Parco ship?
The Parco bag can be shipped to individuals in all states except for Connecticut. It is unlawful to sell body armor in Connecticut online. At this time, we do not ship outside of the United States.