The Latest, Smartest, And Coolest Self Defense Gadgets For Women
Babes, whether you never leave home without your brute (attack man or attack dog), or you don't have a brute, you should always be able to protect yourself. Even martial artists often carry small weapons with them to make their moves even more effective. Today, there are a number of cool, concealable, and even disguised lightweight weapons that won't take you long to learn to master. And once you do master them, you will feel more confident out and about without your brute!
Surprise is key in self-defense; unless your weapon is concealed or disguised, the first thing your attacker will do is take it from you. So think about which of these self-defense gadgets you would be able to handle most successfully if attacked. (You can also look at our latest article on 8 Clever New Self Defense Tools To Keep Woman Safe.)
Wearable by men and women, the adjustable Slap Hat is designed like a standard baseball cap, but it packs a wallop. And don't worry about it feeling heavy on your head; it reportedly feels kind of like a bean bag. The materials in the hat are not beans, however, but a new impact material that is 100 percent the density of Iead!
These sexy pepper spray containers will come in handy outdoors, if kept in a pocket, or indoors if kept in a convenient place near your bed - let's say in a dorm room. As a lipstick or perfume case, they are certainly items that young women would own, so the Pepper Spray Lipstick or Perfume is a great disguise. This pretty perfume looking spray should look unobtrusive in any woman's bedroom.
The Sabre is one of several pepper spray devices you can hang on your key chain. The Sabre, however, has a quick release from the key ring in case you are driving or opening your car door as you are attacked. Another feature of the Sabre Compact Pepper Spray is that it has a very powerful stream which reduces blow-back of the spray. The Sabre Pepper Spray In Key Case comes in pink and black; when you purchase the pink case, Sabre will make a donation to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
Kubotans look innocuous, but are very powerful when gripped in the hand like an icepick and directed at sensitive areas of the body, especially pressure points, bones, and joints -- eyes and face are good too. Alternatively, it can be used in a punch grip to really add some punch. There are a variety of Kubotan's made from different materials and different shapes. They were developed by Takayuki Kubota, a karate grand master, for female police officers of the LAPD, where he was a self-defense trainer. The Kubotan Keychain is made of aluminum and, as its copy reads, 'there is no wrong strike.'
Is the pen mightier than the sword? This Cold Steel Pen is meant to be. One stab with this felt tip pen and your victim won't get just ink on his shirt. The material inside the pen is a glass-reinforced Grivory (a trade name for PPA, High Performance Polyamide), which, according to Cold Steel, can bypass metal detectors. Just remember, it's for self defense, not really for writing, so if it's not the best felt tip marker you ever had, forgive it.
A stainless steel Felix face with knuckle fitting eyes. The Black Cat Self Defense Key Ring is deceptively cute.
Looking for your car on a dark street or parking lot, you should have a flash light with you anyway, but the Vigilent has a nice bright LED bulb that switches easily on and off. Plus, of course, it has a panic alarm, and one should never underestimate the power of a 130 decibel alarm to frighten away potential attackers. It looks like a normal car key so it's perfect to use as an everyday key chain.
Just in case this extra strong pepper spray isn't enough to temporarily blind your assailant, this model of Fox Pepper Spray creates total fog around him, so even if he turns away, it will be hard to escape getting burned! Make sure you get away fast though.
You guessed it: Screeching Mace! No reason why you can't have both. With its pus-top activator, you get 20 short blasts of mace and a 125 decibel deafening screech! Easy to use for women, kids, and elderly persons too.
Yikes! Paint the guy! The Mace Triple Action Defense Spray doesn't just spray tear gas, but pepper, and UV dye to color your attacker so he will be visually recognizable to officials and passers-by. This is a small unit, containing 5, one-second bursts, but that's plenty for one emergency, and it fits comfortably in a woman's hand and it easy to deploy.
Alas! Here's your brute (us). I just couldn't resist sharing him with you; after all, some are just dog people. But Brutus does perform like our Black Cat, above - just slide two fingers through the eye holes so that Brutus's ears are pointing outward from your fist -- but Brutus is made of strong ABS plastic. Brutus comes in lots of fun colors.
There's a variety of self defense gadgets here and maybe you could feel comfortable with more than one of them. They are not very expensive, especially considering what's at stake, so maybe you should consider protecting yourself with more than one of them. Make sure that your state permits you to carry your choice of self protection, as some of them are illegal in some states.
Please don't think of using these against dogs. There are products especially designed to protect yourself from dog attacks that are effective, yet humane.
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Originally published April 2010 and updated September 2015.