When I began running outside, I knew I needed to carry pepper spray. I already had a small handheld spray that I used when I went out by myself or had a late night class, but it wasn’t very practical for running. I hate carrying things when I run, which is why I purchased a flipbelt. I started keeping my peppers spray in the belt when I went jogging, but that’s not very practical. It’s hard to get things in and out of it on the go, which is NOT what you want when you’re in danger.
Long story short, I started googling “pepper spray for runners”. Most of the results I found were still handheld. I figured there HAD to be a better solution out there somewhere. I finally stumbled across the “Little Viper”. The “Little Viper” is an adjustable bracelet pepper spray. Because I’m left handed I keep it on my right hand, right below my Garmin Vivosmart. All you have to do is squeeze both
sides of the container and the spray activates. It says it’s good for 3-6 uses and is effective from 3 feet away.
Thankfully, I haven’t had to use it yet, but I did do a test spray. It was very easy to work – you just have to aim your wrist in the right direction. Since I’ve been in DC, I’ve taken to wearing it whenever I go out alone. I have it on most of the time now and I’ve never accidentally sprayed it, so that’s a plus.
There are three snaps (a total of two actual settings) and I tend to use the tightest setting. That keeps it secure on my wrist, but I could easily use the second setting. I’ve got a pretty small wrist, so if you’ve got a thicker wrist, this might be a bit of a problem for you. Also, if I keep it tight on my wrist, it gets really sweaty behind it. I wish that they would have used a material that breathed a bit better (like my fitness band), but that’s really a minor complaint.
I also wish it was a bit sleeker, but all in all, it’s not that bad. It’s not like a brick on my wrist or anything. Plus, nobody can tell what it actually is.
On amazon the bracelet retails for $17.99 with free shipping. If you use all of the spray inside the bracelet, you need to get a whole new unit – it’s not refillable or anything. It’s a bit expensive for a pepper spray, but it’s honestly the most practical one I’ve seen on the market. It’s literally ready to go at all times without a thought. You don’t have to dig around your purse for it, you don’t have to put a cap off, you just aim and squeeze the sides.
Like I said earlier, I wear it all the time and it definitely comforts me knowing it’s there. Plus, I like the idea that it doesn’t look like pepper spray. I feel like I’d have a better chance of actually using it effectively on someone if they don’t know it’s coming.