As a long time runner, there have been some very real and very scary moments for me, sometimes involving other people, sometimes involving wildlife. I’ve been chased by dogs and felt threatened by passersby in secluded areas. When you are out running or jogging, it’s hard to find athletic wear with pockets that can hold something you can use to defend yourself, and the extra weight can sometimes keep you from performing your best. I for one was tired of running with my pepper spray in my hand, but I wasn’t ready to be defenseless either! Luckily, someone came up with a solution that seemed like it was made just for me. I can’t tell you how excited I was for the Personal Savers Wrist Saver when I found out about it.
While it’s not a perfect solution, it is a lot better than running with a big can of pepper spray clutched in your fist. I haven’t had to use mine yet, but I always bring it when I go jogging and, though I hope I never have to use it, it is a great comfort to me. It’s basically a small (1/2-ounce) can of pepper spray that you can attach to your wrist with Velcro. The can fits into a pouch on a wristband, which also has a slot for an ID. There is also a small LED light, which acts as a mini flashlight. Make sure you measure your wrist before ordering; there are two sizes available. The wristband itself comes in pink, black and pink, or black and orange. The company that makes the Wrist Saver also makes similar products for biking and for baby strollers.
It’s still fairly bulky and annoying to wear on a run, but I’d rather put up with a little extra weight on my wrist than having to hold pepper spray, or being attacked without any defense. My favorite thing about the Personal Savers Wrist Saver is the manufacturer’s promise that it has a ten foot shooting range and you can shoot multiple times. That makes me feel extremely safe! I only wish they carried a larger size, as I felt more comfortable with my 1-ounce pepper spray than the 1/2-ounce. However, the trade-off for convenience is well worth it and I’m happy to finally feel safe and comfortable on my evening run.