Siberian Bear-hunting Suit from the 1800s

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Feb 6, 2013 | By Maryam Shamlou

In the battle of man versus bear, house money is on the bear every time. It seems safe to assume that bears are naturally endowed with certain physical advantages no unarmed man could compete with.

However, this Siberian bear-hunting suit from the 1800s strikes us as a commendable attempt to disrupt the natural order of things. Bear versus man? Sure, that's an easy call. But bear versus man-dressed-something-from-the-next-installment-of-the-Saw-franchise is a tougher bet. Perhaps man has a chance.

With two protective layers of leather quilted together and studded with 1-inch long iron nails, the suit registers fear into the hearts of carnivorous beasts everywhere. At least it should. If a bear saw something like this creeping around in the woods, it'd be in his best interest to avoid hand to paw combat.

Unless of course the man was under the influence of vodka and put the suit on inside-out.

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