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1800’s Siberian bear-hunting armor turned you into a human porcupine

Jul 25, 2012 By Abraham

These photos show a strange and questionably effective 19th-century attempt to give humans an advantage when engaged in hand to paw combat with a bear…

The curiosity is described in a 1998 email that is posted by the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works…

The object is being called a Siberian bear-hunting suit, but I suspect it is more likely to be for bear bating than hunting, since I can’t imagine anyone could run around the woods in it. It consists of leather pants and jacket (and an iron helmet) studded all over with 1-inch iron nails about 3/4 in. apart. The nails are held in place by a second layer of leather lining the whole thing and quilted into place between the nails.

(via i09, Retronaut)


  1. Demosthenes says:

    The bear may receive a nasty bunch of puncture wounds, but he would still be able to smack your head off your shoulders if it wanted to.

  2. Spissky says:

    So does anyone know where one might get ones hand on this? (Not literally put my hands on it jesus that would hurt)
    But imagine strolling about in this on halloween or something

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