|Because of the rising level of gun crime, manufacturers have produced bullet-proof jackets that look like casual-clothing.|
If you're expecting the future to get a little on the rough side (whether its catastrophic and rapid civil unrest (a la Los Angeles 1992), or minor social degradation (a la the Barrios/Favelas of Brazil)) then then you would benefit by familiarising yourself with fashionable physical protection (like the bullet-proof leather jacket above), so that if you run into trouble when your walking around town then you will have the equipment to defend yourself and be comfortable using it.
(That's the key here: familiarising yourself with the harsher things in life, so that IF the SHTF then you'll be prepared/conditioned to deal with it and won't freak out like a newbie in a knife fight.)
- BMX helmets are tougher than those foam filled pretencious pieces of shit that SWPL and MC people love to buy (LINK showing that bike helmets aren't as protective as MCs think). If you ride a bike on a regular basis then it might be worth checking out as a helmet obvsiously protects the top of your head from downward blows, and could be used when headbutting.
- Inserts for baseball caps are designed to give protection against minor blow, and are quite cheap (~£10). (LINK)
- Bullet proof fashionable (though expensive, ~£1000) jackets from the USA (LINK) if you live in a country where guns are legal. The manufacturers say it will 'protect against all handguns up to and including .44 Magnum'.
- Tough leather jackets. The Irish used to wear thick quilted jackets covered in hardened leather during medieval times (LINK). This gear was thought good enough for armed combat (claidheamh mòr, axes, spears etc) so could hypothetically be ok for modern close quarters combat (knifes, truncheons, fists, chains etc).
- If you're a white collar worker then an anti-slash suit will be more to your liking (LINK).
- Bespoke leather gloves are used by welders, builders, gardeners etc. Many of them can resist high heat and lacerations from blades.
- Specialist anti-slash gloves (~£40) (LINK).
- A sturdy leather belt might come in useful for something.
- There are chainsaw proof trousers that 'tree monkeys' (tree surgeons) use. No idea whether they do fashionable styles though. They might be knife proof like Police anti-knifing corsets (LINK). Cost: ~£50.
- There are slash resistant long-johns to go under trousers (LINK), for ~£50.
- Steel toe capped footwear is now available in a large range of styles, including the traditional boot, and semi-fashionable sports shoes (LINK). Sports shoes stand out less than a pair of shiney black 'Doc Martins', and so will draw less attention to them (which is useful for blending in with the crowd: being incognito). They may also be better suited for running, sprinting, and 'free-running' (LINK) if you ever get in the situation of needing to chase someone or run away from someone. Steel toe caps provide obvious defensive and potential offensive capabilities.
- Army boots from Army surplus stores might be worth checking out. Sometimes they even have metal plates in the bottom of them, to protect the soldier against Punjis (LINK).
Other Possible Items of Interest:
- Mobile phone GPS, RFID shielding device to stop federal agencies from tracking your phone (and by association, you) (LINK).
- Steer clear of nylon or polyester clothing (like raincoats, sports shirts and trousers) because it's manufactured from hydrocarbons, thus very flammable. Natural fibres do burn, but not as intensely as synthetic ones (LINK).
- Possible avenues of inquiry: army surplus stores, hardware stores, and agricultural stores, as well as magazines and websites.