Pepper spray and pepper gel are both self-defense tools that contain oleoresin capsicum (OC), but they differ in their delivery mechanism and consistency.
Pepper spray is a liquid dispersed in a mist or stream, while pepper gel is a thicker, gel-like substance sprayed in a stream. Pepper gel is less likely to atomize in the air, which reduces the risk of affecting unintended targets and makes it easier to aim accurately. It can also be more difficult to wipe off, increasing its effectiveness.
Here are three reasons why you should keep pepper gel on hand.
1. Increased accuracy
Pepper gel is made with the same strength as pepper spray but is dispensed as a thicker substance with a more targeted stream, allowing it to travel further than traditional pepper spray and decrease wind blowback. Because it is sprayed as a thick substance, it doesn’t atomize in the air like pepper spray, meaning it is less likely to affect anyone but the direct target. Learn more about the differences between pepper spray and pepper gel here.
2. Reduced blowback
When deployed, pepper gel doesn’t atomize in the air like pepper spray. However, it still has the same effects of inflammation to the eyes, skin, and nose of the attacker. Pepper gel is less likely to be affected by wind or other environmental factors that could cause blowback, making it safer for both the user and bystanders. That’s why it’s a great option to take on the go while running. No need to worry about keeping it handy during those long runs on windy paths—the runner hand strap makes carrying effortless.
3. Longer range
Pepper gel can reach targets at a longer range than traditional pepper spray, which can be useful in situations where the attacker is farther away, such as home invasions. Because of its reduced wind blowback, pepper gel can be used indoors. SABRE offers several models that include wall mounts to help keep the pepper gel out of reach from children but easy for you to grab when seconds count. The Home Defense Pepper Gel contains 32 maximum-strength red pepper gel bursts for protection against multiple threats. It features a pistol grip with a thumb trigger that helps provide a firm grasp of the pepper gel, helping to increase your accuracy and control.
For a more compact option, try the SABRE Home Defense Pepper Gel with Glow in the Dark Twist Safety. This pepper gel also includes a wall-mount clip for quick access when seconds count. The glow-in-the-dark safety will make it easier to find in dark rooms, saving you from having to turn on the light and potentially expose your location. This smaller pepper gel packs a mean 17 bursts for protection against multiple threats and features a twist lock safety for secure use.
It's important to note that while pepper gel may have some advantages over traditional pepper spray, both are effective self-defense tools and the best choice will depend on individual preferences and circumstances.