What would you call it? underwear wrap? cotton ribbon? toga?
You can't stand up for yourself and protect your loved ones, "protect" in the true sense of chivalry, if you can't keep your pants up. Much like today's poser gangsters that wear their underwear high and their pants waist low. it's the defeatist uniform. Gandhi couldn't walk 5 mins without tripping on the robe wrap or whatever you want to call his wardrobe.
He used to wear pants in his younger academic years, he gave them up. It isn't functional, it's a statement of intentional submissiveness to attract sympathy.
My comment is unrelated to race. The rest of the people around him were the same race, they wore pants. Not everyone who is Indian wears his choice of wardrobe. Almost no one else.
Remember this guy in Harry Potter? The British slipped that hint in the movie.
I work with two dozen Indians on work visas, half eat chicken and 4 eat beef. The vegan Indians adore him as a god, the Indian carnivore guys have no respect for him.
For the record, MLK in his latter years was getting impatient with the results of his own passive approach and started leaning toward the Malcolm X direction of proactively taking charge.
Anyway, This thread morphed a dozen times, it's now in the philosophy stage.
To the original post about gear.
Solo Wilderness Security:
pepper spray: legal and mediocre functionality unless 1) the wind is against you, 2) you run out of spray squirts, 3) you are inside the tent, 4) the spray can is not readily accessible, 5) the attack is upon you and you spray yourself. 6) as with any pressurized canister such as iso pro stoves, the effectiveness of the spray is diminished with altitude.
revolver Ruger LCR 1) legal issues in many places. 2) will not accidentally discharge 3) weighs about 1 lb. 4) limited capacity, then reload after 5 or 6 shots. 5) low to none probably of failure or jam. 6) shorter barrel means less accuracy than longer heavier. 7) small enough to carry and packs a big output. 8) ammo effective at any altitude. 9) can be shot from inside the jacket pocket only if you are 007. 10) Rounded design with built-in trigger to slide in pants pocket concealed. better wear a good belt.
Glock 1) surprisingly accurate design, even with short barrel. 2) if carried loaded, will need a holster to protect the trigger from catching on other gear. 3) many pistol can jam, but the Glock has loyal following because it run accurate even after a torture test. 4) unlike the LCR revolver it can NOT be shot from inside the jacket pocket, the slide could catch on the cloth. 5) the joke about Glock is that it's plastic, the polymer makes it lighter. 6) there are hate forums on Glocks for their fat grip (they made a SF:small frame aka short fingers)