I can’t say I would be willing to put this on and go face-to-face with a full-grown grizzly.
But, maybe after seeing this, I would try it out with a small one…
You have to be a special kind of brave to put this suit on and expect a grizzly attack.
Grizzly bears are one of the largest land predators in the world. Adult males can weigh up to 600 pounds and stand up to 9 feet tall when standing on their hind legs. Grizzly bears have incredibly strong jaws, capable of exerting a bite force of over 1200 pounds per square inch. This is strong enough to crush a bowling ball or the skull of a moose.
Grizzly bears are also known for their sharp claws, which can grow up to 4 inches in length. These claws are weapons, capable of tearing apart prey and climbing trees. Grizzly bears also have incredible strength, with the ability to overturn boulders and trees in search of food.
In the ’90s, a Canadian man named Troy Hurtubise designed a grizzly suit that is intended to protect humans from grizzly bear attacks. The suit, known as the “Grizzly Man,” is made of high-strength metal and plastic plates and is equipped with air bladders that provide additional padding. The suit also features a helmet with a transparent visor, allowing the wearer to see the bear coming.
While the Grizzly Man suit has never been tested against a real grizzly bear attack, it has been tested against harsh elements and conditions to see if it would withstand an attack.
This video shows the sit being tested out by none other than the designer himself. Hurtubise is seen getting beat all over the place by various objects, getting pushed off hills and even hit by a trucks.
A 3-ton truck hit him at 50 kilometers an hour, 18 times. 18 TIMES.
This suit is legit just on that alone.
This footage is from a documentary called Project Grizzly, in which Hurtubise tested the 6th iteration of the suit, Ursa Mark VI, and believe it or not, it actually resulted in a Ig Nobel Prize for Safety Engineering in 1998.
This guy is crazy, but I would love to have a drink with him.