Product: Armor
A Suit of Armour with Wing Mirrors   (+21, -3)  [vote for, against]
Mirror, signal, cleave.

A suit of armour with wing mirrors protruding from the shoulders, affording the occupant the ability to review the scene astern without (necessarily) having to perform a manoeuvre.
-- zen_tom, Jul 20 2009

Image: A suit of armour with wing mirrors
[zen_tom, Jul 20 2009, last modified Aug 24 2012]

-- theleopard, Jul 20 2009

The adept swordsman peruses his shining sword. Shoulder mirrors might also devalue the 'sun in your back' move...
-- loonquawl, Jul 20 2009

mirror, signal, manoeuvre...
-- po, Jul 20 2009

[po] Surely, "Can My Safety Be Given Away"?

Perhaps a horn could be fitted to the codpiece?
-- Dub, Jul 20 2009

// a horn could be fitted to the codpiece //

[Dub], that's just showing off .....
-- 8th of 7, Jul 20 2009

-- Dub, Jul 20 2009

Dub, are you blowing your own horn!

The Paul Smith designer suit of armour comes with RAF style roundels and sprouts a forest of stalked wing mirrors protruding from the breast-plate and shoulder sections.

This allows the knight errant (or otherwise) to avoid being sneaked-up-upon and dispatched without warning, as well as offering those in his wake the chance to read the warning signs "If you can't see my mirrors, I can't see you!" and "How's my slaying? Call 0800 123 456"
-- zen_tom, Jul 20 2009

Of course, among goodly knights there would be the standard plumage arms race with suits of armour becoming ever more heavily festooned with such mirrors in usually symmetrical patterns such that, very shortly, knights would become almost indistiguishable from the Mod Lambrettas of their future, with rabbly peons cast as rockers in doubtless one-sided pre-enactments of certain Events at Brighton. And the next thing you know, some shagbag band of travelling minstrels have made a rubbish play out of it.
-- calum, Jul 20 2009

I like this, for reason being that this time I'll know when the rest of my mates have turned and fled.
-- RayfordSteele, Jul 20 2009

Too many mirrors might hinder one's forward visibility.
-- ye_river_xiv, Jul 20 2009

// the rest of my mates //

What, both of them ?
-- 8th of 7, Jul 20 2009

Keeps friendly-fire incidents in check that way. And when you're well-trained and well-equipped, you don't need that many...
-- RayfordSteele, Jul 20 2009

[zen_tom] Admit it, you would too
-- Dub, Jul 20 2009

Killer reflectses.
-- 2 fries shy of a happy meal, Jul 21 2009

Pimp My Armour.
-- Dub, Jul 21 2009

I'm not sure that wearers of this sort of armour would need to view the scene astern. Generally it should consist of ill-armed and worse-protected peasants who've been stamped into the dirt by the sudden and abrupt passage of a ton and a half of armoured knight and armoured horse.

Mind you, it's a good theory but it didn't work very well for Charles the Bold.
-- DrBob, Jul 21 2009

I'd be nice to be able to adjust your hair or check your lipstick while atop ones steed. Right?
-- blissmiss, Jul 21 2009

You read my mind!
-- DrBob, Jul 21 2009

hah missed that!
-- po, Jul 21 2009

Yes, this would have been useful 700 years ago, but imagine how delighted Perseus would have been with one of these.
-- theleopard, Aug 21 2012

Optional reversing lights on the trusty charger?
-- Phrontistery, Aug 21 2012

//didn't work very well for Charles the Bold.

Let's not even talk about Pippin the Short. I had always presumed that might height-wise...but thinking more about it...
-- not_morrison_rm, Aug 23 2012

[+] this one deserves more than a paltry +19.

[zt] your link is gone titsup.
-- FlyingToaster, Aug 23 2012

Cheers [ft] - have put together a new image and fixed the link.
-- zen_tom, Aug 24 2012

In the image, the mirrors are not adjusted very well. I think they need to be further forward, and angled in towards the wearer's face.
-- pocmloc, Aug 24 2012

-- FlyingToaster, Aug 24 2012

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