ToyTorture’s Wishlist #3: HML Leather Straitjacket

The HML Fetish Leather Straitjacket

Straitjackets were among the first professional bondage tools  which made the step from pervertable into a pure kink item. In his first catalogue from 1977 Maurice Addison (founder of Fetters) already sold a leather straitjacket. While medical straitjackets out of canvas like Posey (or the Max Cita models which are actually made for BDSM) are favored by some for their authenticity and through the flexibility of the canvas even tighter bondage experience, the leather straitjacket remains a classic and desiderate for many bondage enthusiasts.

Detail of the Quilted Elbow Padding

The reason for that is manifold. First there is the material. For many people through restraints and hoods leather is connected to BDSM. The smell and sensation of the material touching the skin is enough to get a fetishist aroused. Additionally the sheer weight of a leather lined jacket with straps and solid D-rings adds another level to the bondage sensation. Being made for play, leather straitjackets can have features like nipple flaps, cockrings, plug harnesses or D-rings for attaching the sub to bondage furniture. Last but not least straitjackets are some of the most complex pieces of leather bondage to manufacture. Functional and aesthetical finesses like padding or quilting increase the amount of work that goes into every single piece making them almost a piece of art but definetly a piece of craftsmanship.

Detail of the Straps to Tighten and Adjust the Straitjacket

For that reason straitjackets next to sleepsacks tend to be the single most expensive piece of bondage gear most people ever buy. There are cheap alternatives out there – mostly from Asian manufacturers – but I would not recommend them. Most of them are made out of thin and stiff leather, likely contaminated with Chrome-6, are equipped with un-welded D-rings and have only few straps, they don’t really deliver on the promise the words “leather straitjacket” invokes.

With an only just three figure price point the HML Fetish leather straitjacket combines all the aspects of a serious leather straitjacket without breaking the bank (too much). It is made out of high quality, thick yet soft nappa leather which will hug the sub’s body once the straps are tightened. With quilted elbow padding and tit flaps it comes two things as standard which with other straitjackets are an extra.

Detail of the closed Tit Flaps

The downside of this straitjacket is the lack of any D-rings but the one above the crotch. So you are a bit limited when wanting to quickly attach the sub to bondage furniture. But knowing the guys at HML Fetish if you ask them they will put D-rings wherever you want them or alter this piece of bondage equipment to your personal preferences.

The HML Fetish leather straitjacket comes in sizes from S to XXL, is handmade in Germany and regardless of the size costs 995€.

ToyTortures Top 10 Toys: HML Fetish Bondage Harness

The HML Bondage Harness

A couple of decades when most people were into BDSM, they were into all three pair of the acronym: Bondage & Discipline, Dominance & Submission and Sadism & Masochism. People like me who just enjoy play (back than called “work”) without any aspect of being disciplined or submissive were the minority. This strict hierarchic attitude also reflected in the gear worn: One had to graduate from brown to black leather. Also there were different models for masters and slaves, the latter being equipped with anchor points for bondage. Especially in the last couple of years harnesses – especially chest harnesses – became a kinky fashion accessory (which despite not having the torso for it am also guilty of doing). I am definitely not a slave but I was always intrigued by the functionality of a slave harness.

So I got really excited when strolling through HML Fetish’s small yet exquisite store in Bremen I stumbled over a harness with D-rings. It follows the design of a traditional “slave” harness with jockstrap like straps around the ass and over the crack so the slave can only wear the harness and still be somewhat clad in leather. But what is more important for me are the D-rings: With one each on the shoulder and on the side on the level of the chest and the thigh the harness is an effective tool to bound a sub to a bed or just attach restraints when standing or walking in a bar. The many different fettering possibilities inspired me to combine a bunch of other restraints into a straitjacket-like bondage setup.

Detail of the Roller Buckle with the D-Ring

The HML Fetish Bondage Harness costs 295€ and comes in sizes from skinny to extra beefy. To learn all about this special piece of bondage gear, read my in-depth review here. If you want to do the all leather look as a slave/sub take a look at HML Fetish’s leather chastity harness.

Episode 1: Mr S Bishop Head Harness

Episode 2: ErosTek ET232

Episode 3: E-Stim System Electrodes

Episode 4: DeTails Flogger Set

Episode 5: Fetters Handlock

Episode 6: Sheets of San Francisco

Episode 7: Oxballs Ball Stretcher

Episode 8: Doxy Die Cast

Episode 9: Mr S Ultra Blindfold

HML Fetish Isolation Hood

The HML Fetish Leather Isolation Hood

The HML Fetish Leather Isolation Hood

Vendor: HML Fetish

This hood is another toy I discovered when visiting HML Fetish last December. I already had the Heavy Bondage Special in mind back than so the guys sent me this hood as a review sample earlier this year. Since making pictures of a hood without person to wear it, all pics in this article were made while I tried out the hood for the first time.

Construction

This HML Fetish Isolation Hood is made out of soft black high quality leather. Every part of the hood is lined with leather so it has quite some weight and smells intoxicatingly good off leather. The hood’s basic design is a double face hood. There are zippers in the front and in the back. The back zipper covers a lacing possibility with a leather strap which is used to bound the sub tightly into the hood. Behind the front zipper lies the face hood which has a cut out for the mouth and a piece of leather that covers the nasal wings. The eyes are closed on this hood. What sets this hood apart from other double face hoods are the thick pieces of padding over the ears.

Detail of the Double Face behind the Front Zipper

Detail of the Double Face behind the Front Zipper

I have gotten the size M which measures roughly 34cm by 32cm. Depending on your forehead circumference and the amount of hair that has to fit under the hood HML offers sizes from S to XL.

Playing with it

This hood is a true isolation hood. The padding with its pressing sensation against the head creates an intense bondage sensation. It muffles all sounds. If you add ear plugs or headphones with white noise the sub looses it hearing all along. Since there are no cut outs for the eyes most subs remains blind when the front zipper is opened. However, depending on the nose shape and size light and glimpses of the scene can get past the nose. I am already discussing with HML how to address this issue. Because if the sub can’t see anything this hood is great for humiliation play. Leave him stored as a leather gimp and only open the hood to use his mouth for licking, sucking or pissing into him. Of cause while stored he will inhale the intense scent of high quality leather.

Detail of the Lacing Behind the Rear Zipper

Detail of the Lacing Behind the Rear Zipper

One of the most interesting scenes I had with this hood was stripping the sub naked and just putting this hood on. If you take away the sight and hearing of a sub he will probably get more and more disorientate over time. I would not recommend letting the sub stand unguarded for an extended period of time wearing this hood. If the area the sub is standing is obstacle free you can of cause turn this intensifying feeling into a game: Walk around him, tell him to walk towards you, smacking him with a riding crop from various positions and see him struggle.

Finally a word on the material: Last week I talked about a neoprene hood and said that you can put a cotton pad with poppers under the front zipper. With this leather hood, I would not recommend it! Poppers is a rather aggressive substance and it will damage the leather. If you want to get your sub high on this substance stick a gas mask hose between the two front zipper’s runners.

Conslusion: Very well made intense isolation hood with double face feature
Pro Cons Where to get Price
Heavy hood creating an intense bondage and isolation experience… … if the nose isn’t too small HML Fetish 495€
Very well made out of high quality leather
All over lined with leather.
Thightness can be varied through the lacing

HML Fetish Wide Bondage Belt

Vendor: HML Fetish

The HML Fetish 17cm Wide Bondage Belt

The HML Fetish 17cm Wide Bondage Belt

Construction

The HML Fetish  Wide Bondage Belt comes in two varieties: One that is 11cm wide and one that is 17cm wide. While the narrower one only has one line of 7 welded stainless steel D-rings the wider one has two with a total of 14 D-rings. In order not to have metal touch the skin the belts that hold the D-rings in place are not riveted but sewed onto the belt. On one end of the belt there is a roller buckle, on the other side metal reinforced belt holes. The entire belt is made out of high quality soft leather. It comes in sizes from S to XXXL (!) so even a heavier built bear will find the right belt for him.

Detail of the Roller Buckle

Detail of the Roller Buckle

Playing with it

For this review HML Fetish provided me with the 17cm wide version because they claim that it can hold the weight of an entire body in suspension bondage. Naturally I was curious and a bit skeptical if just nylon thread and no rivets would be strong enough. I tried it out both as a top and as a sub and I have to admit: It takes a leap of faith to surrender the body just to this belt. Don’t get me wrong: As all HML Fetish leather it has a very high quality and robust feel. Yet I have learned in over 3 years of toy reviewing that rivets are the gold standard in durability and security. After multiple tests I have to say that to my own amazement the belt delivered what he promised: You can suspend even a heavier struggling body securely just using this belt. But please keep in mind that this form of suspension is an extreme form of stress bondage. Most of the time I used this belt for added support in a suspension setup with multiple restraints in which naturally he performed really well.

Detail of the D-Ring

Detail of the D-Ring

Apart from suspension bondage this belt is a great piece of bondage gear. With more D-rings than you would probably ever need you can really tie a person down. The wide belt sits comfortably on the entire hips and thus prevents movement of the lower torso really well when tied tightly. Of cause this belt is not limited to the waist; it works just as well around the chest.

The most surprising usage scenario was found by a member of my testee panel. He is new to rope bondage and thus struggles a bit with long ropes. He used this bondage belt as anchor point for shorter ropes to create elaborate rope bondage designs. This of cause also works with different restraints, I for example tried out different hogtie setups. If you are in a playful mood this belt really encourages you to be creative.

Conclusion: High quality heavy duty bondage belt
Pro Cons Where to get Price
In wide version can support a man on its own during suspension HML Fetish 179€ – 299€
Really ties one down
Encourages creativity when it comes to bondage
Very well made out of quality materials

HML Leather Chastity Harness

HML Leather Chastity Harness

HML Leather Chastity Harness

Vendor: HML

This design was developed by HML following ideas of a customer who asked for a leather chastity device. While the customer was more than happy with the designs they guys at HML asked if I would give it a test ride to see if it really works. Always eager to try out new and innovative toy designs I was more than happy to comply.

Detail of the Locking Post

Detail of the Locking Post

Construction

The body of this toy is made out of two perpendicular 15mm wide leather straps. They are attached to a leather strap with four rivet reinforced holes and a locking post so the cage can be locked around even large junks. In the middle of the body straps there is a steel ring for stabilization. In sizes S/M it has a diameter of 30mm, in sizes L/XL it has 35mm. At the tip of the cage there is a small d-ring. The overall length for size S is approx. 60mm, for size L approx. 80mm.

All metal parts on this toy are made out of stainless steel so there is no risk of rust or allergy. It comes with a pad lock. Please note that due to having enough keyed alike pad locks I didn’t take the provided one with me. The one on the picture is from my own collection.

Detail of the D-Ring

Detail of the D-Ring

Playing with it

Putting this toy on is like every other chastity cage. You put your balls between the rear strap and the steel ring with the lower body strap working as a divider. Than place your dick inside the devices and lock the rear strap around your junk in a comfortable yet inescapable setting.

The big question of this review is: Does it work as a chastity device? Simple answer: No, it doesn’t! While it keeps a dick from getting hard to a certain extend from getting hard, he can easily be pulled through the two body straps. This is actually necessary if you want to piss because due to the design there is no piss hole. Being made out of leather the cage isn’t really designed to be worn for extended periods of time under cloths because the constant moisture will most likely damage the material.

Detail of the Stainless Steel Stabilization Ring

Detail of the Stainless Steel Stabilization Ring

So that leaves the question: Is it a bad toy? Not at all! In my opinion is it just named wrong. If you think of it less as a chastity device and more of a dick harness/ CBT device it makes a lot of sense. As a dick harness it can serve as a symbolic chastity device. Due to being made out of soft leather and being quite specious even people like me who have a hard time finding an off the rack chastity device will fit into it. So when going out to the bar as a naked/ or just harnessed slave this device is nifty so show that your dick is off limits. While a determined person can get access to the dick it takes some effort so this dick harness can work as an attention focus mean to keep the hands of the dick when the attention should be at the ass for example.

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Detail of the Cage Construction

I spent a dark winter Sunday afternoon with a quite greedy sub to explore the CBT capabilities of this toy and discovered great fun! The initial use it is of cause to torture the well displayed balls. Through the way this cage is put on they are quite tightly tied of and separated so they can easily be targeted separately when hitting. The d-ring up front is ideal for creating quite uncomfortable predicaments. When attaching the cage to wrist restraints tied behind the back or to a pair of connected ankle restraints the sub’s movement is quite limited. Depending on how bruised the balls already are rapid movements can be painful. Since all metal parts are made out of stainless steel they conduct currency quite well. So it is only natural to turn the locking post and the metal ring into electrodes. But please be cautious! Since the mass and the contact surface is quite little the sensation will be quite intense and stingy.

Conclusion: Not really chastity cage but a great CBT toy and piece of leather gear craftsmanship.
Pro Cons Where to get Price
Unique design Doesn’t really work as a chastity device HML (Manufacturer) 79.95€
Very well made out of quality material Shouldn’t be worn for extended periods of time due to material properties
Many CBT possibilities
D-Ring on Top

 

Christmas Gift Tip V – Leather Chastity Harness

Christmas is over and after being stuffed with good food and (some more, some less) having enjoyed the company of our relatives most of us are heading home today. Some back to the gym in order to prepare for Full Fetish in London or to look good for the New Year’s Eve (Play) Party. Some might even already be thinking about New Year Resolutions for 2016.

Maybe because of that the time around Christmas is the period of the year where I get asked most about chastity device. I guess some of you want to become better boys next year in order to escape Santa’s naughty list in 2016. The question which chastity belt is right for whom is a quite complex one yet important because the devices are quite expensive investments.

The HML Leather Chastity Harness

The HML Leather Chastity Harness

When I went to HML in early December to try out some toys for the upcoming Heavy Bondage Special the guys handed me their new leather chastity harness. Being made out of leather it is soft and doesn’t leave a too big print even through thin cloth dress pants. It is also flexible thus comfortable to wear. Due to the stressful pre-Christmas period I haven’t had a chance to try it out extensively but I somehow fear that my new boy friend has already some evil thoughts. You will be able to read an extensive review in the Heavy Bondage Special sometime in March. But for only 79.95€ it is on the less expensive side of chastity devices and thus a great way to get used to have “something” permanently around your dick.

Being on the NoSafeword Show

Detail of the Male and Female Velcro Straps

Detail of the Male and Female Velcro Straps

I have just gotten off Skype recording a show with the great guys from the NoSafeword Show which you will be able to download here. They produce a weekly podcast on all things BDSM and are a fun crowd to hang around so check out their shows!

The HML Bondage Harness

The HML Bondage Harness

On the show I mentioned HML Velcro restraints. So if you are interested in learning more about these restraints, click here for a review of the normal restraints, an update on the heavy duty and ankle version and a short intro into the hand stirruos. The prices of the restraints range from 49.90€ to 149.90€. They also make unique gear like a bondage harness. If you are in the market for light weight yet heavy duty restraints I would recommend ordering them because by doing so you are not only getting a great piece of gear but support a local, small and creative kinky business.

HML Bondage Harness

Vendor: HML

 

The HML Bondage Harness

The HML Bondage Harness

The thing I love most as a BDSM toy collector than using toys (or more precisely having them used on me) is strolling through small BDSM shops who make their own gear and toys. While I love the products sold by Mister B or 665 Leather to name two big players in the market, I love the sometimes unexpected creativity of small shops. So when discussing with the guys at HML the suggestions for improving the electro ball stretcher I stumbled across this bondage harness, a category of gear I thought that wasn’t made anymore. So I was quite surprised when they provided me with a review sample.

Construction

The basic construction follows the blueprint of a standard full body harness: Two straps run over the shoulder, one under the arms and one around the waist. What sets this harness apart from a standard full body harness is that the strap running around the ass: You can either wear it with once strap over the ass crack or add two contouring the ass cheeks for a thong-like look.

Like all HML leather toys the 4cm wide straps of this harness are made out of soft black hide which is folded so the seam is in the middle of the back of the straps which makes for a clean look without edges. The individual straps are attached to massive and heavy steel rings by rivets. The connecting strap between the upper torso part and the thong-like part around the waist uses snap fastener for connection. They are quite convenient because once you have adjusted the harness to fit your body by using the roller buckles you don’t need to open them again so the harness fits perfectly every time you want to wear it. The holes in the belts for the roller buckles are reinforced by steel rivets. The right size depends on your body type: The harness can be adjusted to different body heights but is quite limited to adjusting so bigger bodies. If in doubt ask the friendly guys at HML. Another thing that can be changed is the stainless steel cockring. The harness comes with a standard 50mm cockring that can be changed into the perfect size for you.

Detail of the Snap Buttons on the Middle Strap

Detail of the Snap Buttons on the Middle Strap

What makes this harness special are the six D-rings that are riveted under sturdy pieces of leather just behind the roller buckles on the shoulder, under the arms and around the waist.

Playing with it

I have made it a rule not to talk about gear on this website: The different styles and cut and ways of making it are way too personal and actually controversial in our community (I have seen friendships break over discussing the “right” place to get your rubber…). But being a harness the gear aspect is the pink elefant in the middle of the room so I get it out of the way first: I’ve been out with this harness a couple of times and it performs well as gear. The cut is very good helping to highlight your good assets. It can be worn either as a full body harness or you take the connecting strap out and wear it just as an upper torso harness or as a cockring thong.

Detail of the Roller Buckle with the D-Ring

Detail of the Roller Buckle with the D-Ring

But now on the playing aspect. As the name states this harness is made for bondage and it performs really well in the field of play. First I thought that six D-rings are a bit few but when trying out the harness there were more than enough. When tying someone into a bondage frame you can effectively immobilize someone’s torso quickly by using chain and carabiners or tension belts without having to worry about cutting of circulation like when using rope. If you use rope, you can also incorporate the four steel rings on the front and the back for an even more elaborate designs. A fun thing when taking out your sub to the bars is to use the shoulder D-rings for tying a head harness in its place and attaching upper arm restraints to the upper and wrist restraints to the lower strap that runs around the body. Depending in the method you chose for attaching your sub is quite immobilized, coming close to the effect of a straight jacket yet every part of his body is accessible. In order to limit access to certain body regions there are anal toys out there which can be put onto a harness (sadly I have forgotten where I have seen them). They will probably fit on the strap running down the crack keeping them well in play. What works in any case is attaching a show plug for pup play onto the harness. I a friend of mine was thrilled that he can pup out with a tail despite not being able to take something up his ass when wearing this harness.

Detail of the Straps which can be Added to Create a Thong-Like Look

Detail of the Straps which can be Added to Create a Thong-Like Look

When talking about the usage possibilities a word of warning is in place: The well chosen location of the D-ring would THEORATICL make this harness good for suspension bondage where the matter of supporting the torso is always a difficult one, especially when you are not using rope. BUT: Do to the snap fasteners I strongly discourage you from using this harness for suspension bondage because there is always the fear of the snap fasteners opening under the stress they are put onto. To be honest I put them to a hard test with strong subs who fought against the bondage and I tried the harness for suspension (with security measures of cause) and nothing opened. Yet still because the security of the sub is paramount I would not advise using this harness for suspension!

HML also makes another kind of harness called the HML Restraint Harness which exchanges the shoulder straps with a collar, has D-ring in front of the collar and two at the crotch and has build in restraints above the hip. It is made in the same great way as this bondage harness is and costs 345€.

Conslusion: Good full body harness with nifty additional features
Pro Cons Where to get Price
Great material & build quality Not made for suspension HML

(Manufacturer)

295€
Many restaining possibilities
Unique design
Easy to get in and out of

A Weekend with Velcro Restraints

Straps of the Standard and Wide Version Compared

Straps of the Standard and Wide Version Compared

Three weeks ago I have spent the weekend in Berlin for the annual BLF Easter event which was a fun time although in unexpected ways. Just in time before packing for Berlin I have gotten two new velcro restraints from HML. I reviewed their first velcro restraint and was quite impressed, After the review was written they incorporated the suggestions I wrote and send me the two new models that came out of this process. So I tried a little experiment: How satisfied would I be with the restraints‘ performance if I only took them with my for the weekend thus being forced to use them?

The answer is: I was surprisingly satisfied. Or to be more precise: I didn’t miss anything yet playing with these restraints meant altering my play style a bit. When fastening roller buckle restraints I tend to pull the closing strap to the maximum in order to give the sub the message that I am in control now and then loosen the restraints that they are comfortable yet tight. This position is mostly a compromise because the space between the holes in the strap specify the raster in how tight you can fasten the restraints. Since you don’t have a buckle to run the velcro strap through there is no fastening effect. But due to the nature of velcro you can adjust the strap in every desired position enabling you to play with the sub’s expectations. I put the wide heavy duty restraints on one sub’s wrists and he really enjoyed the feeling of being bound by a wide strap of solid and soft leather but he waited that the grip of the restraints would decrease which it didn’t because I had already closed the strap. It freaked him out a bit in a good way.

D-Rings of the Standard and Wide Version Compared

D-Rings of the Standard and Wide Version Compared

This easy handling is another thing I have grown fond of. With a bit of training in order to keep the velcro to stick together in a wrong way you can quickly immobilize someone without having to fiddle a strap through a loop. Especially when travelling or packing toys for locations where you can’t walk around with a big bag of toys like the LAB the compact form factor is a nice feature. They are also lighter than restraints of the same size because they have less metal. This might sound like bean counting but if I pack for an event I have to go by plane I am happy for every 100g I can safe.

The Ankle Restraint put into the Heavy Duty Wrist Restraint

The Ankle Restraint put into the Heavy Duty Wrist Restraint

HML also addressed the length problem of the restraints: Along the standard wrist restraints I reviewed last month there is now also a set of ankle restraints available. Since the muscles in the legs are usually stronger than the ones in the arms the velcro strap has to deal with more force. This increased the noises of velcro fighting with the struggling sub but even with a beefy muscle sub they didn’t fail me. Still, if you need more security HML now also makes new heavy duty Velcro restraints from which I could test the wrist restraints. They have twice the amount of velcro with a little bit longer strap than sinlge-strap wrist restraints giving you wider range of circumference. So if your sub has thin ankles you can use them also for fettering the legs for an extra bondage kick. If you want to put them over boots, you have to get the heavy duty ankle restraints. An important thing to keep in mind is that due to the thicker D-ring on the heavy duty restraints the space used for sowing the belt onto the body increases thus the minimum circumference is bigger than on the single-strap version. I have a glove size 7 ½ and while the restraints are not closely fettered onto my wrist they don’t slip over my hand. But for people with really small hands, I recommend the standard wrist restraints. Because naturally I tried out the toys before using them in the field I took all three restraints with me feeling confident that they will perform well when I went out intending to find a sub to top.

Velcro Suspension Restraints

Velcro Suspension Restraints

One thing I have missed in Berlin were hanging restraints. Especially unpadded wrist restraints are uncomfortable when the arms are suspended over the head. HML already makes a set of padded suspension restraints with velcro straps for 149,90€ for these situations which I might review in the future.

Since there is now a set of wrist and ankle restraints out there these restraints will become the second set of everyday restraints I have been looking for quite some time – so I now need to start looking for the third set which locks with a pin.

Long story short: All three velcro restraints I had with me and used extensively during the weekend lived up to the promise to be fully substitutes for unpadded restraints. They will probably become the regular travel restraints for me because especially the non-heavy duty set is small enough to get stores in my toiletry bag.

 

Price overview

Velcro Leather Wrist Restraints 49,90€
Velcro Leather Ankle Restraints 59,90€
Velcro Leather Wrist Restraints Wide 79,90€
Velcro Leather Ankle Restraints Wide 99,90€
Hand Suspension Stirrups 149,90€

 

HML Isolation Hood

MA66If the Mr S Asylum Gear I featured yesterday are not an extreme enough bondage sensation ake a look at the HML Isolation Hood.

Detail of the Ear Padding and Face hidden behind the Front Zipper

Detail of the Ear Padding and Face hidden behind the Front Zipper

The hood is made out of soft black hide that hugs the subs skull. Above the ears thick padding is sowed between the two layers of leatehr so when you lace the hood tightly around the victims head all noises that reach the subs ear muffled at best. The front of the hood features a zipper so when it is closed the person wearing it can be turned into a leather gimp. Once opened it is revealed that the sub’s eyes are covered by piece of leather making him blind even when the zipper is opened. However, the mouth is still accessible so it can be used, fucked or abused without the sub seeing who is giving him pleasure or pain making this hood ideal for (literate) mind fuck or humiliation scenes.

Detail of the Lacing at the Back

Detail of the Lacing at the Back

The hood costs 495€ and can be bought at HML in Bremen or through their web shop.