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.
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
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
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
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
||Where to get
|Great material & build quality
||Not made for suspension
|Many restaining possibilities
|Easy to get in and out of