Serious Toys Rubber Sling

Vendor: Demask Dortmund

The Serious Toys Rubber Sling

Rubber is one of the major fetishes in the kink community. As hot as the material is for fetish wear and gear it has some major drawbacks when it comes to manufacture toys out of it: It is hard to cut into shape making the manufacturing process complicated and thus expensive, compared to leather is cannot withstand much force, it dissolves after contact with oils and it needs to be maintained with silicone oil. So when it comes to toys for hard play I stick to leather.

Detail of the Stainless Steel Fittings

I know that there are some rubber slings out there but none of the addressed all the potential issues I mentioned above – unlike the Serious Toys Rubber Sling I have bought. To be honest I was skeptical when considering the purchase because the sling is more expensive than most leather slings and after all being made out of rubber I feared I would at least have to deal with some of the drawbacks. But since the guy who designed this sling did an awesome job designing my bed with added bondage functionality I gave it a try.

The Serious Toys Rubber Sling with Holes Cut into it

The sling is a five point design so there is space to rest your head when lying in the sling. It comes in two sizes: Standard which measures 122cm by 75cm or XL which measures 122cm by 95cm. They have also made a model with holes cut into the sling which is great for piss-heavy scenes. The sling is made out of three 2mm thick industrial rubber layers which are reinforced with Kevlar. Instead of using D-rings housed in riveted rubber loops for suspend the sling from stainless steel fittings are used. They are screwed to a counter plate with four screws. This design prevents shearing which is necessary. While most leather slings resp. their fittings give in around half a ton of static load at best an entire Smart car has been suspended from this sling. So even when you really plowing a heavier bottom in this sling, it can withstand the high dynamic load. However, there is a major drawback of using rubber as a sling material: It has a rather low thermal conductivity so even in a well heated room the sling will be rather cold when lying down.

Despite the material being hard to work with the manufacturing quality is perfect. Computer controlled water saws are used to cut the rubber so the shape is even. Unlike most other common rubber play items the edges of the sling have been deburred so there are no hard edges which could potentially damage rubber gear or abrase the skin.

Detail of the Three Kevlar reinforced Layers of Industrial Rubber

The Sling Suspension Solution in my Playroom

One of the main advantages of rubber is that it is unaffected by most things. Commonly in play involved substances like piss, poppers or silicone lube can tarnish a leather sling while the rubber maintains its mat shine. Being made out of chlorinated industrial rubber you can even use oil-based lubes like Crisco in this sling without damaging it. This in combination with the fact that it is easy to clean makes this sling the ideal choice for group scenes where you can simply spray the sling with a sanitizer and whip it off or raunchier play. Being made out of industrial rubber the Serious Toys Rubber Sling doesn’t even need maintenance like applying silicone oil.

For suspending the sling for the ceiling they recommend a rectangle of 1.5m by 2.2m for the standard size sling and 2m by 2.2m for the XL version. However are you can see from the pictures taken in my playroom if you can live with some small niggles and are creative you can even put it up in room with a challenging layout. Last spring they also introduced stir-ups made out of the same rubber and with the same stainless steel fittings for 99€ a pair. They are larger and wider than all other stir-ups I have seen so far. So if you like to wear big waders or MX boots while getting played with in the sling these might be the stir-ups to go to.

Conclusion: The only high quality, heavy duty and easy to clean and maintain RUBBER sling I know.
Pro Cons Where to get Price
Made for heavy duty play Rather cold when lying down Demask Dortmund Standard: 379€

XL: 459€

Can with stand almost everything you expose it to
Made out of rubber
Easy to clean

Sheets of San Francisco

Vendor: Sheets of San Francisco

Detail of the Fitted Corner

Detail of the Fitted Corner

Most people don’t have a playroom. So creating an environment where you can live out your kinks inside a vanilla house can be a challenge. Especially when it comes to messier kinks where large quantities of lube or piss finding creating good and comfortable area to play while being sure you don’t ruin the furniture can be a challenge. Living in a dorm I can very much relate to these problems especially when it comes to fisting. Play sheets were not really a solution for me because when playing hard they shift and cleaning and drying them was always a challenge. So I was very happy when Sheets of San Francisco send me a set of their fitted play sheets to give them a real life test.

The sheets are made out of polyurethane which is woven 2-ply. This leads to a dense and sturdy surface with a characteristic stripe pattern. The feel of the material is best described as high quality cotton sheets meeting chlorinated rubber. Unlike rubber they don’t have a high heat transfer coefficient so you can actually snuggle and roll around in them without having to face a cold surface once you shift a bit.

What in my opinion are more important than the feel are the material properties: The sheets are absolute waterproof. It doesn’t matter if it is lube, piss, sweat or other liquids, the will stay on top of the sheet and won’t sink in. You can find these properties on other play sheet material like vinyl or rubber but further more Sheets of San Francisco also does not take up smells easily and does not tear easily when being exposed to a little (!!!) pressure of sharp objects. The material is also surprisingly resistant to the heat of dripping wax. After a wax play scene you can simply peel off the wax.

Water on a Mattress Cover from Sheets of San Francisco

Water on a Mattress Cover from Sheets of San Francisco

What really sets Sheets of San Francisco apart from other play sheets are that they are fitted. This means they come with pockets you wrap around the mattress. So even when playing hard and heavily the sheet stays in place when the size roughly fits the mattress. All sheets are designed for a standard mattress height (around 20cm) and come in a lot of standard US, UK and EU sizes. The material stretches a bit and also the pockets are large enough to hold onto even a bit smaller beds. If your bed or padded play area does not fit any standard sizes there is always the option of getting a custom fit for a £30 premium. And with prices between £36 for a pillow case over £129 to £139 for a fitted sheet up to £199 for a duvet cover they are not really that much more expensive than other, not fitted play sheets.

The Sheets of San Francisco line also features pillow cases (I stuffed mine with hard pillows to lift and support the ass when lying on the back during a fisting scene) and a duvet cover. A friend of mine who is an ABDL bought the entire set to sleep comfortable yet without fear of soiling his mattress or duvet if his diaper should start leaking. Finally there is also a throw sheet to cover “complex” objects like sofas or to put under your sling.

Sheets of San Francisco withstanding Mild Pressure of Sharp Objects

Sheets of San Francisco withstanding Mild Pressure of Sharp Objects

Cleaning the sheets is very easy: Simply throw them in the washing machine on 40°C and don’t spin-dry them too much. Since the material is hydrophobic it will dry quickly. A downside of the waterproof material is that sometimes water gets trapped in the “pockets” of the fitting. So be a bit careful when you take it out of the machine. If you played with a lot of JLube, I recommend putting a spoon of salt into the machine. Also, powder detergent sometimes leaves residues. For me dish soap worked the best but since it foams more than detergent I recommend not using more than a spoon again. If you are living in a dorm and washing machines or space for letting the sheet dry is an issue, wipe up the lube or whatever is on the sheet using paper towels, mix a solution out of salt and dish soap, spray it on the stains, wipe the liquid up again with paper towels and let it dry on the bed. It usually takes less than half an hour and you can store away the clean and dry sheet.

I was actually so happy with the mattress and pillow cover that I might extend my set with a duvet cover or two and also buy a loose sheet for my soon to put up sling or wax play.

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