How to Choose Restraint Cuffs
Some things to consider when purchasing
Design, Colour, Material, Functionality, Hardware, Lining, Quality, Price or Pair V’s Set…
Firstly you need to consider what your going to use them for, be that simply restraining a person to a bed for some light bedroom play, or whether you’ll need them to hold up to heavy play sessions in a dungeon, event or playspace. Because that could make the difference in the quality of cuffs that you purchase. Or if you want to be able to use them on multiple sized persons because the sizing or colour will make a difference.
So with that in mind you need to think of materials and quality of fittings. If your looking for genuine leather then we suggest that you smell the cuff for that unmistakable leather aroma, and if you can see the back of the leather edge then you should be able to tell whether it’s real leather or faux leather with the combined smell quite easily. There is a lot of faux leather restraint cuffs and other items out there which probably wont withstand heavy play sessions over time, they’ll look good but wont perform well. Leather is a natural and clever animal fibrous substance used for many centuries for all manner of hard working everyday jobs, designed to give slightly, but not break when stress is exerted against it, unlike the makeup of faux leather which given enough pressure will simply snap or break and could lead to injury of the wearer.
Take time to ask about or inspect the metal fittings, ask what they’re made from, which again can make a difference for the usage, a thin non welded dee ring is likely to open up with any weight exerted upon it versus a thicker four or five millimeter welded dee which would withstand a far greater force. The wearer may have a metal allergy that you need to be aware of and whether metal will sit against the skin.
Do you want locking buckles versus regular double or single roller buckles? Because a seasoned player may know all the tricks to be able to escape from a regular type buckled cuff, so a locking type will be a better choice.
Think about what the cuff is lined with too, does the wearer have thin boney wrists? Well a Fur lined variety would probably fit better and be more comfortable. Does the wearer have any metal allergies? Then you need to check that no metal parts including rivets will touch the wearer’s skin. Another thing to consider is that if the cuff is leather or faux leather lined will it slip around when being used, will you be able to get a tight enough grip once fastened enough to not cause friction on the wrist or ankle. Always be mindful of anyone your purchasing restraint cuffs for that they haven’t got an old or recent wrist or ankle injury that might be aggravated with wearing cuffs in play. Maybe consider upper arm restraints rather than wrists cuffs if the person has had a broken wrist in the past and they want to protect the wrist in play.
Design of the restraint cuff is important too, do you want one for multiple bondage uses like one of ours where the strap is removeable from the cuff so the other strap can be threaded cross ways to form a pair of cross cuffs? Or do you need a pair to be used for suspension mostly, because you’ll need a specialised pair for that purpose as not all regular cuffs will be comfortable to wear from that position.
The cuffs you want to purchase are they to fit multiple persons you play with or just one person? Because the sizing will make a huge difference if they need to fit from a petite wrist up to a large or extra large wrist. Personally we wouldn’t advise trying to find a cuff to fit the range from an extra small right up to an extra large as you’ll struggle to get a good fit for anyone on the spectrum of sizing.
Once you’ve considered all of the above, then you need to think about the ease of use during a play situation, is it the first time the person who is wearing them has worn restraint cuffs in play? If so then you might want to think about purchasing a velcro fasten design cuff that you can release the person from very quickly if the person becomes distressed or anxious. If your buying a pair for a seasoned player then you might want to consider a double or triple buckle fasten gauntlet pair, or ones with locking buckles! Inspect the cuffs, thread the strap through the buckle to see how easily and quickly it will fasten or not, but bare in mind that new leather in cuffs is a little stiffer before use like breaking in a pair of new boots.
Colour? The standard BDSM colour preference seems to be all black, and a combination of black and red, but we’ve found that many of our customers prefer a wider range of colour choices specifically tones of purple, browns and pastel shades and more unusual colours and print or embossed designs of leather. This is a personal preference that a good stockist of restraint cuffs will be able to offer you and could make the difference in your purchase if you want something artisan bespoke made.
Purchasing a Set of cuffs (Wrist, Ankle, Upper Arms, Thighs set) versus a Pair of wrist cuffs? Be aware of when purchasing a pair of restraint cuffs for wrists as an example that you may want to add to them by getting a pair of ankle or thigh cuffs at a later date when your play partner is more experienced in restraint play. So will you be able to get the same match? Ask the supplier this if only purchasing a pair, or maybe you could contemplate buying a set of four (Wrist/Ankles) six (Wrist/ankle, upper arms) or eight set (Wrist, ankle, upper arms, thighs) to match. Also ask if you wanted to add other items like straps etc to your play kit in future could the seller make them to match if needed.
Another thing to maybe ask the trader when buying cuffs is if double ended trigger hooks come with each pair purchased and included in the advertised price.
Our best advise when looking to purchase restraint cuffs is to speak with, message or email the supplier and ask some of these questions, or seek advice from them on which ones would best suit your needs if searching online. If you can get to a traders market, Fair or event where they might be trading at, then touch, feel inspect and try on various types of cuffs and ask questions about them.