Friday, October 15, 2010

Sex Toy Review: Our First Bondage Kit!

So this is cool. Theirtoys.com Sex Toys sent me their Our First Bondage Kit to review. It's decidedly a "vanilla kinky" toy and the price is low even by those standards, but--the cool part--it works. Not "the gentle pull of loving bondage" works. Like "a strong man can't get out" works.

What you get: Four limb restraints and a blindfold. The limb restraints are made of nylon strapping with soft fabric cuffs, and the blindfold has a strong elastic strap and the same soft fabric to cover your eyes. There's no fastener on the far end of the straps, so you do need to tie a knot there, but the limb end closes with shockingly strong Velcro and goes on faster than I can type this sentence.

Look: Black. Black is the Universal Color Of Kinky, and that's just how 90% of things are going to be. The restraints are solidly built enough that you could bring them to a play party and look like you knew what you were doing. And the packaging is cute; it comes in a little pink (and, yes, black) cannister shaped almost like an ice cream carton of perversion. There's a sexy lady on the box, but she's a cartoon and kind of cutesy, so it comes off more sweet and playful than most.

Feel: Warm and fuzzy. In keeping with the "vanilla kinky" theme and the price point, the part touching your skin isn't leather or rubber but felt-y, somewhat fuzzy cloth; the restraints are soft and comfortable, but surprisingly unforgiving. The blindfold is very comfy, even with my eyes open, and quite effectively blinding.

Function: This is where it exceeded my expectations. As I've noted, when you buy vanilla-kinky toys you kinda take a gamble on function. But this kit is actually made by Sportsheets, who are a little more thoughtful than most Joe-Bob's Kinky Krap manufacturers, and maybe that's why it actually works really well. It goes on fast--close a single Velcro and tie a single knot--and it holds surprisingly well. I tried to get out of it and couldn't. I put it on Rowdy, who's a pretty strong guy, and he tried to get out of it and couldn't. The blindfold likewise goes on insta-quick, since there's no fastener to do, and it stays on until you damn well decide to take it off.

Fundamentally, this kit is made for "spread-eagled to the bedpost" type bondage, and it's excellent for that purpose. It's comfortable, it's cheap, it's fast and easy to use, and it's surprisingly strong. As vanilla-kinky kits go, Our First Bondage Kit was way better than I expected.

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