Bondage Boutique Clear PVC Wrist Cuffs review

I saw these on Lovehoney a couple of months ago and basically started drooling right there on the spot. I’m not kidding. I’m really picky about my bondage equipment – I prefer rope over anything but it takes a while to set up, I don’t usually like black or black x hot pink or black x red or any of those old tired colour combinations,  I don’t like anything with a velcro fastening, brown leather’s nice but hard to get hold of, and I dream of having a full set of solid stainless steel restraints and a collar but I just don’t have the money for it. I’d seen clear pvc cuffs and collars before but they were a bit out of my budget, so when these came up on my screen I just about ascended to the heavens right there. Take my money!

They arrived in the usual discreet brown box Lovehoney packaging – I’ve bought some things from Bondage Boutique before and really liked everything I’ve bought from them, and all their items come with a little loyalty card and some stickers to put on it and when you’ve collected enough you can claim a free spanker. I’m two off mine, I think, mainly because I always lose them. If I were better organised I’d have about five by now. Anyway.

First off: these are marketed as wrist cuffs. I actually found these way too big for my wrists, and apparently I’m not the only one according to the reviews I looked at before buying them. They say they’ll accommodate a wrist size of 6-10 inches and my wrists are just over 6″ around so they should fit, but they somehow don’t. I think it’s because the PVC, while bendy, doesn’t fit to you and sit snug against you like fabric or a soft leather will, it just forms a smaller circle and this gives you room to wriggle out of them with, and when I’m moving (or being moved around) I feel like they’re sliding up my wrists and over my hands a bit. However, having said that, I tried these on a male partner when I got them and he said they were perfectly comfortable and in no danger of slipping, so I’d say if your wrists are 8″+ you should be fine.

Because of the slipping thing I use these as ankle cuffs. They fit really well, they don’t slip, the D-rings are wonderful and sturdy and I haven’t experienced any loosening with the buckle. The only thing I would say is that if your ankles are quite small, the strap you pull through the buckle ends up quite long and sticky-outy, and you might want to (carefully) cut off the excess to avoid scratching yourself or anyone else. The clear PVC feels great – thick and flexible – but bear in mind that the PVC is cut with a sharp edge and as there’s no lining they do leave marks, which I personally don’t mind as I get off on having marks left on me. I don’t think the edge is sharp enough to cut yourself or anyone else on, but a more rounded finish on the edges would be reassuring. I also found the chain a little bit long – it’s four inches, but this can be switched out with another double ended clip, or if you’ve lost yours, like I have, it’s long enough to be tied over on itself. However, this might weaken the chain and can potentially snap it so I’d just buy another clip, I really wouldn’t recommend doing that for long term use.

I keep these in a cotton bag by themselves as I’ve heard that PVC can react with other materials, much like how jelly rubber (ick) can, and before and after use I wipe them down thoroughly with a standard antibacterial wipe and then polish them up again with a silky cloth. I’m a bit skittish about putting them under running water because of the metal rings and buckle – their page on the Lovehoney website doesn’t actually say what kind of metal it is or if they’re suitable for use in water so I’ve decided to not bother, just in case.
I also bought these with the matching Bondage Boutique Clear PVC Ballgag, which I’ll have a review up of very soon. Now if they just made a matching collar…

 

Bondage Boutique Clear PVC Wrist Cuffs are available over at Lovehoney for £19.99

2 Comments

  1. Camryn 26/12/2013

    They look sturdy and all, but not especially comfy. Don’t they make you sweat? Plastic pressed against my skin makes me sweat like crazy.

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    • A C 26/12/2013

      It’s weird, because I thought, oh, these are going to be unbearable and sweaty and slippy but they somehow…aren’t? They made the guy I tried them with sweat and they got a bit slide-y but we had them on his wrists. Maybe ankles are less prone to getting slippery than wrists?

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