In our latest BDSM gear review, Fetish.com writer Caitlin checks out The Stockroom's Leather Steel Wrist and Ankle Restraints. But as good as they may look and feel, are they practical?
 

Leather steel restraints and beauty

These leather steel restraints are certainly beautiful. Like they say in the description, each piece has mirror-like jewelry quality steel over supple leather. They’re a pretty piece of kit, and I will definitely use them, but I have some serious complaints.

First off, they require locks and do not come with them. This isn’t terrible, because you might have a specific lock preference; maybe you want heart locks. Maybe you think brass locks clash with the stainless steel. Kinksters are an opinionated bunch when it comes to toys, so from that standpoint, I can understand. But you also need a lock for each piece, and they aren’t inexpensive. Maybe I'm just being nitpicky.
 

Bending your leather steel restraints into shape

The biggest issue I have with these leather steel restraints is how difficult it is to get them into shape without compromising how good they look and potentially structural integrity. In pictures, they’re nice and round; they arrive in a u-shape so you can bend them to fit the part where the lock goes into one of three holes for the best fit. This seems logical, but the metal is thick enough that there’s a lot of resistance, and it tends to bend at an angle rather than a smooth curve where there are rivets in the steel.
 

Slipping 'em on...

I found that with some careful rolling against a firm but not hardsurface, like a wood cutting board or hard plastic, helped a little bit, but I’ve got stiff joints and it wasn’t fun. Additionally, I couldn’t get the wrist cuffs down to the third hole (I have tiny wrists) without compromising the shape significantly. Furthermore, getting in and out of these leather steel restraints would be tough. The second hole I can wiggle out of with some work, but it’s good enough, and this way I don’t have to unbend it to put them on or take them off.
 

Careful what you use these leather steel restraints for

The leather is also pretty firm. Some people like that, but I'd prefer softer leather. These leather steel restraints would fail to hold me hard in any direction for any period of time without significant discomfort. However, that just means I’ll have to be choosy about what scenes I’ll use these for - probably with wrists cuffed to each other, or either tied to a bed frame or spreader bar.

To conclude, they are gorgeous leather steel restraints - but they’re really more for show than they are for utility. They can absolutely be used in a scene, but they might get too uncomfortable over long periods of time for some people.
 

The Details
 

Name: Leather Steel Wrist Restraints and Leather-Steel Ankle Restraints (sold separately, there’s also a matching collar)

Price: $80 for each

Sizing: “One size fits most” with three size options on each. 1.5 inches in width, with a steel band measuring 1.25 inches in width.

Material(s): “Jewelry Grade” Steel, Leather, Metal Hardware including grommets, hasp, and D-Ring

What You Get: The Leather Steel Wrist and Ankle Restraints come in a non-descript box with packing paper, wrapped in plastic, and with tags on. They come unshaped, must be bent to the size of your choosing, and do not come with locks, which are necessary for them to function. You can purchase a variety of locks from the site if you don’t already have your own.

Where to get them: Leather Steel Wrist Restraints and Leather Steel Ankle Restraints by The Stockroom.

Caitlin is a writer, sex educator, consultant, and product reviewer who focuses primarily on issues of sex toy and accessory safety, pleasure, sexuality, gender, and more.

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