The Zado Leather Ankle Cuffs are made of leather. The leather is smooth, and has that pleasant leather smell that is present but not overbearing. They fasten similarly to a belt. The chain, fasteners, D-rings, and other hardware on the cuffs are made of a silver metal. The inside of each cuff is padded with a black/grey neoprene like material, which is comfortable. The cuffs are not too thin so that they dig into your skin. They are a good width. The dimensions specified on the product page are accurate.
The cuffs could have been more adjustable to fit more users. Some users may find difficulty with using these cuffs, and it is not just weight dependent. Ankles are very prone to swelling. If you are prone to swollen ankles, then these cuffs may be difficult for you to use. If you have smaller ankles, it might take an extra moment to adjust the cuffs securely. You can fasten the cuffs tight enough so both ends overlap comfortably.
Overall, the cuffs feel well made and built to last. They are a good quality, given the materials, feel, and price. If anything were to go first, it would probably be the D-rings becoming loose from constant pulling (very hard and constant pulling). These cuffs are not discreet and can give off a dungeonesque vibe. Make sure you communicate with a partner about them before whipping them out on a whim.
The cuffs are easy to use. In the beginning, they may be more difficult to fasten because they are stiff from their packaged state. They come folded in half, so when you start using them you'll see an obvious bend in the cuffs. This also makes it a tad more difficult to fasten on the ankle cuffs, but this will go away with use, and the cuffs will round out.
The cuffs are fairly lightweight if you do not have the chain on. They do not dig into the skin during use. They can take some abuse if you like testing your restraints. The chain offers you many possibilities, depending on your imagination and furniture layout. You can use the chain to bring the ankles closer together, and keep the cuffs more bound to each other. You can also wrap the chain around something strong, so the restrained player cannot bring their legs toward themselves.
Other uses could be to fasten one cuff to yourself and the other to your partner. Then, use the chain to join the two. This is not necessarily sexual, but provides entertainment in its own way. The chain can be used as a taser to drag across the skin, since it is usually cool/cold to the touch.
To protect the leather, it is best to keep it stored in a cool, dry place. If the cuffs get debris, wipe them down with a damp cloth and leave them out, away from sunlight, to dry. Sunlight and harsh chemicals can cause the leather to dry and eventually crack. Humid environments like a plastic bag can cause the leather to grow mold. Still, leather can dry over time. If this happens, you can use a leather conditioner to make the material supple again. Do not use in the shower or tub.
Once dry, you can store the cuffs hanging in the closet, in a shoebox (ventilated is best), under the bed, or in the closet.
The packaging is fairly basic. The Zado Leather Ankle Cuffs come in a cardstock packaging. The front and back show a picture of a woman's legs with the cuffs on. The package is not discreet, but it also done in good taste. Open the lid of the box to find the cuffs inside a sealed plastic bag. If desired, the box could be used for long term storage, but not the plastic.
There is a paper insert of instructions in the package. It describes how to properly care for the leather, and also has information on the 1-year warranty.
I had been wanting to get some ankle cuffs for a while now. My partner expressed interest in having them, because even when he restrains my arms, I give him a run for his money with my legs. My legs like to twitch a lot during, ahem, activities. It is also fun to wrestle about and use my legs against him. These cuffs gave him a way to tame my legs to an extent.
The chain is nice to have, but we prefer to use rope on the D-rings. Our rope is longer and lets us fasten each cuff to a post on the bed. The chain could work for a lot of people depending on their furniture layout and preferences, though. Still, the cuffs held up well to abuse. I pulled and thrashed to test them, and they came out looking no worse for the wear. When fastening the cuffs for the first few times, the material was a bit stiff, which is expected for new leather cuffs. They'll soften up with good care and use.
A cool use we have discovered is using one ankle cuff around both of my wrists. Then we fasten the chain to a collar and the cuff. It can make for variety of entertainment, to say the least. Overall, I'd say the cuffs are a good purchase for many buyers. However, if you have ankle issues, such as swelling due to blood pressure, diabetes, or similar things, these may not fit well enough for you.