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Pain In All The Wrong Ways

A diamond-studded ball gag that looks better than it feels. Great for short-term, light play or simply for looks. If you are squeamish about the hardcore, serious look of other gags, this is an inexpensive one to try, but it's not the best.
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Pros:
Quality fastenings, easy to use, sparkles, adjustable.
Cons:
Poor construction, strong smell, uncomfortable.
Rating by reviewer:
2
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This ball gag is part of California Exotics line of Bound by Diamonds bondage & fetish products. It has a large PVC ball in the center, pierced with a polyester strap. This strip of polyester is connected with nickel-free iron rings to a fabric strap with an adjustable cinch and d-ring. There are clear crystals glued to the fabric to add a glamorous effect, and boy do they sparkle! Unfortunately, this gag just didn't fit me right.

The PVC ball tastes, smells and feels like one of those rubber balls you get from the 50-cent vending machines at the grocery store. It has a 1.75" (4cm) diameter and is clear. Theoretically, clear was a good color choice, but since you can see right through it, the area that they cut out to put the strap through looks jagged and poorly done, and small chunks of the PVC come out when the strap is moved. I was shocked at how difficult it was to fit this ball into my mouth, but when I did I realized the next fault in this item: the patent leather strap.

The seams on the strap have a very rough edge which is twisted to fit through the ball, and these edges rub against your lips and face pretty harshly even when wearing this for a very short amount of time. This could have been easily remedied if these seams had been turned over and sewn to leave finished edges. Also, you don't want to get a lot of water on the polyester, so cleaning the ball can be a bit of a challenge. Although the shiny, coated part of the strap resists water, the unfinished edges do not, and I would hate to have water slip into the ball and create mold. To clean this I pinch the first rings together and spin the ball under a slow stream of water, keeping the strap out of the stream.

I do, however, like the sturdiness and flexibility of the fabric straps. The d-ring closure is completely adjustable so it can fit a large range of heads. I have a rather small head, and the diamonds on the strap were on and past my ears, just like in the image on the box. The only downside to this type of closure is that there is no way to quick-release it, so make sure to have a non-worded form of communication with your partner to be able to let them know when/if you are uncomfortable.

Overall, I think that this gag is more form over function, and if used as a first-time gag, could lead users to the wrong impression that all gags are uncomfortable, itchy and/or ill-fitting.
This product was provided free of charge to the reviewer. This review is in compliance with the FTC guidelines.
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My Bound by diamonds ball gag tags
  • Who / How / What
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    Who might this product be best for? How is it best used? What are the best circumstances or situations for using this product?
    • Bdsm
    • Can be worn during intercourse
    • Light restraint
  • Where
    [ ? ]
    Where / what types of places can this product be used?
    • Bedroom / on a bed
    • Play party
  • Features
    [ ? ]
    What kind of features does this product offer?
    • D-ring closure
  • Body / part areas
    [ ? ]
    What areas on the body can this product be used / what areas does it stimulate best?
    • Oral
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Comments
  • Miss Cinnamon
    Miss Cinnamon  
    I'm a little confused--are the straps polyester or leather? You state both in your review. We have the hogtie set from this line and aren't very impressed with it either.
  • Hannah Savage
    Hannah Savage  
    To be honest, I'm not too sure. The description says patent leather but on the California Exotics website it says polyester.

    After doing some research it seems that there is a type of petroleum/vinyl/polyester combination that is often mistaken for patent leather because of its high-gloss finish.
  • Sammi
    Sammi  
    Good review!
  • Midway through
    Midway through  
    This looks neat, too bad it wasn't exactly up front about the material. I hate that.
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