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This hood is good for beginners looking to explore play with hoods involved. It's affordable, stretchy, and easy to use and store. However, if someone is looking to ramp up hood play, this is probably not the best choice.
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Pros:
Comfortable, washable, and not leather
Cons:
Imperfections in manufacture, excessively dyed, and too much packaging
Rating by reviewer:
3
extremely useful review

Use

The spandex open-mouth hood is a good introduction to play with sensory deprivation, hood/mask play, or anonymity fantasy play-- among other things. Someone looking for anything constrictive, completely opaque, or adjustable should seek hoods elsewhere. This is not a cheap version of a leather hood; it's spandex, which is totally different. This hood covers the eyes, ears, and nose, but has an opening over the mouth. This is good for anyone with anxiety about being able to breathe. The wearer can breathe unobstructed through the mouth opening and reasonably well through the hood itself.
  • 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
    • Light restraint
    • Sensory play
  • Features
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    What kind of features does this product offer?
    • Machine washable
    • Travel friendly

Design / Craftsmanship / Material / Size / Fit

There are few design flaws with this piece; for the most part, it met my expectations. I was expecting a simple, single-seam spandex hood with a mouth opening, and lo and behold: that's exactly what it is! The mouth opening itself is exceptionally large for my mouth, but my nose doesn't make an appearance. This would make the opening useful for gags, if someone wanted to do both to enhance the sensory deprivation experience or there was some power exchange going on.

The mouth opening was not quite an oval, however. The top was smooth, but the bottom of the opening had been sewn in a manner to give a ^ shape rather than a line. I don't think this is intentional on the part of the manufacturer, and looks a little funny. It is quite easy to tuck down inside the hood, though, or if you have sewing skills, it would be simple to fix.

The part that goes around one's neck is probably the part that larger folks would have an issue with; it's serged and double-layered, so it's not as stretchy as the rest of the hood. If you have a large neck, it could be uncomfortably constrictive. My neck is pretty small (maybe 12 or 13 inches) and had no problems, but I could see this being an issue for people who are larger than I am.

I can also see it being issues for someone with lots of piercings on their ears or face-- watch out for those! I would not recommend this hood for someone with a fresh septum piercing, since the nose gets a fair amount of pressure.

The material is spandex; man-made materials & no animal products involved. I like spandex because it's washable and easy to care for. It feels smooth and comfortable, but fresh out of the box, it was pretty smelly. I washed it in the sink and a lot of black dye came out (not enough to fade the mask) but I would highly recommend washing this item before putting it to use. If someone sweated the dye out and it got in their eyes, I would be worried.
    • Fits comfortably
    • Vegan
    • Will fit most people

Performance

This hood met my expectations as an accessory for play. If I was looking for a serious sensory deprivation tool, I would probably not go to this as a catch-all item. It does obscure vision somewhat (but you can make out shapes and where light is coming from); a blindfold would do a better job (or a combination of hood and blindfold). It does not block out any sound. Application of noise cancellation headphones or earplugs first would be a better plan. The tightness of the hood will depend on your size, but it felt to me like my head was being cradled all around and was somewhat comforting in a way. There is a feeling of encasement with the hood, which can be a turn-on for some.

I think that this hood could also be used in part as a means to prevent someone from undoing their bonds, if the top was to put their hands into the hood and tie/restrain around the outside of the hood. I haven't tried this, but it seems workable if you're a creative bondage type.
    • Comfortable during use

Care and Maintenance

Since this item is spandex, it's not recommended that you throw it in the dryer every time you wash it, but I imagine it would hold up just fine in a washing machine (maybe get a lingerie bag if you're worried about it catching on something). It would probably keep odors, so if it came in contact with cigarette smoke or something, it should probably be washed to get the smell out. It's small and easy to hand-wash.

Storage is simple: it's small and folds up to an even smaller size. It would be easy to keep in a ziploc bag once dry or tucked away somewhere.
    • Easy to clean
    • Easy to store

Packaging

The packaging (see photo) is NOT discreet! However, it is recyclable. The box for the item is actually excessively large for the product contained within (which is also actually in a small bag). There were no instructions, but this item is pretty self-explanatory.
    • Not discreet
    • Recyclable
Follow-up commentary
Though this hood doesn't give a well-rounded "sensory deprivation" experience, it has a lot of potential to augment that type of play. It's held up fine in the wash, and hasn't become over-stretched (like an old bathing suit). I wouldn't expect this kind of product to last forever, though.
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Comments
  • kck
    kck  
    Thanks for the review
  • ~LaUr3n~
    ~LaUr3n~  
    Excellent review!
  • Alicia
    Alicia  
    Great review!
  • Jenna.J.Ross
    Jenna.J.Ross  
    Good Job on the review this is going on my wish list
  • Kayla
    Kayla  
    Interesting hood. I don't think the boyfriend and I would like it, but I'm glad you did.
  • leopardprint
    leopardprint  
    @Mistress_Kay: Lucky for you, there are a wide variety to choose from!!
  • Sammi
    Sammi  
    Looks interesting
    Great review!
  • SexyySarah
    SexyySarah  
    Good to know you still like it!
  • Pleasure Piratess
    Pleasure Piratess  
    wow, thorough review. great job!
  • LambChop
    LambChop  
    Thanks for the great review!
    I think I just got turned on...
  • panthers
    panthers  
    Great review.
  • Eucaly
    Eucaly  
    Thanks, wonderful review!
  • roskat
    roskat  
    Thanks! Really good price to try some sensory play...
  • Master DarkWolf
    Master DarkWolf  
    Good review...
  • DreamWolf
    DreamWolf  
    Great review!
  • remember.me
    remember.me  
    Ty for great review
  • brevado
    brevado  
    Nice review
  • Tbanda
    Tbanda  
    Great review!
  • xcapricax
    xcapricax  
    thanks
  • xxxbluexxx
    xxxbluexxx  
    great review!
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