Hearts leather ankle restraints - bondage toy by PHS International - review by married with children

Are these ankle or wrist cuffs?

Despite that there is a price difference between the ankle and wrist cuffs, and no difference between the two products; these are good cuffs. The are built to last. The are sexy. They can work for light or heavy restraint play. Plus they have other products in this line, so you can get the whole outfit to match. Just get the cheaper of the two cuff sets. Don't bother paying more for a sticker on the back.
Published:
Pros:
great quality, built to last a life time comfortable to wear.
Cons:
feel cheated for the different prices between the ankle and wrist cuffs when they are the same.
Rating by reviewer:
5
extremely useful review

Use

These are best used for light to heavy restraint play. They are comfortable enough for the beginner, yet sturdy enough to be used for the heavy restraint and BDSM play. They work with just about any restraint system you have in place already. If you are a beginner, picking up all the pieces you need to put together a bondage situation is super easy. I would suggest that if you don't already own bondage play gear and you are looking at getting these, get a set of Sportsheets tethers to go along with them. They will make your new cuffs 200% more useful right out of the package.

These are more designed for use on your lady friend, as they are kind of girly. But they will work just as good on your husband or boyfriend. They can be used just about anywhere, though I would probably keep them out of the shower or bathtub. Leather and water do not mix very well. These are not really something you can use for self restraint. You will need both hands to hook everything up. They are pretty travel friendly. Just toss them in your bag and your good to go.
  • Who / How / What
    [ ? ]
    Who might this product be best for? How is it best used? What are the best circumstances or situations for using this product?
    • Bdsm
    • Couples
    • Heavy restraint
  • Where
    [ ? ]
    Where / what types of places can this product be used?
    • Anywhere
    • Bedroom / on a bed
    • Play party
  • Features
    [ ? ]
    What kind of features does this product offer?
    • Travel friendly

Design / Craftsmanship / Material / Size / Fit

I love the look and feel of these cuffs. The are made from a very thick soft top grain leather. The leather is just stiff enough at first that you need to work it out for a few minutes to get it as flexible as you want. But after a few minutes of working the leather, it is soft and forgiving. Right out of the package you get that new leather smell. It is strong. But a few days out in the fresh air breathing, it lightens up to a very light leather smell. If you are offended by the smell of leather, this might not be for you.

The leather is pretty thick, about 1/8 inch. It is smooth on the outside, and semi rough on the inside (side against your skin). The stitching is neatly done, with no missed stitches. The stitching is all done in bright red thread. It contrasts the black nicely. The strap has small red hearts inlaid in the black leather. The are flush with the surface of the strap.

The hardware is all chrome plated steel. The finish on the hardware is not the best quality. I don't really expect to get the best quality hardware with the price we paid. The wields are poorly done. But the chrome finish covers everything. So these should not start rusting right away. The strap is held onto the cuff by 10 rivets. In between the strap and the cuff, is the hardware for attaching a hook. Just around the O ring are 6 rivets. No matter how hard I pull on the O ring, it does not put any strain on the strap or pull it away from the cuff. These will take a lot of weight before stressing the leather or rivets.

The metal O ring for attaching hardware is pretty heavy duty. It is about 1 1/4 inches in diameter and made from 3/16 inch thick steel.

The overall length of the cuffs are about 15 inches end to end. There are 12 pre-drilled holes for the buckle, giving you a range of about 3 1/2 inches in diameter at its largest adjustment to about 2 inches in diameter at its smallest adjustment. And that is not even the last hole, it will not close down small enough to use the last 3 holes. This should be adjustable enough to fit just about anyone's body size. And if you needed something slightly larger in diameter, there is about 1 1/2 inches of strap past the first hole where you could add your own to make it fit a larger size wrist then the factory settings.
    • Adjustable
    • Fits comfortably
    • Leather

Performance

These work well. They hold your partner and keep them from wiggling free. The problem we had with these is that they do not come with a way to hook them to each other or to hook them to something else. They do come with a metal O ring to attach tethers and hooks to, but they did not come with tethers or hooks. So out of the package they were worthless, unless you already had some tethers or other hardware to use with them. This is why I have several packages of Sportsheets tethers in our collection. They worked well with these, so we could use them from day one with no problems. But for those of you just starting out in bondage play and this is your first bondage type toy, you will need to pick up additional hardware to get these to work. Or be really good with tying knots in rope.

These were pretty easy to put on and adjust in the middle of the action. I don't think I could do it in the complete dark. I needed a little bit of light to see the belt buckle and to get it buckled. Once you adjusted the cuffs and attached them to the restraints (IE tethers, rope, ect..) they stayed put. My wife could not wiggle free no matter how hard she tried. The cuffs never dug into her ankles or left any marks. Which is always a good thing. It could be really embarrassing to explain to your co workers why you have marks on your ankles.

These hold up very well to any type of abuse you throw at them. Leather is a very durable material, and I have no problem with believing that these cuffs will last us a life time.
    • Comfortable during use
    • Easy to put on / use
    • Holds up to use well

Care and Maintenance

Since these are made from leather and metal hardware, you will need to take some cautions with how you care for them. You don't want to leave leather sitting around wet. You also cant wash them in the sink with soap and water. You are going to need to wipe them down with a damp cloth when they are in need of a cleaning. You really cant do much more. Assuming that you don't mind sharing bodily fluids with your partner, this should not be a problem. My wife and I share just about everything, and that includes bodily fluids. So we just wipe these down with a cloth when they are starting to get dirty from sweat and lube. We always leave them out to dry overnight before putting them away. I want our leather items to last as long as possible.

For storage, we hang this in my wife's lingerie cabinet I built her. There are hooks in the back behind the lingerie to hang items like this. We also have a box that we store harnesses and what not in. Either case works well for us. You could store these just about anyway you wanted to.
    • Easy to clean
    • Easy to store
    • Hard to clean

Packaging

This comes in a plastic clam shell case. It is one of those cases that you find hanging from the shelves in your favorite store. It is not the most discreet package. You can see the cuffs sitting on the inside. But then there are also not pictures of nude models using the cuffs in different sexual positions. For us, this package will not be getting used for anything after this review is done. The kids don't need to see the cuffs sitting around the house in their packaging. And the packaging is too big to try to keep in the drawer with the rest of the toys.

The package is about 12 inches long by 4 1/2 inches wide by 3 inches tall. So it is a pretty large package. It would do a good job serving as a storage method if you had a wall with those hooks attached to it for hanging up packages like this. But for trying to stuff this into a box or drawer, it just does not work.

The back of the package has a short marketing speech for the cuffs, along with the website to get more info. There is also a picture of these cuffs sitting next to a pair of plain cuffs.
    • Minimal
    • Not discreet
    • Recyclable

Personal comments

I ordered the hearts leather wrists and ankle cuffs, because the ankle cuffs showed a larger diameter then the wrist cuffs. But when they both showed up, they were both in identical packages. the only difference between the two has a sticker on the back that stated whether they were ankle or wrist cuffs. The insert inside the factory packaging said they were both ankle restraints. At first I thought that maybe the shipping department had made a mistake. But then I noticed the sticker on the back of the packages. So now I am wondering why the ankle restraints cost more then the wrist restraints when the only difference between the two is the diameter of the metal O ring hardware. My self as a customer feels a little cheated. You get charged more because they changed the name of one, but gave you the same identical item?

So because there is no real difference between the two sets of cuffs, my reviews will pretty much be the same. It is not because I am lazy and just writing a review for points. The products are the same, with a different price tag.

On a side note, I wish that eden would change their check out page to work differently. When you order a product like these cuffs, and they do not come with all the necessary hardware to use right out of the package; the checkout page should give you suggestions to what types of add-ons you would need to make the best use out of your items in your cart. A lot of different sites do a check out process like this, and I could see where this would be helpful to people on this site.

Experience

These cuffs worked well for us. After I added our tether set to these, we attached them to our bondage bench for a night of fun. Since it did not really matter which set we used for the wrist and which for the ankles, we just hooked them up and them I tied my wife up. She tried fighting for the first few minutes, but then gave up after she realized that she could not wiggle free from these cuffs like she can from the cheaper Velcro ones. She was probably on the bench for a hour and half, and when we were all done she did not have one mark on her ankles or wrists. They never caused her any discomfort or pain. I let her go and then gave them a wipe down because they were covered in sweat and lube. Everything came off of them with a damp cloth, leaving them looking like brand new for the next time we pull out the bench.
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  • gwenevieve
    gwenevieve  
    thanks for sharing, i think im gonna get these~
  • mpfm
    mpfm  
    Great review. Thanks. It's odd there's no difference between the ankle and wrist cuffs.
  • tami
    tami  
    thanks
  • Bme
    Bme  
    TY
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