Today’s bondage review is courtesy of Lovehoney, this Bondage Boutique Red Silky Rope Hogtie. I’m not going to waste much time in an introduction on this thing, because I don’t like it. At all.
The basics: This is a silky nylon rope hogtie. Hogties are meant to restrain a submissive’s wrists to their ankles behind themselves, which is a pretty restrictive position causing lots of wiggling. From end to end this device measures 24 inches. The wrist loops are completely adjustable, you just put your limb through and pull the end until it is your desired tightness.
In theory, I’m all for adjustable. I’m all for easy-to-use beginner gear.
But I want you to think about something with me. Some basic geometry.
The tighter the wrist loop, the longer the end that connects to the O-ring. This means that people with smaller wrists who need the loop to be smaller get a looser tie than people that have thicker wrists who need a bigger loop. Essentially this means that how tight your hogtie is is determined by how big your wrists are. There’s no way to adjust a looser hogtie for a bigger-wristed person, or make a tighter hogtie for a smaller person.
I have standard-size wrists for a woman, I suppose, neither very small nor very large, but I found the restraints to be quite loose on my arms. It was only a hogtie in the loosest definition of the term. I had a lot of flexibility and I’m not even a gymnast.
Call me old-fashioned but I like my restraints to be, you know, restraining. Still, I know that’s not the case for everyone. Some new submissives like the extra safety of knowing that they can remove themselves from bondage if they need to, and I can respect that. But this bondage set claims “The no-buckle design ensures restraint is straightforward, making spontaneous bondage a cinch. Plus, with slide-to-fit restraints that get tighter as they’re pulled on, there’s no way your sub can escape without your permission.”
Now, if that was true it would be dangerous. An ever-tightening restraint on the wrists and ankles can cut off blood flow and cause all kinds of nerve damage. That’s why, if you didn’t know, zip-ties should never be used for bondage. It’s better to settle on a restraint level that’s restricting but comfortable and keep it there so there’s no unchecked pressure on the wrists or ankles
But the statement is just not true! Not even a little bit. All you need to do is pull the loops free of the longer strap and you’re free. It’s not especially difficult with how much extra room the hogtie straps give you. If I can put myself into this hogtie unassisted and then remove myself from it just as easily, it’s not restraining. This hog tie isn’t as badass as it thinks it is.
So, other than the fact that it doesn’t work, it’s well made. (Can you hear the bitter laughter as I type this?) The nylon is strong and the stitching hasn’t come loose yet through some self-bondage wriggling. The O-Ring is sturdy too, but does any of that matter when the product is so woefully thought out?
I think your money would be better spent on a pair of adjustable wrist cuffs and a more solid hogtie, like this Sportsheets model also from Lovehoney, but if you would like to find your own Bondage Boutique Red Silky Rope Hogtie, you can find yours on Lovehoney here.
Thank you to Lovehoney for sending me this product for an honest review.