50Shades

Well, the time has come. I’m about to actually recommend a product from the 50 Shades of Grey line.

Why am I so late, when the movie premiered in February? Well, I had my husband pack these for a vacation, and then he *ahem* never unpacked them. To say that he was skeptical about products branded with 50 Shades would be an understatement. (Sorry, FilthyDirty!)

But as I found out, branding isn’t always the be all, end all.

The Official 50 Shades of Grey line was manufactured for Lovehoney. I believe that’s part of why the quality is up to par; even though I didn’t enjoy the Sqweel (a Lovehoney creation), I can say definitively that it’s made of good, safe materials and is reasonably sturdy for a little wheel of tongues. But I digress.

My Hard Limits Restraint Kit came very nicely packaged – maybe too nicely packaged. It comes with a thin outer box that shows what’s inside and is very much on-brand with the 50 Shades of Grey book covers. It’s not subtle, but it’s also not obscene. Inside the thin box is a thicker, sturdier box, also stamped with “Fifty Shades of Grey”. It’s inside that box that we find the restraints, under-bed straps, a blindfold, a satin carrying bag (also stamped with “Fifty Shades of Grey”), and a little information card.

When my kit arrived, all of the individual straps were connected to the metal O ring as shown above. The information card suggests you have to do this yourself when you first pull the kit out. Regardless, it’s easy to attach and detach the straps from the ring. And of course, you don’t have to use the ring with all 4 straps and restraints connected to it. If you just want to bind your partner’s hands or feet, just connect two straps. When it comes time to pack up, I would recommend storing your Hard Limits Restraint Kit with the straps disconnected from the ring, because when I tried to do otherwise, I wound up with a tangled mess that took me a good 5-10 minutes to sort out.

If you look closely, you can tell that the two silver restraints on the right side of the photo are a bit bigger (mostly longer) than the ones on the left. Those are for your ankles or calves. The smaller ones are for your wrists. Because they’re made with velcro, they’re adjustable and super easy to use. I have tiny wrists, such that I can’t wear bracelets that aren’t made specially or made for children. Still, I had no trouble getting a good fit with these cuffs, and neither did my husband, who is a pretty average sized man.

A few years ago, I had purchased a pair of Sportsheets Cuffs for myself, and I’ve been recommending them ever since to anyone who wants to try light bondage and is worried about comfort and security. So when I got this kit, the restraints were being compared to Sportsheets’. To my surprise, I actually found the 50 Shades kit even more comfortable and no less strong than the Sportsheets cuffs. I think the reason for this would be the surface area of the cuff and where the pressure is applied. Because the 50 Shades cuffs are wider, while the Sportsheet cuffs have a smaller velcro strap, the pressure is applied more evenly around your wrists.

To further test the comfort, I handcuffed myself with one cuff from each kit. (Side note: It’s actually a lot easier to handcuff yourself than you’d imagine.) I pulled and flailed around, trying to get one of the cuffs to give. Neither budged, and the Sportsheets cuffed wrist was sore afterwards while the 50 Shades cuffed wrist felt perfectly fine.

Ok, but is it worth it?

If you want a light bondage kit, this is the one I would recommend, absolutely

One of my favorite things about this kit is that the under-bed straps actually fit under my King sized bed. Now, I can’t personally starfish across my bed with these restraints because I’m still too short, but a normal sized human might be able to. If you’ve been disappointed in under-bed straps before for not fitting your mattress, this is definitely going to solve that problem. And they’re adjustable, so even if you’re rockin’ a Full, you’ll be fine.

As for how these would hold up if you or your partner is actually super strong… Well, I’m not sure. These are built for play, not for serious, hard-core restraining, and you have to keep that in mind.

This was designed to be an entry-level kit for people exploring BDSM. On those merits, I think it’s extremely successful. Personally, I would have rather seen pared-down packaging and a smaller price tag, but given the $60 cost, I think Lovehoney did a great job of making it look like you get your money’s worth. Still sound a little steep? You can use the code MD15 for 15% off anything at¬†FilthyDirty, bringing the 50 Shades of Grey Hard Limits Restraint Kit down to $51.

Thank you to FilthyDirty, who provided me with the 50 Shades of Grey Hard Limits Restraint Kit in exchange for an honest review! This post contains affiliate links to help keep the blog running.