I’m thrilled for the opportunity to be reviewing for Babeland.com, one of the best and most sex-positive toy retailers out there. They do great things for the community and their stores are fantastic. I highly recommend you check out Babeland’s website or their retail stores for some of the best products and information out there.
I’m even more thrilled that the first product I am reviewing from Babeland is the Heart 2 Heart cuffs. I’ve never before had a set of real leather bondage cuffs and when I saw these, I simply squealed for joy. There is nothing like the smell of leather and feel of the material against your skin. As someone who obviously considers myself fairly kinky compared to mainstream sex, the fact these are my first leather cuffs is actually somewhat surprising even to me. I simply couldn’t find a set before these I liked at a reasonable price in a genuine material.
Speaking of the material, the leather here is very nice. It’s supple while still having some oomph to it. When I slapped these babies on my wrist I couldn’t help but get excited at the feel of leather against my skin. Smelling that great leather smell turned me on even more. The width on the black leather portion of the cuff is pretty wide, a little under 2 1/4 inches. I have a fairly dainty wrist so I was concerned they would look clunky on my wrists, but fear not. They looked spectacular. See?
The exterior of the cuff has a lovely red strip of leather down the center with all the connecting hardware. Because my wrist is so small, I found it a little cumbersome to pull the strap tight enough to get the tongue through the hole. I think as the leather softens though this will become less of a problem. Certainly as these cuffs get more use as well.
The red leather piece is riveted to the black piece with five sets of two rivets. They are flat on top and bottom and do not irritate the skin at all. This was definitely a plus. Cuffs are no fun to be in when they are uncomfortable or irritating to the skin.
I found the metal parts of the connectors to be a bit on the flimsy side. These are by no means cuffs meant for hard play. They don’t lock and I could see with rougher play things could get bent out of shape somehow. That being said, these cuffs aren’t sold or marketed for rougher bondage play so I didn’t expect them to be able to withstand that kind of use.
These cuffs are very adjustable size wise given that there are seven different holes you can change the size of the cuffs to. I believe they’d accommodate someone with a very wide wrist all the way down to someone with a wrist smaller than mine. They’d probably even be good for ankle cuffs as long as you have slender ankles. I tried them on my ankles and while they didn’t fit, they came super close. Granted, I also have slightly chunkier ankles (but no cankles for me I swear!)
Overall I believe that for $35, the Heart 2 Heart cuffs are worth the investment as long as you know you’re not getting these for situations where you’d want to lock them or use them in more intense bondage play. The leather is supple and smells amazing. They are highly adjustable and generally constructed from quality materials that will withstand light to moderate bondage players. You can find them at Babeland’s online store and select retail locations.