Jamie’s hands tugged nervously against the cuffs that held them. How long was Frank going to be? He “had a few preparations to make,” he had said. Jamie could hear him moving in the next room, but it felt like he’d been doing that for at least a half hour.

Jamie’s legs were spread wide and bound to the ends of a length of metal–some kind of cuffs, secured by padlocks, kept them in place. Jamie’s hands tugged again against their cuffs, attached to the middle of the same bar of metal. What was Frank doing? He’d said to wait and be patient.

Jamie could do little else–the stocks that held hands and feet made sure of that. “Just a few more minutes, honey”, Frank called. “And I can promise you the wait will be worth it!”

Jake’s Thoughts: I had high hopes for these adjustable stocks, but sadly, I have to classify them in the category of “good idea, flawed execution”. Let’s start with the idea, and then move on to the flaws.

The stocks serve the same purpose as a spreader bar (namely to keep legs or arms spread apart), but with the added benefit of a second set of cuffs to hold the bound party’s other limbs. In other words, you can use the spreader bar portion to bind your partner’s legs apart, and then cuff their wrists to the center attachment points. If they are face down, this puts them instantly into the leapfrog position. And if they are face up, then it holds them with their arms at their chest and their legs up and back. Note that it’s also completely possible to use the spreader bar portion with your partner’s arms, and bind their legs in the central cuffs if you choose.

So what’s not to like about this, right? It sounds as though the stocks will offer quick access to a relatively severe experience. Add in the fact that the built in cuffs have locking hasps, and the width of the spreader bar portion adjusts out to 26″, and I decided Joy needed to give these a try despite the relatively steep price tag.

Unfortunately, however, it’s now time to discuss the flaws, each of which became apparent during our first adventure employing the stocks. First, the locking hasps require some sort of lock to keep them closed. They don’t buckle closed without one, meaning that your partner must hold the correct position and you must hold the hasp closed with one hand while you locate and then attach the lock with the other. And you must do this four times…once for each cuff. Let’s just say that this isn’t always the smoothest experience, and the fact that your partner clearly must cooperate by remaining poised in the correct position tends to destroy the fantasy of control.

Second, while the cuffs are nicely padded, the amount of flexibility built into them isn’t sufficient for comfort. The end cuffs twist and rotate, but the center ones do not, and no matter how Joy twisted and turned, she could not find a position in which the cuff edges didn’t quickly start to bite into her wrists. For anyone who thinks that comfort doesn’t matter in a bondage scene, wipe that thought out of your head. If your partner is going to be placed into a position for any length of time, it better be comfortable, or they will start to get cranky (yes, even though they are submissive!).

And finally, the appeal of the stocks is the positions that you can place your partner in while wearing them, correct? Well, they work just fine if your partner lies on their back, but when used for the leapfrog position, they tend to get in the way. Joy in the leapfrog position is a highly desireable site, and the culmination of any adventure featuring this scenario is going to end with me entering her from behind. However, when I do so when she’s bound in the stocks, there’s no comfortable place for my knees to go. The natural spot to put them is right on top of the metal spreader bar, and that’s not very comfortable at all.

So, while the adjustable stocks are sturdily made with real leather and metal and the idea is good, there are simply too many design flaws for me to recommend them. A better approach would have been to simply provide an adjustable spreader bar with connection points at each end and two more connection points in the middle–that way we could have used our own cuffs, and the flexibility would have been sufficient. It still wouldn’t solve the “where do you put your knees in leapfrog position” dilemma, but it would make for an improvement.

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Black metal and leather with black fleece lining--looks functional
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Well made, but has several design flaws IMHO
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Keeps the wearer in a severe position, and the locking hasps add to the feeling of severity
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Design flaws keep this tool from capitalizing on a good concept

 

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