Muscular daddies draped in polished leather; young studs clad in skintight rubber; leather chaps, puppy get-ups, neoprene jockstraps — oh my! Maybe it’s time to dust off your favorite gear and join in on the fun.
From the International Mr. Leather conference that just took Chicago by storm to the Folsom Street Fair in both San Francisco and Berlin, there are many celebrations organized for the LGBT community’s leather- and gear-loving subset. In recent years, leather culture has crossed over into the mainstream. It’s now rather normal to see young twinks sporting harnesses at circuit parties and dancing the night away in their finest leather gear.
Maybe you’re in the market for your first piece of gear, or maybe you’re looking to purchase something new. Maybe you’re intrigued about scoring the hottest leather accessory for an upcoming event.
Look no further! Here we single out five harnesses that simply can’t go wrong. They’re perfect for newbies and seasoned pros alike, and each is a great investment piece to add to your closet.
Here are 5 leather harness options to unleash your kinky side:
Fit is important when it comes to choosing the right harness. Mr-S-Leather, a world-renowned fetish gear company in San Francisco, takes pride in crafting its signature harness, the Dark Room Bulldog Harness, with precision and care.
The Dark Room Bulldog Harness is available in two different materials — leather and neoprene — and in a variety of colors. For the leather fans, the material is firm yet comfortable. After many wears the leather will start to fit you tightly around the chest. If you prefer neoprene, it fits similar to the leather option, but it’s easier to clean and maintain after a long night of debauchery.
Leather Bulldog Harness, $166; Neoprene Bulldog Harness, $95, at mr-s-leather.com
2. Nasty Pig
Paratrooper Bulldog Harness, $139 at nastypig.com
3. The Leather Man
As with Mr-S-Leather, The Leather Man in New York City has been an institution for the leather community since 1965. Based on Christopher Street, this internationally known store carries a variety of S&M, leather and fetish gear and clothing. We chose this classic cadet-shaped harness as our favorite. You can quickly adjust the fit of the harness with its buckle details, and it comes in two sizes — small/medium and large/extra large — for the perfect fit.
Figure 8 Harness, $60 at theleatherman.com
Interestingly, Etsy is a great place to find a one-of-a-kind harness, like this Rumpus Harness by IManStudios. It’s adjustable, so it fits a broad range of body shapes, and it’s easy to wear. Details like the molded leather yoke add support and comfort to this unique configuration. The positioning of the rings make it good for hanging, and its natural grain leather is handmade in Australia.
Rumpus Harness, $136, at etsy.com
5. Govner’s House
Based in NYC, Govner’s House specializes in handcrafted leather gear and is known for infusing a high-fashion aesthetic into its products. If you prefer a custom-made harness, Govner’s House can cater to your specific measurements, as with this Y-shaped harness, which requires three different measurements to create a perfect fit. Use only the best raw materials and hardware from America and the United Kingdom, Govner’s House produces high-quality gear for die-hard harness collectors.
Govner’s Y Harness, $485 at govnerleather.com
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