Some of FredHatt’s most fun ties come after this sentence. He thought it up on the bus on the way to BOUND last Friday, we tried it there but it was too dark for pictures so we gave it another quick go after Kinbaku Days on Sunday. The tie itself is very comfortable overall, except that the stem connecting the hip harness to the chest harness presses against the solar plexus making it difficult to breathe (*grin*) once the legs are raised off the ground. The hair tie just pushes the whole tie that extra mile. Once the full position is in place it is most definitely a ‘breath predicament/breath play’ sort of tie. I believe the tie can be made more or less strenuous by adjusting how tight the chest harness and ‘front stem’ are (or by making any number of other modifications).
In the end we ended up with a tie that has a bit of a ‘western’ aesthetic to it and it looks a bit like an upright hogtie. We think it looks and feels fantastic. We’ll definitely be playing with this one for a while.