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The last word on lock-on clothing

Heavy work gear and tough rain-proof stuff has always turned me on. The heat-producing restrictive feeling, especially when worn in the rugged outdoors, always gives me a buzz. So, add to that some means of locking the wearer into heavy clothes and boots, making them impossible to remove, and the juices really start to flow.

On this site, there are lots of descriptions of motorcycle gear and fire coats, but regular-looking canvas work-wear such as Carhart or Filson has it's own special appeal and some useful properties. Seriously well-constructed, this rugged clothing is easy to modify for alternative kinky enjoyment without the fact being obvious when worn in public.

If that idea appeals to you, enjoy following text and photos (or to escape press the 'back' button)

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Restrictive even before modifications are made, such gear is bulky enough to hide extra 'inhibitors' when added under or over it. A few extra belt-loops sewn or riveted on to prevent straps sliding out of position, are a simple task for even modestly creative game-players.

Internally or externally, innocent-looking extra loops on a regular work coat or suit need not look out of place. Well-anchored loops can have a variety of uses, especially when a few lockable straps are on hand to make the garment impossible to remove when the time is right. Games, whether out-doors or at home around the house and garden, can vary according to taste (or lack of it).

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Filson Inc:
My favourite oiled canvas rain jacket is part of the standard range from the Seattle company Filson, who have made protective work gear for use around the forests of north west America since 1897. Bought for me by an imaginative Bondage Buddy, this short jacket has seen some inconspicuously unusual use out on the Yorkshire Moors and around the streets of London without looking out of place. Made of what is known as Tin Cloth because of the durability of the fabric, it has a unique feel (and smell) to it, Filson prepare their heavy cotton duck by soaking it in paraffin wax. Stiff when new, it soon takes on a lived-in look and softens down while remaining thick and bulky. The British and Australian waxed cotton rain wear is similar but perhaps not as strongly constructed.

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My Filson (Packer Coat style 61) is quite short, but useful as a regular rain jacket because I indulged myself by getting a pair of pants in the same fabric (not shown in the pictures). A few subtle modifications to both garments allow them to be fully locked on. With the keys to lockable straps and padlocks safely tucked away in somebody else's pocket when we're out together, are even further out of reach if I'm driven out and left to make my own way home unable to open the jacket or attached hood, and passers-by are non the wiser.

Extra belt-loops
to thread straps through can be made of ordinary canvas, webbing strap or leather. They can be riveted in position if a small tab of extra reinforcement is added behind the rivet inside the garment. Positioned at sides and back at waist level (The Filson jacket is not belted) a sturdy belt does not look out of place because it stops the bulky fabric getting in the way when working. The fact that the belt may, on occasions, be pad-locked need not be obvious. A second set of belt-loops high on the body under the arms can keep a strap around the chest from slipping. This adds a great feeling of restriction and can look logical on a serious work garment, paricularly if it's wearer might be on their way to fell a tree or dig a ditch.

Strap loops added to cuffs of a work jacket do not look out of place.
Whether inside or outside the cuffs, these can be practcal in wild weather - and even more useful in game-playing.
Many standard foul-weather jackets have a double cuff to keep wind and rain out, But Filson jackets are made with completely double-skinned sleeves (in effect two sleeves, one inside the other). Strap-loops added to the inner cuff allows for lockable wrist straps (perhaps with rings incorporated as attachment points). These straps are neatly hidden from general view by the outer cuff.
Gloves or mitts can be added over or under these, perhaps long enough to disappear between the inner and outer sleeve ends. Innocent-looking mitts can be made even more restrictive with thick gloves inside, maybe even with gloved fingers splinted and taped so fingers won't bend.
Alternatively, inside the bulky sleeves, semi-rigid elbow splints can make it impossible for the jacket-wearer to open the jacket even if it hasn't been made lockable with small rings and padlocks at neck and wrists. Sound extreme? Not among the sort of people I've moved with inand out of Oregon forests and the Lancashire moors.

Strap loops on the collar of a rugged work-garment also do not look out of place.
The Filson jacket has a sturdy wrap-over collar flap which is, in itself, restrictive. Being able to add a leather collar strap (lockable) outside this can, on suitable occasions, have great advantages in restraint game-playing.
More simply, two small metal rings sewn inside this storm collar at either side of the front, when locked together with a small padlock, make the jacket impossible to remove without access to the key. Even when self-locked on, out in public, this can be quite a buzz..

The psychological effect of a jacket being locked-on in public is powerful. How far this is taken, is up to the individual.
Personally, because extreme restraint turns me on, I've also added strap-loops on the sleeves just above elbow height to retain a strap around body and arms or when elbows are strapped together in back.
Another of my useful modifications is several small innocuous-looking loops around the hem of the jacket. These provide for rope to be tightened through the crotch to prevent the jacket riding up in a high wind (grin). The through-crotch roping also keeps the heavy-duty collar and hood (see below) firmly in position. Outdoors the loops don't look out of place while walking or working.

If the locked-on waist belt has workman-like looking rings attached, they make it look like a Linesman's belt and allow locked-on mitts or hidden cuff straps to be attached around the waist strait-jacket fashion or wrists to be tethered to either side of the belt, or in back when the opportunity occurs.


With a little ingenuity a regular store-bought tough jacket can be more seriously modified
while still not causing comment when worn in public.
However, what is described below does call for
extra fabric and some heavy sewing.

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The double-skinned sleeves of the standard Filson design are literally two separate layers of fabric.
To the outside sleeve-ends I have added another eighteen inches of sleeve. Buying a matching fabric can be a problem but I managed it. Sewn firmly to the existing outside sleeve-end this creates the straight-jacket effect with fabric now longer than the finger-ends.
This excess sleeve length can be folded back up between the double skin of the sleeves. This allows, when pulling the jacket on, smooth passage because the inner sleeve remains unchanged. The bulky extra fabric of the outer sleeve can be minimised when tucked away if folded neatly until needed. Using the original bottom hem of the sleeve as the fold, the straight-jacket excess when tucked just out of sight between the inner and outer sleeves, can go un-noticed in the street - while slightly restricting arm movement. The tucking away process is not as complicated as it sounds.
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This topic perhaps needs more to be written about it. But, if the sleeve extends well beyond the reach of fingers, and a ring is added on either side of each sleeve-end, these allow a simple strap to be used to pull the sleeve-ends around the body, the fixing being well out of reach of even the most determined Houdini.

Many standard work jackets have attached hoods, but my FILSON (bought over twenty years ago) didn't come with one.

In the photo-set (below) the modified rain jacket is shown being changed from unobtrusive street-wear to practical strait-jacket. I designed a detatchable.hood complete with an appropriately storm-proof face protector.

In extreme weather conditions it can be very efficient.

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(above) The lengthened sleeve, can be concealed in between two thicknesses of sleeve.

Alternatively, (below) a discrete inner locking wrist strap and padlocked collar-front means the jacket stays on while doing garden chores. (click for cuff close-up)

Two 'D' rings on each sleeve-end can be linked with a strap, strait-jacket fashion.

Belt loops for lockable waist-strap can
add to the predicament



Foul-weather hood or gag-cover?
These days, seriously efficient out-door
gear often comes with a head cover, sometimes these also include a quite elaborate face protector.
Wrap and snap or Velcro close high collars, mouth and nose covers on regular garments can usefully hide a gag when restraint-game enthusiasts take their games out of doors in appropriate weather.

The one added to my Filson jacket took serious patterning, and some trial and error but it was fun to experiment with alternatives. Matching material makes this acceptable in publice.

The double-throat cover is standard, but the plus double-wrap face protector is modelled on a bike jacket. It does look slightly over-the-top, but used in public in the right weather it has never been cause for comment. Both collar and face-cover wrap snap right-over-left before fixing left-over-right. This gives quadruple covering across mouth and nose, plus being snug and high around the neck. The hood attaches to the collar with heavy-duty snap-fastens. This also allows the lockable leather collar strap to disappear under it. It is comfortably restrictive and easily hides a gag or taped mouth believe me,
I can tell you from experience.

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