About latex material, safety and more

Latex in General

 "You are encased in: Hot - Shiny - Thick - Black Latex, your body is completely still.  Now relax the body and mind - float."

 

Latex Material  Description for SJS and Sleepsacks

Each latex sleepsack (bodybag) and straitjacket is made in black shiny latex inside and out;

We believe in using thicker latex to add durability and strength as compared to thinner material used by others;

The .030" thickness offers more stretch and suppleness than does the .040" which offers a sensation of weight and restriction as well as extra durability. Both offer great sensations of immobilization and confinement in slippery smooth latex while trying to escape;

Zippers are YKK heavy duty nylon;

Front zip entries have three zipper sliders to offer locking positions at both ends, and convenience access, without unzipping the whole sleepsack;

Back Zip on straitjackets and sleepsacks have a single slider. Material samples are available;

Seams are taped and lapped on one side sometimes both;

Some models have locking collars made in latex, or biothane;

Front Zip and BackZip models of straitjacket and sleepsacks are available as custom designs.

 

FAQ

About Amber Latex

Why is it not clear?

Latex is a natural gum rubber taken from trees. The rubber is a translucent white material that when cured and made into latex sheets has a translucent not transparent look. The thicker the latex sheet the darker and less translucent it is. When the latex is wet, ot the wet look, it is more transparent .

Will the colour remain the same or does it get darker?

All natural gum rubber will darken to a deep amber/brown colour with age. The change will be faster if the latex is exposed to sunlight, harsh chemicals or certain metals. Thinner material because it is less dense will stay lighter in tone longer than thick material.

What happens if it comes in contact with metal?

Some metals will turn amber very dary brown on contact. In particular, any copper, brass and composites with darken the material quickly. If left in contact with brass or copper composites the latex will deteriorate rapidly.

Can stains be cleaned off the amber latex?

Not likely. Amber has a drawback and that is the ability to absorb colours. Ink can be wirped off with alcohol, and some stains may wipe off with rubber cement thinner, however, most dyes will not wash out of the latex.

How can I treat it to limit discolouration?

Wash and dry as for any latex but keep the bag out of the way of metals, strong scented soaps, and metallic powders. Store in a clean dry plastic or plain cloth (no dye) storage bag. When in use try to ensure the surfaces used are clean and frr from oils, and dirt. If a painted surface make sure the paint is not oil base. Amber does darken and stain easily but the material should remain durable and strong for several years.

Safety Caution:

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Latex is air tight, acquire the knowledge needed to avoid risks of injury or suffocation. When in use ensure that the airway cannot become blocked or obstructed at any time under any situation. Check with your physician if you need information regarding allergies to silicone or latex products.

Latex Straitjackets

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LSJ5 - Solo Protector Model

Straitjackets are made in black shiny .030" or .040" thick black latex;

Straitjacket Shirts are made in .018 material;

We believe in using thicker latex to add durability and strength;

The .040" offers a great sensation of weight and restriction as well as extra durability;

The .030" offers a little more stretch and less confinement but no less of an escape challenge;

The zipper is heavy duty nylon;

We use Polymorphe latex sheeting so that we can have extra black shiny finish inside and out.

Thicknesses quoted are an average with tolerances typically + or - .005";

Other colours are available.

Some notes on our latex step-in straitjackets

Escape?

The term 'Escape" is not that of escaping, getting free. It is our term for the moments we take to 'escape' and travel in a world of, fantasy, pleasure and sensuality that latex offers.

Rubber versus Latex

Rubber can refer to butyl rubber, PVC, BI-laminates: products which are man-made. Our latex is made for us , only binder additives are used to make the latex strong and durable as a catalyst in the curing process, and we understand anti oxident and UV protectorants are added.

Latex is soft, stretchy and very supple - like skin. The tactility of latex is much different that artificial rubber materials.

When we use 0.040" - 0.045" thick latex to make our straitjackets. It is not as stretchy as that found in thin .022"-.024" or thinner straitjackets made by others. We believe the soft, thick and heavy feel of our straitjackets is worth the extra work and expense that goes into making our straitjackets.

The Fit

We make our step-in straitjackets in a loose fit. Here are some reasons why.

Form fitting latex in fashion wear looks great. It is thin, easily stretches when bending. Thicker latex has less stretch, is heavy and can bind preventing comfortable bending, sitting. Think of the leather one piece motorcycle suits. The person sitting on the bike looks fabulous in their tight fitting leather. Now that person standing up in their suit will have baggy knees, loose leather in the butt and gut. The suit works best in the riding position.

Taking that image of the leather suit and apply it to the latex suit of heavy latex. If you want to play, sit or kneel or other positions their needs to be 'ease' or room in the straitjacket. Long term use other than just standing or stretched out lying down requires that the suit allow for the person to sit, and bend the knees. To do that we add to the body of the suit that enables comfortable bent positions.

Our bodies in the standing upright position is 4 to 7"" shorter in the back than when we bend over at the waist. Additionally when we sit and bend our knees up, we can need another 3" or 7" total additional length.

That is why we make a loose-fit straitjacket.

We know there are thin 0.020 - 0.024 latex straitjackets out there. Nice for light use, but not strong for lots of play. We get asked to repair them and see the zipper and seam tears. So we stick to the heavier weights. Oh yes we custom make latex items where the customers wants specific sizing of course.

Our first latex body bag is over 20 years old and our straitjacket I am guessing at least 16 years. With more than 100 people using Max's in demonstrations, abused at shows, and the 24 hour continuous uses, they have not required a repair to date. Even Max is amazed.

 

What is Reinforced Latex?

Polymorphe manufactures our latex to our specifications. The latex is reinforced with a strong fibre material embedded into the latex during the manufacturing process. Once cured and treated the latex remains soft and supple with only a reduction in stretch when compared to a similar thickness of unreinforced latex. The reinforced latex is sewable and accepts gluing as does conventional latex. Sewing reduces the need for metal inserts to hold webbing to the latex body of a product. We believe the all black look and limited use of rivets makes for a good looking strong pleasurable product.

What to Look For in a quality Latex Straitjacket

Find out if you are buying a pure latex product or one with references to rubber which could mean petroleum based rubber similar to butyl, neoprene, pvc, abs or the like. Latex has a softer, stretchy more supple feel and less likely to contain toxic levels of chemicals that can be absorbed into the skin.

Is there Latex on the outside and inside of the product, check to make sure; sometimes a fibre or non-latex liner or backing is used. It may look good but for the wearer the latex sensation may be lost if a liner is hidden inside. This is true of most neoprene rainwear style rubbers and vinyls.

Limitations in product sizing may be predicated on the ability to reinforce and hold parts together to prevent tearing. Larger sizing may distract from a tight fit, look and feel. Custom made products are likely to be more pleasing in comfort and look.

Care and Cleaning Notes
Latex material requires special care and maintenance, especially the straitjacket. Be sure to hand wash in mild soap and cool or warm water after each use. Perspiration left on the straitjacket will deteriorate the latex. Hang to dry for at least 24 hours, then use a water based silicone treatment or powder to protect from the latex oxidizing. Store in a protective bag away from heat. If stored in open air be sure to silicone the surfaces monthly to protect from oxidization which will dull the surfaces permanently.

Safety Issue on the use of Talc

Very Important Warning - Please Read

Talc and corn starch based powders should not be used except under very careful circumstances. Airborne particles will accumulate in the lungs causing the potential for diseases. If any powder is needed ensure that a respirator is used or similar to limit the inhalation of the dust.

The same concern applies to sprays such as silicone protectorant shine for latex. Once again we caution to use a mask to protect from the partciles entering the airways.

Powders that dissolve in water and are also proven to be non-toxic are preferred dusting agents to keep latex from sticking such as medical grade hypoallergenic calcium carbonate.

Seek out the advice of your physician on medical maters with respect to latex products and protectorants.