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Strap Straitjacket

This is a straitjacket that I made for myself around May 1999. It happens to fit John reasonably well. I have recently (November 2001) returned from Northern California where John modeled the straitjacket with pictures "in-hand". The construction of the straitjacket is quite unique. The body is enclosed in a "net" made of 2 inch nylon strapping. The "entry" to the straitjacket is near the neck where the straitjacket closes with two nylon buckles. The arms are enclosed in a fabric that was originally intended for air/gas filtration. In addition to the strapping and cloth there are 4 large D-rings and 44 small D-rings. The large D-rings are at each shoulder and at the ends of the sleeves. Each arm has 20 smaller D-rings and the front and sides of the chest has 24 smaller D-rings. This design has proven to be quite versatile and extremely difficult to escape from if applied with even minor care. The major down side of the design is that it only fits a small fraction of the population because it is not very adjustable.
Front View
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A view of the front of the straitjacket. The red striped fabric is a wrestling singlet being worn under the straitjacket. You can see about 14 of the 24 D-rings attached to the chest. Also note the two nylon buckles that close the jacket.
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A full front view. You can see about 16 of the 24 D-rings attached to the chest and the 2 larger D-rings at the ends of the sleeves.
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A view of the lower front of the jacket. Note the straps around the legs are attached to the crotch strap and the side straps. This is not a straitjacket that can be pulled off over one's head.

Back View
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A back view of jacket. You can see the 2 large D-rings are at each shoulder.
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Another back view of jacket. You can see the 8 "missing" chest D-rings.
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The next three pictures show a "traditional" application of the straitjacket, arms crossed across in the front and tied at the back. This could be made a bit more secure by threading the rope at least once under one of the back straps.
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These pictures show some possible use of the D-rings.
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Arms strapped down in front.
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Back of jacket in previous picture. It is hard to reach the knot.
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Shoulders tied up to ceiling.

The next set of pictures show John tied down to the floor.
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Here the jacket is used with the arms positioned in the back. This position can be used with most straitjackets if caution is exercised. On some individuals, even if the straitjacket is applied loosely, it can become very uncomfortable quickly.
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Note the use of quick-links to attach the sleeves to the D-rings on the jacket.

Three pictures that show the straitjacket with the sleeve-end D-rings are attached to the shoulder D-rings with quick links.
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Note the use of quick-links to tie the sleeves down.
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Note the use of rope to tie the sleeves down. This was also done on the upper arms.

In this three picture sequence, the shoulder D-rings are tied up and the sleeve D-rings are tied up-and-away from the body.
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This vertical shot shows how the leg straps are connected to the crotch straps.

The next five shots shows John tied to a frame. The sleeve D-rings are used to secure the arms to a vertical post.
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John after an hour or so in the strap straitjacket. He doesn't always look quite this crazy. You can also see John in the chain mail straitjacket.
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