Originally posted at SpiritualBDSM.com on June 15, 2012, this is the product review that almost caused me to stop reviewing. I don’t need to stop to re-tell all the drama surrounding my original effort to give this product a balanced appraisal, it’s all right there in the original!
Tetruss II Introduction
For instance, I’m 100% secure in suspension points in my basement that have been drilled and bolted through floor joists. There’s an even wider center beam that I consider to be absolutely “bombproof”, and am quite sure it would hold up to most anything a submissive and I might even dream of dishing out. It’s stable for anything short of an severe earthquake or tornado.
However, even when using a home’s frame it’s true that problems can erupt. For instance, not all ceiling joists are designed to withstand strong downward forces from below, so I’m not ever going to recommend that suspension points be placed using uninhabitable and/or un-floored attics as an anchor. Sure there may be homes constructed to withstand such perversion, but without a personal visit and look see for myself, or an expert consultation from an architect, it’s not something I’ll ever recommend.
Then there’s the issue of individuals who don’t own their home. My personal interest in extreme bondage certainly started long before I became a homeowner, as I was a renter up into my 30’s. Certainly, I’m never going to suggest that anyone make significant alterations to property they don’t own, in most cases to do so is not only immoral, it’s also usually illegal.
And, it’s not just renters who may struggle with the lack of available suspension anchors. There are always going to be times when a suspension bondage aficionado’s desires lead them away from the security of bombproof anchors in their own home, and off into terra incognita, the realm of unknown lands and anchor points.
That’s where tools like the Tetruss are intended to come to the rescue. Tetruss is an aluminum tube tripod customized and designed specifically for suspension bondage. Designed to fit under an 8 foot ceiling, the Tetruss is lightweight and compact enough to be relatively portable, yet solid and sturdy enough to provide a platform for basic suspension bondage.
Here’s rope manufacturer, sex professional, and BDSM personality Twisted Monk’s video review of the Tetruss II . . .
As I covered in the introduction, the Tetruss is designed to be a light weight and portable solution for individuals wanting to create a solid anchor point for suspension bondage. It’s certainly light in weight and very portable, that part is true.
But when I really stop and consider the big picture, those two attributes, being light in weight and portable, are truly the sum total of it’s advantages. Unfortunately, there are disadvantages too, as I’m about to cover.
Most of the package is composed of bare tubular aluminum pieces, with a welded top plate that’s the crux of the device, and some assorted hardware thrown in for good measure. The package is all put together for shipping in an amateurish fashion, apparently little thought was put into shipping, is it appears most everything was thrown pretty loosely into a box, then sealed and shipped.
I would have preferred some better internal stabilization as the package came badly crushed from it’s own weight and internal shifting. A few Shekels spent on some foam packing, rather than the cheap packing paper, would be a significant improvement.
The plastic bags that held our little hardware bits had spit during it’s journey to our home, so when we got the packaging open, little bits of hardware spewed across our floor. A few pennies worth of shrink wrap, as well as the foam padding I mentioned earlier, would hold things better in place and would have resolved all those problems.
The most important attribute in an anchor for suspension bondage is that it be what rock climbers would call “bombproof”. In partaking in suspension bondage, you and your submissive are partaking in a form of edge play, you are trusting that your abilities and knowledge will protect her health and well being. The last thing you want to worry about is that your equipment itself might not be up to the task.
And that’s where I worry . . .
The Tetruss is really not as sturdy or as stable as I’d like for a device that’s going to be holding the weight of my most precious possession, Serafina. When any kind of significant load (50 lbs) is hung from the Tetruss suspension point, the 3 arms very visibly move under the load. There’s a bit of give and sag in the aluminum when loaded, and while this may not be evidence that the rig will fail, it’s not exactly the kind of thing that gives a person great confidence either.
As Twisted Monk pointed out in his review, the cotter pins which hold the arms together are cheap and while serviceable, they beg for replacement with something more trustworthy. It’s an obvious weak point, as I’m not terribly keen on trusting my Serafina’s health to such a cheap piece of metal. I can’t see how making a stronger pin part of the package would have been a problem, but as we eventually discovered, the man who designs and builds the Tetruss seems to march to the tune of his own drummer, so apparently Monk’s constructive criticism is lost on such a man . . .
The three rubber caps for the feet also fail to inspire great confidence, as they seem to do very little to stabilize the device, and they’d seem likely to wear through pretty quickly. I doubt ours will ever get that much use, as I really don’t feel comfortable with the product suspending my slave/wife, but for folks who decide it’s “safe enough”, I can imagine the sharp aluminum poles cutting thru the rubber feet inside of a few strenuous uses.