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Strap-On Harnesses For Every Stage Of Your Strap Journey

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Autostraddle Strap Week 2021 – All Images by Demetria.


Whether you’re ready to buy your first strap-on harness or upgrade your current one, the choices can be really overwhelming! There’s a lot of straps out there! With all the variety and types and price points to wade through, it can be hard to know where to start or where to go next. Variety is the spice of life and I am here to help you find the perfect harness to slide over your hips no matter where you are in your strap journey. It’s important to note not every strap-on will work with every body. For people with penises, underwear styles are highly recommended, however other harnesses can work great as well! My number one recommendation is trying a harness on IRL if possible, many sex shops will let your try strap-on harnesses over underwear or pants. If that’s not an option or comfortable, my second recommendation is to try a style you’re interested in one that isn’t super expensive. After you get an idea of how it fits and works for your body, you can upgrade to a nicer brand/style/material!

Beginner Strap-On Harnesses

Image shows 3 different strap on styles from left to right: A black version with an ) ring and straps, An underwear version with o ring and a metallic and black version with O ring and straps

When I talk about beginner straps, I’m talking about a strap-on harness that might not be your forever harness. When first trying to explore fucking with a strap-on you want something that is going to be simple to use and not be wildly expensive. You’re exploring! It’s new! It might not be a sex act you actually want to invest big bucks in and that’s okay!

1) Ember Harness — This is the harness I recommend the most to folks who are just starting out on their strap-on journey! If you want something simple and a harness that’s going to not break the bank, this is your next purchase.

2) Rodeoh Classic Brief + — The classic Rodeoh! We all knew it was going to be somewhere on this list! Underwear style harnesses are so easy to put on, literally just pull them up! Unlike other underwear-style harnesses mentioned later, this one isn’t the most sturdy, and over time (and washes) the fabric can stretch. That being said, it’s an affordable harness to use as a jumping-off point.

3) Strap-On Me Vegan Leather Curious Harness — This vegan cutie is adjustable with elastic thigh straps and velcro on the waist. That’s right! Velcro! Genius for those that want to strap up in a hurry and get down the business! The padded front allows some cushion between the end of a dildo and the pubic bone making it comfortable to boot.

Intermediate Strap-On Harnesses

Image shows 3 different strap-on harnesses from left to right: A red version with an O ring and strong straps, a gold version with an O ring and clips, and a underwear version with O ring.

These are harnesses that are a bit higher quality than the beginner harnesses. They might be a bit more complicated to put on but that means they’ll be more sturdy during play-time. These are harnesses worth investing in.

1) Kookie Int’l Leather Regimental Harness — Leather harnesses tend to be the harnesses that allow the wearer the most control. Since they’re literally strapped against your body, they prevent shifting of the dildo during use. This harness comes in different colors and the leather is super soft and subtle against your skin.

2) Metallic Gold Low-Rider Harness — So you can find the Low-Rider Harness in other colors, but why would you want to? A jock-style harness that fits low on your waist, it’ll give comfort! It’ll give control! It’ll give rock star! And who doesn’t want to feel like the main character when they’re blowing their partner’s back out!

3) High Rise Black Crotchless Panty — This is a great harness for those that have tried strapping and now want to add some extra elements. The exposed back means there’s so much more room for play here–your partner’s finger in your ass or a butt plug perhaps–just to give your imagination a jumping-off point!

Advance Strap-On Harnesses

Image shows 3 different harnesses from left to right: An all white fitted bodysuit version with an O ring in the crotch, A black and silver standard version with o ring and very strong straps, and a boxer brief version with strong but firm stretch an an o ring.

These are fancy! And HOT. The strap-ons here are more of an investment, in both money and the care that they might need but they’re going to look really fucking good on your body. Not only will they make you the sexiest version of yourself, but they’re also incredibly well-made to give you the most control during your fuck fest.

1) Off The Tounge Roslyn Crotchless Strap On Bodysuit — Mommy? Sorry. Mommy?! Off The Tongue makes absolutely delicious harnesses that are an aesthetic dream. Well-made with a customizable sizing option, this bodysuit harness is as unique as it is functional.

2) Switch Leather Co. Ramona Harness — The Ramona Harness isn’t just slick–it’s smart too. This harness which is made of high-quality leather can be worn above or below the hips. This means you can wear it in the way that best fits your body and comfort. This leather also feels amazing against your skin if you’re into that sort of thing.

3) Spareparts Tomboii Boxer Brief Harness — This harness comes packed with ways to enhance your experience. There’s two O-rings, meaning you can put the dildo where it fits best for your partner and penetrating position. This underwear harness also comes with multiple pockets to add a bullet vibrator for the wearer’s enjoyment. Also, rejoice, it’s packer-friendly if you want to pack and strap simultaneously.

One Strap-On Harness To Rule Them All

Image shows a black and purple harness with strong waist support and an o ring.

Spareparts Joque Harness — Listen!!! The reason there’s so much variety in harnesses is because what works for one person will not work for another. That being said, there is one harness I always find myself recommending over and over again. The Spareparts Joque Harness is surprisingly versatile, comfortable and is, in my humble opinion, a strap-on worth seriously considering! This cloth harness fits a wide range of body sizes making it a great option if you want to share a harness with a partner. Its wide strap helps distribute weight so it’s not digging into your skin. This strap-on is incredibly comfy while being snug and sturdy at the same time. Add in that it’s machine-washable and this strap-on is a win all around.


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Archie

I'm a cartoonist living in Minneapolis. Co-Author and artist of A Quick And Easy Guide To They/Them Pronouns. Author of Grease Bats, coming out Fall 2019 with Boom! Studios! If I'm not working I'm socializing. If I'm not out with friends I'm drawing. If I'm not doing any of those things I'm probably depressed. Support me using Patreon.

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8 Comments

  1. I was scrolling down increasingly flabbergasted that the Joque hadn’t been mentioned yet… I should have known to trust Archie’s rec lists! My partner and I don’t do a ton of strap stuff, but our joque is really excellent when we do – and it fits both of our very different bodies!

  2. Archie thank you for this!

    I have a question about the Joque…I bought it on mutiple trusted recommendations, including yours, and it feels comfortable when I’m wearing it solo, it looks hot and it can accommodate whatever dildo we’re into that day – which is great!

    BUT! When I wear it it feels really loose? I have it on the tightest settings for the straps and then I use the Velcro to tighten further but it still feels loose. I wear a size 12 usually so it’s not that it shouldn’t work for my body. But the looseness makes me feel like I have less control and it’s definitely been an interruption during sexy times.

    Any thoughts? I like everything else about this harness! And I want it to work for me and my girlfriend! (I’d also really like to invest in something like the Ramona but I’m nervous to spend the money after this experience). If you have any tips I’d really appreciate it!

    • I had the exact same problem with my Joque at first, and I learned that it works best for me with two modications: First, with the o-ring saddled up really high (like halfway between my pubic bone and my belly button high) and second, with a larger dildo (like VixSkin Maverick large). No idea if I’m right about this, but I think the loose/lack of control feeling is less about the tightness of the straps and more about the elastic o-ring, which can let the dildo wobble too much. Both these modifications help me adjust for that – hope they’re helpful to you too!

  3. I’ve tried a harness similar to Intermediate 1, but it’s tough to navigate with a Fat body and stomach since it can slip and it’s sometimes difficult to angle correctly. Any recommendations for folks in bigger bodies? We’ve been trying to find a thigh harness, but it’s difficult to find plus sizes out there that aren’t $$$

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