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    This might be a dumb question but how exactly should I be increasing strap tension? I feel like shortening the single-thick side of the strap and lengthening the double-thick side only makes it tighter around your leg and decreases circulation. This leads me to believe that moving the pin closer to the Tugger would increase tension but I'm not entirely sure. I feel like overall the strap isn't providing as much tension as I need. Any thoughts?
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  • #2
    Elastic tensioning straps are very easy to make. Have a look in post 10 of the T-tape manufacture and use post to see a couple of arrangements that I used.

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    • #3
      As you increase tension, you will increase tension on the part going around your leg. To minimize that, or maximize comfort, you need to do something like add padding, increase the surface, etc. A good thing about straps is they are easy to come by and to modify.


      • #4
        Well specifically for Ron's ComforTug strap would you say moving the pin closer to the device is the best way to increase tension or by tightening the strap itself?
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        • #5
          Depending on how you've arranged the strap under your knee (the site I'd suggest), you can just manually turn the strap tighter around your leg (if it turns around in the looser direction), and wear an elastic knee brace (commonly found in larger supermarkets) over that so the strap stays put for longer (it will still turn looser, but more slowly), plus the knee brace hides the strap if you're wearing shorts. The thing to keep in mind is that the real benefit to using a strap is that it flexes; this is a good thing; the tension won't be a set amount. This turns out to be the optimum way of applying tension to skin: it means you are cycling tension, first on, then less, then on again, etc, as you walk or change leg postion. Cycling was shown to be the what skin expansion needed to happen in the science lab setting, so the assumption is that this is the way to go for us.

          And to address skin slipping on the other end of this, you can blot the adhesive from tape meant for contact with skin, on the surface of the inner cone (or both surfaces of the inner and outer cone). Try it if this is an issue; it helps.


          • #6
            To adjust the tension of a leg strap you'll have to change the overall length of it. Running the strap OVER your knee to the outside provides a more consistent tension but it still varies as you walk. You just don't get that totally slack point in your stride. It also is not as severe an angle and this may help your skin slipping problem. As always, wear baggy pants.


            • #7
              It helps if you take the strap off, adjust the length and then Put the strap back on.

              The pin shouldn't be too close to the device or it will create a sort of V shape from the device to your knee. Keeping the pin near your knee will allow the strap to set straight from the device to your knee.

              You want enough tension to pull the skin to a snug but light stretch for extended periods of time. Straps are hard to judge, but you'll know after a few hours if you are overdoing it. You don't need to feel pain and discomfort to make progress.

              If the strap is tight enough to cut off circulation around your leg, just think of the force that is putting on your penis.