I got the question of how I had managed to get to long term wear in the Arch.
Her are my thoughts on the topic.
You need to bear in mind that break in is a bitch. I don’t know how many chafing’s I have had to heal before being able to continue after some further bending. You will be wearing steel on a part of your body that is used to cotton or silk. It will take some time for your body to adjust!
To start with, you must have a good fit. Having tried almost all possible version of sizing my conclusion is that supertight around the waist and ‘just’ a tight fit of the crotch module is the starting point.
My fist hip band was 78 cm around. It felt way too tight, but I decided to give it a serious go. Soon it was shortened to 75 cm, which initially felt as tight as the first one. As the hip band went shorter the rear cable had to be elongated with 2 cm. Belt was very comfortable, except for a squeeze of the upper part of my gluteus maximus in the back. With time this became more of a problem, so another shortening of the hip band recently was done. My current belt is 73 cm, a whole 5 cm shorter than the one I initially felt was too short. The rear cable was lengthened some 1.5 cm to adjust for the higher position of the hip band.
When I still had access to the keys the second setting was good enough, as I could unlock every now and then to readjust things and then relock. It was not until keys were handed over to my key holder that I realised I needed to increase the comfort. With its current setting the belt is comfortable beyond imagination.
To get it to work 24/7 you need to push the frontiers. More than once I have felt that the belt needs to come off, but stayed in it, often motivated by my dear key owner. In the process, I realised I could adjust things just enough for improved comfort without the keys. Sometimes it has resulted in bad shafting and sores, but other times I have reached new levels of comfort.
With every change in size the break in period has been anything from one to three months. My current belt took the shortest, but is by far the tightest. The fit is phenomenal, as is security and comfort.
The tighter belt presses more against the skin making it more important to use some skin moistener under the belt. I use Vaseline under the hip band and on the penis, balls and perineum. If the belt doesn’t stick to the kin, comfort is fantastic. I apply some more Vaseline in the morning and evening and after showers (belt locked in place of course). I have also found that a super thin synthetic sports t-shirt as a layer between the belt and the skin has the same effect as skin cream. Even though the belt is super tight you can fit the thin fabric under it.
With the tight fit, you also increase comfort while seated. I dive my car some 3 hours a day belted, I also do sports, work in the garden and attend social events. At the office, I prefer to stand, but sitting works fine as well, if you can change position every now and then.
I have made a mental note about posting something on measuring for your Neosteel belt.