Belts are larger and unwieldy, but they have one major thing cages lack: security. While it greatly depends on what kind of lock is used (I pick locks for fun) most of the belts I have tried are difficult if not impossible to get out of. They wrap around the waist and hold the “cage” in place, often with straps between the legs or across the buttocks. There are a variety of price points and styles but you are usually looking at around, at a minimum USD$55 for belts from Chinese wholesalers such as DHGate or Wish. Now there is nothing wrong with these belts as a starting point, but if you decide that you really enjoy this form of play, an investment in a most robust belt is a must. Cheaper belts tend to use rubber or silicone to line the belt to protect your skin from the sharp metal, but this also means you are constantly having to put it back on the belt. You can try gluing it, but I’ve never had much luck with that. The glue tends to not stick or it leaves a mess on the belt that is hard if not impossible to clean and ruins the looks of the belt.
Now, remember my earlier statement about needing to feel helpless? Personally, I haven’t found a cage that I can’t escape from, at least not a little. Therein is the problem. If I know I can escape, then I am just wearing the device for you and not for me. I am behaving but not being forced. The experience is lacking what I crave. Do I enjoy the feeling of being owned by another? Yes, but it isn’t complete. A lot of cages and belts that I’ve tried have a laughably simple flaw: the lock itself. A lot of them use very bad locks that can be picked by even a novice picker. Heck, even a folded-over condom wrapper can pop open some of these locks. For some people, minus this knowledge, they can be happy, but I personally cannot be. An upgrade I always get as quickly as I can is higher security locks. With this new “security” I can enjoy the experience so much more (after I’ve given up picking it). I can settle into the fact that I cannot escape. I can give myself to my keyholder and do whatever he/she/they ask.
Another thing I’ve found when doing chastity can be something you never expect: emotion. Now I’m not talking about being horny and frustrated because this is just par for the course, but actual depression. It’s rare but sometimes chastity isn’t a good idea depending on your mental state. While it can be a lot of fun, sometimes, with any form of play you need to take an inventory of yourself and your motives before you engage in it. If you had been assaulted, for example, impact play may not be a good time for you. As both a keyholder and as someone in chastity, you have to ask yourself why you want to do it. If you want to deny yourself or someone else and make that orgasm extra special, great! You are doing it right. If the other person or you were cheated on and you are trying to make sure the other person (or even sometimes you) are faithful, then this is something you want to examine before proceeding.