Peerless, S&W, Safariland (Who now make Hyatt cuffs here in the States). These 3 are good. However, I have never like S&W's side lock slot. Too hard to hit when a Perp is un-co-op. I carry Hyatts lite cuffs, because as I get older, I like the weight off my belt. If you want steel cuffs, get Peerless. S&W build a better hinge, IMHO however. I think S&W has gone back to the pin lock in the frame in one of their cuff models. Check them out. Good place for cuffs is Handcuff Warehouse online. They have cuffs you have never even heard of.
A quick side note: Buy quality cuffs from the names I mentioned. Inexpensive cuffs from LE catalog companies will get you hurt, the cuffs are usually of poor materials and construction.
And the ASP plastic cuffs? Not junk at all, well made. But way to much flex in the single and double strand, they can cause problems during speed cuffing, as the single strand can miss the double strand entrance slot, IMHO.
I was issued one set of Peerless at hire and bought one pair of Peerless hinged cuffs. Twenty-nine years later I had five pair - the other ones were etched “Court Security” or “Main Jail”. Hey, they were still within the sheriff’s office, it’s good.
I only have the hinged pair today. The others stayed home with the S.O. when I pulled the pin.
I stick with the standard S&W stainless. I don’t get ones with the quick locks, hinged, fancy colors, or any others. The stainless standard cuffs work just fine, and less likely to walk away if someone else transports your prisoner.
When I did security, before LE, I used blued hinged Peerless. I used them at my first agency (mainly through the Academy). At my more recent agency, where I spent most of my career, I was issued the S&W chained cuffs. That’s what I used, on my belt. Mainly because that’s the cuffs that fit the pouch they gave me. A few years ago, we were given two pairs of ASP cuffs, one chained, one hinged.
The ASP were my least favorite, of my “good” cuffs. First, I used my S&W’s, then my Peerless, then the ASP. If I needed a sixth, I used zip ties or a set of “Valor” I bought, in high school (I only used these on very cooperative people).
Well as I am old school, educate me why Perless are not so good. O have paired I bought as "second pair" in 1977, that still are in good shape. If I recall they were Flaewless Perlass, as they did not hiccup. bought at Long Beach Uniform, do not recall price, do not have receipt, but use as bicycle lock with cable frequently. Yes I am with in sight, but still I do not run fast, so they are step savers.
I carried smith and Wesson handcuffs. But I used them a lot. My main pair where hinged. Easier to carry and easier to slap on someone. But I also had the chain version for transports and such.
I didn’t like peerless. There was less leather gear that would hold them properly on a belt.
I did have a pair of the American handcuff company aluminum handcuffs - great product . Too bad they don’t make them anymore. The ASP handcuffs were a piece of @@@. They would flex so the teeth part of the cuff wouldn’t line up with the locking part of the prisoner was fighting you putting them on. I literally threw those cuffs out,
I never liked smith and wesson cuffs. I have always preferred Peerless due to ease of application, locking style and feel in the hand.
Use of restrains is certainly not rocket science but the legal entanglements one can find themselves in as a result of a claimed restraint induced injury( or death), can be. I would never carry cuffs without proper training and I would want to be able to speak intelligently about said training.