Bento Hands vs Static Mesh – What’s Right For You?

Note: Bento hands now come standard with most bodies. I’ve reviewed this post to ensure it is still accurate for 2020, however your body most likely already has bento hands included.

Maitreya's original nonbento hand.
Static Maitreya (2017)

Static Mesh Hands

We’re all used to the static mesh hands by now.  They can look nice, however they are stuck in a neutral position. Originally static hands came standard with the body you purchase, but they are almost entirely phased out on modern avatars. Some static hands come with a HUD to allow the user to change various details on the hands. This may include things like skin tone, nail style and color, or tattoos/markings such as freckles. Until recently Second Life hands were little more than an extension of the body.

Vista Animations' first bento hands are shown giving the Spock symbol.
Bento Vista (2017)

Bento Hands 

We now have more movement options than ever before with the introduction of bento hands in 2015. In addition to the regular cosmetic options, bento hands also allow for a wider range of movement. Each finger can move individually giving us the ability to make a fist, a peace sign, or flip somebody off. Vista made the first bento hands, followed swiftly by the popular body designers Slink and Maitreya. Bento is the new normal for most mesh bodies in 2020.

Vista Animations Sneak Peek

At the time of this post, Vista was the only current seller of bento hands. Every moving hand on this page was made with Vista’s bento hands and the HUD it comes with. Not all customization options and poses in the package are shown here. In addition, Vista has also created a full body Animation Overrider designed for use with bento. Named Miriam, the AO gives your avatar a cute, sassy style that is well worth checking out.

Four versions of Vista bento hands are shown. 1 has pale skin and long squared nails. 2 has dark brown skin and black stiletto nails. 3 has pale skin, a tattoo, and five different nail colors on stiletto nails. 4 is giving the peace sign while wearing a black glove.


A girl looks at her bento hands in wonder
Head – Lelutka: Simone 2.0
Body – Maitreya: Lara
Hair – TRUTH  Kati in Blacks&Whites
Shape – Regeneration – Alyssa
Skin – Glam Affair: Artic, Europa, or Asia
Lipstick – Izzie’s: LeLutka Natural Lips Applier in Pale
Eyes – Damien Fate: FATEeyes
Hands – Vista: Bento Prohands
Dress – Hibiscus: Elegant Dress
Background/Pose – Image Essentials


01/18/2017 – Vista Animations has released their final version of the female beta hands. Check out what’s new!

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0 thoughts on “Bento Hands vs Static Mesh – What’s Right For You?”

  1. I jumped in and got them as soon as I had the lindens:D Loving them and the Vista AO. I got them both because I can’t keep my hands off the new stuff!
    Have you tested any other bento hands? I demoed the ones from Tuty’s and they too are pretty neat.

    • I haven’t tested other brands yet, no. I’ve played with the vista men’s hands for Slink, which operate exactly the same as expected. I think my next will be Maitreya’s when they are released. Hopefully they come soon! Based on a quick read of your post I think I’ll give the Tuty demo a shot just to play around. I love playing with new bento toys!

      What other bento products have you played with? I’ve of course messed with the heads, and now I’m in love with wings.

      • I am hoping for Maitreya and Slink bento update soon! Gonna be hard to decide which will be my go to hands.
        I haven’t tried bento wings yet, but I love bento ears for fun. Got the 1L$ ones on marketplace and played around with them, so cute! I think wings are next on my list though. And maybe a centaur avi? That would be awesome to try!

        • Slink will be nice to see. The success of their feet sets a high bar for their final bento hand product, though. A centaur avi would be a blast! As far as bento wings, there are some by lassitude & ennui at at Gacha Garden right now. It’s only $75 a go, and every item is a set of wings. If you want to play with some I highly recommend giving it a shot!

          • Sorry, thought I answered last night from my mobile phone, but it seems internet ate my reply, lol.
            I was sayig that I think Slink will do a good job. Their deluxe HUD really hit the spot for me. And I’ll need to check out that Iassitude & ennui gacha.$75 bento wings sounds too good to pass up. Thank sfor the tip!

          • Oh yeah I agree they will, I was just pointing out that they have such shoes to fill (lol) with the success of their feet. People expect a far superior product from them than from others.

            You’re welcome! The wings are so awesome, I ended up snagging 4 sets I just couldn’t help myself.

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