Month: April 2015

HedoVibes Round Up #89

Welcome to HedoVibes, a collection of reviews and giveaways that were posted in the past week or so from around the web. This is a collection of adult product reviews & contests from real reviewers. If you want to be included in the next edition start with the guidelines, then use the submission form.

Want to read more reviews? Check out HedoVibes for a list of the latest reviews and stellar reviewers. You can also follow on twitter for the latest round ups. HedoVibes is also accepting photo submissions for each edition.

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Review: Tantus Ripple (Small)

It’s Tantus time again! This time I’ve got my hands on the small version of Tantus’s Ripple anal probe. The Ripple may be small in stature and unassuming in appearance but let’s not forget this is made by Tantus, So let’s find out if the Ripple probes all the right places or prods in all the wrong ones.

Packaging

Normally the Ripple would come in Tantus’s clear plastic packaging that shows off the toy in a clean and tasteful fashion but I received the Ripple through the Tantus grab bag program which ships in non standard packaging, The grab bag packaging is a simple clear plastic bag closed at the top with a cardboard Tantus logo and a few staples – Simple but effective.

Overview

The Ripple a cute looking thing isn’t it? It stands 12.6cm tall and 2.5cm in diameter at its widest point. The ripple is made from Tantus’s 100% Ultra-Premium Silicone which means it’s totally body safe and extremely easy to take care of, The silicone Tantus uses is quite firm and the Ripple is made from that same silicone but due to its diminutive size it has quite a bit of give and flexibility to it – More than enough to bend back on itself. The Ripples main features are the 4 rounded bead like protrusions on the shaft which starts out at a very beginner friendly 1.75cm diameter and works its way up to very comfortable 2.5cm diameter. The base is nice and thick and is very easy and comfortable to hold on to and has the recognizable Tantus logo etched into the silicone.

In use

Once you have the Ripple all lubed up with your favourite water based lube insertion is fairly easy due to the extremely small tip of the toy. You may need to hold the toy close to the tip for initial insertion because the end has a tendency to want to bend out-of-the-way rather than go where you want it. Originally I thought that it would take a while to work up to the largest bulge after inserting it but much to my surprise with a little pressure I was at the base in no time, When fully inserted my butt barely noticed that the Ripple was even there. The shaft towards the base didn’t have enough of a size difference between itself and the largest bulb for it to stay seated, But in my humble opinion the Ripple wasn’t meant for long-term wear or being a filling plug – It was meant for thrusting. Thrusting with this toy is extremely pleasurable, It doesn’t poke at your prostate if you’re equipped with one or give you an immense sense of fullness all it does it make your butt feel really good, When thrusting  it produces this wonderful almost electric sensation that spreads from your anus to the rest of your body. Slow thrusts offer a mild popping sensation akin to using anal beads but less intense, Fast thrusts cause you to skip across the widest section of the beads and gives a rapid “on/off” sensation as you move between each bead.

While using the Ripple is a pleasurable experience I very quickly found myself wanting something larger, The Ripple is often the first toy of the night for me and it’s almost sad that doesn’t get more playtime and is mostly used for a warm-up toy. I can’t help but feeling that the Ripple large would have been a more fitting choice or maybe if the small had one more bead of a larger diameter it would be more satisfying.

Conclusions

The Tantus Ripple is a great toy that manages to pack a ton of pleasure into a small package but those who have a lot of anal experience or enjoy large toys may want to look at the large Ripple instead. If you are looking for a good toy for exploring anal play or just want something on the smaller side to play with the Tantus Ripple is a fantastic option. You can buy the Ripple directly from Tantus at the link below or at your favourite retailer.

Review: Fun Factory Cobra Libre

The Fun Factory Cobra Libre is a bit of an interesting beast especially amid a veritable sea of male toys meant for thrusting or stroking, The Cobra Libre is designed to be used totally stroke free; None of that old-fashioned pumping and stroking nonsense! Just set it and forget it! Ok so not entirely but it really is quite a interesting toy.

Packaging

Like a lot of premium toys the Cobra Libre (Referred to from here on out as “CL”) comes in a very tasteful and reserved cardboard box that predominantly displays the product and features – Nowhere on this are you going to find distasteful slang or crass images that all too frequently adorn the packaging of cheaper products. The packaging is a very nice golden colour with different textures across the surface as well; The interior packaging is standard fare, The same highly quality cardboard cradles the toy within but I lost my interior insert somehow so I don’t have any photos to show you – Rest assured that the interior packaging should keep your CL safe during the perils of shipping.

Overview & Design

The CL has an odd shape to it and comes in around 15cm long and 7cm across at its widest point, It’s made mostly of ABS plastic and has a 100% pure silicone cavity at the front of the toy. Before I go any further I should note that I am reviewing the first version of the CL – Fun Factory has released a new version of this toy called the Cobra Libre II which addresses some of the issues people have had with the toy (More on that later). The CL houses two vibration motors and the toy is controlled from the three smooth indents along the top of the toy which is a touch panel – Due to the ABS and silicone construction the CL is completely waterproof and it also makes use of Fun Factory’s magnetic Click ‘N’ Charge system, To charge the toy all you have to do is attach the USB cable to a power source and then the magnetic end of the charger just clicks right onto the Fan Factory logo at the end of the toy and it’s charging! Cleaning the CL is extremely easy thanks to being waterproof, Just run it under water and use some antibacterial soap or use your favourite toy cleaner. It should be noted that only water based or other silicone friendly lube should be used with the CL, If you are unsure do a spot test to ensure the lube is compatible.

I turned the CL on at least 10 times trying to balance it for this shot - Dang you touchpad!

 

At the front of the CL there is an opening for inserting yourself into but at only around 8cm in total depth you aren’t going to get much more than your head into the toy. Inside of the opening you will immediately feel a raised platform or step that pushes you to towards the top area of stretchy soft silicone, This is meant to situate the frenulum directly on top of the step to more efficiently transfer vibrations from the motors to you. One motor in the CL is situated towards the front of the opening and second motor is a little further back, Because of the use of two motors Fun Factory was able to pull off some pretty interesting vibration patterns as the two motors interact with one another, If one motor is operating much faster than the other this can sometimes resonate with the other motor and cause the toy to rumble and shake because it’s being set off-balance by the motors ( Think about how an unbalanced wheel & tire can make your car shake). The CL comes with a bunch of intensity levels for its constant vibration patterns as well as a multitude of different pattern settings but rather than me try to explain them in detail it’s much easier take a look at the diagram from the user manual.

In Use

If you have just purchased this toy and were expecting instant gratification you are going to be disappointed, Before you can even get around to using the CL Fun Factory recommends charging it for around 16 hours before its first use. You won’t need much lube in order to get yourself inserted into the opening of the toy but it’s definitely required, I tried without it once and it was an unpleasant experience, I wish I could say it was for the sake of the review but it was merely a lapse in judgment on my part – Use lube people!  There are two main positions that Fun Factory advertises for use with the CL one is  buttons facing up while holding the device and the second is laying on your back with the button facing away from your body and the toy resting on your stomach. Once you have chosen your preferred position to use the CL in a brief press of the lower touchpad and it rumbles into life, The vibrations start out with only one motor active and they are fairly weak in intensity but they quickly ramp up and after about four or five presses of the rightmost button both motors are in full swing – In terms of noise the CL isn’t what I would call whisper quiet but it also won’t be alerting the whole house to your actions, On the highest settings it can get reasonably loud but nothing a sheet and a door can’t muffle.

I’ve found that you really can’t rush a session with the CL and the first few times I sat or layed down and tried the CL it really didn’t do much for me and I was starting to regret my purchase but I’m really glad I gave it another chance. Once you slow down, Relax and pay attention to nothing but the vibrations the CL really comes into its own, Starting from a slower speed and slowly working your way through the power settings is my favourite way to use the CL. I never found the patterns provided in the CL to be all that enjoyable for me which reflects my experience with many toys that offer patterns – Some people can get plenty of enjoyment out of them but sadly I’m just not one of them. Once the vibrations start ramping up the feeling this toy produces is unlike anything else I have tried, My whole cock tingles and I can feel the vibrations all through my shaft and scrotum and it’s almost like the rest of my body doesn’t exist because I get so focused on the vibrations coursing through me – But without external stimulation be it anal or watching something really hot I cannot climax from just the vibrations of the CL alone, It’s just a tiny bit to weak to push me over the edge . Once I’d gotten the hang of manipulating the settings on the CL I found I could keep myself in this immensely pleasurable state of what almost feels like a suspended orgasm because I can keep myself there for minutes at a time before succumbing to the desire to climax, And what a climax it is! The orgasms the CL produces are some of the most powerful and intense orgasms I’ve ever had, I’m normally a pretty quiet guy but with the CL that goes right out the window  – These are sheet grabbing , Moaning (Something I had never experienced from a toy before this point), Leg flailing orgasms that take several dumbfounded minutes to catch your breath from.

Sadly though it’s not all roses with the CL as there is one very annoying and major flaw that nearly makes you want to throw it across the room in frustration; The touchpad. Whoever thought that putting a touch sensitive pad on a toy that you’re going to be constantly adjusting settings on wasn’t using all their faculties that day, The touchpad isn’t just bad it’s downright temperamental. The touchpad has a mind of its own and registers presses that aren’t even there, I can’t count the number of times I was right near reaching orgasm and the touchpad thought that I had pressed the power button and it immediately drops back to its lowest power setting, I even tested it to be sure, I completely cleaned the whole toy to ensure nothing was on the pad and put it on a medium power setting and left it running on my bed and multiple times within a 30 minute period it registered phantom presses and reset the power back to low. Issues with the touchpad continue with cleaning the CL as when you are running the toy under water or wiping it down it has a tendency to think you’re trying to power it on and it springs back into life while trying to clean it; Not fun Fun Factory. The cavity in which you insert yourself into is also quite cramped and sometimes feels like your cock has claustrophobia or is getting squeezed which isn’t overly pleasant. The touchpad along with the lack of power in the CL has been rectified in the latest revision of the toy which I am hoping to someday get my hands and do a comparative review between the two but for now all I have is my experiences with this version.

Conclusions

The Cobra Libre offers an extremely unique sensation and masturbation experience, And despite the horrendous touchpad controls I would still recommend the Cobra Libre to people simply for the ferocity and the duration of the orgasms it produces, Of course as with almost everything YMMV but if possible I would recommend buying the Cobra Libre II due to its use of tactile buttons as opposed to the nigh possessed touchpad but if it proves unavailable or the extra noise from the upgraded motors is a concern I don’t think most people would be dissatisfied with its performance. If you’re interested in buying the Fun Factory Cobra Libre you can find it at their official webpage linked below or browse your favourite retailers listings.

Fun Factory

HedoVibes Round Up #88

 

Welcome to HedoVibes, a collection of reviews and giveaways that were posted in the past week or so from around the web. This is a collection of adult product reviews & contests from real reviewers. If you want to be included in the next edition start with the guidelines, then use the submission form.

 

Want to read more reviews? Check out HedoVibes for a list of the latest reviews and stellar reviewers. You can also follow on twitter for the latest round ups. HedoVibes is also accepting photo submissions for each edition.

CONTESTS

DILDOS

VIBRATORS

ANAL TOYS

RINGS & STROKERS

BONDAGE, IMPACT, & FETISH GEAR

LUBES & CONDOMS

ADULT VIDEO

MISCELLANEOUS

 

Review: Tantus Ryder

Yet another Tantus Ryder review, They are becoming almost synonymous with sex toy reviewer’s but in all honesty that more a testament to Tantus than anything, When there are this many reviews of a single product floating around it’s either for a very good reason or a less than desirable one but if you’re looking for the short answer it’s  the former.

The Ryder is an all silicone butt plug made from Tantus’s wonderful unique ultra-premium silicone that is extremely easy to clean but more importantly 100% body safe! This is important people! You wouldn’t make something to eat using cookware or utensils that could leech toxins into your body (At least I hope you wouldn’t) so why would you buy something that could do the same but is meant to go *inside* of you? I cannot stress how important doing your research about body safe toys is. The Ryder comes in at a around 13cm in total height, 11cm of which is insertable and at it’s widest point measures 13 cm around(4.2cm diameter). Normally I would make a note of the packaging and post a few pictures but I purchased this via Tantus’s wonderful grab bag program so instead of the usual Tantus packaging it came in a simple plastic pouch closed with staples and a unoffensive but easily recognizable Tantus logo at the top.

As you can probably see from the pictures the Ryder doesn’t look particularly interesting in fact it looks downright average; And for all intents and purposes it is. But looks can be deceiving because while the Ryder isn’t ostentatious about it’s design it really doesn’t need to be because the way it feels speaks for itself.

In use the Ryder hits a sweet spot in terms of size , It’s not tiny but  also not so large as to rule it out for anal novices, I wouldn’t be my first reccomendation  to a complete beginner though, the rather blunt tip and overall width would make it a bit daunting to a beginner but nothing that some time, relaxation; and a lot of lube can’t overcome, Just make sure the lube is safe for use on silicone, But if there is a lube you would like to use that’s supposedly incompatible you can perform a spot to to ensure it won’t negatively impact the toy.

In any case with enough prep this plug shouldn’t be too much for most people. Once inserted the Ryder is extremely comfortable mostly due to the base which is hands down the best base of any plug I have ever tried, All of Tantus’s plugs should use this base All plugs should use this base or a variation of it, It’s fantastic. The plug is quite firm but it still has a decent amount of give and squish to it, More so in the thinner neck section and not once did I experience any sense that the plug was shifting around or rotating from exactly where you want it; The Ryder is large enough to offer a very satisfying feeling of fullness but those with a lot of experience may want to look into getting something a bit larger. It nestles very comfortable between your cheeks (due to that wonderful base) and  If you have the anatomy for it I also found that it brushed up against my prostate which was a pleasant bonus. The Ryder is definetly suited for extended wear times and not once did I feel like the Ryder was being bothersome or uncomfortable, it doesn’t scream “I’m here! Pay attention to me!” but it’s presence can be felt the whole time, A constant and pleasureable reminder that something is perched between your cheeks.

When all is said and done Tantus has really done an amazing job with the Ryder, It’s not the biggest nor does it have vibrations and patterns and this is a good thing as it allows the Ryder to focus on what it was intended to be; A great all around plug. And at around $38 USD at the time of writing this (Or $18 if you can snag one via the Tantus grab bag system) it’s really a no-brainer to have in your toy box. You can pick it up directly from Tantus at the link below or through your favourite retailer.

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