Category: Reviews (page 2 of 2)

Review: Ride Bodyworx Water Based Lube

Riders on the storm, Into this house we’re born…Wait that’s not right. Ride Bodyworx? Yeah that sounds better. Ride Bodyworx is a new series of lubes with marketing aimed at men made by the seemingly “can do no wrong” folks over at Sliquid. Time to find out if Ride Bodyworx arrives at it’s intended destination.

Packaging

Ride Bodyworx doesn’t come in any sort of exterior packaging so to speak other than the bottle itself. Visually the bottle is very appealing, It’s an all black container with a snap top lid and a matte finished label.  The symbol that they’ve chosen is a dragon, As a whole the labeling gives off a feeling a quality – Actually it looks like something you’d see in a upscale nightclub but maybe that’s just me.

Overview

Since Ride Bodyworx is made by Sliquid the ingredient list is short, safe, and mostly pronounceable which is always a good thing! No parabens or glycerin here, If you want to know more about lube in general and some of the ingredients in them there is a simply wonderful guide over on  the Lorax of Sex blog called  Adventures In Lube Land that I highly recommend everyone to read through.  Interestingly two of the ingredients in the lube are something you’re probably more used to seeing in your sushi dinner than in lube – Seaweed! Nori and Wakame are both listed under the ingredients, Their purpose there remain unknown to me but if anyone knows please let me know! My guess would be that it helps with the lube drying out or adds to the lubricity but I’m really not sure. The Ride series of lubes come in two different sizes the one I have here is the 125ml (4.2oz) size, It’s also available in a 255ml (8.5oz) size. If you would like to check out the full ingredient list check out the official product page here. Being a water based lube means that Ride is safe with basically any toy or orifice you would want to use a lube for, And the safe ingredients means it should have a better chance of working for those of you who have sensitivities.

In Use

Ride is middle of the road in terms of viscosity, It’s not what I would call watery but it’s certainly not thick like some gel lubes. It stay’s well enough to apply it where you want without running or dripping all over the place and it spreads easily. While slick the lube wasn’t so slick as to dull sensation, Especially for skin on skin stimulation but I did find that the lube had a tenancy to froth or foam quite a bit during use, Not a huge deal for me but may be an issue for some. When used on toys the lube lasted a quite a long time but when used on exposed skin it dried or got absorbed into the skin very quickly and I found myself having to reapply more often than I would have liked, But unlike a lot of other lubes when Ride dries it doesn’t go super sticky or leave a film and I sometimes found it hard to even see where it had been applied. Like most good quality water based lubes Ride is incredibly easy to wash off and doesn’t make my skin feel dry or itchy afterwards like some other lubes I’ve tried.

Conclusions

Overall I really enjoyed my experience with the water based version of the Ride Bodyworx lube, I don’t tend to use it very much for skin on skin stimulation as it dried out to quickly for my tastes. When using Ride on toy’s however it offers a really great balance between slickness, longevity and texture without making me feel like I was loosing any sensation, I didn’t find it quite as thick as I would like for anal play as it tended to get pushed out of the way rather than stay where you wanted it but you may have a different experience with that. To add the how well it worked with all the toys I tried it on it’s  extremely easy to clean up and didn’t leave any sort film or stickiness. I’m not a huge fan of the gender binary advertising that Sliquid seems to be using to promote the Bodyworx series but  I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the water based Bodyworx to someone who’s looking for a good high quality lube that that’s Eco-friendly and easy on the skin.

Thank you to Sliquid who sent me this product to review in exchange for an honest and unbiased review

Review: Tantus ProTouch

The Tantus ProTouch sounds a little but like the stance in a debate and looks a little bit like a unpainted prop from the lovable classic E.T. but in reality it’s a silicone prostate/g-spot toy that also vibrates! If you are not mentally scarred by the thought of a vibrating E.T. finger by now I urge you to read on.

Packaging

I received the ProTouch from Tantus’s Grab Bag system which is an awesome and inexpensive way to purchase some great products from Tantus. Because the ProTouch was a grab bag item it didn’t come in the usual Tantus packaging, Instead it came in a plastic pouch sealed off at the top with a Tantus labeled cardboard logo sealed with a few staples – Simple and effective.

Overview

The ProTouch is an interesting looking toy, It’s clearly meant to replicate a human finger but after the second knuckle flares out into wider base and it’s cast in Tantus’s 100% Ultra-Premium Silicone. Overall the toy stands about 13cm tall but due to the curve it’s closer to 15cm from tip to base, The tip starts off at a very reasonable 7cm circumference and gradually progresses up to 11cm at the flared ridge right before the base. Along the bottom you’ll find a cavity that comes filled with a Tantus single speed vibrating bullet, The bullet vibe can be removed for cleaning or for attaching a suction cup to the bottom of the toy. In typical Tantus fashion the ProTouch is made from a very firm silicone but due to the thin nature of the toy it’s still quite flexible.

In Use

Now since I lack the parts I will be unable to review the ProTouch as a G-spot toy, This review is all about the prostate! It should be noted that because the ProTouch is made from silicone you should only be using water basted lubricants with it, If you really want to use a another typed of lube do a spot test first to ensure you won’t damage the ProTouch. With adequate lube the tip inserted very easy, The silicone Tantus uses for this toy is glossy and gets wonderfully slippery. Once the tip was in the rest of the toy slid in easy up to the narrow section right before the flared ridge, It was at this point that I decided to try the bullet vibe that the ProTouch came with only to realize that it was completely DOA, Even a fresh set of batteries couldn’t bring it to life and since I don’t have another bullet vibe I couldn’t test out the vibrations at all. With that sad realization behind me  I started to play around with the ProTouch some more but no matter how much twisting, prodding and thrusting was involved I simply could not get the ProTouch to connect with my prostate in any sort of meaningful way, Very brief and unsatisfying brushes was about the best I was able to manage. I also found that the ProTouch always wanted to twist or rotate from where I wanted it while playing, I had to constantly hold it in place otherwise it would spin round and face the wrong way.  Due to the relatively small size difference between the flared ridge and the rest of the base the ProTouch didn’t work as a plug either because it kept wanting to work its way out. Maybe with some sort of vibration I would have been able to feel the ProTouch more but in general my prostate needs very firm pressure that the ProTouch just wasn’t able to deliver. After a while I did come to appreciate the little ridge because that felt pretty good to pop in and out but  sadly it didn’t work as a prostate massager for me, Or a plug and due to the large curve it wasn’t particularly useful for thrusting either. The ProTouch sadly hasn’t seen much use from me, If I do use it during a play session it’s usually as a warm up for other toys.

Conclusions

Honestly I’m not sure how to sum up this review, It’s not like the ProTouch is poorly made or ill thought out, It just simply didn’t work with my anatomy, The bullet vibe not working was unfortunate but Tantus is usually known for their quality and I’m fairly sure that I just received an oddball that didn’t work – It happens. If you know that your prostate only requires very light pressure the ProTouch might work splendidly for you, Or if you’re simply looking for something that resembles a finger. For as much as it didn’t work for me I don’t regret picking up the ProTouch, It fills a needed size gap in my collection and makes a great warm up toy at the beginning of a session, I just don’t get any measurable pleasure from it. If you would like to pick up the Tantus ProTouch you can do so through the link below or at your favourite online retailer.

Review: Hot Octopuss Pulse II Solo

Hot Octopuss Pulse II Solo, Cephalopod references and male sex toys!? Odd name but let’s not judge a toy by what  it’s called, Amidst an expanding field of male vibrators the Pulse series by Hot Octopuss differentiate themselves by offering a toy that delivers oscillations instead of vibrations, Will it blend? Does it work?

Packaging

The Pulse II Solo comes in a very nicely printed cover box that should offer ample protection for your investment during shipping. Inside of the box the Pulse is cradled in a plastic molded tray along with the USB charging cable and a user manual, Oddly enough my Pulse came with two user manuals and two charging cables.

I still cringe every time I see the word “Guybrator”

 

Overview

The Pulse II Solo is a relatively small little toy that comes in around 12cm tall and 7cm wide, The back side of the toy is made from ABS plastic and the front side is made from silicone. Three buttons are all the input options you get, A multifunction power button on the left side and two intensity adjustment buttons on the right side. Charging is handled by the supplied USB cable  the port is on the bottom of the toy behind a small flap in the silicone, Hidden  just above the charging port is a status LED for charging, Red for charging and green for charged. Hot Octopuss labels the Pulse II Solo as 100% waterproof but since I can’t tell if it’s only that flap or if the charging port itself is sealed away from moisture I wouldn’t recommend full submersion as the flap doesn’t inspire confidence. On the top side of the Pulse there are two flexible wings to hold yourself in the channel, right below the wings is where the action happens, There is a raised platform about the size of a toonie that acts as the delivery point for all the vibrations/oscillations. The Pulse feels very well put together for a toy in this price range, It has a good weight and doesn’t feel hollow or cheap, although there is an area of silicone that has a very odd texture that almost looks like residue on my copy that no amount of cleaning seems to rid – You can see it right above the Hot Octopuss branding.

In Use

There are actually a couple of different ways you can start using the Pulse II Solo, If you already have an erection you can fold the two flaps back and insert yourself into the toy or you can slide yourself in from the bottom with some lube (The Pulse is designed to be used with and without lube). If you’d rather have the experience of getting hard in the  toy you can slide yourself in from the bottom.  After you turn the toy on the power button turns into the vibration pattern switch,  Single clicks will scroll through the 5 different vibration patterns and then back to constant vibrations.  Two things were immediately apparent after turning the Pulse  on, The first was that even on a low setting it felt amazing and because it uses oscillations not vibrations it felt totally different to other toys like the Cobra Libre, The second thing is that this toy is LOUD, Very loud. The noise from the Pulse can almost be forgiven as the sensations it produces are simply wonderful, It feels like a really soft jack hammer pounding away on your cock and with absolutely no buzz just driving rumbly vibrations.

After a few minutes using the Pulse I quickly began to realize something that I had been an inkling in my head for a little while, My frenulum isn’t nearly as sensitive as most men. Regardless of how long and what setting the Pulse was on it just couldn’t bring me to orgasm with it on my frenulum, Maybe if I had kept at it I could have but after the 50 minute mark I gave up on that endeavour. Same as the Cobra Libre the pattern settings really didn’t do anything for me and to add to that the patterns on the Pulse II Solo  seemed really rough around the edges, The word that comes to mind in trying to describe them is jarring but I feel that is a bit harsh. Although the Pulse II Solo couldn’t get me off in the regular orientation if I turned the toy around so that the raised plate was on the top of my glans it turned into a totally different toy for me. With the Pulse in the new position  it went from 50 minutes without much response to having to fend of climaxing after only a minute or two,  And the orgasms are extremely powerful once you do decide to give in. Orgasms with the Pulse  come on extremely fast and extremely strong making it a perfect toy to practice edging or if you’re just looking to get off quickly and still have a satisfying orgasm. Often I found myself reaching for the Pulse to have a second or third orgasm with because the sensations were so intense, Refractory period be damned this thing will get the job done! Due to the Pulse being waterproof (with reservations) clean up is easy, a rinse under the tap or a wipe down with a wet cloth should have it looking near new again.

Pulse II On Dildo

Black&White conversion makes everything artsy!…Everything.

Conclusions – Hot Octopuss Pulse II Solo

The Pulse II Solo by Hot Octopuss has received near blanket approval from the community and you’re not going to hear much different from me, It’s an extremely well-built toy that offers an extremely pleasurable experience. The only truly disappointing thing about the Pulse was how loud the thing is! I live in close proximity to other people and definitely couldn’t use it without people hearing or being worried that people would hear the entire time,  If discretion is key for you I would have to recommend passing on the Pulse II Solo. Noise levels aside everything else about the Pulse II Solo is a hit! $99 USD is a great price for a rechargeable and waterproof toy  that delivers extremely potent orgasms in record time, If noise isn’t an issue and you feel like trying something new the Pulse II Solo gets my top vote. You can pick up the Pulse II Solo directly from Hot Octopuss here or at your favourite online retailer!

Review: Tantus Super Soft C-Ring

Tantus time once again with my first ever foray into the world of cock rings!

 

Packaging

The Super Soft C-Ring comes in a very simple snap open plastic clam shell packaging, In typical Tantus fashion the toy is prominently displayed in the packaging and the design is simple and tasteful, Kudos Tantus.

Overview

The C-Ring is made from Tantus’s wonderful 100% Ultra-Premium Silicone which in this case is velvety and smooth as well as extremely pliable and stretchy. Tantus lists the unstretched  diameter as 3.8cm and the stretched diameter at 12cm. Matte silicone seems to always be a dust magnet and the C-Ring is no different its near impossible to keep it dust free but a quick wipe down with some water is a quick remedy. The C-Ring is quite thick and sturdy and should last you a very long time.

 

In Use

Due to the stretchy nature of the C-Ring it’s extremely easy to stretch over your cock and balls even without any lubrication and it rests quite comfortably once it’s there, Sadly for me the comfort was very short lived as I could only wear the C-Ring for about 5 minutes before I felt like it was crushing me.  While I don’t have experience with any other cock rings my discomfort might be due to my slightly above average girth or it could simply be that I am unaccustomed to being restricted, Either way after many attempts the discomfort sadly did not go away. Although I couldn’t wear the C-Ring for very long in the short time that I could wear it I could definitely see why people enjoy using them! Seeing yourself engorged with your cock at full attention is really a big turn on, Veins that were previously invisible or barely there now stand proud and really make your cock look different than what you’re used too. Luckily all was not lose with the Tantus C-ring as I found another use for it that I really quite enjoy, I tried using the ring on just my cock but that did almost nothing, However I found that just pulling my testes through and leaving the ring cinched up right against my testes was a very pleasurable experience, It offers a nice pulling/stretching sensation . Due to my limited ability to wear the the C-Ring for an extended period of time I can’t comment on if it prolonged or extended my orgasms but with it wrapped around my scrotum it was definitely pleasurable during orgasm, I could feel my scrotum contracting and fighting the mild restriction that the C-Ring was offering – Not mind blowing but great for mixing up my masturbation sessions.

Conclusion

The Tantus Super Soft C-Ring even though I couldn’t use it as intended is still a great product, It’s extremely well built in typical Tantus fashion and it should offer a comfortable fit for most people. The thing I can’t get over though is just how inexpensive this thing is!  Tantus is offering the Super Soft C-Ring for only $10.46 which for a premium silicone product is incredibly good value, If you’re interested in trying out cock rings or you know you like them and are wanting a good quality new ring to try out check out the Tantus Super Soft C-Ring! You can pick it up directly from Tantus at the link below or at your favourite retailer!

 

Review: Tenga 3D Zen

It’s a sculpture…It’s an art piece…It’s a sex toy? This is the Zen from Tenga’s 3D line of masturbation sleeves that look more like modern art then something you should be wrapping around your cock. But who’s to say that it can’t be both art and a great sex toy?

Overview

The Tenga 3D Zen is a masturbation sleeve about 12cm in length and 5cm in diameter. Tenga labels the material it’s made from as “Ag Antibacterial Elastomer” which doesn’t tell you a whole lot other than it contains silver, It is definitely porous but certified antibacterial so it should be safe in the long-term – I wouldn’t be sharing it with a partner though. The material is super soft and stretchy with a silky feel to it, Though it can feel a bit thin and fragile at times. Other reviewers have mentioned that their Tenga 3D’s didn’t have much of a smell to them but mine had a very strong chemical odor to it when I opened it, After a wash it immediately went away but I felt it was worth noting. Texture wise the Zen is meant to look like the lines in a zen garden, Lines start off spread farther apart and spiral in closer together towards the middle and back out again.

Packaging

 

Tenga  really did an amazing job when it comes to the packaging on the 3D line.  All of the Tenga 3D sleeves come perched on a black plastic pedestal with a clear cover to protect the toy from being bumped around, It manages to protect the toy, look really classy and serve as a place to dry the toy when you’re done with the clean-up. Underneath the stand is a small compartment that contains a packet of Tenga’s own eloquently named “Hole Lotion” lubricant which contains enough for one use. It’s a wonderful and well thought out package and I wish more companies would put this much effort into the packaging. Upon unpacking my zen I noticed that it had quite a few imperfections in the texture, Most likely from air bubbles when they poured the material, While this didn’t impact the use of the toy at all it was a bit disheartening to see that gorgeous pattern with so many imperfections.

 

In Use

 

Before you can use the Zen or any other product from Tenga’s 3D line you have to turn it inside out so that the texture is on the inside. I found the Zen to be a little lube hungry, Due to all the fine little ridges and valleys it takes a fair bit of lube to get the whole thing slick. Once you have yourself inserted the texture is immediately apparent, The only way I can describe the sensation of the texture in use is gentle but intense. You don’t feel any of the individual ridges in the texture, The material is too soft and the ridges are too close together instead you just get a wonderful and enveloping intense sensation. Due to the way the 3D line is designed when you first insert yourself into the toy it tends to trap a little pocket of air inside the toy, By squeezing the tip of the toy you can force the air out of the sleeve and increase the suction inside. Because the 3D doesn’t have any sort of hard outer casing like Fleshlights or Tenga’s Flip Hole you can simply squeeze the sleeve to increase or decrease the pressure. Orgasms while using the Zen are intense, I have to stop any movement at all once the orgasms starts otherwise its just way to much stimulation and starts to turn into discomfort bordering on pain.

Cleanup with the Zen is extremely easy, When you are done with the toy you can stand it upright inside the base of the stand, A quick rinse with water while turning the Zen inside out and a quick pat-down with a lint free cloth is all you should need. Once the Zen has been washed off you can put it back onto the wonderful little stand that it comes with to dry. If the sleeve starts to get sticky after several uses just give it a quick powdering with some corn starch and that should go away.

Conclusion

The Tenga 3D Zen is a great little masturbation sleeve. It’s easy to clean, Comes with a wonderful little stand system built into the packaging and of course it feels great! Tenga says the Zen is designed to last for around 50 uses if taken care of properly, While I’m sure it could last longer with the retail price of around $49.99 CDN it is a little disappointing because you’re going to want to use this toy – A lot. If you’re looking for a great masturbation sleeve that doesn’t look like a masturbation sleeve the Zen is a great choice as long as you don’t mind paying $50 for a sleeve that you are eventually going to have to toss. You can find the Tenga 3D Zen at most online retailers.

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.

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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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