I was lucky enough to be able to try the entire kit from Revel Body, thanks to the glorious Shevibe.com. Since the four extra tips, and travel case, are sold separately I wanted to talk about them separately.
Accessory Tips “Sold Separately”
Nico is a nipple-shaped tip that I thought would work best for me, but still didn’t – it’s a little too pinpoint and didn’t transmit as much oomph as I needed. I thought that the decreased surface area would mean that the vibrations would concentrate more, but this somehow didn’t happen. The Nico and original tips almost feel like they have the same level of intensity, just the Nico is more pinpoint with the stimulation. The fact that it sticks out a little might make it more user-friendly for some – for others who are inclined to apply pressure and movement, this isn’t the tip for you. It’s very sensitive to being “knocked off balance” so to speak, and the vibrations will stop easily if any pressure is applied to the side of the tip. The design flaw is baffling to me, but I think it’s the nub of pliable silicone on top of the solid core that dampens the vibrations down to compensate wrongly for the concentrated tip.
Fawn is the dreaded “bristle”1, which I think should never be mixed with a vibrator, as it’s either a tickle or a painful itch, but Fawn managed to transmit the most intensity on levels 3 & 4. Unfortunately, it was the wrong sort of intensity. It was too much. Lower/higher levels of vibrations with it were too little intensity for me. The bristles (I don’t know what else to call them, but I know bristles just sounds harsh), despite being a pliable, soft silicone, don’t translate to a softer feel in use. That’s why it delivers the most intensity. I would say that it feels 2 times more intense than the included tip – it should, since you’re feeling 26 tiny little heads needling you. It’s very ouchy on levels 2, 3 and 4. Level 1 is somewhat intense and thuddy; this tip transmits the most sensation on level 10 when compared to all the other tips, but it still isn’t much to write home about.
The Ever tip is like a shallow, inverted Devo hat, and just awful with my buried clit and fat labia. I don’t quite understand the design. It is softer tip, though, than Nico but not really enough to matter since you’ll never be applying enough pressure in use to appreciate it. In fact, on the lower end of the scale, the more pulsating levels, Ever doesn’t feel soft at all. It feels more intense than the included tip. The concave design might be designed to gently surround a clitoris, but it’s too shallow to really achieve that for me. The ridges are confusing to me, because usually ridges on a sex toy are provided for extra stimulation during rubbing/movement. You can’t do that with the Revel Body so……moot point.
Cona is frightening to someone with a buried/innie clit. If you have the patience to be super-exact with your vibe placement, and the ability to hold it suspended in the exact same position all during masturbation, then Cona might work for you. Well actually, that statement technically applies to a lesser degree for the Revel Body on the whole, but Cona needs you to be more exact. And the silicone is pliable, but just not quite soft enough to work out for surrounding the clit and burying in flesh. Since the silicone needs to be firm enough to stand up, so to speak, the soft and squish that it does have is lost when considering how the piston moves and such. It feels like a cop-out, like I’m trying to spin gold out of straw by using the “great for nipples” line, but it seems that this tip would work better for nipples than clits.
The gray material reminds me of school backpack material. Textured, thick, a bit shiny. There is a layer of padding, too, and I think that the case is probably water-resistant. I’m not exactly sure why….in case you need to pack it away while it’s still damp from cleaning, I guess? That would explain the air vent thing on the bottom of the case. The inside is hot pink. If you’re not a fan of pink….well…..you’re shit out of luck with the entire Revel Body line, I guess. The drawstring pouch is actually built in to the top portion of the case and is meant to hold the travel charger cord and plug.
The case would make a lot more sense to me if it contained a magnetic barrier of some sort. Jewelry did still want to cling to the case if I added in an extra accessory tip, but only with that added tip. Still, though, with all of their warnings about not having the Revel Body near anything electronic, a safety lining would have made me feel a lot better.
Since you already have the base unit, and it comes with the same USB wall charger bit, I’m not sure why they include an extra one. The cord is really nice, an industry first – covered in fabric, which really increases the durability of it. Unfortunately, all the problems I had getting the unit to make contact consistently and properly on the large base charging unit are worse with just the little fob. Even when holding the orb, I have to try a few times before the lights blink. And then if I set it down, it get easily gets knocked off course by just a hair, just enough to cut the charging connection.
I remember that one thing that drew me to wanting to review something from the Vida line from Topco was the included packaging2 – the roll pouch and the zippered case. Until I got it in my hands and saw the Topco shitty quality screaming through every aspect of it. Many aspects of the Revel Body Travel Case are well done – the lining is nice, there is padding, the drawstring pouch portion is nice. The zipper is a bit on the thick and clunky side, but not as bad as the zipper on the case of the Vida Lussaria. My main issue with the quality of the construction of this case is at the bottom. See how it looks uneven? It doesn’t want to sit upright when the vibrator is in it. It’s crushed down on one side. I thought at first it was just from being packed in a box, but it hasn’t worked itself out, it was poorly constructed. This could just be my case, and very well may not happen for you. It doesn’t truly affect the purpose, just how it stands on its own.
Some aspects of these accessories (and the RB itself) leant better to video than just photos and words, so if you’re curious still, check it out:
Currently, the tips retail for $19.99 each on Shevibe. I’m told that the travel case will be for sale very shortly!
Once again, thanks to Shevibe and Revel Body for providing me with all of this review for you all!
- Although it is a very soft bristle, made of nothing but little soft tentacles of silicone, it still turns evil under extreme vibration ↩
- and the fact that, at first, I didn’t know that the Vida line was, in fact, a veiled Topco creation line to appear like it was a luxury sex toy brand, but in wolf’s clothing ↩
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Many would probably laugh at the concept, and I do laugh at the thought of donning the Heeldo to be used on someone else (gives new meaning to the eloquent term “cunt-punt”), but for masturbation it could be really great for some people.
I, as you know, have troubles with thrusting a straight dildo. But I do so love my Tantus dildos and while their bases usually do a decent job of acting like a suction cup, I don’t have any surfaces in my house that are suction-cup friendly. So I thought that the Heeldo would be my ticket to improved self-fucking.
Sadly, it was not meant to be for me. You really just cannot have bad knees in order to use this for very long (or for some, at all). You cannot have flexibility issues. And you should be on speaking terms with squats on a thrice-weekly basis. Great for a fit person with no joint problems though. This would be awesome for people who like thrusting motions with a dildo against their prostate whilst leaving both hands free for penis love. This would be great for anybody for anal play, really, along with vaginal. But really, the more flexible you are, the more use you’ll get out of the Heeldo. It’s comfortable enough to wear and use, you just have to consider your own limitations, if you have them. It’s primarily made of neoprene with webbing straps and plastic buckles.
At first I didn’t understand, or identify with, their decision to make a fetish cam girl model their spokesperson, but I get it now. It’s a great tool. Hands-free self-fucking and provides a great visual for their clients with a foot fetish. One aspect of their marketing is something I just don’t understand – they are firmly entrenched in the gender binary and hetero slant. So much so that their suggestion to use this as a “couples” tool is specific to only “straight” couples. Their idea is that she should use the Heeldo on herself whilst giving him a blowjob. They could have just left the orientation out of the mix and been more neutral. Why couldn’t a gay couple enjoy this in the same manner? They could. Or a lesbian couple? I’m sure they might like it, too. Take that oral sex idea and remove gender altogether because it’ll work out no matter the configuration. They could have subtly been inclusive, instead of being exclusive. Under the graphic where they advertise it’s use for prostate play, they do mention gay couples, as more of an afterthought. When you click on that image and you get to the page talking about using Heeldo for prostate play, they seem to be more inclusive but yet….why feel the need to go this route? “Heeldo for men transcends sexual preferences! It is the first strap on harness for both gay and straight men.” Oh so, only the Heeldo for Men transcends sexual preferences? *sigh*
Heeldo comes in some pretty typical colors: Black, Red, Bubblegum Pink and Leopard-print. Industry standard, really, and no imagination. The sizing is odd, too. “Women’s” is for US Women’s shoe sizes 4-8. That’s it. The “Men’s” option is for US Men’s shoe sizes 8-12. There’s no really good way of being able to tell that a person who wears US Women’s shoe size 9 should get the “Men’s” version, sadly. If you happen to be female-identified and have a larger foot size, and let’s say you really like pink, you’re out of luck. According to the site: “Heeldo for Her fits women’s foot 4 – 8 and is available in the black, pink, red, and leopard colors. Heeldo for Him fits men’s foot size 8 – 12 and is available in both black and red.”
Dear Heeldo: tone down the extreme gender binary / hetero slant. If they would just change the marketing and language to be more inclusive of the gender & sexuality spectrum, and less rigid, I suspect that more doors could open for them. Can’t they just have sizing that disregards gender on their packaging and list a size chart describing what size feet it’ll fit, and offer all sizes in all colors?
Overall – it does the job it intends to do. It offers something of an alternative to relying to suction-cup dildos. It’s not going to be a tool that every body can successfully use, but it is definitely interesting. Issues with gender, colors, and sizing aside, it’s still an interesting product. I would recommend it, I just would feel better about recommending it if some things were changed.
I was provided with a Heeldo from the company in exchange for an honest review.Read More
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The Lelo Gigi has been around for a long while now, since something like 2004 or 5. But while a bunch of newer Lelo vibrators were getting their makeovers, the originals were left alone, until now. Gigi and Liv have recently been revamped with the power boost that, clearly, customers were asking for.
Unlike the Mona and Ina, there is no difference in the design of the Gigi 2 vs the original. The only three differences are - the power has been increased; it is now fully waterproof; and it comes in an entirely new color – a nice, neutral, pale gray. I really, really like the gray. I hope that it shows up in future designs.
One aspect of the Gigi that I wish had been changed is the control button “wheel”. I used to think that it was elegant and refined. At first, I didn’t like the changes to the buttons when they came out with the Mona and Ina. But now that I’ve grown accustomed to the buttons of those, the old-style wheel on the Gigi 2, Elise 2, and Liv 2 is a little bit wonky. You may not ever notice it; it’s all in how you hold it and how your thumb or finger hits the buttons. Too often I found myself apparently hitting the wheel in the middle of two directions first, rather than hitting a direction head-on. This lead to nothing happening. In fact, I thought my Gigi 2 was defective at first, but it’s not.
Gigi 2 is, and always has been, one of the more petite Lelo toys. It is shorter in overall length, shorter in insertable length, and less girthy. Not that the Mona 21 is really girthy, but it has some substance to it. But Gigi 2 has that flat head which I’ve always preferred in design over the Mona for external use. Sadly, though, the power boost that the Gigi received, while it certainly appears to be double the power that it once was, wasn’t enough to bring it up on par with Mona 2/Ina 2 levels. Mona 2 is noticeably more powerful than the Gigi 2. I was able to, eventually, orgasm with the Gigi 2 being used externally but it was not nearly powerful enough for me to use internally. I like the shape, but for internal use of that shape I’d rather use the Picobong Moka as it has just a bit more girth and the necessary added length that I need. Plus, I feel that the Moka’s side-positioned buttons are in a better location than the control wheel of the Gigi.
Vibrations. The folks at Toolshed thought that the original Gigi’s vibrations were about on par with the Picobong Moka. Yet I mentioned that the Moka seemed to be about equal to the original Mona in vibrations (I didn’t have the original Gigi anymore). What’s weird, then, is that the Gigi 2 is barely stronger than my Moka. There is a much bigger difference in vibrations between Gigi 2 and Mona 2.
When I first opened the box, Gigi 2 was of course already charged up. I ramped up the power to the highest level – as you do – and immediately thought “Wait, is that it?”. I was expecting it to be more like Mona 2. I thought “Maybe it wasn’t fully charged?” and so I charged it, and tried again. Same let down. But I did what I tend to do now to get a fresh perspective other than my jaded been-at-this-5-years view – I handed it to a friend who is very new to sex toys. With no preface I brought out both the Mona 2 and Gigi 2. They turned on the Gigi 2 and were impressed – until we then turned on the Mona 2 and their response was “Yeahhhhh that’s more like it!!”. I’ve corrupted them, you see. Those battery-pack bullets are the gateway drug of sex toys and was the perfect choice to start them out with. And even as a newbie, they felt that the buttons on Mona were a lot more intuitive and easy as compared to the singular rocker-wheel of the Gigi 2.
So as with all of the newer Lelo toys, Gigi 2 is fully waterproof. As always, it is rechargeable, the buttons lock for travel, there is an included satin drawstring pouch, and the 1 year Lelo warranty. While the upgrade was needed, I wish it had been a bit “more”. It took me forever to write this review because I’m so “meh” about the Gigi 2. It’s….nice. It’s nothing special, to me. I don’t hate it, but I don’t love it. I will never use it; I have vibrators I greatly prefer. I can see how many people do love the shape and style of it, and I’ll recommend it to certain people, but it’s just not AMAZING.
Who would love the Gigi 2:
- Those who prefer smaller, less-girthy insertables
- Those who don’t need powerhouse vibrators
- Those who are fine with shorter insertable vibrators
I was provided a Gigi 2 from Lelo in exchange for an honest review.
- Despite giving away a Mona 2, I’ve managed to not yet get around to actually reviewing the Mona 2. I do like it fairly well, and would recommend it, obviously ↩
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Months ago I reviewed the G-Vibe, a split vibrator that reminded folks of the aptly named (both for the obvious, and for how divided the fan base was) Split Dildo. I had read a number of reviews that stated that the Split Dildo was actually painful to use, so I was surprised by how boring and subtle the Funtoys G-Vibe was to use. Recently a Split Dildo became available on ToySwap and I grabbed it up for no other purpose than this comparison review. Dedicated, I am.
While the Split Dildo is noticeably fatter than the G-Vibe, the biggest different is in the pliability of the silicone and the pressure aspect – by that I mean the amount of pressure it takes to keep the closed ears split and therefore the amount of pressure they will exert as they try to fall back into their natural state. It took me awhile to figure out how best to show you the difference. What I did with the scale is try to exert enough pressure on one half of the split to make it “straighten”, like you would do if it was inside of you. While the Split Dildo is fatter, and therefore heavier (it weighs slightly more than the G-Vibe which is longer and has a motor), the difference in grams required to achieve the same result is drastic enough to matter.
It almost seems like Funtoys directly modeled the G-Vibe from the Split Dildo. I say that only because the angle and length of the split seems to be identical. Just the Split is much fatter. Split is also the type of silicone that easily hangs on to dirt, lint, fur etc. It doesn’t glide easily along dry skin like the G-Vibe does….it is more like the “treated” silicone that Lelo uses, applying a finish that makes it silky smooth with no drag. The Split Dildo does have some drag, and would require lube by most. The thing that is the most infuriating about the Split Dildo is the lack of a handled base. This is not friendly for people with mobility/flexibility issues, and not “fat friendly”, either.
I just learned that the infuriating creator of the Split Dildo thinks that only “women who have birthed a child” can like the Split, that the rest of us poor souls have too-tight vaginas. Reading this on Epiphora’s site pissed me off so bad. Here’s the funny thing. When the Split dildo was actually, finally, properly in place, I wasn’t writhing in pain. In fact, the pressure on my g-spot felt good BUT the pressure against the rectal wall was not good. It was not good at all. I felt like I was in a race for orgasm and pooping. The orgasm wasn’t due to the Split Dildo; it was helping, as does any toy that puts pressure on my g-spot, but this was not a fun time. At all.
Trying to get the Split Dildo in was harder than trying to get a pair of Spanx on. I prefer thicker dildos, so the problem wasn’t the girth. It was that I couldn’t hold the tips together /and/ slide the Split in, tampon-like, so there was a moment where the Split felt like it was tearing my perineum because it wasn’t fully inside of me. It was scary, and terribly painful. Screamingly painful. Overall, I’d only recommend the Split Dildo for those using it with a partner or those who are flexible enough to keep the tips together until it is completely inserted. Actually, I’d go back to just recommending using it with a partner. Because mild thrusting is necessary to get any sort of rubbing on the g-spot, and if you manage to let the Split get too far outside of you, you’re in danger of serious pain coming your way.
So if you owned the Split Dildo and hated it, you should not run in fear of the G-Vibe. That’s not to say that I’d recommend it….I still won’t. I just am saying that the G-Vibe won’t cause pain the way the Split Dildo did for some. If you owned the Split Dildo and loved it? You will be vastly underwhelmed by the G-Vibe. The vibrations are piddly enough that they do not make up for the lack of pressure exerted on the G-Spot and Perineal Sponge.
Actually, I’m just going to recommend against either toy. If we’re gonna go with analogies, think back to Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The Split is Too Hot, the G-Vibe is Too Cold. There is no “just right” middle option. Since I received the Split dildo through my own network, I’m not sure where to tell you to buy it, should I have managed to not fully dissuade you. No one really wants to stock this thing, so I guess you’d have to buy it from the manufacturer.Read More
One moan I get a lot from people who just don’t get it, is that silicone is too expensive for them. I give all of my myriad of selling points, I explain it clearly, but frequently it just comes down to “I am a poor [insert term here] and I just can’t swing $50+ on a singular sex toy that I may or may not like”. I hear you, I do. I dealt with the same feelings back before I started reviewing sex toys. Hell, I even feel it now sometimes.
But Tantus has done something awesome. They’re doing something good for the environment and something good for you. But for those wondering how the Grab Bag section works and why and whatnot (I can’t be the only knowledge geek here!) I asked Ms Jenna to walk us through it:
So the deal on the grab bag toys is this: when we switch from one color to another in the machines, it takes a little while to get all the old color out and the new color fully running through the system. We were, at one point, simply discarding the silicone. But as you well know, silicone is expensive and it seemed like a lot of waste. Someone (and I can’t remember who, to be honest) came up with the idea that what if while the colors were switching we poured a few toys each time & sold them at a discount on the website? That way, the silicone doesn’t go to waste and customers who are looking for a deal and don’t really care about the color can get a new toy at a great price.
I actually learned over the weekend that this isn’t a new idea – the Dum Dums lollipop people do the same thing with their “Mystery Flavor” lollipops. (Thanks, Food Network!) So there’s precedent, obviously. I like to think of the Grab Bag stuff as the Mystery Flavor of Tantus.
Any color that we currently have in production, therefore, can show up in a Grab Bag item. Some of them are very pretty, purely by accident, and some I am less thrilled about. It’s very much luck of the draw. We do try to pull out anything that looks really hideous, and most of the time people are happy when they get their toy.
tl:dr – Super affordable, high-quality Tantus silicone sex toys, available in some of their most popular styles, wonderful for people who do not care about color.
You might very well get an awesome color. You might get a color that leaves a lot to be desired. But what do you want? You can’t have them both. If you care that much about color, then you pay full/sale price and get the exact thing you want. You lose all right to be disappointed by the color if you go the Grab Bag route. Me, personally, I’d be happy with the grab bag way of life. And I am. I got sent a random selection of Grab Bag items, not meant to impress or scare me, but something that is representative what they would give to any ole person who orders. Am I less than crazy about the tan-colored Ryder? Yeah. Would it prevent my ass from enjoying it? Nope.
When you compare the prices, you just can’t beat this. Shown below is an Echo Vibrator, a Vamp dildo, a Ripple Small plug and a Ryder plug. Grab Bag price = $90.96. Retail price = $183.96. So that’s, on average, saving you 50% at least.
The Ripple is black, and the Ryder is a tan color. Vamp is shown in a really festive red color, and Echo is ….I swear it’s subtly two-toned. It could be my eyes playing tricks, but it looks like the purple haze up top is just a hair lighter than at the bottom.
If you’re hoping, or even expecting, to get nothing but pretty colors? To get something in blue? It may not happen. As Jenna said, it’s just random. It changes all the time. You have to be very ZEN about the whole experience. It’s your choice, though. Save money, or get particular colors. They may in the future add more styles to the Grab Bag options. You won’t see O2 styles, because of how they have to be made. But I think that the current selection of styles really does cover a lot. You’ve got a moderately-sized dildo on a stick, a vibrating dildo with a lot of texture, a decently girthy dildo (Vamp), a toy for true anal beginners (the Ripple Small), a great little beginners prostate toy, and still two more butt toys including the ever-popular Ryder, the Leisure which is great for pegging or those who don’t like girth and texture, or the Silk Large which is a step up from the Leisure.
*If you’re buying Tantus, you’re helping to keep my site alive. I don’t get much in affiliate money anymore since ditching EF, so your support is exponentially appreciated if you choose to shop through my links. If you do choose to buy from my links, it might be best to clear out the cached cookies for Tantus. Thanks much!Read More
I wouldn’t say that the Tantus Raptor XL is the absolute largest dildo I’ve owned (the Vamp Greta and Njoy Eleven win that title) yet somehow, at first, the Raptor XL still managed to look and feel as intimidating as those afore-mentioned 2″ dildos. The Raptor XL is 1.75″ wide, and made from a pretty damn firm silicone. The “what sets it apart” factor is the design of the base & balls – which isn’t something I personally care about since I won’t be using this in a harness, just on myself. But of course, the question remains… is it awesome to use?
I’d have to give a hearty “Absolutely!” on that one.
I’ve discovered over the years that I, personally, prefer my dildos to be pretty damn firm. That’s just how I like it. If you’ve already determined that that’s not how YOU like it, then you won’t love the RaptorXL (or even the Raptor) like I do. If that’s the case, please let me point you to some lovely Tantus O2 products or even Vixen Vixskin items. That being said, for those who enjoy a firm material, the Raptor XL is quite lovely if you can handle the size. It’s not dwarfing-a-Coke-can like many Bad Dragon dildos but it holds its own in the larger sized category. When it comes to vaginas, a firm 1.75″ is usually quite tolerable for size queens, but requiring a little warm-up for many. You can sort of see in the photo below the difference in firmness; I’m comparing the ridged head of a Tantus O2 dildo in black to the purple, firm Raptor XL by pressing in on the material with my finger.
The pronounced ridge on the RaptorXL looks perhaps intimidating to some, wonderful to others. Tantus constructed this ridge to be something you will feel, but it is not sharp and ouchy. It’s enough that it can be felt at the entrance and definitely felt on the g-spot, but the chiseled edges ease you around it, it’s not a sudden occurrence. It’s just, simply, really well done. I LIKE IT A LOT. It turns what would be, for me, a ho-hum straight dildo into something way more interesting.
The head is a shiny, polished and more slick texture while the rest of the body has a very slight texture to it. 95% of you will want/need to use lube with it. There’s a little drag to it, but nothing excessive. I also wouldn’t say that the base performs very well as a suction cup alternative, but I wasn’t expecting it to, either. The design is, of course, phallic but it’s not super-realistic – there’s no foreskin wrinkles, not much to speak of for raised veins, the balls are high and tight. Since I’m not one to care for a super-realistic approach, this design meets in the middle, in between “looks nothing like a human penis” and “makes me feel like Lorena Bobbitt”.
Also interesting is this newer take on balls. Tantus has kept them, to aid in the “realistic fantasy” aspect, but positioned them so that it’s easier to use this dildo in a harness. The balls will sit outside the harness. I personally think that “realistic” shouldn’t apply when the dildo comes in midnight purple and Tantus Orange, but that’s just me. The Raptor XL is a hefty sucker, so you’re going to need a well-made, well-fitting harness, preferably one with 4 straps securing the o-ring rather than 3. The harness needs to fit you securely and snugly, because the weight of larger, heavier dildos will try to pull it away from your body a bit. Shown below is the difference in a harness between two Tantus dildos that have balls. There are a few problems with both, and I’m thinking that it’s also due to the harness I have. While I fucking adore the Aslan Leather Cherry Minx harness, I’ve found that a 4-strap base is much more practical and secure for larger, heavy dildos. Also, the fat, leather o-ring straps take up too much precious room. To use the Raptor XL in a harness, you’ll have to first make sure that the o-ring is rubber and not metal, as you’ll have to stretch it and angle it to slip over the base – I suggest you pick the 2″ o-ring rather than the 1.75″. I’m also not sure that using the heavy RaptorXL in a “shorts style” harness like RodeoH or even Spare Parts brand would work.
So if you like firm, girthy dildos that aren’t too over-the-top and not overflowing with texture, I think you’ll love the Raptor XL. It’s great for vaginas and butts, is super easy to keep clean and sanitary and could be used in a short-notice dildo-duel. En garde!
Looking for something……
…bigger, that is still harness-compatible? Look at the Tantus T-Rex
…smaller, but similar to the Raptor XL? Skip to the original Raptor
…more realistic, and girthy? Consider the Vixen Lonestar
…less realistic, and maybe a little softer? Definitely the Tantus O2 Cush
Thanks to Shevibe for providing me this Tantus item in exchange for my honest review (and for tolerating my lateness on this)Read More