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By edn: The Bondara Padded Black Eye Blindfold is a surprising nice piece of kit. OK it is not a luxe piece, but it is comfortable, reasonably effective and looks good too.
By Edn: If anything comes close in the world of male sex toys it’s the Fleshlight. There are a lot of masturbator type toys out there and the Fleshlight commands a bit of a premium, but is it worth it?
By edn: Initially the Tracy’s Dog Oral Sex Penis Masturbator (who comes up with these company names?) looked promising. It came in rather fetching subtle packaging; all blocks of pink and black.
By Edn The Fantasy by Cara Sutra Beginner's Bondage Kit is an eight piece collection which covers most of the basics. In it you will find ankle and wrist cuffs, a collar and leash, a length of rope, a blindfold, a breathable ball gag, a flogger and (heaven be praised!) a set of safety instructions.
By Edn: The first thing I have to say about the Bondara Control Master Body Harness is instructions! Some sort of how to guide or even a photo of the product in use would have been so nice. I’m reasonably au fait with the process of tying people up but this setup was definitely not obvious. OK, now I’ve got that off my chest, on to the actual product.
By edn: So let’s have a look at the Linx Ultimate Power Vibrating Penis Pump. When you open the box you see a large clear rigid tube with a very thin rubbery (latex free so not actually rubber) diaphragm with a central hole over the base and a tube with a small bulb pump that attaches to the top. Wrapped around the main body of the pump is what is basically a thick elastic band that holds both an egg style vibrator and its battery (yes, battery in this day and age!) pack. It doesn’t come with batteries so you’ll need a pair of double-A’s; a common enough battery, but annoying if you’re more used to rechargeable toys.
By edn Lube is one of the great unsung heroes of the sexual toy-box. A good lube can be the difference between pleasure and pain. (And you at the back who’s ears just perked up I’m talking about non-fun pain!) With most people lube seems to be an afterthought, but it’s really worth putting some time into choosing the right one, or ones.
By edn I have to admit that I was initially dubious about the Rocks Off 8-ball as I’ve not had a lot of luck with rubber style cock rings. I’ve generally found them to be so uncomfortable to wear that they have usually been binned after a single try, not so the 8 Ball.
By edn It’s often said that lube is your friend, but like all friends you have to pick them carefully. You basically have two choices; water based lube which you can use everywhere but that tends to dry out and go sticky in use or silicon based lubes which can be a bit dodgy with some toys but retain their lubrication over time.
By edn First impressions of the packaging are pretty good. It comes in a neat tubular container with minimal branding in case you forget and leave it in your bag for non rubber outings. The tube comes firmly sealed in shrink wrapped plastic with an easy tear strip. With this I was half expecting the cap to be a lose clip on cap that needs the shrink wrap to stay in place during transit.