Zizi Cosmic cock ring

Last week Jay from Esmale got in touch and asked if I’d like to review one of the new Zizi Cosmic cock rings. Zizi is the sister brand of Keep Burning, the European company that makes those silicone dildos I’m rather fond of, so I was keen to check out what their cock ring offerings would be like.
Grab the review after the jump.

I’m probably not the biggest cock ring aficionado in the world; you’re not likely to spot me walking around with a band of solid steel encircling the base of my genitals, but I do like cock rings which are a bit of fun, such as the Oxballs Cocksling/Nuttsling, and the Perfect Fit Cock Armour. The Zizi range is very much in this same vein, which is why I was happy to take on the task of reviewing a piece from it, and give my penis the chance to play dress up again.

The Cosmic is a two-part cock ring bundled up into one tidy little package and shaped like a lucky red figure eight, or even an infinity symbol if you turn it on its side and imagine what it might do for your erections. The rather simple premise is that the penis goes through one hole, and the testicles the other, giving two simultaneous points of contact for those who prefer to leave no part neglected.
Unlike the Keep Burning line of dildos which is made from 100% silicone, the Zizi range is made from TPR, and as cock rings are only worn externally this is a perfectly acceptable choice for anyone who might be concerned about material safety. The TPR is incredibly stretchy material, which is what makes it so suited for this application, and to illustrate that point I could probably expand it wide enough to fit the lower half of my leg through, despite it having an internal diameter of only 1″ at rest. Unlike many TPRs that I’ve encountered the Zizi lacks any discernible odour, which is a nice feature as sometimes it can be necessary to air these toys out for a while should your olfactory system be sensitive. The build quality of the Zizi is also impressive, and up the standard that I’ve come to expect from Keep Burning, though it does have one tell tale injection moulding mark hidden inside one of the rings, like a navel that all TPR products bear when they emerge from the factory.
The Cosmic is very easily to put on, in part because of how stretchy it is, but also because it only has two holes to worry about it’s far less fiddly than the Oxballs toys I’ve tried. It doesn’t really matter whether you’re erect or flaccid when you first put on the Cosmic, though it might affect the order in which you do things. With an erection it’s necessary to place one ring over the penis first, then stretch out the other to pull it over the testicles, whereas if you’re still in a flaccid state you can expand one ring and drop the testicles through it, before folding the penis down and slipping it through the other hole.
The Cosmic gives a comfortable fit whilst being worn, and you can feel it gently gripping around the base of the penis, though the impact is far less on the testicles. The scrotum hangs quite easily through the space in the ring, not experiencing much pressure against it at all. Compared to Oxballs products this particular design lacks a couple of things that I’ve come accustomed to, with the first being that snug fit you get from having an extra hole. Having separate rings for the penis and testicles, and not one that goes around both as well, means it lacks that comforting squeeze up against the perineum. The other thing is the way in which the testicles hang through the ring. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it at first, but the Cocksling and Nuttsling both stretch the testicles away from the body to varying degrees, whereas with the Cosmic the testicles are largely free to dangle there unperturbed. For me it’s a product that feels nice on the whole, yet less enjoyable than others I’ve tried because of those absences. I feel more undressed in the Cosmic because the Cocksling is more like a piece of structured clothing and I can’t help but compare the two, but for anyone who isn’t too keen on the idea of any degree of ball stretching the Cosmic could actually be the perfect compromise.
In terms of the Cosmic actually doing its job as a cock ring, i.e. helping to retain blood in the penis, it performs this as well as you might hope for. The thick band of TPR squeezes the shaft enough for a few surface veins to pop out, thus restricting the flow of blood exiting the penis, but at no point does it feel too tight or uncomfortable. One advantage that the Cosmic does have over the Oxballs toys is that it’s less deep than the Cocksling, so you have more usable length in the shaft whilst it’s being worn, which is a plus for any shorter guys worried about how much of their penis will be sacrificed inside the toy.
Removing the Cosmic once you’re finished with it also mirrors the ease with which it’s put on, because again it’s not especially fiddly, and having only the two holes to worry about helps. Just beware that if you do have pubic hair it will get caught and tugged at as you try to slip your fingers through the rings to expand them again.
My bottom line with the Zizi Cosmic is that I prefer it less than other products I own in terms of how it feels. It is very much a personal preference though, and while I would be more inclined to recommend the Oxballs Cocksling to most people, the Cosmic isn’t without its upsides. It’s nice well made product from a good company, it’s much easier to put on than other products – especially if you have any dexterity problems – and it doesn’t take up too much space on the base of the shaft if  you’re concerned about size issues. If all of its features sound like something that would work for you, then it’s definitely worthy of my recommendation.
Thanks to Esmale for sending me one to review, and you can buy it from them now in their gay sex toys sale where there’s 20% off everything. 
Remember, get an extra 10% off any order by using the code ‘INCEND10’ at the checkout.

Perfect Fit Cock Armour

The second of my goodies which I’m reviewing from Planet Earth Wholesale this month is the Perfect Fit Cock Armour.
Usually cock rings aren’t something which I’m terribly interested in, but I do make an exception when there’s something a little special about the design, such as with several of the Oxballs products I’ve tried. It’s funny because in the past I’ve described the Oxballs Cocksling as being like a suit of armour for the penis, and now Perfect Fit have gone and made a product with “Armour” in the name, so I guess there’s something to be said for minds which think alike.
Check out the review after the jump!

The Perfect Fit Cock Armour is a cock ring which incorporates into the design a perineum stimulator – something which I’ve noticed is becoming increasingly popular in recent times. It’s a one-size-fits-all product, but like the Tunnel Plug it’s available in a choice of three different colours: red, black, and clear, and as you may have guessed I went for the red again.

The Cock Armour is made from something known as “PFBlend” – Perfect Fit’s own proprietary material which is described on the packaging with the words “stretches like TPR, durable and safe like silicone.” As with any proprietary product it does remain a bit of a mystery what the actual composition of it is, but it does seem to be a really nice high quality material. Much like with silicone it’s a completely odourless and tasteless product, and that’s always an important factor for me with any toy, and generally a good indicator that something’s safe for the body. The material being odourless is also doubly important with a cock ring if you’re expecting someone to have their face in your crotch while you’re wearing it. In terms of its physical properties the material has a nice amount of bend and flex to it, so it’s pliable enough for its intended purposes.

The construction of the cock ring is done to a really high standard with a nice uniform result. The surface of the material is smooth and shiny, with only a very faint mould line to break it up, and this is subtle enough to barely be felt. The material is slightly translucent giving it an attractive appearance, but which allows you to tell that the inside of the toy is free from any air bubbles, as well as the outside being clear of surface defects. I’m pleased to say that I really can’t fault the manufacturing at all.

When you first take the Cock Armour out of its packaging you’re quite likely to be struck by the size of it because it is rather large. The whole thing measures around 3 1/2″ across due to the amount of material that it incorporates. Unlike traditional cock rings which just use a thin band of material to wrap around the genitalia, the Cock Armour has a 1 1/2″ wide strap which sits against the pubic bone when worn and effectively frames the penis and testicles. The design is something which is as aesthetic as it is functional. The opening in the cock ring is 1 3/4″ across, which seems a little large for something which is one-size-fits-all, though the material can stretch to accommodate more if needed. Out of one side of the cock ring protrudes a nub which is intended to sit against the perineum whilst it’s being worn, and this angles backwards slightly in order to follow the shape of the body.

Putting the Cock Armour on is a simple enough task, and the material stretches enough to allow you to accomplish this either while erect or flaccid depending on your choice. The Cock Armour fits quite snugly around the penis and testicles and feels very comfortable to wear, as well as looking quite stunning. It’s definitely a bit of a showpiece, and it showcases the genitals well causing them to stand proud and forward. My only slight complaint would be that personally I would have preferred a moderately tighter fit; I really enjoy to feel a good squeeze from my cock rings, but the pressure was just a little short of being ideal. For this reason it’s definitely worth measuring yourself first if you’re contemplating buying one, as guys who aren’t that big are liable to find it a little loose. The perineum stimulator on the Cock Armour is very effective, which was a pleasant surprise  for me as I’ve had mixed results with similar products in the past. There’s a raised ridge on the inside of the nub, and this pushes against the perineum with a pleasant amount of force – it’s not overly strong, but it’s more than just the sensation of glancing contact. The length of the nub turns out to be ideal for directing the force to just the right point along the perineum and hitting the sweet spot, instead of either being too near to the anus or the rear of the testicles, which would render it less effective.

The Cock Armour feels great and quite natural to wear, and it’s fairly versatile in how you can use it. You can wear it during sex or masturbation and enjoy the sensations of that gentle squeeze around the shaft, along with the light pressure rubbing on the perineum, or you can wear it beneath your underwear when you go out and make the most of the slightly larger bulge it gives you in the front. When you’re done with it it comes off again just as easily as it went on, and thankfully pubic hairs tend to get caught much less in the material than they do in TPR, so you avoid any painful tugging while you’re trying to negotiate things.

Overall I’d have to say that I can happily recommend the Cock Armour to anyone looking for a good quality cock ring with a perineum stimulator that actually works; it’s definitely going to take its place alongside the Oxballs Cocksling as one of my favourite and most used cock rings in my collection. What separates the two is that the Cock Armour is better suited to those who prefer less restriction around the testicles. The only caveat to my recommendation would be that you want to be reasonably girthy to enjoy it best, so do check beforehand.

The Perfect Fit Cock Armour is available from Simply Pleasure, and from Esmale where you can get an extra 10% off when you use the code ‘INCEND10’ at the checkout.

Oxballs Sparkplug

Ever since I first tried out the Oxballs Cocksling last year I knew that the next item on my list would have to be the Sparkplug, and as luck would have it the generous people over at Esmale contacted me last week and offered to send me one to review for them. Naturally I gladly accepted, and now you can find out what I thought of it after the jump!

The Sparkplug isn’t an easy product to categorise, because essentially it’s something unique, even more so than the Cocksling. It takes the basic design of the Cocksling, which is itself a form of cock ring, and builds on it and improves it by adding an extra ‘tail’ piece which stimulates the perineum and anus. In a way it’s like the ultimate male toy because it targets all the erogenous zones at once. Gone are the days of needing separate cock rings and butt plugs, because the Sparkplug does it all. I like to think of it as almost an article of clothing rather than a toy; once you’re stood there with everything strapped and plugged up you’re naked but you’re not. With the silver version especially I liken it to a piece of armour which you don before ravaging your partner, as that’s what its appearance always brings to my mind whenever I see myself in the mirror wearing it.
Much like the Cocksling the Sparkplug is made of thermoplastic rubber (TPR), which is a little unusual for an Oxballs product given their general preference for silicone. There’s a good reason for this choice, and it becomes apparent when you realise just how stretchy this material is, much more so than any silicone that I’ve encountered. TPR is a safe material, though less highly regarded than silicone because it is slightly porous, but this factor only becomes an issue if you’re considering sharing the toy. Porous materials can’t be sterilised, and as part of the Sparkplug is insertable this is normally something you’d want to do before giving it to a partner. In this case the prudent thing to do would be to have one each, just to be safe. The only other downside to the material is that it does have a slightly chemical-like odour, but as I discovered with the Cocksling this odour soon dissipates once the Sparkplug is removed from its packaging and allowed to air for a few days. 
The Sparkplug comes in the same minimal packaging that I mentioned in my reviews of the Cocksling and the Oxballs Urethral Sounds. The product is heat-sealed inside a small, clear, polythene bag which bears no branding, nor has a sticker on it denoting what the product is. There’s also noticeably an absence of any pamphlet explaining instructions for use or how to care for the product. If you’re environmentally conscious and a fan of minimal packaging then you might appreciate this, but I would have preferred a little something extra.
The construction quality of the Sparkplug is generally pretty good, and it appears to have been manufactured in the same manner as the Cocksling. There are several mould-lines and creases along the surface so it’s not perfect, but they’re not that noticeable and don’t spoil the overall aesthetic. Two of the openings in the Cocksling-portion feature a slight divot, designed to accommodate the corpus spongiosum – the third erection chamber of the penis through which the urethra runs. This is intended to reduce pressure on the urethra and allow ejaculation whilst the toy is being worn. There is some slight branding on the product, with the words “Oxballs” and “Sparkplug” embossed faintly into the material.
The design of the Sparkplug does look a little strange at first glance. Mine is silver so I tend to think of it as something which could have fallen out of a plumber’s toolbox. The silver finish is actually rather good; it’s visibly metallic rather than being merely grey but by another name, but they do come is a variety of colours to pick from. The front of the product is just your standard Cocksling design, but out of the back extends the section with I’ve dubbed the ‘tail.’ The tail connects to the part of the Cocksling which sits behind the testicles, and it extends for around 4″ before turning a sharp right-angle. This cylindrical piece is designed to rest along the perineum, and is around 7/8″ thick. Beyond the right-angle is the insertable portion which measures 5″; 4″ of this is bulged, while the remaining inch is smooth and forms a neck of sorts. There are five bulges in total: two small, two medium, and one large central bulge which has a 5 1/8″ circumference.
When it comes to putting on the Sparkplug it’s fairly obvious thanks to the design which bits go where, so it eliminates any of the potential confusion involved with the Cocksling. It doesn’t matter really if you try to put it on when you’re erect or flaccid as here is where the stretchy material comes into play. The amount of elasticity in the material really is incredible; you could put your fist through the smallest hole and wear it like a wristband if you desired. The first part of the procedure, unsurprisingly, is identical to with the Cocksling. To start off simply pop your penis through the back hole and out of the front, then simultaneously stretch out the hole at the bottom and the hole at the back until you have a piece of material that looks like a strap, and hook this strap over and under the balls to drop them into place. The extra ‘tail’ of the Sparkplug makes getting the balls into place slightly more difficult than with the Cocksling, but you quickly learn to work around it and adapt. After everything is in place it’s time for a few quick adjustments, and tugging a little extra skin of the scrotum through the hole will ensure optimal comfort. It does help at this point if you have less pubic hair, so you won’t get any caught while you’re tugging the material around. The next step is to insert the butt plug portion at the end of the Sparkplug. The simplest thing to do is just bend the ‘tail’ forwards into an accessible position, cover it with your favourite water-based lube, then line it up right and push it into place. The soft material will work a bit against you in the insertion process as it compresses and bends around, so you’ll want to guide it in from the tip. It’s important to keep your sphincter as relaxed as possible to ensure a smooth process, and it also helps to push each of the bulges in individually, else their size and shape might present a slight obstacle.
Wearing the Sparkplug feels incredibly comfortable and is a really pleasurable experience. The material at the front fits snugly around the penis and testicles like the Cocksling, and gives a constant reaffirming squeeze to the whole area, but without feeling in any way too tight. What really surprised me was how well the ‘tail’ section fitted into place. The measurements of each portion seemed to align perfectly with my anatomy, as though it had been tailor made. The first segment of the tail ran flush against the perineum, applying a light pressure and giving the pleasant sensation of something lying between my legs, especially when I squeezed my thighs together. The right angle then turned upwards exactly where my anus was positioned, meaning there was neither too little nor too much material in this portion. The bulges on the insertable section act to anchor it firmly in place inside the body – thus avoiding slippage – while the soft material flex allows it to flex into a natural position, and the sphincter rests on the smooth area below it. The insertable section is just the right length to feel pleasantly filling but without being excessive, and the thickness should be suited to most people who enjoy moderate anal play. There really is something incredibly comforting about how it feels when it’s on, as though everything it touches is being taken care of, and I could see myself wanting to walk around wearing it all day. On top of that it’s also quite an arousing sensation; with something happening at every point between your legs, immediately you want to go forth and have sex.
The front section of the Sparkplug is in many senses a cock ring, so it functions in much the same manner and helps to keep blood in the penis and create a stronger erection. The separate hole for the testicles holds them slightly away from the body, instead of allowing them to become closely tucked up under the penis as they typically do prior to orgasm. This has the effect of making you slightly more aware of the balls, and the scrotum almost seems more sensitive to light touch. The interesting thing about the Cocksling-section is that when you first put it on it has a tendency to pull the foreskin back and then hold the skin in place around the base of the shaft, preventing the shaft skin from being very mobile or able to slide back over the head again. This can be quite fun if you’ve always wanted to try out sex with a bare glans, but otherwise you can simply hold the Sparkplug against against the body and then slide some more skin through the hole at the front, and restore the normal functionality of your foreskin.
The Sparkplug is great for use during sex where you’re the active partner, as it offers all the benefits of the Cocksling but with additional anal and perineum stimulation. If you otherwise enjoy wearing a cock ring and a butt plug during sex then the Sparkplug is sure to be a hit. Obviously if you’re going to need access to your anus during sex for other purposes then the Sparkplug may get in the way a bit, and it could be easier to stick with a Cocksling instead. The Sparkplug is great for solo play too, especially in conjunction with a Fleshjack, as you don’t need to be with someone else to enjoy how it feels. One thing to note is, that like much like the Cocksling, due to the design of the front section it does cover the bottom inch of the shaft, meaning you potentially lose that in insertable length. Like with any cock ring it’s advisable not to wear the front section for more than 30 minutes at a time, in order to restore normal blood flow to the genitals; I noticed that my balls had begun to feel slightly cold to the touch after prolonged use, so that’s probably a good indicator of when to stop. The Sparkplug is very easy to take off when you’re done as plug section at the back just pops right out, and the front stretches open once more. I was a little surprised when I took it off how naked I suddenly felt, and how much I noticed its absence and missed the pleasurable squeeze it gave.
To care for the Sparkplug, and prolong its life, you want to avoid using oil-based lubricants when wearing it, and simply wash it with anti-bacterial soap and hot water after use. After several washes you may notice that the formerly shiny surface of the material becomes slightly dull and matte, but this isn’t cause for concern.
Overall I really love the Sparkplug and would recommend it to anyone; in fact I would go so far as to say that every man should own one. It’s a fantastic creation which really feels great to wear. The only slight downside is the initial odour, but it’s not too bothersome and it doesn’t linger.
You can buy the Sparkplug from Esmale in a selection of colours, and currently get 20% off on the silver version. Get an additional 10% off when you use code ‘INCEND10’ at the checkout.

Clincher Cock Ring

I used to have a set of three cheap cock rings, but I never managed to get on with them very well; they were awkward to try to wear, and either too tight or slightly too loose. An adjustable cock ring seemed like the answer.
Read the review after the jump!

The Clincher Cock Ring is perfect for anyone who enjoys the feeling or the idea of a cock ring, but who finds putting one on, or buying one the correct size to be a hassle.

The cock ring is made from a hollow red rubber tube, which feels very comfortable to wear, even when tightened significantly. Once in place the cock ring is adjusted by sliding the clear plastic bead upwards until you achieve your desired tightness. You should be careful at this point not to catch any hair or loose skin in the process, as this is a risk if you slide the bead too quickly. Once you’re content with your adjustments you can rest assured that the fastening won’t budge until you decide to remove it again.

The only downside is that because the tube is hollow, and the rubber is quite stretchy, you have push the bead up further than you might expect in order to compensate and get the very tight feeling you might desire. This is an acceptable compromise, I feel, for the overall convenience of the item.

Aside from the functionality it’s quite an attractive item to wear, and the rubber gives off only the faintest smell of balloons if you find yourself inclined to get up close to it.

I’d recommend this to anyone who’s looking for an effective cock ring, that’s quick and easy to use.

You can buy it from SexToys.co.uk.