Tantus Super Soft Ball Stretchers

Hello, hello, hello! Spring is here at long last, and what better time could it be to finally emerge from my blog hibernation?

The smell of freshly cut grass hangs in the air, Rupaul is once again telling queens to “sashay away” on our screens, and I’ve got my balls wearing some sort of tennis bracelet with Wimbledon still three months away.

How fitting, I thought, to kick this off with a review of something from one of my favourite companies, the all new Super Soft Ball Stretchers from Tantus!

If you’d told me when I first started blogging that there’d be a time when I was reviewing Ball Stretchers, then I probably would have scoffed at you, because on the surface Ball Stretchers don’t seem like the most exciting item, but actually that couldn’t be further from the truth.
For anyone who has ever worn a cock ring, you’ll know that there’s something strangely comforting about that subtle squeeze of it gently hugging your shaft, or pressing against your perineum, and that’s the same principle that comes into play with ball stretchers, and what makes them a great addition to any toy drawer.
The Tantus Ball Stretchers are wonderful in their simplicity, made from velvety soft and stretchy silicone, you get a set of two which can either be worn separately, or together if you’re up for the challenge of an even greater stretch. 
Both Stretchers have a generous internal diameter of 1 1/2″, making them nice and easy to put on. With your scrotum fully relaxed, all you need to do is pull some of the loose skin down through the Ball stretcher, and then feed each testicle through after it. If need be you can stretch the soft silicone to make the opening wider, and help a larger testicle pass through.
The smaller Stretcher is 3/4″ deep and is great for a novice user. It doesn’t provide any noticeable stretching effect until the scrotum beings to tighten and the balls are naturally drawn closer into the body, but it does give a good first impression of what that snug feeling around the balls will feel like. 
The larger Stretcher is 1 1/4″ deep and is definitely my favourite of the two. Even with the scrotum fully relaxed you can feel it pulling the balls away from the body, giving a more intense sensation. As it pulls the balls down, it naturally pushes itself back up against the underside of the shaft and the perineum, and this in itself creates a pleasurable sense of pressure there. 
One of the features I really like about the Ball Stretchers is down to the nature of how they work. As you pull the scrotum away from the body, it naturally draws in skin from the shaft of the penis, so if you have a foreskin it automatically pulls it back and holds it there, significantly reducing its mobility. This can be fun because if drastically alters the way sex feels without that rolling gliding action of the skin, and the place where that’s most noticeable is with a highly textured masturbator. If you’re used to just feeling that texture against the head with the in stroke, and then very little of it as you withdraw, then the action of the Ball Stretchers helps you to feel every little tickling nub and ridge of your favourite Fleshjack, in both directions. 
One of the potential downsides to the Ball Stretchers is if you have smaller testicles, because they do come in all sizes. As the internal diameter is so generous, you run the risk of one ball slipping back inside and breaking the stretching effect. A solution to this though can be to use another smaller ring as a locking device, and the smaller diameter of Tantus’s Super Soft C-Rings makes them a good option for this. 
What I love about ball stretchers is that they offer a subtle enhancement to the already great sensations of sex, like someone constantly playing with your balls, and tugging gently on them, even when the person you’re with may be focussed somewhere else on your body, or not even there at all. Where they start to come alive is the closer you get to orgasm, as the body starts to pull the balls closer into the body in preparation for ejaculation, only it can’t because they’re being held back, and somehow that just makes the sensations and the orgasm feel even better. Couple the Ball Stretchers with a cock ring and you’re on track for a very happy penis. 
Thanks to Tantus for sending me the Super Soft Ball Stretchers; they’re another fine product that I’d happily recommend. 
You can buy them directly from Tantus, and they’re also available from the fine folks at SheVibe.

Oxballs Nuttsling

The fabulous folks over at UberKinky got in touch recently and asked if I’d be interested in doing a review of one of their ball stretchers for them. Ball stretching isn’t really an activity I’d given much thought to before, but when I saw that the product in question was from Oxballs I immediately felt good about giving it a shot.

The Nuttsling is a very close cousin of the Oxballs Cocksling which I’ve reviewed previously. Much like the Cocksling it is in essence a form of cock ring, only this time with the additional feature of of being a ball stretcher as well. As I’ve mentioned before I like to think of these products as like a little piece of armour for the penis and testicles, as that’s what they remind me of that when I see them being worn, and the Nuttsling is no different here.
The Nuttsling comes in the same minimal packaging that I mentioned in my reviews of the Cocksling, the Sparkplug, and the Oxballs Urethral Sounds. The product is heat-sealed inside a small, clear, polythene bag with a sticker of the Oxballs logo on the outside, but which otherwise bears no branding, nor information 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.
Unlike most Oxballs products which are made of silicone, the Nuttsling and others in that line are instead made of thermoplastic rubber (TPR), so you have to figure they have a good reason for using it. This reason 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 considering this isn’t an insertable toy I wouldn’t worry too much about that. The only real downside to the material is that it does have an odour, something that reminds me of an obscure alcoholic drink with just a hint of a chemical undertone. You’re probably not going to spend a lot of time sniffing it considering where it’s worn, and thankfully the smell dissipates almost entirely after a few days of leaving it to air out somewhere ventilated.
The construction quality of the Nuttsling is generally pretty good. There are several mould-lines and creases along the surface so it’s not perfect, but these aren’t that noticeable and don’t spoil the overall aesthetic. Two of the openings in the Nuttsling 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 word “Nuttsling” embossed on one side.

When it comes to putting on the Nuttsling it’s important to get the orientation of it right. Just like with the Cocksling I can’t tell you how many photos I’ve seen on Google image search of guys wearing it backwards. Start with it in the position shown in the image at the top of this post. The Nuttsling has three holes: a wide angled-hole at the back which is designed to sit flush against the body, a rectangular hole at the front which the penis comes out of, and a circular hole at the bottom which the testicles hang through. Once you have that sorted you can put it on. It doesn’t matter really if you try to do this when you’re erect or flaccid as here is where the stretchy material comes into play. The material really does stretch incredibly; you could put your fist through the smallest hole and wear it like a bracelet if you desired. To start off simply pop your penis through the back hole and out of the front. With that taken care of you now need to get the balls into place, and this is probably the hardest part. Because the Nuttsling is designed as a ball stretcher there is a lot more material in the section which sits around the balls, and somehow you have to manage to get the testicles all the way through it without them getting trapped. Like with the Cocksling you need to 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 then you hook this strap over and under the balls to slide them into place. This is easier said than done, and at times you feel as though you could really use a third hand to help with this. One thing you want to be sure of is that you get enough scrotal skin through the bottom hole to allow the testicles to pass through fully, otherwise when you let go of the material you will find your testicles getting stuck in the hole and squeezed quite uncomfortably. If you have a partner then it’s probably worthwhile to seek their assistance when putting the Nuttsling on.
Wearing the Nuttsling is actually a very comfortable and pleasurable experience, even with the added ball stretching coming into play. The material fits snugly around the penis and testicles and doesn’t feel too tight at all. It’s like a constant gentle and reaffirming squeeze around the whole area. The part of the Nuttsling which sits around the testicles has a notably narrower opening than on the Cocksling, with an extra ridge of material internally, so this squeezes slightly more firmly above the testicles. After you’ve put it on initially it can take a little adjustment of loose skin to get the fit just how you want it, especially with the extra length of material which pulls the balls away from the body, compared with the Cocksling. In this instance the less pubic hair you have the better, as it can get caught when you’re trying to slide a finger under one of the rings to stretch it out while you move things around. Like with the Cocksling one of the interesting things about the Nuttsling 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 Nuttsling against the body and then slide some more skin through the hole at the front, and restore the normal functionality of your foreskin. Because the Nuttsling is in many senses a cock ring it functions in the same manner and helps to keep blood in the penis and create a stronger erection, as well as gently pressing on the perineum. The separate hole for the testicles stretches them away from the body to a nice degree – about twice as much as on the Cocksling – but without ever feeling uncomfortable, and prevents them from becoming closely tucked up under the penis as they typically would do prior to orgasm. This has the effect of making you much more aware of the balls, and the scrotum almost seems more sensitive to light touch. The Nuttsling is great for use during all forms of sex, and even during masturbation, but one thing to note is that due to the design of it 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 it for more than 30mins at a time in order to restore normal blood flow to the genitals; I had noticed that my balls has begun to feel slightly cold to the touch after prolonged use, so that’s probably a good indicator of when to stop. The Nuttsling can be quite difficult to take off once you’re done; getting the penis out is no problem, but trying to slide some fingers through the narrower opening around the balls, and then trying to stretch out the longer and thicker length of material can be awkward at times. It’s not like you’re ever going to get stuck in it, but it does require a little patience during removal.
To care for the Nuttsling 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 usage.
Overall I  do really like the Nuttsling and could happily recommend it to anyone interested in ball stretching. Personally I prefer the Cocksling ever so slightly, but that’s nothing more than a matter of individual preference.
You can buy the Oxballs Nuttsling at a great price from UberKinky, and in a wide variety of colours. Many thanks to them to sending me one in my favourite red.