The Silicone portion of the toy is almost completely seamless, with only the faintest visible hint of how it may have been moulded, and which you would need the eyes of an eagle to spot. I really can’t fault its construction at all, and it’s entirely free from any defects or raised mould lines. The surface of the silicone has a matte finish which feels velvety-soft to touch and almost begs you to caress it with your fingers. On the scale of sex toy silicones it is one of the slightly firmer ones, and it doesn’t have a great deal of give in the surface when you squeeze it, but it’s pliable enough to bend and flex in the right places.
The shape of the toy may seem familiar as all Nexus products tend to use broadly the same design for their insertable portion, and you’ll also notice similar offerings from companies such as Aneros. This section of the product has been ergonomically designed to correspond to the internal contours of the male body. At the top is a bulbous section which protrudes forwards and is intended to apply pressure to the prostate, then below it the shaft waves in and out a couple of times before meeting the base. In all the insertable length is around 4 1/8″. Unlike the the Glide the shaft of the G-Rider is a good thickness, and measures 4 1/2″ around the widest point. By far one of my favourite aspects of the design is actually the base of the toy, which is shaped rather like a kayak or surfboard, only with upturned ends like the tip of a Persian slipper. Towards the rear of the base the surface is completely smooth, while at the front the top area is covered in raised nodules designed to stimulate the perineum. Underneath the base is gently curved and the removable vibrator sits completely flush with it when inserted. I really like this particular feature because it’s unlike a lot of similar products where the vibrator protrudes awkwardly.
The G-Rider is a nice easy toy to insert, and thanks to the matte finish on the silicone it holds water-based lube incredibly well. Because it is a slightly thicker toy you want to be careful with what you’re doing if you’re a beginner, and remember to relax and take it nice and slowly, but I wouldn’t say that it’s a toy which a beginner should feel the need to avoid. Initially there is something about the shape which makes it not quite the most comfortable toy to insert, at least compared to something with a completely straight shaft, but once you get over that first bump then the rest of it slides smoothly and effortlessly into the body without a hitch. When the toy is inside the body it does feel incredibly comfortable to wear, and also pleasantly filling, but at the same time you can feel the tip pressing firmly against the prostate. The whole toy settles into quite a secure position, thanks to the thinner neck-like section of the shaft above the base, so there’s no need to worry about slippage. Meanwhile the shape of the base itself allows it to slot perfectly between the buttocks where it nestles quite discreetly – enough not to be noticed under clothes. At the front the upper surface of the base all makes contact with the perineum, while the pointed tip applies some light pressure to a pleasant effect, and this can be increased slightly by clenching the sphincter and drawing the toy marginally further into the body. The G-Rider is quite versatile in how it can be used, from in the midst of sex to simply wearing it while walking around, and there’s nothing in the design which would make any of this even remotely awkward. One the best parts is that you can even wear it while sitting down, which is why I’m so glad that the vibe doesn’t protrude at all. When sat down you can really feel those nodules in the base pressing into the perineum and stimulating it, and the rounded underside allows you to rock back and forth to generate extra stimulation from the toy both inside and outside the body.
The vibrating aspect of the G-Rider is powered by a small bullet specially designed to slot into the base of the toy. The bullet is only 3″ long and therefore doesn’t extend all the way down to the end of the silicone portion, stopping around 2″ from the very tip. When the bullet is inserted the only part of it which is visible is the flat base, which is where the power button and battery compartment are located, making it unnecessary to remove the bullet when changing the battery. The bullet is powered by a single AAA battery, but as it’s not waterproof it probably is best to remove the whole thing prior to washing the silicone section, and thankfully this is easy to do so.
Operating the bullet is done by depressing the button on the base. A single press activates the vibrator and an additional press cycles the setting. The bullet has only one level of intensity, but there are 5 different modes of vibration to choose from: 1.) a constant vibration, 2.) a long vibration followed by a long pause, 3.) a constant vibration again, 4.) a short vibration followed by a short pause, and 5.) a medium vibration followed by a short pause. Audibly mode 1 sounds slightly different to mode 3, as though it’s intended to be a sequence of very rapid pulses whereas 3 is a true constant, but in practice they both feel much the same during use, and would be indistinguishable if you were unable to hear it.
The vibrator feels reasonably intense, similar to a RO-80mm bullet, and is also on the more buzzy end of the spectrum, verging slightly towards a medium. It’s not really my ideal vibe in an ideal world, but the position of it within the insertable portion of the toy immediately improves its performance, and the vibrations travel through the silicone well without much noticeable dampening. Inside the body you definitely get a pleasant feeling from the vibrations, similar to using the Tantus Zing, but the fact that you have patterns to choose from is a big bonus. Because it’s not even a remotely rumbly vibe you don’t get that targeted penetration of vibrations into the prostate, but you do get a nice tingly feeling all throughout the rectal cavity.
One big plus about the bullet is that it is whisper quite during use, and at most you hear a slight buzz from coming beneath the bedsheets, so you’re not going to cause a disturbance with it. Once you’re done with it for the day you simply hold the button down to turn it off, but you do have to hold it for a good 3 or 4 seconds, significantly longer than with other toys, so you can’t kill the power in a rush. In the case of being interrupted it’s just as well that it’s quiet.
I have to say that unfortunately the quality of the vibrator just isn’t that fantastic, and it does let the toy down somewhat. As soon as you pop it out you can tell just from a first glance that it’s a little run of the mill, and a closer inspection reveals things which don’t build confidence, such as loose wires floating around inside the battery compartment. I dare say I could overlook things like that to an extent if everything worked perfectly, but in my experience the vibrator can be quite temperamental. One of the electrical contacts for the battery is in the cap to the compartment, and if it shifts and isn’t aligned quite right then the whole thing can just cut out. I spent quite a while trying to figure out why sometimes it wouldn’t turn on and other times it would turn off without explanation. Once you know the reason why it’s not too much hassle to deal with, but the fact that it happens at all is annoying. The other issue is that the battery gets stuck inside the compartment and isn’t at all easy to remove. You really have to shake it and tap it for a while in order to dislodge it, so if you like to remove the battery before you store a toy away then it will frustrate you. When you consider how great the rest of the toy is you really feel as though it deserves a little more than this cheap looking bullet; something which enhances it rather than detracting from it. They could easily have made it a little longer, a little thicker, a little more powerful, and a little better quality.
Overall I’m going to say that on the balance of things I probably still would recommend the Nexus G-Rider, flaws and all. The shape of it is something which I absolutely love, both the insertable portion and the base. It’s comfy, you can sit on it, you can walk with it in, you can wear it during sex, and through all that it gives you some good firm pressure on the prostate. The vibrator admittedly isn’t amazing, but it is adequate. If you like big rumbles then it doesn’t have much to offer you, but if you’re happy with something less then that buzzing/tingling sensation which it creates should satisfy. I do wish it had more ‘oomph’ but when you compare it to something like the Bad Boy from Rocks Off then the Nexus G-Rider has the better shape, the better feeling material, the better bullet position, and the better choice of vibration modes. It’s the clear winner in its price bracket, and on that basis I’d say it’s worth trying.
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Last month Jopen brought out their new “Ego” line of men’s toys, and when I spotted the E4 prostate massager I just knew that I had to try it out. I’m always on the look out for a really good wearable prostate massager and I thought Jopen might just be the ones to deliver this. Read the review after the Jump!
Update: Despite being used only once or twice this toy completely ceased functioning altogether within a short period after obtaining it.
This September I’ve been sent a funky vibrator/prostate massager from Odeco to test out.
Check out the review after the jump!
The product comes packaged in a lovely presentation box which sets the tone of quality from the very start. A thin outer cardboard sleeve depicting the product slides away to reveal a sturdy plain black cardboard box beneath. The inner box is very discreet and wouldn’t arouse suspicion were you to discard the sleeve and keep it by itself. The lid of the box slides off completely and inside is a foam-padded interior which safely houses the toy, the charger, the manual, and also a handy cloth toy pouch giving you another option for toy storage if you don’t want to use the box.
The manual for the toy is rather basic and contains what I would consider to be “awkward” English, i.e. not written by a native speaker, but it’s still legible and explains adequately how to charge the toy. It also has the slightly annoying habit of referring to the toy as “she” and “her” rather than simply “it”, but that may just be a personal peeve.
The insertable portion of the toy is made completely from medical-grade silicone, making it soft and flexible, while the handle is made from a hard ABS plastic with a silicone coating, giving the whole toy the same velvety feeling. Because everything is silicone you know that it’s completely non-toxic and body-safe, as well as being odourless. For a high-end toy you couldn’t pick a better material.
The construction of the Hedone feels very solid and durable, and like it was built to last, which is something that you’d expect from a product in this price range. It also feels quite weighty, slightly more so than similar products such as the Lelo Billy. There is the faintest of mould lines visibly running along the length of the insertable portion, but it isn’t raised at all and can’t be felt to the touch, so it won’t impact use. Reassuringly the whole toy comes as one completely sealed unit.
The Hedone has three motors in it which is quite unusual for any toy. At the end is a big rumbly motor “A” which feels really strong and powerful, comparable to that of the Lelo Billy. In the middle is a slightly buzzy motor “B”, and in the nub near the handle is motor “C” which is very buzzy. Motor “A” targets the prostate and it can really be felt there. The vibrations are directed in precisely the right place and are intense enough to penetrate deeply into the prostate for a really satisfying and pleasurable sensation. Motor “B” is located in the part of the shaft where the sphincter rests, so this is where it stimulates and the sensations can be quite pleasant like a tickle or a tingle, but stronger. Motor “C” is intended to stimulate the perineum, but it is extremely buzzy and hard to detect any real vibrations coming from it. For the most part the Hedone is quite quiet when turned on, both inside and outside of the body. Interestingly each motor makes a different pitch of sound when it operates, so you can identify it by ear alone. While motors “A” & “B” are quiet at all intensities, when the toy is turned up to maximum motor “C” unfortunately becomes quite noisy, similar to the sound of a phone vibrating against a hard table.
The vibration function is operated by three sealed buttons on the top of the toy which are very responsive and easy to use. There is a power button which must be held down for a couple of seconds initially in order to turn the toy on, and also a “+” to increase the vibration intensity and a “-” to decrease it. The power and “-” buttons have a red light which flashes when you press them, but the “+” does not. The Hedone has 10 different vibration patterns which I will describe below, and these can be cycled through by pressing the power button repeatedly. As there are so many patterns cycling through to find your favourite one can be time consuming. One annoying fact is that as soon as you change pattern it resets the power level to zero, so then you have to crank it all the way up to maximum again. If you’re at a point where you’re really enjoying the feeling and you just want a different pattern to help push you over the edge, then having the intensity drop to zero can really spoil the moment, and you then have to try to build back up to that point again once you’ve adjusted the power. Another strange feature is that changing the power level interrupts the pattern sequence, so every time you press “+” or “-” it returns whichever pattern you’re on to the start of the sequence.
The patterns are as follows:
1. A constant
2. B constant
3. C constant
4. C-B-A medium length pulses
5. A-B medium length pulses
6. A-B-C long slow pulses
7. A-B-C medium length pulses
8. ABC rapid simultaneous pulses which don’t reach full strength
9. ABC simultaneously, increasing in strength from low to highest power, but cuts off immediately after reaching max.
10. Rapid pulses of all three, but with timing slightly offset
While there is a good variety of patterns the problem with it is that the patterns all seem to involve creating different sequences of the three motors, rather than the sort of patterns you find in a toy with only one motor. The one motor you really care the most about when using it is motor “A”, as that’s the one stimulating the prostate, motor “B” is nice but not that important, and motor “C” is almost irrelevant in that you only know it’s on as you can hear it rather than feel it. The patterns I liked most were 4,7 & 10, and I did find these enjoyable to use, but what I really would have liked would have been to feel motor “A” by itself vibrating in a series of different patterns, rather than just feeling all three motors jumping around and vibrating in a different order. It’s almost as though the designers over complicated the device. On paper it sounds really good to have 3 motors instead of just one, but in practice it makes it harder to achieve a good selection of patterns.
When it comes to using the toy the bulbous tip will make it slightly more tricky to insert for those who aren’t used to it, but lucky the velvety surface holds lube very well which aids the process. Once it’s inside it’s a very comfortable toy thanks to the flexible silicone shaft, and the tip nestles up nicely against the prostate. The only downside to the flexibility is that you can’t direct or angle the tip into the prostate more firmly in the same way as you can with the Lelo Billy, as the shaft simply bends when you apply pressure laterally. One of the best features of the Hedone has to be the loop handle as it makes it so much easier to thrust with the toy, whether you’re pulling it deeper into the body or back out again, it makes both actions easier. The other advantage of the loop is that you don’t accidentally hit the buttons while holding it.
The toy is rechargeable and only takes 2 hours to charge up to maximum. The plug for the charger is a little bit tricky to get into the toy. You must insert the end of the plug through a small hole in the silicone, and the manual says to do it “gently” but it requires some force which had me slightly worried as I didn’t want to break it. The manual says to insert it until you feel a “subtle click” but I wasn’t aware of one, you just need to push it in as deep as it will go. After that is done everything works fine; the lights around the buttons flash to indicate that it’s charging, then go constant when it’s finished.
Because of the charging port the Hedone is only splashproof rather than waterproof, so when you’re rinsing it under the tap you want to make sure to keep any water away from that hole. The toy can be sterilised as it’s silicone, but only by wiping it down with a 10% bleach solution, as it wouldn’t be clever to attempt to boil something electronic and non-submersible.
Overall I really like the Hedone for its bulbous tip, its flexible silicone body, and its strong vibrations. These things make it a strong contender against the Lelo Billy. The downsides really are that the selection of patterns could be better, one of the motors is unnecessary and noisy, and it’s annoying having the vibration strength decrease when you switch patterns. It’s still a quality prostate massager though, and depending on how you intend to use it it could be just the thing you’re looking for.
The Fun Factory Duke is a prostate massager that I’ve had my eye on for a while; I really like the idea of a wearable prostate massager and perineum stimulator that can be used hands free, but I haven’t had much luck with similar products such as the Rocks Off Bad Boy, so I was eager to try out the design of the Duke.
The Duke Comes inside a lovely presentation box made from cardboard, and which also features a clear plastic viewing window at the front. For some reason when I opened mine it was very dusty inside, with particles stuck all over the silicone of the toy which appears to attract this.