Flight: Pilot by Fleshjack

This March saw the debut of Fleshjack’s newest product, the Flight, and the people over at Lovehoney asked me if I would test it out for them, and of course I jumped at the chance! Having recently covered the Vortex, I’m dubbing this month Masturbator Madness, in honour of it all.

The Flight represents only the third major design variation in the Fleshjack case, following the Sex in a Can / Jack’s Soda and the Blade / Sword products. Aesthetically it’s a far more visually appealing product, resembling a designer Thermos or water carafe, as opposed to the standard torch appearance. The textured surface gives the plastic shell a more expensive carbon-fibre look, as well as providing grip when using the product. Dimensionally the Flight is a smaller product compared to the conventional Fleshjack, measuring in at a total height of only 8″ and 3″ wide, as opposed to 10″ x 4″. I found I preferred this more compact design, as it is less cumbersome, and also has a reduced weight. The base cap on the Flight is a little awkward as it is angled, meaning you can’t stand it upright on that end, so if you need to put it down at any point during use then you need to lie it on its side. As with other Fleshjacks, the base cap of the case can be loosened or tightened to adjust the level of suction inside the toy during use. Unfortunately as there’s no rubber seal around the cap, no matter how tightly you screw it down air will always leak in, and you won’t achieve a complete vacuum, but I found I experienced a stronger sucking sensation with the Flight than with other models.

The opening of the Flight closely resembles the design of the Pure, only with some grooves spiralling towards the centre, somewhat resembling the turbines of a jet engine. This has to be my favourite opening thus far; as it’s not as tight as the anal opening on the bottom models, it’s much easier to slip yourself inside without needing so much force. You gently glide in, as opposed to the pop you get with the bottom, which over all I found to be a more comfortable experience. As the opening is about half an inch wide, it’s very easy to apply lube to the inside of the Fleshjack , simply by squeezing a bottle or sachet over it. There’s no need to take any extra steps like you might with one of the tighter openings.

The official Fleshjack website states that the insertable length of the Flight is only 6″ long, which had me slightly concerned, but I measured it for myself and the internal length of the insert is in fact a mere shave under 7″, and statistically should therefore be suitable for 90% of the population. I found when using it that if I thrusted as deeply as possible, I could feel myself touching the end cap, but I wouldn’t describe it as problematic. There isn’t a lot of incentive to actually thrust that deeply, as the final inch of the canal is completely smooth, so you’re not missing out on anything if you don’t go all the way down there. The internal texture of the Flight has to be one of my favourites so far. Just inside the opening are some subtle bumps, followed by pronounced nodules, then the canal narrows to a tight point, which is followed by more nodules, and finally it finishes with a ribbed section. What impressed me is that you can actually feel each section individually, especially if you take it slowly to start with. The noduled sections are really good at stimulating all around the head of the penis, especially down the sensitive frenulum. As you move between the noduled areas you can feel the tight ring separating them, and a slight pop as you push past it. The way I would describe it is as an intimate massage for the whole penis; you really want to take long, slow, deep thrusts so that you feel each section, and get driven wild by the nodules tickling and teasing you all over. If you screw the cap down tightly then the individual sections become less obvious, but you get a deeper massaging feeling. The whole sensation feels so great that it’s almost a shame to reach orgasm, because the lead up to it becomes the best part, but when you finally do you’re guaranteed a strong climax. One concern I had was that because of the Flight’s smaller size, it might prove tighter than the other models, but gladly this wasn’t the case, and it can still happily accommodate a good girth inside.

As the inside is textured it does mean a larger surface area, which in turn means you’ll need slightly more lube to cover it all. What lube you use is going to be a big factor in how much you enjoy it; you want to use water-based only, to protect the material, and something long lasting, to avoid the need to apply more just as you’re about to climax, or worse, thrusting when its dried up, causing both chafing to yourself and fissures inside the sleeve. The experience is supposed to feel more realistic if you first heat up the insert to body temperature. The microwave is not suitable for this, and so it is recommended that you try submerging it in hot water. In my experience the insert did not absorb much heat from the water and it wasn’t worth the bother.

The Flight uses a clear “Ice” style insert, which I have to say I found to be a puzzling choice. I own both a  standard pink Fleshjack, and an Ice Jack, and the biggest difference between the two materials, is that the Ice material feels a little more delicate and becomes incredibly sticky when you wash it. The stickiness adds more maintenance time to the Ice Jack, but you tolerate it because the trade off is that you can see yourself inside it when using it. The Flight, however, has an opaque black case, which instantly cancels out the benefit of the material. The result is that you’re left with a product which unnecessarily requires you to invest more maintenance time. I will concede that the Flight does look good, with the frosted glass appearance of the Ice insert, contrasting against the sleek black case, but I really would have preferred that they had used a coloured insert instead. Maintenance is the number one complaint of every Fleshjack owner, so anything they could have done to reduce that would have been greatly appreciated.

On the subject of maintenance, the Flight doesn’t come packaged with a protective plastic rod in the middle, so when you first get it the inside has a thin coating of powder, which you really want to wash out before using it. If you don’t, then as soon as you squirt lube in there it’s just going to form into a paste, which will end up stuck to places you’d rather it not be. I won’t go over maintenance too much again, as I’ve already mentioned it in my reviews of the Vortex, Ice Jack, and my Zen and the Art of FleshJack Maintenance how to guide. One thing I noticed about the Flight is that it did require less time to air dry than my other two FleshJacks, presumably because of its smaller size.

With proper care, Fleshjacks are manufactured to be very durable. Unlike other cheap masturbators which split and degrade over time, my Fleshjacks have remained in virtually the same condition they were on the day I acquired them.

I would recommend the FleshJack Flight to anyone without hesitation. It’s compact, easy to store, it looks great, and most importantly it feels fantastic. If you’re looking for a premium quality masturbator, then this is the one to go for, and even better, it’s cheaper than the standard models, so you’re getting all the features for less money. This is now number three in my collection, but I would have been supremely happy had it been my first.

The Flight Can be bought from Lovehoney UK, and Lovehoney USA.

The Flight is also available internationally directly from Fleshjack.

TitanMen Vibrations Master #1

Over at Lovehoney this March it’s Doc Johnson month, and the kind people there decided to send me the Vibrations Master #1 from the TitanMen range to test.

Read the review after the jump!

The Vibrations Master from TitanMen is an object which looks more like a weapon than a sex toy. If you were to take a vibrator and encase it inside a policeman’s truncheon, then this would be a pretty good approximation of the result.
Lengthwise the toy is big, coming in at 10 inches in total, and it has the heft to match its size. The surface of the toy has two different textures; the top 5.5 inches are completely smooth and shiny, which allows a seamless gliding action when inserted, and the next 3.5 inches are matte and slightly textured, to provide grip when holding this area of the toy like a handle. The final inch is taken up by the control dial, which is used to adjust the strength of the vibrations, and can be unscrewed completely to access the battery compartment. Despite the change in textures, all 9 inches could feasibly be inserted by anyone up to the challenge, but as the toy lacks a flared base one would be wise to leave sufficient length to hold on to.
The toy isn’t terribly thick, at only 1.6″ in diameter, or 5.5″ in circumference, and so it isn’t a great challenge in that regard. What does make the toy problematic for beginners, though, is that it has a very blunt end. As someone with experience using anal toys, I found that it was possible to insert the toy without prior preparation, simply by using sufficient lube and going slowly, but a novice quite clearly would need to use a tapered butt plug beforehand.
The Vibrations Master is made from Doc Johnson’s Silagel material, which as always comes with a bit of a smell. It’s not the worst smell in the world, and as the surface area of the toy isn’t that large, it isn’t that strong, so you’re unlikely to notice it when not holding it near to your face. The toy has all been moulded in one piece, so there are no seams along the surface. Despite the box claiming that the material is flexible, in fact it’s really rather rigid. Both ends feel hard and solid; the tip because it contains the motor to cause the vibrations, and the base because it houses the battery compartment. The only portion of the toy which could be squeezed or flexed was the middle, but this took considerable force. When the toy is inside you it does not bend or alter it’s shape at all in response to the body.
I wouldn’t say that the toy was uncomfortable to use, but the combination of the blunt tip and rigid body make it less comfortable to use than other toys I have of a similar size. These factors also made it more difficult to insert the toy deeply, I only got so far as the bottom of the shiny portion before it physically would go no further.
The vibration function on the toy is quite pleasant. It doesn’t advertise itself as a prostate massager, and that it certainly is not, so don’t go expecting something that will drive you to wild anal orgasms. The vibrations are strong enough to be felt inside the body though, and have quite a soothing feeling to them. The only mode of vibration is constant, but the intensity can be adjusted with the control dial. The motor isn’t too loud, and should go unnoticed through a stud wall or closed door. It’s powered by two AA batteries, which unfortunately do not come included.
As a toy for solo use, I have to say I found the Vibrations Master to be quite boring on the whole. The smooth uniform shape of it wasn’t very interesting to insert, the straight design meant that it didn’t hit the prostate in the way that something curved might, the rigid material didn’t make it very fun to thrust with, and the vibrations just failed excite me at all. If I were to compare it to The Tool, also by Doc Johnson, I find that to be a much more enjoyable toy to use. I can see the value of this toy in couples’ play however. The unique and somewhat kinky appearance of the toy, immediately lends itself to use as a prop in a role play scenario. 
Overall it’s a decent well made toy, but if you’re thinking of buying it to use by yourself, then there are better things on the market. If you want to play cops and robbers with your other half, then this toy might just fit the bill.
The TitanMen Vibrations Master #1 is no longer being stocked by Lovehoney.

Testimonial: Lovehoney

Lovehoney is currently the UK’s largest online retailer of sex toys since their humble beginnings in 2001, and also the country’s best known after featuring in the Channel 4 documentary “More Sex Please, We’re British” and the Lifetime UK mini-series “Frisky Business.” It’s also one of my favourite shops to use.

Lovehoney has a website that’s tasteful and easy to use, allowing you to quickly find the products you want, as well as all the relevant information on individual pieces, such as sizes, materials, and feel. They even have a number of extremely useful product demonstration videos, showcasing how easily a given toy can bend, or how powerful a vibrator is in a bowl of water, and all this comes without even the slightest hint of smut.

If you’re not sure whether a product is going to be right for you, then Lovehoney has thousands of product reviews left by real customers of all ages, genders, and sexualities, and they’re all published right there on the relevant pages ready for you to read, both the good and the bad. It really helps you to make a more educated shopping decision, rather than just a stab in the dark.

Lovehoney also has an award-winning level of customer service, and I can speak to this first hand. Back when I purchased my Cobra Libre from them the first unit I received was faulty, so I spoke to someone from customer services and quickly arranged to have a replacement sent, with almost no hassle involved. The staff are very helpful and I couldn’t fault them. You can contact them by e-mail, telephone, or live webchat, depending on what suits you.

The returns policy that they have at Lovehoney is completely unrivalled amongst adult retailers, and if I had to pick one reason above all others for recommending Lovehoney then this would be it. From the day you purchase any item at Lovehoney you have a full 365 days to return it, and for absolutely any reason. This doesn’t just apply to unused toys either; you can send anything back, no matter how used and abused it is, and as long as you’re within that 12 month window then you can still get a refund in full. It makes the process of buying sex toys completely risk free, because no matter how many reviews you’ve read you can still end up with a doozy, but if you hate it you can send it back. If something’s too big, too small, too weak, if it breaks after 6 months, if you simply get bored of it, then you can return it for a full refund, no questions asked. If it is used though, then spare a thought for the lovely Andrea in returns and give it a good wash before putting it in the post. I’m sure many of us can relate to making a bad sex toy purchase, and feeling annoyed as this thing sits around gathering dust while we’re out of pocket, so I can only commend Lovehoney for eliminating the problem. It’s almost a guarantee that every pound you will spend with them will bring you pleasure. [Sadly this returns policy has been changed as of 19/01/18]

The prices that Lovehoney offers are quite competitive. They’re not always the cheapest around, but they offset this with their “Deal of the Day” and regular sales. I picked up my TitanMen Intimidator for only £10, reduced from £40, making a massive saving of 75%, so it’s quite possible to get a great bargain. Personally I’m happy to pay a little more, just for the piece of mind of their returns policy, rather than saving a couple of quid elsewhere and running the risk of being stuck with a dud purchase.

Lovehoney offers quite an extensive product range, so you’re bound to be able to find something that suits you. Often they’ll get in new products before anyone else in the country, so it’s worth checking their “What’s New” section frequently. The only downside is that they do frequently discontinue products if they’re not fast sellers, so sometimes you will have to shop elsewhere if there’s a particular product you read about that you really want, and they no longer stock it.

Like all sex toy retailers Lovehoney ships its products in discreet packaging, so what shows up at your doorstep will just be a plain brown box. It won’t even say “Lovehoney” on your bank statement, and Lovehoney take customer discretion so seriously that they don’t even like people to mention in writing what will appear on the statement, to make it harder for anyone to Google the name and connect it back to Lovehoney. That’s a laudable commitment to privacy.

Finally, if you want more than just a shopping experience, Lovehoney has a blog jam-packed with sex tips and competitions, a forum where you can discuss toys and the like with other customers, and a Twitter account where you can keep up to date with all that’s going on.

I encourage anyone in the UK to check out Lovehoney, and they’ve recently launched a site in the United States too.