This months California Exotics Sexpert Review
This month I was slightly confused as to what to do when I received my latest product from Cal Exotics as I’ve really got no use for a harness. I’ve got no girlfriends to play with any more and ‘HELLO’ plus sized! No way would any harness fit my fat ass! X had mentioned wishing he could use a strap on to double penetrate me as well as possibly being interested in pegging – but not sure if that’s going to happen. Whilst I’m all up for DP, pegging kinda scares me. In the sense that I don’t want to hurt someone. Maybe it wouldn’t be an issue, but for pegging N00B such as myself it is a concern. Not being able to feel what I am doing to them as well as their body’s reaction concerns me greatly. But after discussing the matter with @Mistress_kay sex toy reviewer extraordinaire I have come to realise that although I may not wish to penetrate somebody with this toy I sure as heck can still tell you all about it. So here goes for my first harness Review!
Manufacturer: California Exotics
Materials: Phthalate Free PVC (Dildo), Nylon Webbing (harness Straps), EVA (?)((I have NO Idea what EVA stands for))(for the padding), PP(?)1(base the dildo attaches to), Silicone (For the on off button lol!) & Plastic Clips for adjusting the size of the harness.
Color: All black with small silver snaps where the vibrating dong attaches to the harness
Vibrating Dildo Size: 7″(18cm) long with a maximum girth of 5.25″(13cm)
Power Source: 3xAAA batteries, but works fine without vibrations
Vibration Settings: 3
Lubrication Compatibility: Water Based Recommended
Harness Measurements: Although the Packaging says that it fits up to a 40″(120cm) waist the actual maximum waist measurement is 64″ (163cm), with a maximum thigh strap measurement of 30″(76cm). I am easily a size 24/26 & this harness easily fits my Plus Size Shape which certainly impresses me. I had always thought my size would exclude me from being able to ever use a harness, it’s nice to discover I was wrong. For those of you on the opposite end of the size spectrum you can rest assured that all of the straps can be tightened to fit even the smallest of frames. This will obviously cause there to be long, excessive strands of the Nylon webbing to be dangling about, possibly getting in your way. However you could always trim them shorter, it just depends on whether or not you will be sharing the toy with a partner who needs the longer straps to fit their size.
Harness Compatibility: It is designed to be used with the supplied Vibrating Dildo with its base and press studs which attach it to the harness. BUT I am a total NOOB when it comes to harnesses and there may be other dildos with compatible bases that can snap onto this harness. The Ring shaped area of the harness is 2.25″ wide, but without a metal O ring to hold it in place I doubt it could be used successfully with other dildos.
Price:RRP $49.99(as marked by the cal exotics website) but not yet available for sale
Basic Run Down
The Power Pleasure Harness with Turbo Dong is, in the simplest of terms an adjustable nylon harness with a snap on, vibrating Dong.
The Harness is made from 1″ wide Nylon webbing and consists of a waist strap, 2 thigh straps and a front plush, fleece like fabric panel which has 4 silver snaps and a 2.25″ wide hole where the ‘Turbo Dong’ attaches.
Each of the three Nylon straps are easily adjusted with the plastic slide style clips to fit a wide range of body sizes. The ends of each of the straps have a very rough finish where the Nylon has been melted to prevent fraying. These ends have an itchy, scratchy feel and can easily irritate the skin.
The front panel is the complete opposite. Made from a double layer of fleece fabric it is very soft against the skin and has a padded feel to it. Its edges are bound with a soft bias binding and all of the edges have a row of re-enforcing stitching, as does the circular hole in its center. The four silver snaps which are used for attaching the Dong penetrate through all of the layers of fabric.
All of the stitching that holds this harness together is very sturdy and overall it is well made with a high level of craftsmanship. There is no way this harness is going to come un-done in a hurry.
As for the way it sits, it put a lot of strain on my hips, digging into my flesh whenever there was any resistance against the dong. The Base plate and dong sat at a very natural level and it would be easy to simulate PIV sex, or partake in pegging using this set. However it is the thin nylon straps that dig into your fleshier regions which make it difficult to use for extended periods of time.
The ‘Turbo Dong’
The penetrative portion of this toy composes of two pieces; 1)a Flat based plate which attaches to the harness and features the on/off button for the vibrating options as well as the ‘dock’ that the dong screws into. And 2) The vibrating ‘Turbo Dong’.
The base plate has a thin layer of soft padding underneath it, covering the surface that rubs against your skin. This covering stops the base from rubbing to hard against your pubic bone during use, whilst its size evenly disperses any strains experienced during use well across its surface. This helps to prevent the corners from digging into you whilst you are using the toy with a partner.
The Dong itself isn’t something I’m overly impressed by. For one it is made from PVC, whilst the packaging says it is Phthalate free PVC it doesn’t do much to make me feel comfortable using a PVC toy internally. Its porous nature also tends to bother me – even with the most stringent hygienic care bacteria and bugs can still take up residence. It also prevents it from being a toy that can be used for sharing between partners and if you wish to use it for both anal and vaginal penetration condoms are always a must.
It is a slightly odd shape, the shaft is slightly cone shaped, the wider base tapers in evenly just like an upside down ice cream cone, but around an inch or so from the tip it balloons out into a spherical shaped head that does nothing for me visually or sexually. I often enjoy toys with pronounced heads, but the shape of this one both looks and feels a little odd.
The Turbo Dong also operates as a 3 speed vibrator. 3 AAA sized batteries are slid into the body of the dong before it is screwed back onto the base plate. It was here that I experienced a little trouble. It had to be screwed to just the right point in order for the contacts to meet. Tighten it too far and it wouldn’t vibrate, leave it too loose and again you have the same issue. There is a single control button located on the base plate. Pressing this button will cycle through the 3 different vibration strengths before switching it back off again. The vibrations were no where close to as strong as I would expect as they are easily absorbed by the dense shaft rather than travelling through it. I would compare its over all strength to a small bullet, even though I do have bullets that are far stronger than the Turbo Dong. The sound levels however are acceptable, it can be heard over a tv but you cannot hear it through a bedroom door.
Care and Cleaning
Both the Harness and the Dong((I hate this word but it is what they call it)) are both fully waterproof, that is as long as the dong is fully attached and locked in it can safely be used in water. Be it the shower, the bath, or the ocean it can be used wherever you want. Although PVC doesn’t come to mind when I think of body safe materials in this case it is Phthalate free, But it is porous! This basically means that unless you cover it in a condom the dong is not a toy for sharing. Also whilst it is shaped in a way that is safe for anal it can not be sterilised afterwards. So if you wish to a) share the dong, or b)use it for anal penetration It MUST be covered in a condom – and if you wish to do both anal and vaginal penetration use separate condoms for each and NEVER go from ass to pussy.
Both components can be washed in warm water and disinfecting soap, just ensure that the dong and its base are attached securely to prevent water from damaging the electrical components. Also on the care side of things the packaging recommends that you only use water based lubes with the dong so as to not damage the integrity of the surface.
Whilst this is a toy that I personally have little use for I think it could make for a great introduction to harnesses and strap on style sex. There are certainly much better quality harnesses available as well as ones that are compatible with almost any dildo, but for its low price and its purpose I think It’s pretty darn good. It certainly looses points for not being made out of a more body friendly material (the dong), yet gains some for its ability to fit almost everyone of any size. As their are two separate components I’ve decided to rate them individually as well as rating them as an all in one product.
Basic Harness 4/5 – mainly due to its price & plus sized abilities (& Im sure my harness naivety).
The Dong gets just 2/5 , bad material, odd shape, it could be far far better even though it is Phthalate free. Also the strength of the vibrations left much to be desired.
So I guess together I’m going to give them an overall rating of just 2 & a half stars.
- Again NO Idea what PP stands for [↩]