17 February 2012

Fleshjack Ice Bottom Original


As someone who had been happily masturbating by hand for well over a decade I was always slightly dubious about the need for extra equipment. With the Fleshjack being an American product I had entertained the possibility that it had been developed in part to help compensate for the fact that the majority of them are circumcised, and thus it would be largely redundant for everyone else. After I got the opportunity to try out one of them I quickly changed my opinion, and soon purchased one for myself.

Read the review after the jump!

There are countless combinations of Fleshjacks to choose from, for the purposes of this review I will be focussing on the Ice material, with the bottom opening, and the original internal texture. I also have reviews of the Vortex Texture, the Flight, and the Sword.

Starting with the packaging, Fleshjacks come in a nice metal tin, which can be kept and used as a place to store the item in. It helps to give the item a quality feeling, rather than just being presented inside a cardboard box.

Ice Jacks have a clear plastic case, and the insert inside is translucent, with an appearance similar to frosted glassware. The outside of the case has some raised bands for the purpose of adding grip when using the product. 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 if you are looking for a strong sucking sensation then it still delivers. The material of the insert feels wonderfully soft to the touch, and can be squeezed and stretched with ease, to the point that you'll be eager to start using it as soon as you've felt it. One of the unique selling points of the Ice Jack is that you can see yourself inside it during use. In order to get the maximum benefit from this you'll need to first submerge the insert in water, as it becomes more transparent when wet. You won't get a completely clear view of what's going on, but there is enough detail visible for you to make out what you need to. I'll admit that it was quite arousing to see a throbbing penis thrusting in and out of it, even if it was my own. There is something rather novel about this aspect, and once the novelty inevitably wears off you'll find yourself paying less attention to what's happening inside the Fleshjack, and paying more attention to the porn DVD you're probably watching. While it's a nice option to have, it's probably not worth spending too much extra money on.

The bottom variant has as anal opening which is quite realistic in appearance. Around the small central hole the area is textured, to mimic the puckering of a real anus when closed. You really get the effect of it if you slowly run a finger around it in circles. The bottom opening is the tightest, but it only lasts for the depth of about a centimetre before opening onto the inner texture. As it's quite a narrow opening the most efficient way to apply lube to the inside of the insert is with a pump bottle or lubricant syringe. The best way to enjoy the tightness of the butt opening is to just pop the head of the penis in and out of it, as you really do feel it then, and along with the slight resistance it provides it helps to imitate real anal sex. Because the material is so stretchy, once you've fully inserted yourself and are enjoying the Fleshjack, you won't really notice any extra tightness from the opening around the base of the shaft.
The original texture has a completely smooth central canal with a uniform diameter of 17mm or 5/8" throughout the length. When using the product it stretches to provide a nice snug grip on the penis, but without excessive tightness. I really enjoyed the feeling of it and found it to be more than sufficient, but people who tend to squeeze their penis quite firmly when masturbating might be wise to go for a narrower texture. The smooth interior feels very satisfying, but after using it a number of times I did start to get a little bored of it, and wished that there were some lumps and bumps to add intriguing points of excitement and extra stimulation along the way. Because the inside is smooth it means a smaller surface area, which in turn means you won't need so much 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.

With proper care, the Fleshjack is manufactured to be very durable. Unlike other cheap masturbators which split and degrade over time, my Fleshjack has remained in virtually the same condition it was on the day I bought it.

The one thing that puts me off using my Fleshjack as much as I might otherwise like to is the maintenance, because frankly it's a bit of a hassle. Once you've finished enjoying your Fleshjack you're going to want to clean it, to remove the sticky amalgam of lube and bodily fluids that is clinging to the inner walls of the insert. To make matters easier the ends of the case can both be removed and the insert slid free, allowing each part to be washed separately. When washing the insert it's important to not use any form of soap, as the ingredients in it can be harmful to the material and will shorten its lifespan. You want to either submerge the insert in a basin of warm water, and then use a finger to agitate the internal channel until you can no longer feel any residue, or place one opening beneath a fast running tap and allow it to rinse through for a few minutes. Once you're certain the insert is clean, shake off the excess water and leave it somewhere to air dry. You don't want to use a towel as particles will stick to the surface of the insert. When you have allowed the insert to fully dry you'll notice that the surface of material has become incredibly sticky - the Ice material does this much more so than the standard - and could lead to an "oh God, I've ruined it" moment, but rest assured this is perfectly normal. Now you can store the insert like this, but the tacky surface makes it quite difficult to slide back into the case, and just generally isn't that nice. To restore the material to its original condition you need to coat the whole surface with a thin layer of corn flour. Needless to say this is time consuming and can make quite a mess, leaving more white powder in your bathroom than Whitney Houston's. With that completed your Fleshjack will be good as new and you can put it away ready for next time, so it's certainly worth doing, but it is a lot of effort to go to, so don't be surprised if you find yourself thinking twice next time you go to use it, and settling on some lube and a tissue instead.

I would definitely recommend a Fleshjack to anyone looking for a good quality masturbator. In my opinion they can be a little overpriced, however, so if you can find one on sale for £35-£45 then snap it up without hesitation!


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