26 August 2012

Tantus Tsunami


As you may have gathered from reading my blog so far, I'm a huge fan of Tantus toys, so when I saw the new Tsunami I fell in love with the shape and knew that I had to have one.

The Tsunami truly is a magnificent dildo to behold, and I'd be lying if I said that the appearance didn't play a significant part in why I chose to buy it. I'm a big fan of textured dildos like the Echo, and the Tsunami seems to follow in these footsteps. The dildo starts with quite an angled tip, which is curved at about 45 degrees away from the main axis of the shaft, but which quickly straightens out. The shaft has three main points of texture on the top side: there's a subtle ridge just below the hooked tip, followed by two more prominent ridges on the bottom half of the shaft. The underside of the shaft is mostly smooth, with the exception of three very minor bumps just above the base. If you look at the dildo from the side then it does almost bear some resemblance to a tidal wave, thus explaining the name. 

The dildo is 7 1/2" long with 6 3/4" insertable. Around the tip it has only a 4 1/8" circumference, which is quite a modest size for wherever you may be planning on using it. The average circumference is 4 1/2", and rising to 5 1/8" around the most prominent ridge. The base of the dildo is 3/4" thick, by 2 3/4" wide, which makes it extremely sturdy and good for use in a harness, as well as just for standing the dildo up on. 

The Tsunami is made from Tantus's own 100% platinum silicone, which is one of my favourite materials. It's odourless, tasteless, non-porous, and completely body-safe. You honestly can't buy a better sex toy material. The finish of the silicone is completely smooth and shiny on the Tsunami, which helps to reduce drag. The dildo has a nice amount of flex in it so you can bend it around with relative ease, but it's firm enough to hold its shape. The surface of the material can be compressed without too much force, so it has enough give in it to ensure comfort during use. 

Like all Tantus dildos the Tsunami is constructed entirely in one piece, so there are no mould lines to be found along the surface. Construction is done to a very high quality and the product is free from any defects or anomalies. 

When it comes to using the Tsunami it's very easy to insert due to its narrow tip, especially if you're using it anally. The smooth silicone body glides seamlessly into the body without any drag, and it feels very comfortable there as the material acts as a cushion against the muscle. Despite the shape of the dildo it's really not a very filling size to use, and if you've had bigger then you're likely to be left wanting more. As the dildo slides in you aren't really aware of the first ridge as it just isn't pronounced enough, which is a bit of a shame. You can unwittingly pass over it and then have to look down to double check that you haven't missed it. Continuing to insert the dildo I got up to the second ridge and it just seemed to stop. The hooked tip of the Tsunami made it difficult to insert much deeper after this point, it just didn't seem to want to follow the natural course of my insides, and while I was able to get over the ridge eventually it took a bit of wiggling and perseverance, and required being totally relaxed. Thrusting with the Tsunami just didn't prove to be enjoyable for me; a lot of the time when something says it's designed for the G-spot you can reliably assume that'll be good for prostate use too, but the angled tip just didn't feel at all stimulating there for me. The fact that the top half has virtually no texture that can be felt also made it a very boring experience as rapid thrusting could only be achieved here, and passing over the bottom two ridges had to be done so slowly that it defeated the purpose of them. Trying to pass over those ridges with any speed merely caused internal discomfort as the tip seemed to aggressively butt up against my insides. Whether I tried lying on my back, my side, squatting over the dildo, or rotating the angle of entry, I just couldn't find a single position where it felt enjoyable to use, and I kept trying until I had exhausted every option. 

The Tsunami comes packaged with a vibrating bullet which can be inserted into a specially made bullet hole in the base. The bullet hole has some internal ribbing so as to aid with removal, and this seems to work quite well in preventing the formation of a vacuum. The bullet itself has about the same intensity as the RO-80mm from Rocks Off. The problem with toys with bullet holes is that the hole is in the base, and you want the vibrations down at the tip, but they simply don't travel that well through inches of thick silicone. The inclusion of the bullet is nice, but I find that it's mostly gimmicky and doesn't add much to the experience of using the toy. Personally I prefer to use the dildos like this without the bullet, but there's always the option of using the bullet separately, so it's like getting two toys in one. 

To take care of the dildo all you need to do is wash it with anti-bacterial soap and water after every use, or use a toy wipe / toy cleaner, though you may wish to rinse it before use as well as the material does tend to attract dust. As the Tsunami is made of silicone it can also be sterilised if desired, this can be done by boiling the dildo for a couple of minutes in water, wiping it over with a 10% bleach solution or popping it into the dishwasher on an appropriate cycle. Remember also to only use water-based lubes with a silicone dildo.

Overall I have to say that I'm really disappointed with the Tsunami. It's a great looking toy, that's well made and that has a texture that you'd imagine would feel amazing, but for me unfortunately it just has to be one of the most boring and least enjoyable toys I have in my collection. I'm sure it has a lot of great applications, but I'd have to advise anyone considering it for anal use to look elsewhere, as sadly it just doesn't cut it.

The Tsunami is available directly from Tantus, or alternatively you can get it from SexToys.co.uk, ThatPositionLovehoney UK, and Lovehoney USA.

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