11 February 2013

Oxballs Nuttsling


The fabulous folks over at UberKinky got in touch recently and asked if I'd be interested in doing a review of one of their ball stretchers for them. Ball stretching isn't really an activity I'd given much thought to before, but when I saw that the product in question was from Oxballs I immediately felt good about giving it a shot.

The Nuttsling is a very close cousin of the Oxballs Cocksling which I've reviewed previously. Much like the Cocksling it is in essence a form of cock ring, only this time with the additional feature of of being a ball stretcher as well. As I've mentioned before I like to think of these products as like a little piece of armour for the penis and testicles, as that's what they remind me of that when I see them being worn, and the Nuttsling is no different here.

The Nuttsling comes in the same minimal packaging that I mentioned in my reviews of the Cocksling, the Sparkplug, and the Oxballs Urethral Sounds. The product is heat-sealed inside a small, clear, polythene bag with a sticker of the Oxballs logo on the outside, but which otherwise bears no branding, nor information denoting what the product is. There's also noticeably an absence of any pamphlet explaining instructions for use or how to care for the product. If you're environmentally conscious and a fan of minimal packaging then you might appreciate this, but I would have preferred a little something extra.

Unlike most Oxballs products which are made of silicone, the Nuttsling and others in that line are instead made of thermoplastic rubber (TPR), so you have to figure they have a good reason for using it. This reason becomes apparent when you realise just how stretchy this material is, much more so than any silicone that I've encountered. TPR is a safe material, though less highly regarded than silicone because it is slightly porous, but considering this isn't an insertable toy I wouldn't worry too much about that. The only real downside to the material is that it does have an odour, something that reminds me of an obscure alcoholic drink with just a hint of a chemical undertone. You're probably not going to spend a lot of time sniffing it considering where it's worn, and thankfully the smell dissipates almost entirely after a few days of leaving it to air out somewhere ventilated.

The construction quality of the Nuttsling is generally pretty good. There are several mould-lines and creases along the surface so it's not perfect, but these aren't that noticeable and don't spoil the overall aesthetic. Two of the openings in the Nuttsling feature a slight divot, designed to accommodate the corpus spongiosum - the third erection chamber of the penis through which the urethra runs. This is intended to reduce pressure on the urethra and allow ejaculation whilst the toy is being worn. There is some slight branding on the product, with the word "Nuttsling" embossed on one side.


When it comes to putting on the Nuttsling it's important to get the orientation of it right. Just like with the Cocksling I can't tell you how many photos I've seen on Google image search of guys wearing it backwards. Start with it in the position shown in the image at the top of this post. The Nuttsling has three holes: a wide angled-hole at the back which is designed to sit flush against the body, a rectangular hole at the front which the penis comes out of, and a circular hole at the bottom which the testicles hang through. Once you have that sorted you can put it on. It doesn't matter really if you try to do this when you're erect or flaccid as here is where the stretchy material comes into play. The material really does stretch incredibly; you could put your fist through the smallest hole and wear it like a bracelet if you desired. To start off simply pop your penis through the back hole and out of the front. With that taken care of you now need to get the balls into place, and this is probably the hardest part. Because the Nuttsling is designed as a ball stretcher there is a lot more material in the section which sits around the balls, and somehow you have to manage to get the testicles all the way through it without them getting trapped. Like with the Cocksling you need to stretch out the hole at the bottom and the hole at the back until you have a piece of material that looks like a strap, and then you hook this strap over and under the balls to slide them into place. This is easier said than done, and at times you feel as though you could really use a third hand to help with this. One thing you want to be sure of is that you get enough scrotal skin through the bottom hole to allow the testicles to pass through fully, otherwise when you let go of the material you will find your testicles getting stuck in the hole and squeezed quite uncomfortably. If you have a partner then it's probably worthwhile to seek their assistance when putting the Nuttsling on.

Wearing the Nuttsling is actually a very comfortable and pleasurable experience, even with the added ball stretching coming into play. The material fits snugly around the penis and testicles and doesn't feel too tight at all. It's like a constant gentle and reaffirming squeeze around the whole area. The part of the Nuttsling which sits around the testicles has a notably narrower opening than on the Cocksling, with an extra ridge of material internally, so this squeezes slightly more firmly above the testicles. After you've put it on initially it can take a little adjustment of loose skin to get the fit just how you want it, especially with the extra length of material which pulls the balls away from the body, compared with the Cocksling. In this instance the less pubic hair you have the better, as it can get caught when you're trying to slide a finger under one of the rings to stretch it out while you move things around. Like with the Cocksling one of the interesting things about the Nuttsling is that when you first put it on it has a tendency to pull the foreskin back and then hold the skin in place around the base of the shaft, preventing the shaft skin from being very mobile or able to slide back over the head again. This can be quite fun if you've always wanted to try out sex with a bare glans, but otherwise you can simply hold the Nuttsling against the body and then slide some more skin through the hole at the front, and restore the normal functionality of your foreskin. Because the Nuttsling is in many senses a cock ring it functions in the same manner and helps to keep blood in the penis and create a stronger erection, as well as gently pressing on the perineum. The separate hole for the testicles stretches them away from the body to a nice degree - about twice as much as on the Cocksling - but without ever feeling uncomfortable, and prevents them from becoming closely tucked up under the penis as they typically would do prior to orgasm. This has the effect of making you much more aware of the balls, and the scrotum almost seems more sensitive to light touch. The Nuttsling is great for use during all forms of sex, and even during masturbation, but one thing to note is that due to the design of it it does cover the bottom inch of the shaft, meaning you potentially lose that in insertable length. Like with any cock ring it's advisable not to wear it for more than 30mins at a time in order to restore normal blood flow to the genitals; I had noticed that my balls has begun to feel slightly cold to the touch after prolonged use, so that's probably a good indicator of when to stop. The Nuttsling can be quite difficult to take off once you're done; getting the penis out is no problem, but trying to slide some fingers through the narrower opening around the balls, and then trying to stretch out the longer and thicker length of material can be awkward at times. It's not like you're ever going to get stuck in it, but it does require a little patience during removal.

To care for the Nuttsling and prolong its life you want to avoid using oil-based lubricants when wearing it, and simply wash it with anti-bacterial soap and hot water after usage.

Overall I  do really like the Nuttsling and could happily recommend it to anyone interested in ball stretching. Personally I prefer the Cocksling ever so slightly, but that's nothing more than a matter of individual preference.

You can buy the Oxballs Nuttsling at a great price from UberKinky, and in a wide variety of colours. Many thanks to them to sending me one in my favourite red.

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