16 September 2013

Fun Factory Boosty


A few months ago I reviewed the rather small yet surprisingly enjoyable Fun Factory Bootie butt plug, and as much as I enjoyed it I couldn't help but crave a little more size, so today I'm reviewing its big Brother the Boosty.

The Boosty has a very similar overall design to the Bootie, and aside from being somewhat larger the main difference is that the body has a bulged segmented shape compared to the completely smooth surface of its diminutive sibling. It's clear that while the Bootie is intended more as a starter toy, the Boosty is something designed to appeal to the more comfortable anal user, with its increased size and textured shape.

In terms of dimensions the Boosty has an insertable length of 3 3/4" and a maximum circumference of 4 5/8", so it has a reasonable amount of substance to it while still not being gigantic. If you've used the Bootie before then it's definitely a nice step up and shouldn't pose too much of a challenge, but the extra size is still significant enough to make a noticeable difference to the experience.

Like all Fun Factory products the Boosty is manufactured in Germany from 100% food-grade silicone, giving you a toy which is not only completely body-safe, but non-porous and odourless too. Like with the Bootie the silicone does feel a little on the firmer size compared to other brands, so don't expect too much give in the surface when you try to squeeze it. There is, however, just the right amount of flex in the neck and base, so it's clearly a case of tailoring the right material for the job. The construction quality of the plug is very high overall, and it has a velvety-soft matte finish on the surface. The only slight complaint I can pick up on is that there is a mould line running the full length of the toy, as well a small divot in the base indicating where the raw silicone was injected into the mould. I say it's a "slight" complaint because the mould line is only slightly raised and not all that noticeable, though it does appear to be a little more pronounced than on the Bootie.

The plug is available in a selection of two colours: there's a lovely turquoise shade as shown in the image above, which I picked for myself due to its relative uniqueness, and also a rather less interesting black. I'm quite pleased with the colour options here as the turquoise is a little more exciting than the predictable purple option that the Bootie comes offered in.

The Boosty has quite an interesting shape, the body itself rather reminds me of a caterpillar or some sort of grub, with the way that it has three bulged sections of different sizes, and curves upwards slightly; it could almost have dropped out of a Pixar film, but maybe I'm just swayed by the colour I'm looking at it in. One of my favourite aspects of the design is the base, which is identical to that of the Bootie, and again quite similar to that of the Tantus Twist, though I still think I prefer it slightly to the latter. The base isn't that much wider than the shaft of the toy itself, but it is long and surfboard-shaped, which makes the plug completely anal-safe, all while being quite discreet. Atop the base is the neck of the plug; this is about an inch and a quarter long, and with a 2 1/4" circumference, and you'll find the words "Fun Factory" embossed lightly on one side. Beyond the neck the plug widens into the first bulged section, then curves over to one side as it forms the next two, and this makes up the main body of the toy. The central bulge is probably the widest point, while the one at the tip measures only 3 5/8" around, making an inch difference in the circumference between the two.

I was quite pleased with the size of the Boosty when I got it, and although it's still dwarfed by many of the other toys that I own, in terms of a smaller plug it's much more in line with what I'd expect, and more suitable for me than the novice-oriented Bootie. Like its brother the Boosty is actually a lovely plug to use, and it starts off by being pretty easy to insert. The slightly matte surface clings on to water-based lubes well, and the rounded tip slips into the body with very little resistance. The rounded tip is a little on the blunt side, but it's not terribly thick, so most people should get away without needing a warm up toy. If you are moving up from the Bootie then using that first should be sufficient warm up before progressing. As soon as you push the first bulge through the muscle you feel a little bump as you hit the groove, then resistance increases slightly as you continue to push over the widest middle bulge, and this is followed by a small "pop" as that too slides into place. The final bulge is easy to manage after you've conquered the middle, and as soon as this is inserted the neck and base of the plug immediately slide into place. The neck is long enough to give the muscles plenty of space to sit and grip onto the toy, while the slimline base slots itself between the buttocks and feels incredibly comfortable. The base couldn't be less obtrusive if it tried; the rounded edges don't poke you or dig in at all, and you can sit down on it and walk around with it all while barely being aware of its presence. I'd guess that you could even sleep with it in and not be disturbed.

The plug sits securely in the body for two reasons, one because the neck is narrower than the widest point, and two because of the way the bulged tip of the plug hooks over and almost anchors itself in place. I felt no slippage whatsoever, and this is coming from someone who's fully inserted the Tantus A-Bomb in the past, so I think that says something. This gives you the freedom to wear it during sex, or go out with it in, all without worry of it suddenly escaping. When you consider the size of it, the Boosty isn't the most filling plug in the world, but it does offer a nice satisfying amount of sensation, akin to the presence that you feel from the Tantus Ryder, and it's definitely a good upgrade from the Bootie. What I like most about the Boosty actually comes down to the shape of it; the curved tip just pokes you nicely in the centre of the prostate, in a way which is enough to feel pleasant for users new and experienced alike. It's a very similar sensation to that of the Bootie, just turned up a couple of notches, and luckily the slight changes to the design didn't compromise the performance. I'd still argue that this sort of shape seems to work better than some of the rigid specialist prostate toys I've used, as often they seem to overestimate the depth of the gland and instead poke you in the bladder. The plug really delivers on a number of fronts for me, because you get that same great prostate feeling that you do from the Bootie, coupled with a much more satisfying size to feel inside you, and on top of that there's some fun texture to enjoy during insertion. It's the sort of plug that I could readily wear all day and enjoy.

Once you're done with the plug it comes out nice and easily again; the broad base makes a convenient handle to grab onto and help remove it, and you get to experience those bumps again as it travels in reverse. After that it's simply a matter of popping it in the sink with some antibacterial soap and hot water to clean it, though as it's silicone it can also be sterilised with boiling water or a mild bleach solution. Do be mindful to pay extra attention to the grooves in the body through, in case any dried lube or other matter becomes stuck in them.

The packaging for the plug is nice and small and discreet, which is what I like because it's not bulky or wasteful. I'm not sure I'd really keep it for storage purposes, but it is an option. Fun Factory handily include a multilingual instruction pamphlet and a sachet of their water-based lube, so you can get going straight out of the box.

I have to say that I really would recommend the Boosty plug, especially to people who are already lovers of the Bootie. Fun Factory took something which is great for beginners and upgraded it into something which is suitable for those with a bit more experience, who enjoy a little more size. It's a well constructed piece made from a great material, it stays in place, it's easy to insert, it feels comfortable for long term wear, and it has a great shape that will stimulate the prostate. It has all the key elements you want in a good plug, so you can't really go wrong.

The Fun Factory Boosty is available from Lovehoney and NiteTimeToys.

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