The material - possibly stainless steel - is quite nice and feels very sturdy, which is odd in my mind given that the spreader is made from pieces of pipe that overlap. At max extension, it is slightly more prone to flexing, possibly to the point of damaging its ability to collapse again, but I'm not sure how much of an issue that would be - it all depends on the way the bar is being used and how, ahem, enthusiastic the activity.
This is probably the most damaging part of the credibility of this review - I haven't had an opportunity to use it yet. I purchased this as a spreader bar for photography and have yet to have a chance to use it for such, nor for play. Oddly, it's somewhat difficult to find models who are willing to be cuffed to a spreader...who would have thought?
I can't say that I've seen one broken out at a play party, either, so real-world application is hard to assess. I look forward to the day when I can use it (in any of the mentioned environments), but for now all of my experience has been theoretical.
Basic glossy cardboard packaging with pictures of a model (Justine Joli, I think?) in a few poses. Not exactly discreet and probably not suited for travel as the bar itself collapses to 18" long and is about 1" around. It's easier to pack and travel with as-is. I wouldn't recommend carry-on luggage for probably obvious reasons, and if put in checked luggage, I'd suggest tagging one of the pins or the end loops with a basic description of what it is in case your bag is searched (18" long metal rod with pins going through X-Ray? It's probably going to get searched). Fortunately, I've heard that simply putting "Marital aid" on labels for toys (in general) is sufficient enough for most baggage inspectors.
Wipe down with a wash cloth or with a cavicide wipe and dry - for the former, with a towel; for the latter, air-dry. Done!
This product's versatile design lends itself to creativity. One is sufficient as a single-action spreading bar. Two and you can spread multiple points (well, that's rather obvious, I suppose). Or get creative - use a belt and cuffs to use as a leg immobilizer and add a third to maintain spread. Like so many things in life (Legos, Voltron, orgies), the more you add, the more potential fun!