The toy is made of silicone, which rates a 10 out of 10 on the Eden material safety scale. It has a matte finish and is smooth to the touch on the surface of each of the beads. The neck is extremely flexible; the toy can be folded in half lengthwise. The beads can be squeezed slightly, but the neck has very little give. The ring at the base of the toy is very stretchable. It easily fits snugly over one of my fingers, but is capable of stretching to the width of two fingers without worrying about ripping it.
The toy has no smell and isn't really designed to look or feel realistic. Given that the toy is effectively a line of beads, it has quite a bit of texture. You'll need to enjoy texture in order to enjoy this toy.
Obviously, the beads are waterproof, so this would be a great toy to play with in the shower.
The beads are actually spade/heart shaped. They're oriented upside-down, such that the end that comes to a point is inserted first. From the top, there are 5 of these beads. These extend about 5.5" down the length of the toy. Beyond that point, the toy has a series of 3 raised ridges that extend 2". Lastly, a ring for holding the toy is present at the base and is about 2" wide. The toy has a total insertable length of 7.75", with a diameter of 7/8". The neck between the beads tapers to as narrow as 7/16".
Despite others expressing some concern about how the toy comes to a point at the end, I found that it actually made the toy easier to insert. Rather than poking me, the shape of the end provided a nice way to get the toy started on its journey. I don't have a whole lot of toys with rings, so I was pleasantly surprised to have something to hold. My wife couldn't understand why I was so amused by the ability to hold onto a toy by a ring; apparently quite a few of her toys have one.
The length and shape of this toy are perfect. The toy provides plenty of length for thrusting and the ring provides a great way to make sure you can't go too far with the toy. The beads aren't particularly big, so this toy may appeal to a large group of people. Beginners will feel comfortable, but experienced users will also enjoy a toy which offers more than the standard spherical bead shape.
This toy isn't particularly realistic in the sense that it has no phallic qualities. I do think that most people would be able to figure out what it's for, had you left it laying around the house. Although it is relatively small and would easily fit into luggage, be aware that airport security personnel are likely to give you a knowing nod if you're one of the lucky recipients of a bag search.
This toy is great in that it is completely different from the conventional beads so prevalent in anal play. As an extra bonus, it's silicone and has a ring.
I can see some people looking for a wider variation on this toy. I enjoy wider things too, but am still very much a fan. Even if you usually only seriously consider toys that are 1.25" or wider, don't be so quick to dismiss this one.
The toy is not harness compatible, but it does have a handy ring that is about the width of a finger. It also lends itself well to thrusting.
Silicone can be cleaned with soap and warm water. To sterilize the toy, you can run the toy through a dishwasher cycle on the top rack, boil it for 3 minutes, or wipe it down with 10% bleach solution.
The toy does have a lot of extra crevices to clean, but is fairly similar in cleaning effort compared to standard beads. Since the surface isn't completely flat, you'll need to pay a little extra attention to places where silicone meets at odd angles.
I had this toy in my sock drawer for several days and it didn't seem to pick up much lint or hair. Being silicone, you'll want to make sure that it is stored away from other silicone toys that it may react with. The packaging is small and form-fits the toy, so that's probably your best bet when it comes to storage.
Oil and water based lubes can be used with this toy. Silicone based lubes should be avoided, since they can also react with the toy and cause problems.
The toy comes in a long box with a picture on the front and a window (through which the beads can be seen) on the rear. Inside of the box is a tray molded to the exact shape of the toy. A lid covers the tray.
The box is handy for storage; it'll keep lint and hair off. Given the combination of the box-length picture of the beads and the box-length window through which the toy can be seen, the box is not very discreet.
No instructions or manual were included in the box; only the toy and plastic casing were present.
I used this toy solo and it performed magnificently. I'm not particularly flexible, so I was a little concerned about whether I'd have trouble holding the beads via the ring. I also questioned whether I'd have difficulty thrusting, both due to angles and due to amount of texture present. After trying the toy, all of my concerns were put to rest.
The beads have just the right amount of texture to feel great while thrusting. The feeling isn't abrasive or irritating, but rather smooth and curvy. Rather than the feeling of several discrete beads, each which pop in or out one at a time, the experience is a much more comfortable and continuous feeling of widening and narrowing.
By pulling the toy out as I was having an orgasm, I found myself having an anal orgasm or two at the same time as my normal orgasm. I'll definitely be reaching for this toy again.