Sex and Mischief riding crop by Sportsheets - review by Ryuson

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Great for beginners, but not for the professional dominatrix in your life

While this is a cute, basic, and travel sized toy, the inability to put much force behind it will make it pretty useless to a lot of people. It does make a nice 'whack' noise when it comes in contact with skin, but it doesn't give the pain or leave a mark to go with the sound effect. If you're wanting a 'dom's first flogger' this is nice, but otherwise get something that you won't outgrow as quickly.
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Pros:
Small, vegan, soft, basic, won't leave welts, is great to start with.
Cons:
Unless you're just getting into BDSM, this offers no thrills at all.
Rating by reviewer:
4
extremely useful review

Use

This product is sold as a 'riding crop' to be used by people on other people. It is a lot less intense than a riding crop used for large animals like horses, but could still be used for 'pony play' and other such fetishes.

Riding crops like this one have a 'handle' end and a 'business end,' though sometimes there are toys that combine a riding crop with another type of BDSM gear in a two-sided product. This only has one side, which makes it easier to hold and use.

The 'business end' of this riding crop is made of a small piece of looped 'leather.' This is fairly flexible, but does not flop around when you swing it. It resembles the feel of a thin woman's belt, but of course a lot wider than a woman's belt would be.

The handle end is really only for holding. While it could be used to whack someone with, it's hard to hold the business end as a handle, and the plastic handle is pretty wimpy. While you could possibly insert it, it really isn't made for that.

As far as who this would be best for, it's really aimed towards being someone's first riding crop. If you or your partner have used pretty much anything else in the past to spank with other than a hand, this is probably going to be less intense and painful. While you can get some force behind it, it's just not made to be a quality toy for heavy play.

If you're looking to introduce floggers, whips, and other spanking tools into a relationship, this would be an okay place to start. It's small, cheap, and easy to care for, but it's also not very aesthetically pleasing or 'cute.' Also, always create a safe word and communicate before, during, and after any BDSM scenes.

This crop is a good size and shape to spank small to medium sized areas. It is a good size for the breasts and genitals, and would work well on the butt. If you want to cover your partner with red marks, this would take quite a while because of the size, so you might want to stick to more concentrated areas.
  • Who / How / What
    [ ? ]
    Who might this product be best for? How is it best used? What are the best circumstances or situations for using this product?
    • Couples
    • Light play
    • Spanking
  • Where
    [ ? ]
    Where / what types of places can this product be used?
    • Play party
  • Features
    [ ? ]
    What kind of features does this product offer?
    • Travel friendly
  • Body / part areas
    [ ? ]
    What areas on the body can this product be used / what areas does it stimulate best?
    • Back
    • Breasts
    • Buttocks

Design / Craftsmanship / Size / Material / Features

This crop is made well enough to withstand fairly 'vanilla' use, like a lightweight spanking over a knee before sex, but if you're looking to spank someone regularly for hours at a time, this really isn't going to stand up to that.

The good thing about the lower quality is that it's inexpensive, and you don't have to feel bad if you toss it because you don't like it. If it turns out that you and your partner really don't WANT to hit each other with crops, you're down less than $10.

This materials listed are as follows: ABS plastic stick, poly vinyl chloride, and polyester.

Because it doesn't contain real leather, this is totally vegan friendly. It also means that you don't have to worry about treating and moisturizing it like you do leather, and it still feels pretty realistic.

The fabric, or 'leather,' is pretty flexible. You can easily push down on the top to pop open the loop. The plastic is not very flexible at all, which allows you to put a fair amount of force behind the crop if you so wish.

The crop is entirely 12.5 inches long, or just over a foot. The business end is about 2.5 inches long, and the rest is all handle. The small size actually makes this great for traveling. If you don't want to pack your hardcore gear, or don't want to risk your spikey dom paddle getting taken by the TSA, this would be an okay alternative.

While it is pretty well put together, there are a few loose threads. They don't appear to be unraveling, but are more like the manufacturer didn't take much care to snip the threads when they tied it off from the sewing machine.

The threads:
Crop Tag

The flogger loop:
Crop Loop

The tip VS a pen:
Crop VS Pen

And the handle:
Crop Handle
    • Flimsy
    • Lightweight
    • Vegan

Performance

If you're really into either sadism or masochism, this isn't going to be for you. It's not the best at really hurting, even though you can put a bit of force behind it. If you're in it for the noise, this does make a nice 'thwack' sound.

Because it's not very painful, this is a good product for newbies. If you are worried about hitting or being hit too hard, it's almost impossible to do with this little thing. The noise also is a plus for people just getting into it, because it would be a good way to lightly add to a fantasy.

While this does leave red marks, they go away in about 20 minutes. The red marks left are small squares that are the same shape as the crop tip. While you can hit with the side of the crop, it's more painful and can scratch the skin. It also doesn't make the nice noise if you hit it like that.

No matter how much force you put behind this, by the time you finish whacking one part of someones rump, your first marks will begin to fade. If you get off at seeing your partner's skin all red and puffy from your lashes for a while, this is not going to do that.

There is little application for this product other than light spanking. The packaging implies that it can be used to tickle your partner as well, but fingers are just about as effective as this. There is actually a feather duster in this line that would work well if you want to add tickling into your BDSM routine.
    • Good for teasing

Care and Maintenance

When it comes to caring for this toy, the main thing to keep in mind is to avoid getting it wet. While it is not made of leather, the material won't look nice after getting dirty. While you can spot clean the material, the inside especially isn't meant to get too dirty. When spot cleaning, just soap and water work well, but you could use a toy wipe.

If you get the plastic handle dirty you can wipe it off in any way you want. As long as you take care not to get the business end wet, the plastic is easy to care for. This is especially important in case the handle gets lube or bodily fluids on it from your hands, because you can just wipe it off without worry.

The small size makes this product easy to store just about anywhere. While it's not suitable for a handbag, there are few BDSM supplies that are more portable. Be it in an over-nighter, a suitcase, or a carry on, this is a great size for travel. It should be kept in a cool, dark place.
    • Easy to clean
    • Easy to store

Packaging

The packing of this toy is very minimal. It comes attached to a cardboard cutout with plastic ties. Scissors are not needed to remove the plastic bindings, and they can just be pulled off. Because of the nature of the packaging, it can not be re-put onto the packaging.

The front of the package is all monochrome. It has gray swirls that almost look like silk sheets in the background, and it states the name of the line and that it is a riding crop. It also has a QR style barcode on the front.

On the back is a short blurb selling the toy, and three 'scenarios' that are suggestions for use. They all assume that you don't have the riding crop, but rather have a product called the 'whip and tickle' that has a feathery end. Because of that, they do not really apply to this toy.

This is not good for storage, because the toy can not be fastened to the cardboard once it has been taken off. It would be all right to give as a gift, but it may be better to be taken off of the cardboard and included loose in a gift basket. There were no instructions.

Here's the front:
Crop Front

And the back:
Crop Back
    • Minimal
    • Not discreet

Experience

Because I am not super into the BDSM scene, this was my first toy of this nature. It was a great size for a first crop-type toy, and I really liked how lightweight and portable it is. It's certainly 'dorm sized' if you have to keep your collection hidden away in a small closet.

I also really liked that, while this makes a great noise, it's not going to bruise or give anyone welts. It's an awesome design for people who don't quite know how much force to put behind a toy and play around with it. It also doesn't leave marks that will get you raised eyebrows the next day.

In conclusion, this is a great toy for people who are super beginners. It's not going to please anyone who's looking to upgrade from anything other than a silk sash and a feather tickler. It's also a product that will quickly be outgrown if you find you're into sadism/masochism, but $9 for a 'gateway' toy is a pretty good deal.

In all, I am giving this toy 4 stars. While it is a good product and is well made, and it is a great introductory toy, those already in the scene will find it pretty much useless.
This product was provided free of charge to the reviewer. This review is in compliance with the FTC guidelines.
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Comments
  • kurtster79
    kurtster79  
    Great review thanks for sharing
  • unfulfilled
    unfulfilled  
    Excellent review, I don't like bruises either.
  • SaiDiscordia
    SaiDiscordia  
    Great review! Thank you very much. Definitely too flimsy for us.
  • TheSinDoll
    TheSinDoll  
    I'm not impressed by the craftsmanship of the crop. In the comparison picture with the sharpie, the side of the tongue has a very sloppy cut to it. You did a GREAT review, though!
  • jeangel246
    jeangel246  
    Thanks for the review
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    angel142stx  
    Thanks for the review
  • Cas A Nova
    Cas A Nova  
    Excellent review and thanks for so many pictures! That really helps get a good look at the quality-or lack thereof.
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    yw2  
    Thanks!
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    Peres2013  
    Good review
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    TheHardOne  
    Thanks for all the great photos and video.
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    elli  
    Great review!
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    PassionCpl  
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    Sera26  
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    Eugler  
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