Lovers thong - strap-on vibrator by Cal Exotics - review by chicmichiw

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Lovers thong

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Wearable, but not Share-able Pleasure

The excellence of this toy hinges on the size of the person penetrating -- the circumference of the beaded ring is quite small. If your partner is too big, this harness is unuseable. The included bullet is great and the entire harness is silicone, but it's hard to clean and feels unnatural. Pass on this one.
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Pros:
Silicone
Good bullet
Adjustable
Cons:
Very tight bead ring
Hard to clean
Rating by reviewer:
2
extremely useful review

Use

The California Exotics Lovers' Thong is a truly unique toy. You could think of it two ways -- a couples' vibrator and/or as a different kind of cock ring.

The wearer must first position the thong over themselves -- it's just like a thong with adjustable straps for each of the leg straps and t-back. There is a bullet portion (removable!) that acts much like the strap-on or lay-on butterflies you may have seen -- the bullet should be positioned right over the woman's clitoris to stimulate her via vibration while she is penetrated through the toy's ring of silicone beads.
Intro pic

Don't look at the stock photo! It's being pulled up so that you can see the toy. The Lovers' Thong should be worn lower, more between the legs.

Who is it for?
I think that the Lovers' Thong is primarily for heterosexual couples, but with some creativity, here's the full list of people who might enjoy this toy:
1. Heterosexual couples, for clit stimulation and PIV sex.
2. Anal penetration for any combination of people, bullet stimulating either the perineum or labia.
3. Cock decoration/addition when worn over a man -- not a ring, since it's not meant to restrict blood flow.

My main caveat is that the ring of beads will limit some men based on size. The ring is designed for smaller to average sized men and definitely no larger. Granted, you could simply move it aside and the partner wearing the thong could still enjoy the bullet, but you could get that from a lot of toys. Know the measurements before you buy,
  • 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
  • Where
    [ ? ]
    Where / what types of places can this product be used?
    • Anywhere
  • Body / part areas
    [ ? ]
    What areas on the body can this product be used / what areas does it stimulate best?
    • Clitoris
    • Shaft of penis

Material / Texture

The entire harness area of the Lovers' Thong is made of silicone, which is both heartening and a bit strange. Certainly, it makes the toy very cleanable. The adjustable plastic bits cannot be boiled like the rest of the silicone material, however.
Plastic clip for adjusting

The entire toy had no smell or taste. Certainly, being close to one's mouth is not really a priority for this toy, as it's primarily a penetrative sex aid. The beads would certainly impair oral sex on the person who's wearing them.

The harness is totally smooth, flexible and pliable without any texture. The bullet is slightly tipped and the tapering point has a slight ridge. It can barely be felt during use, but it actually does serve to focus the vibration stimulation if you remove it from its harness. When kept in the harness, the tube of silicone that covers the bullet is completely smooth.
    • Flexible
    • No odor
    • Smooth

Design / Shape / Size

The Lovers' Thong is as capacious as you need it to be as tightened -- I consider myself smaller than average, with 34" hips and an upper thigh circumference of 21". Yet, you can see from the pictures that I was able to adjust this wearable bullet to a size that fit me. I felt more or less free to move and wasn't concerned about the harness pinching.
Wearing front
Wearing back
Wearing close up

The silicone straps are fairly comfortable and each clip has a way for you to completely take out the top strap for large adjustments, then feed it back into the main clip.
Plastic clip for adjusting

My only warning is that adjusting the harness is definitely a two-person job. I could adjust the thigh straps myself but the thong in the back was much trickier -- I had to enlist my partner, who isn't as dextrous with straps. It took about 5 - 10 minutes, which certainly makes this toy travel into 'novelty' territory, rather than ease of use.

Ouch!
During sex, I was keenly aware of the plasticky feel of the silicone straps -- sweating on them made them a little sticky. His comments were that the sight of the thong was distracting, though "I wouldn't lose a boner over it", to quote him. However, the ring was so keenly uncomfortable that I could see the ring making indents along his shaft. "The ring is too tight, it feels like it's counter productive when combined with lube, too. It feels like it scrapes lube away." Even though we tried for a few more minutes, he noted that the beads simply didn't add anything to his experience and they certainly weren't adding anything to mine.

Since the beaded ring was so tight around him, it actually dragged the bullet away from my clit, which was incredibly disappointing. Loosening the harness made the bullet unable to sit on clit reliably. The bullet is easily the best part of this toy, but it certainly doesn't make up for the flaws in design of the rest of the toy.
    • Partner play

Functions / Performance / Controls

The bullet is the best part of this toy, like I said. So I'll take a moment to explain it:

The bullet is small and hard plastic, with a slightly molded surface. It's 3" in length and 0.75" in diameter, making it just about the size of my finger. The back unscrews to reveal the battery compartment. Be warned that the bullet takes 3 watch batteries, which I consider a pain in the butt.

Removable bullet
Button for controls

Functions and Patterns:
The bullet has
1. Low, steady (3 vrooms, 1 bee)
2. Medium, steady (4 vrooms, 2 bees)
3. High, steady (not a big jump, only 4.5 vrooms)
4. Stutter
5. Pulse
6. Fast pules
7. Short, short, short, long.

To turn on the toy, simply click the back button once and then you must cycle through all the functions (no going back). To turn off, you must click and hold for 3 seconds. I love that this bullet is actually fairly strong -- it definitely gets up to about 4 vrooms and doesn't lose power with pressure. I would note, like all couples' vibes that place a bullet-shaped vibrator over a woman's clit lengthwise, these are not where the bulk of the vibrations are. The vibrations are in the tip. Laying the bullet flat, along its length, takes off 1 vroom easily.

O-ring

The bullet has an o-ring around the battery compartment to keep it waterproof and easy to clean.

Cap unscrewed
Batteries

At least 4 watch batteries were included with the toy -- the bullet only takes three, just for your information, so you get one extra. Nice!
    • Multiple settings
    • Powerful

Care and Maintenance

The harness is not discreet, or at least, rather strange to look at. Anyone who found it would know it's somehow sex-related. However, since it is essentially just enough material to be a thong, it's easy to ball it up and toss it in a small bag.

The entire harness is silicone, making it easy to clean by soaking in warm soap and water. Good luck beyond that, however, as you should probably take care to wash all surfaces carefully due to sweat, fluid and lubes getting on it. The clips are potential bacteria harbors as well as the removable bullet tube, and the nook between every single bead. How annoying.

The bullet, at least, is easy -- the battery compartment seam is flush and entire surface is smooth. Some attention should be paid to the button area.

Packaging:
The box is just like most CalEx boxes -- indiscreet, cardboard boxes that meant mostly for candid display rather than storage. There isn't even an insert or seal-able bag to keep the thong in.

Front
back
Side
    • Difficult to store
    • Hard to clean
Follow-up commentary
This toy has been totally forgotten, left in its box. It makes very little sense and isn't comfortable. I appreciate the decent bullet and the silicone material, but it isn't well-designed.

I don't envision myself going through the hassle of trying to fit my partner into it, then into me, then hoping the bullet will stay near my clit, only to have a tedious time cleaning it. Good try, CalEx.
This product was provided free of charge to the reviewer. This review is in compliance with the FTC guidelines.
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Comments
  • Fyreflye
    Fyreflye  
    Love the pics! Thanks for the review!
  • Fyreflye
    Fyreflye  
    Love the pics! Thanks for the review!
  • PropertyOfPotter
    PropertyOfPotter  
    Thanks for the review! Great photos!
  • Hazeleyes2012
    Hazeleyes2012  
    Great review! Thanks
  • surreptitious
    surreptitious  
    Thought that I'd see if anyone had the same problems as I did. Thanks for reviewing. =)
  • Stinkytofu10
    Stinkytofu10  
    Great review, thank you!
  • Missmarc
    Missmarc  
    Great review, thank you!
  • souviet
    souviet  
    thanks!
  • bayosgirl
    bayosgirl  
    EU review and thanks for the pics. BTW, love your signature.
  • ImaGodiva
    ImaGodiva  
    This is a very strange item. Thanks for the thorough info and great pics. And perfect panty choice by the way.
  • Zandrock
    Zandrock  
    Thanks
  • Beautiful-Disaster
    Beautiful-Disaster  
    Thanks
  • snowminx
    snowminx  
    Thanks for the review, really loved the pictures =)
  • DolphinGirl
    DolphinGirl  
    Awesome review and pictures. I hated this contraption!
  • ththpup
    ththpup  
    Great review!
  • chicmichiw
    chicmichiw  
    Thanks for reading my review, guys!
  • GONE!
    GONE!  
    Great review!
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