The Blue Rider dildo is made from clear glass - hard, smooth and easy to clean. The only texture is provided by a small blue design in the middle of the shaft, allowing for a variety of sensations as the dildo is turned and thrust partially or wholly. Apart from the textured patch the Blue Rider is absolutely smooth, without any hints of seams or points.
The Blue Rider is a straight-shaft dildo with a very pronounced head that's only as tall as it is wide (1-1/2"). The shape of the head means that you should take your time inserting it anally, but it also ensures that the Blue Rider can stimulate the G-spot or prostate during use. The only texture on the Blue Rider is provided by a small blue abstract design about halfway down the shaft on one side. The glass design has smoothly rounded edges and protrudes about 1/16" from the dildo's shaft. When lubricated it was comfortable used either anally or vaginally, and did add to the sensation. The base was easy to grasp, and the toy could be easily rotated during thrusting to change the area stimulated by the design.
The length of the Blue Rider (6-1/4" insertable) is towards the long end for glass toys, but we found it comfortable during use. It would be a good idea to use care when trying out the Blue Rider, as the stiff glass could potentially bruise the cervix or otherwise cause injury if play is too rough.
The Blue Rider's best feature is the head. It reaches up inside and allows for strong stimulation of the G, P and A spots, and the long shaft (when used as a handle) and large base make it easy to control the stimulation. While I generally prefer curved toys for even more stimulation, the Blue Rider offers plenty with the added benefit that you don't have to worry about figuring out which side points forward during use. The textured panel adds a bit of stimulation to the vaginal entrance or anus during use, but it was difficult to combine G-spotting with getting the texture close enough to the clitoris for strong stimulation.
Glass is an easy material to take care of. If you protect it from impacts it will last you a lifetime, and the Blue Rider (made of Pyrex) is no exception. After use it can be cleaned with soap and water or toy cleaner, and if you want you can sanitize the Blue Rider by boiling it in water or soaking it in a 10% bleach solution. Since glass can be chipped it's best to take a bit of care during storage, either keeping the Blue Rider in a sock or in the included drawstring bag.
The Blue Rider works with any lube you like, and because it's glass you don't need much.
The Blue Rider comes simply packaged in two bags. The outer one is a plastic bag to keep it clean, and the inner one is a nice cloth drawstring bag that can be used for storage. The bag appears to have a little bit of padding from multiple layers of cloth.
At first I didn't think that I'd like the Blue Rider. It looked good but it was so straight, and I like curved toys. After a couple of uses I learned to work with the straight shaft, and realized that it has it's benefits. When you're using a curved toy you have to remember which side is supposed to point where, but with a straight toy you don't have that limitation. It can spin all the way around and still hit the spots, and with the large head of the Blue Rider it's easy enough to hit the spots without a curve.
Do I still wish it had a slight curve? Yes, but I'm starting to realize that a curve maybe isn't as important as I thought it would be.