Intimate basics athena - pocket rocket by Cal Exotics - review by pasdechat

Athena’s Not Quite a Goddess, but She’s Still a Solid Vibe

The Athena pocket rocket is part of the Dr. Laura Berman Intimate Basics Collection, a line from California Exotics designed “by women and for women.” Reviews on the Berman Collection are decidedly mixed, but I’m happy to say that the Athena at least lives up to its promises; this is a powerful, discreet, and affordable little vibrator. It was one of the first toys I ever bought, and although I’ve mostly moved on to bigger (literally) and better things, I’d still definitely recommend this vibe.
Powerful, compact, affordable, uses one battery and runs for several hours on it
Only comes in purple, surprisingly loud for its size, only one setting
Rating by reviewer:
extremely useful review


If it’s true that you tend to get what you pay for with sex toys, you’ll probably be pleasantly surprised by the Athena. Considering how small it is, and the fact that it runs on just one AA battery, it packs quite a punch. In fact, I’d say it’s more powerful than some of the traditional vibes I’ve tried that run on two C’s. There are obviously more powerful vibrators out there, but for the price, it’s hard to beat; most women should have no trouble getting off with it. And while it’s designed for clitoral stimulation, it feels great elsewhere. Try using it on your nipples, or even as a massager to work out localized aches and pains. In fact, men can enjoy this toy as well - the size makes it easy to use during partner sex, and you can also use it against his perineum or the base of his penis for very deep, intense vibrations. I would not recommend using this toy internally unless you cover it with something - the way the base locks into the body of the toy leaves plenty of nooks and crannies for bodily fluids to work themselves into. And PLEASE don’t use it as an anal toy; not only does it not have a flared base, it’s tiny and easy to lose hold of.
  • Who / How / What
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    Who might this product be best for? How is it best used? What are the best circumstances or situations for using this product?
    • Couples
    • Everyone
    • Solo
  • Where
    [ ? ]
    Where / what types of places can this product be used?
    • Anywhere
    • Campus/roommate living
  • Features
    [ ? ]
    What kind of features does this product offer?
    • Lightweight
    • Travel friendly
  • Body / part areas
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    What areas on the body can this product be used / what areas does it stimulate best?
    • All over body
    • Clitoris
    • Nipples

Material / Texture

The Athena is made of hard, clear plastic, which isn’t my favorite material, but is hypoallergenic and phthalate-free. Regular plastic is also not the most forgiving material to have pressed against your clit, so you’ll probably want to use some sort of lube. In terms of aesthetics, the Athena is just okay; like all Berman products, it only comes in purple, which is kind of a drag.

I was initially really excited about the four caps — made of TPR — that come with the toy, thinking that they might make the toy a bit less rigid. Although three of these caps have nubs of various shapes and sizes, I was most drawn to the dome-shaped cap; I’m not a big fan of textured toys, and the Athena, like most pocket rockets, has three little metal bumps on its head. Unfortunately, the caps dampened the strength too much for me to really enjoy them, but those who prefer lighter vibrations will probably like them.
    • Bumpy
    • Light odor
    • Rigid

Design / Shape / Size

Like other pocket rockets, the Athena is small. It’s only 4” long - roughly the size of a tube of lipstick, and only a little bit heavier. It’s certainly small enough to fit in your purse, and the fact that it’s also fairly discreet makes it a good toy to travel with. The size of the Athena also means that you can move this toy around a lot while you use it: you can, for example, rub it in circles over your clit without worrying about your hand getting tired.
    • Beginner
    • Discreet look/design
    • Partner play

Functions / Performance / Controls

The Athena couldn’t be simpler to use: just pop in the battery and twist the base of the toy into the “on” position. There’s only one setting, but you can always change the sensation by using one of the caps. The only thing that’s really lacking is patterned vibrations, but I’m not too big on those anyway so it didn’t bother me.

A lot of people describe pocket rockets as buzzy, but I actually think the vibrations on this one are fairly deep. And, as I said above, they’re definitely powerful; in fact, the entire toy shakes with them. That said, the toy is so small that the vibrations in the body don’t detract from the vibrations in the head, and they’re not so strong that you have to worry about your fingers going numb. It is, however, extremely loud for its size. To me it seems noisier than the Mystic Wand at full power, but perhaps it’s simply a more noticeable pitch. Whatever the case may be, you probably can’t get away with hiding this under the covers, unless you burrow under a couple layers of quilts.

For reasons I do not understand, some websites list this toy as waterproof. It’s not, and you can tell that it’s not just by looking at it, since the base doesn’t even screw on - you sort of slide it into place, and it’s a pretty loose fit. Not so loose that you have to worry about the base coming off during use, but nowhere near airtight.
    • Easy to use
    • Not very discreet
    • Powerful

Care and Maintenance

I’ve found this toy a bit of a pain to clean, but then again, I’m a pretty impatient person. Both plastic and TPR can be cleaned with soap and water, but the plastic does have some seams, and I’m paranoid about water leaking inside the toy and ruining it. Since I don’t care much about the metal nubs anyway, I usually cover my Athena, which basically eliminates cleanup entirely. Bear in mind that plastic, while non-porous, can’t really be sterilized, so definitely plan on covering the Athena if you’ll be sharing it.

Figuring out what kind of lubricant to use with the Athena is something of a headache. Even though most people will tell you plastic can be used with silicone-based lubes, the instructions for the Athena advise you to stick to water or oil-based ones. The TPR caps, meanwhile, can only be used with water or silicone. The moral is, use a water-based lube to be on the safe side.
    • Easy to store

Personal comments

I got the Athena before I really understood what I wanted in a toy, which, as it turns out, is more diffuse vibration. While it’s an enjoyable vibe, it’s not quite the earth-moving experience that something like the Magic Wand is; my orgasms with the Athena are shorter and shallower. But, hey, an orgasm is an orgasm, and the Athena has its advantages—mostly, as I’ve already mentioned, because of its size. And if targeted clitoral stimulation is your thing, you’ll probably like the Athena even more than I do.
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  • ksparkles16
    Great review!
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    Thank you for your review!
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    Nice review
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