I don't have any issue whatsoever with using masturbators.
I mean, most of you probably already know that because of my Fleshlight article series. But I think it's somewhat important, because there's often this attitude that men are given the masturbation equipment from birth (you know, our mitts…) and that should be all we need. Whereas women, because they've traditionally had more difficulty with the big O, have an enormous industry of people looking to help them achieve it while leaving men, by and large, at the back gates scrounging for scraps. (Like the metaphor? Me neither…I'm gonna move on.)
When a product comes along that seems to be aiming to right that wrong, to balance the scales as it were, well, that's worth taking notice of. And from the first moment I saw Pipedream's Roto–Bator, I thought that might be something damned interesting. Sitting down with this massive box in front of me, I knew one thing, they tried. Whereas most men's toys give off the distinct feeling of “afterthought” (or sometimes NO thought), this one came in a glossy black box featuring a proud looking man using the product. (The man is a silhouette, not a real man. And is likely a vector drawing.) Sliding the cover off revealed a two piece black box much like those that LELO impressed us so much with. I opened the box to find the Roto–Bator and its two attachments in custom foam covered with (maybe) black satin.
Kudos on presentation, I'm with ya so far!
The Roto–Bator looks like a power screwdriver handle with two attachments. The handle controls are three vibration speeds and three rotation speeds. At the top of the handle is a large screw that you use to attach either a small disc shaped silicone brush of sorts, filled with tiny silicone nubs, or the larger sleeve, again made of silicone with fins lining it. I'll admit, first glance at these attachments had me nervous, they looked threatening, with their little nubs and silicone fins.
“Don't be a baby,” my wife told me and handed me four AAs. I popped them in, screwed the silicone sleeve onto the top and turned it on. It sure sounded like a screwdriver. I watched the fins spinning inside the sleeve and put my finger inside, half expecting it to not reemerge. I was pleasantly surprised. The fins were gentle, flicking against my finger, and I thought Pipedream may be on to something here…
So later, in the comfort of the Swingset Labs, I poured some waterbased lube into the sleeve (don't use silicone with silicone toys…DON'T YOU DO IT!) and turned the Roto–Bator on. The sensation was immediate, and strong. Even at the lowest setting, the feeling of being surrounded, the spinning never ceasing. I was quite impressed. I played with the different levels of the vibration and the different speeds, but for me, best was on 3 for both.
Now, the caveat. While the sensation was great, it didn't seem to be enough. As time went on in the session, I didn't get any closer to finishing. There were a few times I felt like it was almost going to happen but didn't. So, I stopped, took the sleeve off, spun the small brush like teaser onto the Roto–Bator and tried that (as the packaging suggested) on my nipples and balls as I took the matter into my own hand. This I found I enjoyed more than the sleeve, in fact. Moving this around my balls and cock, I felt some very strong orgasmic sensations. (Nipples did nothing, but I've NEVER had much enjoyment from those useless things anyway)
So, neither part got me all the way alone, both needing assistance. That said, I'm sure that someone with a little less of that death grip syndrome that I have would get very far, very quickly with this guy. I think the greatest missed opportunity is a reverse setting. I think that were it able to spin in one direction and then quickly switch, it would be gangbusters. Other issues I noticed is that the motor isn't terribly strong, so as I moved it around, trying to add pressure, it experienced a distinct slow down. My biggest complaint about it is the way the attachments go on. It takes some effort and co-ordination to unscrew one and screw in the other, especially when your hands are covered in lube (and you'll DEFINITELY need that)
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