Getting the Most Out of your Liberator Escape

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I'll often stop and think “our lives are different from other people's.” Why? Because my wife and I are swingers, and that brings with it a host of often unusual circumstances that, well, are different from other people. I realized it again at a party we threw last weekend. At most parties, the answer to “where should I put my coat?” is “on the bed!” maybe in your bedroom, maybe in the guest room, but on the bed surely. It's big, holds coats well, people don't generally congregate in the bedroom.

It's different for swingers.

People congregate everywhere, and all beds have the potential to become play areas. Which is why I was thrilled to have the Liberator Escape at my disposal for this party. I'm going to give you some tips for getting the most out of your Liberator Escape, ESPECIALLY if you're a swinger and need to turn, say, the den, into a swinger hot spot. First, a little bit about the product: The Escape is a large mat, which is a little too squishy to do your exercises on, at least the ones they promote down at Bally's. We received is the regular sized one, and it's just about the size of a full mattress and about three inches thick. When it comes to soft surfaces, I'm a stickler and hard to please. I haven't met a thin mattress yet I haven't hated, and lying on a futon…forget about it. (Not to mention having sex on one!) So I was skeptical when I first put the Escape down on the floor of my den, as part of its conversion to play room.

“What're you doing?” asked my wife Marilyn, upon finding me lying on the Escape with my hands behind my head.

“Just trying it out,” I answered, pleased with it. It was surprisingly comfortable, and the microfiber cover is soft as velvet.

First tip, if you have any Liberator Shapes in the house, you're going to want them hanging out in the room with The Escape. The microfiber on The Escape matches that on the Shapes, and this match creates a friction lock, holding the Shapes pretty firmly in place. With enough ramps and wedges, you could create quite the little sex position playground on the floor of any room. We stuck with the traditional Ramp and Wedge combo, and threw the limited edition Heart Shaped Wedge in there for good measure. All performed admirably, and all felt delightful on our naked bodies.

Second tip, don't be afraid to get wet. For us, getting wet has never been the problem, as my wife Marilyn has the fascinating ability to gush. We were thrilled, months ago, when we discovered the Liberator Throe with its moisture barrier and microfiber. My initial urge was to throw the Throe over The Escape, thus making sure that our new playplace didn't find itself underwater quickly. At the last minute, though, the Throe was needed elsewhere and we were left with The Escape bare. I'm pleased to report that it performed admirably, the microfiber soaking up much of the liquids and the nylon barrier beneath keeping it from penetrating too deep into the foam. After the party we slid the microfiber cover off and threw it, and the Throe in the laundry. Both came out spotless and like new. (The microfiber actually felt softer after a few washings.)

Third tip, the hardwood floor is no longer an issue. If you're dying to have sex in the kitchen, or in a room in your house that has a hardwood floor, or tile, this is the way to go. The underside of the Escape is made of a gripping nylon that works really hard to limit the back and forth movement of The Escape. This also means (very important at swinger parties where lots of people mill about) that if you step on The Escape, it's not going to go sliding out from under you and cause an embarrassing trip to the hospital.

Fourth tip, sex in the great outdoors. The nylon bottom is not only skid resistant, but it's also quite durable meaning you should feel free to throw this in the back of the Jeep for your next excursion into the wilderness. This is really awesome for a camper like myself, because regardless of how well I check the ground, I still wind up with a root in my back, or a pine cone almost up my ass. The Escape‘s foam is so pliable it absorbs a lot of the ground's inconsistency to the point where you don't even feel the indentation. At our party, a bottle of lube rolled under there (thankfully it was new and thus sealed) and we didn't even realize it because the Escape did a great job masking the bump.

Fifth tip, versatility. So, you buy The Escape from Liberator and you use it as your sex mat whenever the mood strikes you and in whatever room you feel the urge, but I'd suggest it is actually far more versatile than that. The champagne foam interior is actually far more comfortable than most air mattresses I've slept on, so it works as a bed right on the floor, it's extra cushion and bump masking make it ideal to throw on top of a fold out couch mattress to avoid the bar, and even I'd suggest it for people whose beds are too soft or too lumpy as a change of pace that can be tucked right under the sheets.

You'll notice the key to most of these tips is the take it anywhere use it anywhere mentality, and the reason for the name The Escape. You can abandon your existing notions of where and how you should be having sex and use it to find some unique locations. It's ease of cleaning and durability make it especially valuable, and the versatility that allows you to do other things with it make you wonder why you've waited this long to get one.

All this, and you can just chuck it under the bed when not in use.

Full Disclosure: We did not purchase this product, it was sent to us specifically for review. Our policy is to, regardless of how we acquired a product, review it fairly and openly. No writer for Life On The Swingset will ever deliberately mislead our readers into believing that a product is good because of anything we received from the company. We are open and honest, and cannot be bought or bribed. If we love a product, we'll tell you, if we don't, BELIEVE us, we'll tell you that too. End disclaimer.

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About Cooper Cooper S. Beckett is the co-founder and host of Life on the Swingset: The Podcast since 2010, author of swinging & polyamory novels A Life Less Monogamous and Approaching The Swingularity, and memoir My Life on the Swingset: Adventures in Swinging & Polyamory. He teaches and speaks on swinging, polyamory, pegging, play parties, and coloring outside the boundaries of your sexuality. He is a graphic & web designer, photographer, and voice over artist, has been a guest expert on Dan Savage’s Savage Lovecast, & is the announcer of Tristan Taormino’s radio show Sex Out Loud. He is currently working on two instructional non-fiction books, one about beginning non-monogamy, and another about pegging.

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