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Review: Tantus Beginner C-Sling for Lovehoney

 

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Posted August 27, 2012 by

I was lucky enough to be sent the Tantus Beginner C-Sling by Alice from Lovehoney, recently.

The Beginner C-Sling is a cock ring with an added perineum stimulator, crafted from pure silicone.  Don’t let the name fool you, though!  It’s only labeled ‘Beginner’ due to the size.  It has a 2″ diameter instead of the standard 1.75″ diameter of the original C-Sling to make it easier to put on.  Personally though, it’s the right size. I was recently sent a 1.75″ cock ring to review by another store and it was so tight it was a little scary.  The moral of this story is this: Measure up or you could end up in trouble!  Also, don’t be put off by the “Beginner” prefix to this toy’s name.

If you’ve been reading my reviews for a while, you’ll know I’m quite a fan of Tantus products. I have probably almost a dozen of them.  Other than this toy I have only been sent one more to review.  The rest I’ve bought myself.  What I’m trying to say is I’m sent a fair few toys but I still buy these with my own cash as I’ve never owned one I didn’t like.  This product is no exception.

To be fair, a cock ring is a pretty safe bet for a sex toy company.  As long as it has no sharp edges and isn’t made from something that will harm the user there isn’t much that can go wrong.  This one is better than most, though, due to the perineum massager.

I’m a big fan of my perineum. I didn’t really know what it was until my mid to late twenties when I discovered that I was particularly responsive to my other half touching me there and I began to investigate it.  Since then I’ve tried a few toys that purport to stimulate this particularly nerve-ending rich area.  Some, like the Rocks Off Rude Boy and Aneros MGX fail miserably.  Others, like this one, hit the spot.  Now don’t expect a great amount of pressure with this.  It’s made from silicone, which is quite supple and bendy, so will not exert the same kind of force as something made from firmer material, but you can still feel it there, which separates it from other, regular, cock rings.

At this point though, I feel I must warn readers of something that may or may not happen depending on how they put on this particular ring.  Now putting on a cock ring isn’t exactly rocket surgery, but you still need to be careful.  Particularly with this one, as the teardrop shaped perineum massager makes it ever so slightly more difficult to put on.  On the back of the packaging there is a detailed description of how to go about it but I must stress that it’s worth checking where you are at every stage of the process.

Like all cock rings, there’s a way of putting them on.  It’s not difficult, but it’s extremely important.  Basically, you slip your (or your partner’s) testicles in through the ring one at a time and then, once through, you insert the penis through too.  This might seem obvious, but it’s actually very easy for one of your (or your partner’s) testicles to slip back out through the hole, the same way it went in.  This is why it’s tremendously important to a) check that they’re both through before inserting the penis and b) if one slips out, don’t, for the love of all that is holy, try to slip it back through once your penis is in.  If that happens, and it has to me with this (and a number of cock rings) many times, simply remove your (or your partner’s) penis and start again. Your (or your partner’s) testicles will thank you for it…

The reason I stress this point more on this particular cock ring than others is that there is limited access to the rear of the ring, due to the perineum massager.  With a regular ring, it’s easier to place your hand behind it and prevent your (or your partner’s) testicles from slipping back through.  With this one, you can’t, so it’ll save time if you check before proceeding.

Having said all that, after a couple of goes, it’s actually extremely easy for you or your partner to put on.  Personally, I find it very sexy when my other half puts it on me.  It’s like putting on a condom.  Sure, you can stop and do it yourself, but it’s sexier and can actually add something great to your foreplay if it’s put on by your partner.

Once on, this cock ring feels great.  Cock rings usually feel good but the added perineum stimulation really adds to this one. It’s not full on as the silicone, as mentioned above, is quite supple, but it’s there and you’ll notice it.

Now I could end the review here.  I’ve described how it feels, how to put it on etc. but with this particular ring, there’s another benefit: How it looks.  My other half described it perfectly when we were testing it out and I was laying down. She said it looked like I was being ‘presented’ to her.  Due to the thickness of the ring and the depth of the perineum attachment, everything is moved slightly forward.  So not only does it give you a firmer erection, it pushes you out slightly, too.  This doesn’t make much of a difference, if at all, when having penetrative sex, but if you’re laying down during foreplay then it does.

So, why buy the Tantus Beginner C-Sling?

Well, if you’re not sure why buy a cock ring at all then I should explain that, providing the sizing is correct, they restrict blood flow out of the penis to help gain a stronger, firmer erection.  Blood flows into the penis closer to the centre than it on the way out when it’s close to the surface.  This means that applying pressure to the skin around the penis (or penis and testicles) allows blood in but makes it harder for it to leave, which can result in firmer erections, more veins popping out etc..

If you already know all that and you want to know why buy this particular cock ring then I can tell you that the perineum stimulator is worth it. It would make a fine first cock ring but, to me, cock rings aren’t so complicated they need to be bracketed into ‘beginner’ and ‘advanced’.  If you’ve used 100 before this would still be a good buy, if it’s the right size.

Personally, I’ve finished reviewing this now, but it’s still by the side of my bed…

Thanks for sending me this one, Alice!

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5 Comments


  1.  

    I dislike that they label these “beginner” as well. They used to label their cockrings as “beginner” “intermediate” and “advanced”, and they still have those labels in small print on the barcode, but the front of the packaging now just lists the internal diameter. I far prefer this, and wish Tantus would do this with the slings as well. A remarkable amount of gentlemen require a larger internal diameter in their ring, and the “beginner” label can be rather off-putting to a lot of folk.




    •  
      Andy

      Yep, you’ve hit the nail on the head. I agree 100% with you.

      The size of ring needed bears no relation to how advanced anyone is. Hopefully these will be renamed to something more appropriate. Using the actual measurements is usually best in my opinion; but even small, medium and large would be better.




      •  

        I understand what they were trying to do, especially when these were the only cockrings they offered. With a more rigid ring, to start with a larger ring, especially since it seems that so few places actually assist gentlemen in the determining the proper size of a rigid cockring. That said, I do still think it needs to change. I advocate listing of the ID measurement over S/M/L, and I’ve actually taken to measuring the ID of rings we have at my work and adding our own size labels to the packaging. Started with the Tantus rings, and then expanded to the KinkLab neoprene rings we have, and a number of others.




  2.  

    I tried one of these a few years ago and found that it didnt really exert any pressure at all on the perineum. It did look good though and like all cock rings they tend to, as you say “present” your penis, pushing it out which makes everything seem larger so to speak. I too would like to see ID measurements on these type of toys – I can never seem to find one that is perfect for me. I actually had to cut my teardrop ring to get it off.




    •  
      Andy

      Yes, if you want pressure on your perineum then this probably isn’t the toy for you. This is for a more gentle stimulation.





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