Review: Lelo Mia 2

Lelo Mia 2The Facts:

- USB Rechargeable
- Waterproof
- Material: ABS Plastic, silicone control buttons
- Multispeed, 6 vibration patterns
- Length: 4 1/2″, Width: 7/8″, Girth: 3″
- Color options: Pink, Rose and Black

My Experience:

I first purchased the Mia 2 as a  birthday present for my best friend (and her first vibrator!) back in July. I was hesitant to buy her something I’d never tested myself before, but I figured Lelo was a pretty safe bet. I picked up another Mia 2 for myself just a few weeks ago (a bit worried about what I would say if I happened to hate it). After several uses, I think Mia 2 is a pretty decent.

My favorite thing is that Mia is USB rechargeable. That means I don’t have to go untangling the mess of chargers and hunting for the right one whenever the battery dies. Just pop off the cap and stick it in my laptop. How I wish more of my toys were this convenient! I also like that it’s waterproof since it makes cleaning that much easier.

Where Mia 2 fell short for me was the power of the vibrations. I know I’ve been spoiled by my Tango and that has raised my expectations for luxury toys. Mia’s vibrations aren’t nearly as powerful as the Tango’s and they felt much buzzier to me. I think I like Mia 2 better for pinpoint stimulation (using the very tip of the toy), but it won’t be dethroning my favorite vibrator anytime soon. Mia 2 is good enough to bring me to orgasm, but it serves more as a back-up toy than anything I’ll seek out for a masturbation session.

Mia 2 has a few different vibration patterns in addition to multiple speed settings, but I haven’t used the patterns much because I find them too difficult to access while I’m using the toy (the control panel isn’t very easy to use when you don’t see the +/- in front of you). Still, if you’re looking for a vibration with a variety of settings/functions, Mia might be just right for you.

Unfortunately, my friend told me last week that her Mia 2 just suddenly stopped functioning after about 4 months of use. It’s still under warranty, but it really didn’t last as long as I imagined. This makes me wonder how reliable my own Mia 2 will be in the long run, but I don’t see myself using it frequently enough to care. (On the bright side, this did give me an excuse to get her a We-Vibe Salsa as a replacement, can’t leave a girl without a vibrator.)

On a final note, as superficial as it may be, I think I would actually like the Mia 2 a lot more if there were more color options available. Light pink, dark pink and black doesn’t offer a whole lot of variety. If it were orange or turquoise I’d probably be dying to fish it out of my toy box more often.


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Event Review: Sexapalooza (Montreal edition)

Last night my partner and I attended the first Sexapalooza show in Montreal. Our overall impression of the event was a little underwhelming: it was much smaller than we had anticipated and seemed to be geared towards a very specific audience – a bored straight couple in a long-term relationship looking to “spice things up” a little bit.

We tried not to have  any expectations going in, but it’s difficult not to compare Sexapalooza to other events when it shared the same convention space as large-scale cons like the Montreal Comic-Con. We were very much aware of the empty spaces we’re accustomed to see filled with exhibitors and swarming with people. While my partner and I both got weekend passes to the event, we were able to complete our tour and watch most of the programming in just a couple of hours last night. The large room was essentially divided into 4 areas: the main stage, the exhibitors area, a seminar room and a corner dedicated to educational videos.

Performances on the main stage were hit-and-miss. We didn’t stick around the stage because of the long stretches of MC chatter between each act, but we did catch several acts over the course of the evening. Some were great- there was one fantastic burlesque performance and a short BDSM demonstration towards the end of the night that we really enjoyed watching – and others were too amateur-ish to hold our interest.

The educational video room was a very short stop for us. The video programming consists of a total of 3 educational videos (‘Advanced Toys for Great Sex’, ‘G-Spot and Female Ejaculation’ and ‘The Art of Advanced Oral Sex’) each about an hour long and cycling repeatedly throughout the weekend. We stopped in for the Oral Sex video which was offering tips on communicating with your partner and looked like it dated from the 90s. While the content itself wasn’t terrible, we didn’t feel like it was worth sitting through more than a few minutes. We’re pretty good at communicating. We never came back for the other videos.

Similarly, the seminar programming didn’t offer much more variety with a total of 4 different seminars for the weekend: Introduction to BDSM, Playing Safe, Introduction to Japanese Bondage, and Lapdance 101.

Side note: What sucks for me about conventions like this in Montreal is that the seminars are often only presented in French. I would have loved for them to offer each seminar in both languages. My French isn’t awful, but I missed bits here and there due to not understanding what was being said.

We watched 2 of the seminars:  Introduction to Japanese Bondage and Lapdance 101. The Japanese Bondage presentation was easily the highlight of our night, even if it was just a short demo that quickly glanced over a handful of different techniques. We both agreed it was something we wanted to look further into. The host of the Lapdance 101 seminar was very enthusiastic, but the extremely minimal content left much to be desired (for us anyway, but again, we were well-aware that we weren’t the target audience here).

I thought the presentations were far too short. I would gladly have stayed for a 45 minute seminar that offered more in-depth content. I didn’t learn anything of value from the 15 minute seminars, but all the topics presented potentially have so much more to offer.

The exhibitor area was the biggest disappointment for me. There weren’t very many booths so it was quick to make the tour of the area. Most of the shops selling sex toys essentially had the same small assortment of generic cheap toys priced even higher than I’ve seen in most retail adult stores. I only noticed a single exhibitor shop with any luxury toys and these were older discontinued products and toys with damaged/opened boxes dismissed in a tiny area (and still sporting their original outrageous price tags). Also, in spite of the Sexapalooza’s large banners claiming We-Vibe as a sponsor, they had no actual physical presence and none of their products were actually featured at the event. Some of the other booths included jewelry, steampunk accessories and dance classes. It was an odd, underwhelming selection for a “sex” show. They were clearly trying not to shock or offend anyone, but that dismisses a large portion of what the industry has to offer.

There were a couple of noteworthy attractions like a Sportsheets area starring a display of their bondage bed sheets and a wide variety of their products, a small artist’s corner with bodypainting and some nice artwork, and the “Sex Museum” which featured some vintage porn from the early 1900s and some information on the history of sex, BDSM and pornography.

We left empty-handed with an indifferent shrug. There wasn’t really anything relevant to us as two random 20-something-year-olds of average creativity already familiar (however vaguely) with toys and BDSM. Even if we haven’t explored these things together yet, knowing that they exist pretty much killed everything Sexapalooza had to offer. Other than the Japanese bondage ideas neither of us has tried with other partners, we didn’t really find new discoveries or even potential conversation topics. I never thought I’d say my partner and I had nothing new to talk about after spending a night at a sex convention, but the drive home was pretty quiet.

I think Sexapalooza does have potential to expand and become a worthwhile event, but their first appearance in Montreal was a bit on the dull side. I hope their future editions broaden their target audience to include people of all genders, orientations and experience levels, include some content relevant to masturbation, more than short minimalistic “introductory” speeches on the topics they present and a wider variety of educational information.

I didn’t dislike the experience, but it felt like they scrambled to pull a 3-day event together at the very last minute and didn’t quite manage.

Review: Tantus Rocket

Tantus RocketThe Facts:

- 100% pure silicone
- Length: 5.5″
- Width: 1.4″
- Girth: 4.25″
- multicolored (yay!)
- flared base, harness compatible, anal safe

My experience:

I was initially drawn to the Rocket because of its bright colors and because the size seemed somewhat similar to the Mark O2 (my favorite). Since I seem to have acquired quite a few toys that are slightly too large for me, I’ve been looking for more around this size range and my undying love for rainbow toys made the Rocket a perfect choice.

I don’t know what happened, but my first experience with the Rocket was a little disappointing. The Rocket is a toy with average girth (for me), no texture and no curving. It’s simple, straight and smooth without any fancy bells or whistles. On our first test together, it just wasn’t working no matter what I tried. I was horrified that I might have encountered the first Tantus toy I would shun and sadly stored it away in favor of one of my tried-and-true friends.

The next day I brought out the Rocket again and this time I was determined to succeed with it. I put away all other distractions and it was just me, Rocket and some good porn. And this time it worked. It didn’t take any warming up or clitoral stimulation, just the Rocket alone was enough to bring me to orgasm. There might not have been anything particularly remarkable about the experience, but it was good – and it’s been good ever since. I don’t know what went wrong that first time.

While I don’t picture myself ever craving this toy like some of my others, this is where it shines: using with my partner. We’re just starting to use toys together and there are many I would be afraid to hand over to him right now. The Rocket is a safe bet: I don’t need to warm up before using it, I’m not afraid of it hitting me in the wrong places and IT WORKS. (Bonus points for being cute and colorful!)

Finally, with a sigh of relief, I can say the Tantus Rocket is good to me and it’s found its purpose in my toy box. This is why all toys deserve second chances.

New Toys: Lelo Mia 2

Earlier this year, I bought one of my best friends her first vibrator: the Lelo Mia 2. I hadn’t tested it myself, but it was sleek, luxurious, had decent reviews and was still within my budget so it seemed like the perfect choice. I just kept my fingers crossed, hoped it would perform acceptably and silently promised myself to try it someday: If it was awful I could always make it up to her with something better.

I finally got around to purchasing my own Mia 2 this week and it just arrived in my mailbox today. While I wish there were a few more color options, the rose is actually quite lovely (I had gotten my friend the light pink).

Mia 2 is plugged into my laptop right now getting ready for its first trial run. There’s something a bit stressful about trying a new toy for the first time when you’ve practically vouched for it already. If I end up hating it, I’m probably going to feel like a dunce for buying her this.

My review is coming soon.

Review: We-Vibe Tango


The Facts:

- Tango is a plastic, rechargeable, waterproof, clitoral vibe.
- It’s 3.5″ long, with a diameter of 3/4″ and a 2″ circumference.
- It’s available in pink, purple and blue.
- It has four different speed settings and four different vibration patterns.
- It comes with it’s own travel pouch.

My Experience:

Tango is my favorite toy. That’s right: My favorite. I never thought there would come a day when I would find a single toy that would rise above all others (and put many to shame), but here it is: the We-Vibe Tango. I use it almost daily and I can confidently say I will never look back mockingly at those words.

Tango has strong, rumbly vibrations that feel amazing. The vibrations are so good that it hardly requires any movement on my part, I can just press it against my clit and it does everything else for me. That’s my favorite thing about this toy: I can sit back and enjoy the ride – and it’ll never complain about doing all the work.

I mostly use this toy on its second and third speed settings, occasionally switching it up to the highest speed to finish off quickly. The first setting isn’t quite strong enough for me and  I’ve never been a big fan of vibrations patterns, but they do still feel pretty damn good.

Tango is also my usual travel vibe. It’s small enough to tuck into any corner of my suitcase, discreet enough that it doesn’t draw any attention to itself and quiet enough that it could easily be mistaken for my cell phone on vibrate. There isn’t any way to lock it so it could potentially get turned on in transit, but this has never happened to me (yet) and the little button appears to be extremely difficult to press accidentally.

The one thing that could potentially be improved would be something like a small silicone grip at the end. If you use lube while masturbating Tango gets slippery and hard to hold down after a short while. Aside that one little thing, Tango is essentially everything I’ve ever wanted from a vibrator.