I have to say that I am terribly excited (and nervous) to be writing my first review of a Tantus toy. I literally have butterflies in my stomach. It’s like writing your first love letter to someone who didn’t know you even existed.
A few words about Tantus. They are the manufacturer of what’s probably the most extensive and diverse collection of dildos, plugs and silicone sex toys. Their creations come in all shapes, sizes and colors. Whether you want your own super realistic dildo, or something that better resembles a phallic sculpture by a mad genius than something bought from a sex store, Tantus has something to offer. All of their toys are made of 100% premium silicone (with the small exceptions of their discontinued Alumina line, which was made of aluminum). It’s entirely body-safe, easy to clean and store (you don’t need to keep your toys in separate containers or bags), and sanitizeable so you can share your toys with partners. (Yay polyamory! Or yay being single!)
All Tantus dildos have a flared base and are harness compatible, which makes them safe to be used anally. Some come with a little bullet vibe that goes into a hole at the base. Those products are also compatible with their suction cup.
Some of the most beloved anal toys on the market are made by them (for example The Ryder). And The Ripple is no exception. Tantus Ripple Large is one of the best things created for your ass that is not a butt plug (although for some reason it can be found under their plugs section). The Ripple comes in two sizes. The Small one has a diameter of its widest insertable part of 1″ and total length of 4.95″ (not all of which is insertable), while the Large has a diameter of its widest insertable part of 1.5″ and diameter of its slimmest part of 0.8″ and total (not insertable) length of 6.85″.
The Ripple Large appears as a toy that is advanced-users only, which is not entirely true. Yes, it is really, really long. But it’s not a plug and it doesn’t stay put (even if you try to keep it in, the neck isn’t slim enough, compared to its widest part). So it’s a toy somebody is going to use on you or you are going to use yourself. Which makes The Ripple almost newbie friendly. Its tip and its smallest bead is very non-intimidating. It can absolutely be used as an anal probe and as a first time experience. If you are new to this, just don’t get greedy and don’t aim for more. Take your time with the toy. Do as many sessions with just one bead as you need. When you move to the next one, do the same: wait until you move further.
As for taking the whole thing: even the most advanced users might have a hard time doing that, because the beads are very lengthy. If you are looking for length, this is absolutely your toy! It’s very bendy and flexible, it can follow the curves of your body and your orifice.
I really love the ratio between the size of the beads themselves and thickness of the space between two beads. Fun Factory Bendybeads is another beloved anal toy of mine, but it’s too slim in between beads and makes every next bead very pronounced. With The Ripple everything is just one really nice gradual slide. Not to mention how seamless and sleek it is. It’s an absolute joy to clean. No dents, no grooves, no sockets where lube can get sticky and tough to remove.
The Ripple reminds me a lot of Tantus Alumina Revolve. If you have it, and liked its shape and curves, but are looking for something flexible, Ripple is the closest thing you are going to find.
I’ve discovered one really cool way of using it solo, or hands free. Because its base is flared, it kind of stays upwards even on the bed. Slide the toy to the second last bead and assume a cowgirl (or cowboy, this trick can be done by both male and female users) position, in which you are just simply riding The Ripple, which should be in an upright position with its base standing on the bed. For this to work you need a lot of lube. While you are sitting in a cowgirl, you can start rocking or “riding” it: sliding all the way to the last bead (remember, you didn’t have it all in initially). Then, because the neck is thick, and because of the abundance of lubricant, probably eventually the last bead will slide out slowly. And then you sit on it again. You get the idea. If it’s not sliding out itself, you can lock it with your feet and slide out a bit. Absolute hands-free and partner-free anal thrusting.
And this is just a thought: if you are performing this while with a partner, you can actually really easily perform oral sex on them. Just assume your Riding-The-Ripple position between your partner’s legs, while they’re lying on the bed. Make sure to have enough distance to their genitals – so you can lean comfortably forward. Depending on their height, you should be sitting on your Ripple roughly where your partner’s knees will be on the bed. Gosh, I hope I am explaining this well enough for you. And an even naughtier thought: if you happen to have a mirror behind you, so they can see you ride the beads, while servicing them, that makes the whole thing mindblowingly hot. And if you want to turn this into a BDSM scene: because this whole operation could be totally hands free, there’s nothing preventing you from being handcuffed.
Are there any downsides to this toy? I would say “NO”, if you have your expectations straight. Carefully choose which size will fit your needs and whether you like lengthy anal strings to begin with. And again – these are not beads that will stay put. Rather than beads you are going to have to thrust in with your hands or with a strap-on.
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They come in two gorgeous colors: black and midnight purple, and the silicone has a nice glossy finish. You can also often find The Ripple in Tantus’ Grab Bag section: meaning that you won’t be able to pick your color and the toy will probably be some swirl of several colors. But your product will be cheaper than the retail price. Aside from that: same Tantus premium silicone quality.
The Ripple is part of my private toy collection and it wasn’t given to me in an exchange for a review.
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