TENGA have always seen themselves as innovators in the adult sex toy market for men. It may seem like an odd concept to throw ‘innovator’ next to ‘adult sex toy market’, but every time I see one of their products I’m bewildered at the sheer amount of research and development that must’ve taken place. Looking at the inside of their new device, the Flip Hole Black, is simply mind boggling with all kind of unique shapes and curves. If you were to look at the interior of one of their devices, it might be hard to place what it is at all. The exterior designs are so sleek and elegant that people are thankfully unlikely to be able to tell what it is from the outside either.
From the outside it’s somewhat unassuming, with a cylindrical appearance and a couple of pressure buttons on the front. If anything it just looks like a stylish computer speaker, and while you’ll still want to tuck it away somewhere, the plain aesthetic could avoid an embarrassing run-in. At just under 7” tall, it’s not so cumbersome or bulky that it can’t get tucked away in a drawer. It’s not quite as deep as some of the other market’s offerings, but at close to 7” it should provide enough room for a good chunk of the population.
Hygiene is always a concern with adult toys. The Flip Hole’s new system allows the device to opened up entirely, including the outer shell, making cleaning the device significantly easier than its competitors. The silicon they use is friendly to soap and won’t deteriorate, meaning unlike many other toys you won’t have to stick with just water; this is definitely a pro in the hygiene section, given that almost any household dish soap will suffice. It even comes with a handy drying stand for your convenience.
There a number of different colors available, but they aren’t just different in the outside, they’re completely different designs on the inside. Just be aware we’re talking the Flip Hole Black, and not any of the others. When we look inside the Flip Hole black, we have a number of what can only be described as gel devices to stimulate and titillate every fiber of your being. As per usual with all adult toys, you should lubricate the device thoroughly before use to avoid any nasty incidents.
The chamber opens with two pleasure balls; the bizarre but sensual extrusions press unevenly to give you that difference in pressure from entry. Next, a series of large ribbed ridges follow, providing walls of stimulation. Lastly we have the brushing edges and end orbs, both designed to have cuts and folds that allow them to part as you pass. On the inside of orb shelters are TENGA’s acclaimed double layer details made with their specialized molding technology; these certainly are unique. Most sleeves or devices will tend to keep a mold as unified as possible, as the fewer fine extrusions or cut-aways, the more reliable the manufacturing process and durability.
One of TENGA’s key selling points is the control center pad on the outside of the toy. On the outside you’ll find three large buttons; these buttons when pressed on, increase the pressure inside the toy. If you feel like you want a tighter insertion point, that’s easily achieved by squeezing the bottom pad. Want to finish in style? The upper pad will increase pressure in the tip of the device. While it doesn’t vibrate, that might be forgiven with all of the other bells and whistles attached. It’s certainly a different approach, with many others opting for a full hard shell enclosure.
While it might look like someone stole a futuristic movie prop, it’s surprisingly effective. Unlike some other toys, it’s hard to really connect it to being sexualized until you’ve used it, and then it can’t be unseen. What seems like an array of abstract art turns out to be a pleasure experience that is simply state of the art: it’s not so bold or convoluted that it feels strange, and it’s not so simple that it feels dull. They’ve managed to find a strong middle ground that allows the user to really get into the experience without overwhelming them or leaving them bored.