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Product Review: Sidekick 1 by Good Vibrations

May 7th, 2010

Ooo, what’s that?

That, my dears, is Good Vibes’ Sidekick.  The smaller one’s Sidekick 1, and the larger one’s 2.  I’m reviewing Sidekick 1.

How’s it made?

The Sidekick 1 is about four and one-half inches long with a diameter of about an inch and a quarter.  It’s made of pure silicone and it comes in metallic purple or blue.

If you really study the toy, it looks like they poured the silicone in the mold in a way to make it look all swirly, and then dipped it into a clear coat of silicone to make it smooth.  Whether that’s how they did it or not, I don’t know.

This plug has a knobby little head that makes insertion a breeze.  It flares out into a slight bulge, then tapers down to allow the anus to close.  On the bottom is a flat, round base. 

It’s flexible.  It’s squishy.  It’s dense.  The surface is a little tacky, like most silicone.  It’s nonporous, latex and phthalates free.  It’s slightly curved for p-spot or g-spot stimulation.  And there is no odor or flavor to speak of.

What’s it for?

Plugging your butt?

While you can use butt plugs for vaginal stimulation, generally speaking they’re too short for that purpose for me.  The best use for this toy is anal stimulation.

How is it?

Rayne’s Rating:
Pros: Cons:
silicone
decent price
great for beginners
too small for experienced users
uncomfortable

I actually had to search for this toy when I finally sat down to review it.  I had no clue where it was.  I was a little surprised to find it in my bag of silicone plugs and dildos and not at the bottom of the drawer flopping around all by its lonesome.

To say I didn’t enjoy this toy would be an understatement.  It was really uncomfortable and left me feeling like I was prairie-doggin’, rather than turning me on.

However!

I am an experienced plug user.  M bought a butt plug before He even considered buying me a vibrator.  And while the first one He bought was small and super squishy, the ones He’s bought since then have not been.  So more likely than not, I’ve just reached a point where small plugs are not gonna cut it for me anymore.  I’m okay with that.

This plug, I’m betting, would be awesome for a beginner to anal play.  It’s only $22 ($29 for Sidekick 2), which isn’t bad for a silicone toy (Zing and Ryder retail between $30-40 depending on who you buy them from.), it’s small, and it’s got a little bit more shape than a plain old butt plug.

It’s really easy to insert.  While it is flexible, I didn’t have any trouble with it going straight in, rather then bending and flopping all over the place as a more squishy plug might.  And, because it’s super squishy silicone, once inserted, it molds to the contours of your anus nicely.

And maybe I’d like Sidekick 2.  I can’t really say how I feel about the shape of the toy because the whole thing was just uncomfortable for me.  Maybe Sidekick 2, being closer to the size plugs I normally use, would be more comfortable? Who knows?

Anything else I should know?

Use only water based lube.

Store it with your other silicone toys, or by itself.

Even with a small plug, slow and steady wins the race.  Especially if you’re a beginner.

The base is really flexible.  I imagine it wouldn’t be too difficult to make it go in with the rest of the plug if you push too hard.

Boil, bleach or toss it in the top drawer of your dishwasher, but put something heavy on top of it.  It’s pretty light and the spray in the dishwasher’s pretty strong.  It might fall out and make a melty mess in the bottom.  Shouldn’t, since it’s silicone and dishwashers don’t get hot enough to melt silicone.  But better to be safe than sorry.

Where’d ya get it?

The people at Good Vibes sent me the Sidekick 1 free of charge in return for an honest review.  Good Vibrations is a thirty-years-old sexuality product retailer based in San Francisco, California.  Its goals are “to model sex-positive attitudes and to promote sexual health and pleasure”.  To this end, they offer free product and sex education and have partnered with the Center for Sex and Culture.  You can read their Vision and Values and Sex and Gender Policy, as well as a brief history of the company’s development, on their site.

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