Toy Review: Shiri Zinn Leather Harness and Ceramic Dildo

Shiri Zinn Red Harness Strap-on Dildo BackCentral St Martin’s alumnus Shiri Zinn is renowned for her high-end sex toys, using her natural artistic aptitude and practical design skills to develop products of great beauty which are surprisingly functional. Her red leather strap-on harness and red ceramic dildo are a case in point: enticing to the eye and irresistible to the touch they command attention with their luxe look and feel.

Take the harness: as soon as it’s removed from its packaging the smell of high-quality leather hits you like some sort of pheromonal aphrodisiac, whilst its buttery nappa softness demands to be stroked and caressed. If I’m sounding overly poetic, it’s because for many people smell and touch are just as important an aspect of sexual allure as the remaining senses, so just getting this harness out in the first place could be construed as some kind of sensual foreplay!

If you’re more of a visual person happily there’s much to feast your eyes on here too, as the glamorous red and gold patterned satin triangle at the back of the harness is decorated with a cornucopia of glass beads, clustered in a shape to make the rear of this high-end item just as beautiful as its impressive frontage.

The dildo itself is similarly stunning: in a gorgeous deep red colour, it’s made of glazed ceramic (which lends itself very well to heat play), silken to the touch and decorated in gold leaf. Yes, really: nine carat gold. Because of its manufacturing material, in a funny way this dildo actually feels more forgiving than many of the softer silicone strap-ons we’ve tried: naturally smooth and shiny, the ceramic warms to the recipient’s body heat so speedily that with a simple application of lube you’re up and away.

The dildo is also perfectly streamline, shaped to suit both vaginal and anal insertion it has a flared base and a beautifully tapered tip, which bends upwards slightly to hit either G-spot or prostate depending on usage. Of course you do need to avoid dropping the dildo onto a tiled surface, but if you’re careful it’s certainly robust enough to be able to be both hard-wearing and very long-lasting.

This harness is easily the best we’ve tried, since it’s luxuriously soft but tough with it, fits every other brand of dildo we own (see? Told you Shiri had the practical side covered!), and is also the most beautiful – yet comfortable – we’ve come across. You could easily wear the harness out to a fetish club or private party, or even detach the dildo-securing O-ring area altogether, and with a bit of inventiveness tie the remaining silken beaded area at the front or side to wear as an ornamental belt. Indeed, this method could also be employed to add an O-ring of another size if you have a favourite dildo measures differently from the two inches diameter Shiri’s O offers.

In addition to the red series Cliterati tested, there’s also a pink version of the harness and dildo, and a leather-fringed set in baby blue. The range may seem to err on the costly side, but because this exquisite harness can be used with most dildos on the market, and Shiri’s elegantly shaped ceramic item is suited for lady play as well as F-M pegging, it’s an endlessly versatile combination.

These are also products of truly exceptional quality, genuinely worthy of exceptional expense. Besides: what price art? Breathtaking (literally).

Luxury red harness available from Shiri Zinn for £97 (incl shipping)

Luxury red dildo with nine carat gold design available from Shiri Zinn for £49

Official Shiri Zinn website


Toy Review: BS Is Nice Harness and Small Pegging Dildo

Small Zebra-print Pegging DildoAhh, Pegging: the preserve of the straight man, the pleasure bestowed by his aroused, empowered female partner, the all-in-all fabulousness of Lady Muck strapping on a phallus to fuck Lord Muck tenderly up the arse. Pegging is to be celebrated, encouraged, enjoyed. It no more makes a man ‘gay’ than it implies a woman is suffering penis envy. Instead, it is what it is: a sexual activity which brings pleasure to both partners. And thanks to Vibrator Kingdom’s misleadingly named ‘Small Special Animal Dildo’ by Spanish brand BS Is Nice, Cliterati thinks it’s finally found the perfect tools for the job.

The BS adjustable leather harness doesn’t move around during use like many harnesses we’ve tried, and it also has adaptors for different sized dildos, which opens it up for all kinds of play. Meanwhile the handmade Small Special dildo is perfectly formed: not intimidatingly big, not disappointingly small, it’s made of a firm-yet-yielding silicone and, well, this particular one is zebra patterned. See? We said it wasn’t intimidating…

Additionally, BS make the rather funky Capsula Plug. Designed to bring the female partner extra pleasure whilst she penetrates her male partner with one of their other dildos, the plug is worn vaginally and is compatible with the BS harness. However, since the Capsula errs on the small side it wouldn’t suit a size-queen – although it would look great in her bathroom cabinet!

Pegging is the unsung hero of the hetero relationship, and this is your call to arms. So strap on your BS weapon(s) of choice, equip yourself with a non-silicone lube such as YesForLov, and get ready to shoot from the hip: the revolution starts at Vibrator Kingdom.

BS Is Nice Special Animal Pegging Dildo

BS Is Nice Leather Harness

YesForLove Lube

Vibrator Kingdom

BS Is Nice Capsula 


10-Function Silicone Love Rider Rippler by California Exotic Novelties

In a nutshell:

Strap-on fun, featuring a vibrating hot pink dildo/ dong attached to a secure harness

Strap-on Fun!

Pros:

The harness is comfortable and holds itself nicely in place, and the good-sized dildo is removable, rendering this a highly versatile toy if you’re not in the mood for a strap-on. The ten functions (vibration, pulsation and escalation) are both titillating and powerful, making it a good stand-alone vibrator in itself.

Then there’s the “state-of-the-art memory chip” which remembers the function setting of the dildo you were using last time you played with it (amazingly the first time I’ve seen this facility), and the weight of the dildo itself: satisfyingly firm but pliant, with the welcome heaviness of quality silicone.

Cons:

Girl-on-girl aside, the dildo is too big to be used on an anally inexperienced man, and the harness is too small to be worn by a big bloke. However, if he were slim, he could wear the harness, placing the dildo above his cock to DP his female partner instead – ingenious!

The dildo comes with a sucker on the base, supposedly for hands-free fun, but unfortunately the sucker comes unstuck at the slightest pressure – which is a shame, as otherwise this could have led to the Love Rider receiving full marks.

Rating out of 5 (5 being the best):

4

 

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An original version of this text appeared on the SexToyTesters website