About two years or so ago, Tantus came out with a new line of dildos with the label “O2″ tacked onto their names. What makes these O2 dildos different from the others is the fact that they are dual density, with the intention of feeling more life-like. In other words, the Tantus O2 Dildos have two completely different layers, a firm inner core and a softer, squishier exterior.
As those of you who read Bean Fiddler regularly know, I prefer weird, colorful, fantasy-like sex toys to those that are realistic in appearance. However, I am definitely not opposed to something that feels realistic, and I always like trying new sex toy technology. So, I was excited with the opportunity to review my very first dual density dildo last year, the Tantus Cush O2 Dildo.
Since then, Tantus has continued to introduce new dildos to the O2 line, and I have continued to covet them. The problem has been that almost all of the newer O2 Dildos are realistic looking. Eeeewwww. I finally accepted that Tantus was not going to make any new odd and colorful dual density dildos in the near future just for me, so I’d better suck up my weirdness about life-like looking sex toys if I wanted to try more of them. Think about it though. Wouldn’t an O2 Dildo in the color scheme of the Tantus Rocket be awesome?
Anyway, this is where the Tantus Max O2 Dildo comes in.
After getting over my huffiness at the world not responding to my every whim, I realized I was lucky. Tantus actually sent me the Tantus Max O2 Dildo in black, as in pitch black, the color of Martin Gore’s nail polish. If you don’t know who Martin Gore (Depeche Mode) is, I weep for you, but I will forgive you.
My point is that with the level of pure blackness, I don’t get all squicked by the idea that the Tantus Max O2 is some sort of freaky dismembered penis. The color is not at all life-like to me, unlike the other colors Max O2 is available in, Cream and Cocoa. As a side note, I do want to give props to Tantus for choosing foods to describe their dildos, rather than “skin color”.
Once I made a mental shift and could ignore the fact that the Tantus Max O2 qualifies as a realistic sex toy, I could thoroughly enjoy it in all its glorious detail, and there is quite a bit. You might not realize it, but this dildo has some serious design elements.
First off, there is the head of the Tantus Max O2 Dildo. While not as pronounced as the coronal ridge of the Tantus Cush, Max has a large and obvious head, with realistic wrinkles around its base and a very defined frenulum. Max’s shaft has clearly delineated, not to mention large, veins running up and down its sides. Even though I whine about my issues with realistic sex toys, somehow I really admire these details.
One of the reasons I really wanted to review the Tantus Max O2 Dildo, as opposed to one of the other O2 Dildos, such as Mikey O2 or Mark O2, is because of the testicles. Yep, the girl who gets so weirded out by realistic toys, wanted balls attached to her dildo. The Tantus Max is actually my first testicled (totally a word) dildo. I thought it might be an interesting change, and I was right. I am loving these half-balls. Does that make them kinda like Half Man Tyrion Lannister?
Other than the shape and placement of these halved testicles, they really aren’t life-like. They are perfectly sized and proportioned, unlike any man I’ve ever seen. In consistency, they feel very much like the tip of the head of the Tantus Max O2, which is to say they are squishier than the rest of the dildo.
The dual density texture of the Max O2 is really interesting, and I would say, very successful. For those of you who have experience with a real live penis, you know that when they are erect they are not totally and completely hard, like many silicone dildos. Much like the Tantus O2 Dildos, they actually are significantly softer on the outside than on the inside, the opposite of a Tootsie Pop.
The outer layer of silicone on the shaft of the Tantus Max O2 Dildo is squashy and has a ton of give. Once I start squeezing it with some pressure, I hit that firm inner core, and I can really feel the difference between the two. While there is still some give to the inside of the Max O2, it is so much more rigid than the outside. It is a bit like biting into a frozen Three Musketeers candy bar. Your teeth penetrate the chocolate easily, then hit the nougat and just stop. It feels pretty fantastic. I am referring to Max’s dual density silicone, not the Three Musketeers.
In regards to the actual silicone of the Tantus Max O2 Dildo, it is the same 100% Ultra-Premium Platinum Silicone that Tantus uses in all their products. Not all silicone is created equal, and this particular grade of silicone is of the highest quality. Like all silicone, it is latex and phthalate-free, hypoallergenic, and body-safe.
In addition to being some of the highest quality silicone available for sex toys, which is fabulous, Tantus silicone has two features that I do not love. Most of my Tantus products attract so much dust and lint, I could almost use them as actual lint brushes. If I dry my Max O2 Dildo with any sort of towel after cleaning, it looks like it’s just gone through the dryer with a load of towels. If you look closely at the images, you can see lint everywhere. It’s just frustrating to feel like right after I wash it, I have to hurry and slap on lube and get the dildo inside of me before it dries.
As far as the washing goes, it’s easy and you have multiple options. You can use warm water and soap, which is usually what I do. You can also go with a sex toy cleaner, pop it in the top drawer of the dishwasher and run it through without soap, use a 10% bleach solution, or boil it for 3-5 minutes. Both the bleach solution and boiling will disinfect the Tantus Max O2 Dildo so you can use it with non-fluid bonded partners or go from anal to vaginal use, after disinfection.
You can use this dildo anally if you desire, as the testicles provide a guarantee that the Max O2 won’t slip up inside your anus. The testicles also allow the Tantus Max O2 to be used with a harness, but as I do not currently participate in harness play, I really cannot tell you which ones would work best.
The other quality of Tantus silicone that I don’t love, though I am not really bothered by it, is that the silicone is super draggy. Not a big deal, it just means I need to use much more lubricant with the Tantus Max O2 Dildo than with some of my other sex toys. However, while I find that I need to start out with more lube in the beginning, the Max O2 really doesn’t suck it up like I thought it might, at least with a high quality lubricant, like Sliquid Sea or Good Clean Love.
The Tantus Max O2 Dildo is more or less the same as the Tantus Luke O2, though Max provides an additional inch in length, making it a full 6.5″ long. Length is something I care far less about than girth. Of course, length matters to a degree (sorry to say it, but size does matter), but as I do not like having my cervix rammed with any objects, I’m never looking for the longest dildo in the world. Girth, on the other hand, is something I really notice.
The 2″ in diameter offered by the Tantus Max O2 Dildo will definitely be too much for some people, but I love it. It’s not something I want every day because my body likes variety and changes throughout the month, but when I’m in the mood for girth, Max’s 2″ do a great job at satisfying that craving.
I really love the the external layer of squishy silicone, which Tantus calls Super Soft™. Not only does Max O2 feel different in my hand, but I can tell the difference inside of me as well. The dual density design of the Tantus O2 Dildos is awesome. It really does feel more like a real live penis inside of me than a regular old dildo without extra layer.
Some of you may have heard of Vixen Creations and their dual density VixSkin, and are wondering how the Tantus Max O2 compares. After reviewing the VixSkin Maverick Dildo, it seems to me that it has a thicker layer of smush around the firm inner core, and that the core itself feels slightly softer than that of the Max O2.
As far as the testicles go, I LOVE them. They provide me with a perfect way to comfortably hold and thrust the Tantus Max O2 Dildo. They keep my hand from slipping off, even when the dildo gets drenched with lube and bodily fluids.
However, I actually find it most workable to use the Max O2 upside down, meaning I hold the dildo with the testicles facing up rather than down. I’m no doctor, but I am absolutely certain I have never seen a man who has testicles above, rather than below, his penis. As a side note, I don’t think I have ever used the word “testicles” so many times in such a short period in my life.
When I place the Tantus Max O2 Dildo on a flat surface, the testicles actually do not lay flat, which makes the dildo a bit wobbly. It’s not an issue or anything, I’m just saying that the Max O2 may not make the best dashboard ornament. The head of my Max leans slightly to the right (or left, depending on how you’re viewing it), which kinda cracks me up, as most men’s penises are not perfectly straight. Good on Tantus for that.
As Tantus was kind enough to send me a product sample for review, my Tantus Max O2 did not arrive in any packaging, save a discreet shipping box and brown paper. However, I have reviewed enough Tantus sex toys, to know what the packaging would be like. All of the Tantus products I have reviewed thus far, have been in the exact same type of packaging, and you can check out any of those reviews for a description of said packaging, as well as images.
Tantus Max O2 Dual Density Dildo Pros:
• Tantus Platinum Silicone
• Dual density texture feels very life-like
• Testicles make a very good handle
• Great details
• Harness compatible
Tantus Max O2 Dual Density Dildo
• Lint magnet
• Might be too girthy for some
If I haven’t already made it clear throughout this review, let me do so now. I love the Tantus Max O2 Dual Density Dildo. The dual density Super Soft™ Ultra-Premium Platinum silicone feels so different and wonderful inside my body. As it moves in and out of me, while I clamp down upon it, the dual density provides a more visceral sensation somehow.
The testicles make a fantastic hand hold for easier thrusting, even I do hold the dildo upside down, and the 2″ girth works great for me. I’m actually thinking I might need to try a thicker dual density dildo. Tantus, we need to talk!
The lint magnet issue is irksome, but not enough to kill my enthusiasm for this dildo. I can live with having to use it wet. Washing the Max O2 right before use is a good idea anyway. Not having to dry it before slapping on some lube just saves me 25 seconds.
I realize the girthiness of this dildo might be too much for some, but if you enjoy girth or are ready to size up, the Tantus Max O2 Dildo is the way to go. However, if you are concerned about the 6.5″ length, you can always go with the Tantus Luke O2 Dildo instead. I don’t think you can go wrong with either one.
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