Okay. So. WHY has no one thought of this before?
The teardrop-shaped Fuze base is not just harness-compatible. It is contoured and angled to fit the wearer’s vulva. It has rounded ridges for clitoral stimulation. These things are great. These things alone would have made me — and my partner — really enjoy this dildo.
But they didn’t stop there. They added a pocket for a bullet-vibe in THE BEST SPOT EVER. The vibe slides up into the underside of the dildo, just in front of and PARALLEL to the angled base.
This means it does not poke the wearer in the genitals, like dildos with the vibe slot in the center of the base. It does not jab the receiver in the clitoris, like rings with bullet-vibes on top. It doesn’t get in the way of anything, but it DOES cause vibrations to easily transfer all across the base for the wearer, and up through the shaft for the receiver. Then, when fully inside the receiver, the vibrating base presses against BOTH people’s clits (assuming they both have clits).
I mean. That was some amazing sex we had last night. Quite honestly, it was the hottest, most intimate sex we’d had in months.
Granted, part of that was because I had been tired and stressed for the prior four months due to a 5-course spring semester. But still. STILL.
The vibe pocket will hold my Tantus bullet, and it stays in fine though the fit is not snug. It also stretches a little to hold the Maia MB1 or the Metal Worx Waterproof Vibe1. I have no doubt it can handle the We-Vibe Tango or the Lelo Mia 2.
We used the Rebel in the RodeoH Boxer harness, in which it was easy to insert and held up well. My partner wore it with the inner fabric panel between her body and the toy’s base, and she still received plenty of stimulation.
In addition to the awesomeness of that base design, the Rebel has a gentle upward curve and three gentle swells evenly spaced along its length, beginning with the tip. The bluntly rounded tip meant that I needed to warm up a bit for it, even though it’s only 4″ around at the thickest spot, or slightly over 1.25″ in diameter. The changes in diameter don’t look like much, but the one at the tip is lovely on my g-spot, and the central one did very nice things to my vaginal entrance during thrusting. I used it on myself the next day, and enjoyed the shaft just as much, though I prefer something softer for my PC muscles to squeeze around during orgasm.
The insertable shaft is about 5.5″, measured along the top. This was a bit more than I could handle at first — small-toy lover here — but I slowly was able to accept more bit by bit until the base was pressing against my clit through the cotton of the RodeoH. Which only made everything even better.
The surface texture is what they term “velvet,” a very fine matte texture. It’s far smoother than Fun Factory’s silicone finish, but still has a bit of drag. I need a moderate amount of lube with it, but I think it adds to the tingly vaginal-entrance sensations created by the shaft’s central swell. The toy does grab all of the lint out of the air, but I think that has more to do with its propensity for static electricity — as all silicone toys seem to have to some extent — than it does with the surface texture.
As you can see, its color is much darker than it appears in Fuze’s product images. It looks a little darker to me in person than in my own photos, even. For me, this is a plus. I also like its subtle pearly sheen.
To top it all off, this dildo is made of Fuze’s new material, “Fuze Ten.” This is a softer, slightly squishy, rather stretchy and quite flexible silicone – much firmer than VixSkin, but noticeably softer than Tantus’ standard silicone. It was one of the reasons I chose to buy the Rebel, and I am very pleased with the way it feels.
There was just one small thing I was not super-pleased about. The Rebel has a scent. It’s not a strong scent, and it’s not a terrible scent. I only smell it when my nose is about an inch away from the toy, and it smells mildly rubbery/plastic-y. It’s nothing like the smell of phthalate-ridden PVC in the morning, truly. I’ve read that some silicone formulations do have a subtle scent, but I emailed the Canadian company — a spin-off of Happy Valley — to ask if they could explain the smell and assure me of its genuine-silicone status.
I received a reply within an hour of sending my message. (Did I catch someone at just the right moment? Did they have a form email already on hand for just this situation?) The response was informative, but also struck me as a bit dismissive.
The good, informative bits:
“[A]ll Fuze toys are produced from pure medical grade silicone ( if you would like to look it up the technical classification is Grade VI), with nothing added except 2% of FDA approved pigment. All of our silicone is tested to be non porous, hypoallergenic and safe for intimate body contact for an extended time. We use the same materials and procedures as fully registered medical devices. … We use an alternative method to create a softer silicone, by using a specially developed catalyst, allowing us to maintain pure Grade VI silicone.”
I wish he’d told me WHAT the catalyst is, but I suppose it could be a trade secret. EDIT: I have now been assured that Fuze does use a platinum-based catalyst.
He went on to say that “a very small percentage of the population, who can be regarded as hyper-tasters, still notice the aroma in the cured silicone.”
My partner can smell a slight scent, but it smells more floral to her. My close friend said essentially the same thing — “perfume-y.” So, yeah, I probably am one of these magical hyper-tasters2 (also known as super tasters — hey, I have a super-power!). But you know, that’s my experience. Learning that most others can’t smell it won’t make me stop smelling what I smell.
That said! I do absolutely adore this dildo. My partner is a big fan as well. At under $60, I think it’s a great value for a body-safe, sterilizable silicone sex toy with a variety of potential uses.
I HIGHLY recommend any toy with the Fuze base design for strap-on sex. Because while my partner really enjoys fucking me that way and gets very aroused by my arousal, it’s extremely rare that she has orgasms along with me during harness sex. The Fuze Rebel did that for us.
And I am telling you, it was INTENSE. Foreheads-pressed-together, clutching-each-other-tightly, hips-grinding-hard intense.
The Rebel will be part of our Frequently Used Dildos (FUDs) collection.
UPDATE: I want to give the folks at Fuze credit for having a great customer-oriented attitude. Their rep wrote, “I am always happier reading an honest opinion of what people liked and disliked, rather than just a simple rave review that sounds a bit like advertising. This is the only way to learn to make better toys.”
I’ll toast to that!