It’s always nice getting presents in the post. Just before christmas, the kind people over at Fun Factory sent us a little christmas gift in the shape of a funky toy box and the sleek and sexy black version of their TIGER G5 vibrator.

Truth be told, the TIGER was one of the vibrators I was itching to get hold of, just because I was thoroughly impressed with the vibrations found in the BIG BOSS and MOODY. But the texture of the TIGER was what was most appealing; with a semi-realistic phallic shape, combined with ridges all along the shaft.

The BLACK LINE range is simply the G5 line but all in black. As far as I can tell, there is no difference between the original ‘colourful’ versions and their darker counterparts – I think it’s purely an aesthetic choice – somehow ‘black’ feels more seductive and luxury, whilst the ‘colourful’ vibes are ‘less serious but more fun’. At least that’s how I see it, anyway.

First Impressions

As with every other Fun Factory product, I cannot fault their packaging. It’s always simple, tasteful with an emphasis on the ‘fun’. The TIGER is no exception. As you remove the sleek outer slip, you are greeted by their trademark gold box. Inside, you’ll find the TIGER, the instruction manual and a magnetic charging cable (USB).

The TIGER is made from soft squishy silicone, with lots of bend and flex in the shaft. It has an insertable part of around 5 inches in length. Towards the base of the TIGER, there is a hump which, presumably, is there to offer external clitoral stimulation. Fun Factory confirm the TIGER as being anal safe, for that use, the hump provides a bit of safeguard against unwanted toy travel. Around the tip of the toy, the TIGER has a circumference of 4.75 inches, whilst the main shaft is 4.5 inches. So it’s a relatively slender toy, at least in comparison to say, the BIG BOSS.

The TIGER needs charging before use, and the manual states that a 6-8 hour charge time is needed to get this kitten purring. The TIGER boasts 6 different intensities and 6 different pattern styles. It’s completely waterproof for additional play scenarios. As with all over Fun Factory Vibrators, it has a finger loop handle, allowing for easier control during use. Overall, it looks and feels solidly crafted. I couldn’t wait to give it a try.

In Use

The big draw for the G5 line of vibrators, is their power. I’ve been so surprised at not only the power of the vibrators, but the fact they are able to offer a decent level of rumble as well. At this point, they are still not THE most powerful vibrators, but for those looking for something that’s strong and rumbly, but at a slightly lower price point, the G5s are pretty much the front-runners. I’ve not come across many other vibrators that offer both the form and function that this range of vibrators provides.

When you first switch on the TIGER, it rumbles to life on it’s middle power setting. Pressing the minus button takes you through the 3 slower speeds. On it’s absolute lowest setting, the TIGER gently purrs away, and I was impressed to see that even on the lowest setting, the vibrations disperse through the shaft surprisingly well. The motor appears to be located towards the ‘clitoral hump’ at the base of the shaft, but I could still feel (and see) the vibrations right in the tip.

As you increase the speed, those vibrations can really be felt on every ridge along the shaft. At no point do the vibrations ever feel too high pitched. They stay delightfully rumbly throughout. The patterns offer a series of alternating pulses and waves, and I have to say, it’s one of the first vibrators where I have found myself straying away from just the ‘constant’ setting. As far as I can tell, the G5 line are single motor toys, and yet somehow, the various patterns give the impression of their being multiple motors in the shaft. It’s a really odd, yet incredible feeling.

So how does it actually feel? Well, in short – pretty bloody fantastic. Now, i’ll put it out there right now that this is not something that’s going to work wonders for the prostate. This is for a number of reasons – the main being that the shaft is a little too soft for my liking, so I couldn’t really exert as much pressure as I would like. However, if I look at it as a vibrating dildo, the sensation of the vibrations and the ridges as I thrust, is enough to have my toes curling.

That’s not to say that it doesn’t do anything to stimulate my prostate in any way – there is some gentle pressure that feels really good, but the vibrations alone would not be enough here. However, as I lay there on my back, knees arched in the air, frantically thrusting with the TIGER, it did it’s job at getting me fully aroused, and it didn’t take too much stimulation to see me reach an orgasm. Having an explosive wank whilst you fuck yourself furiously with a vibrator is still a pretty good use of my time, and sometimes that’s all I want/need to get off.

Because of the ridged texture, especially if you are using anally, COPIOUS amounts of lube would be an absolute necessity here. The first time I tried, I was a little too scant with lube, and the ridges combined with the draggier nature of the Fun Factory silicone meant there was a little chafing the first time. It wasn’t all that good. But with a solid dose of Sliquid Sassy (review soon), the TIGER slips in with relative ease, and I can still feel every ridge as it passes through my sphincter, but it feels AMAZING.

My only criticism of the toy is the actual silicone itself. I don’t know why it only appears to be the Fun Factory toys that suffer from this, but the silicone is slightly on the rough side, and i’ve noticed it definitely more on the blacker silicone, but it picks up dust and particles so easily. For instance, I gave it a thorough rinse and left it on my desk for about 10 minutes to air dry. After it had dried, I picked it up and the entire shaft was coated in what looked like tiny white particles of dust. As I tried to rub it off with my finger, I just seemed to make it worse.

Clean-up and Maintenance

The TIGER is easy to clean after use. A good thorough rinse under the tap with some toy cleaner is enough to get it ready for your next session. Pay extra attention to the shaft, as those ridges do catch and hold onto lube, so you’ll want to make sure you give it a proper wash after use. When it comes to storage, I do think that a storage bag is a must. At the very least, you can keep it in the original box. I kind of hope that one day Fun Factory would start including a little storage bag with their toys as standard. Although the do have some cute bags for sale separately.

Summary

I’ve yet to have a bad experience with a Fun Factory toy, and the TIGER pretty much ticks all my boxes. It’s modest size is easy to insert, and has a delightfully toe-curling texture. The vibrations, whilst not super-powerful, are still strong and with a good level of rumble. I’m not usually one for patterns, but I have to say, I definitely found myself exploring the different settings a lot more.

My only gripes are the long charge times (but i’ve learnt now to just charge it overnight and it’s ready for the next day). If it wasn’t for the fact that the black silicone seems to get dustier/dirtier quicker than any of the fun factory toys – I would say that the Black Line is worth looking at. But unless you really like the black colour, I personally thing it would look better (and less dirty) in any other colour.

Where to Buy

You can buy the TIGER Black Line Vibrator from the following:

Fun Factory / Lovehoney / SheVibe

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The Fun Factory TIGER G5 Black Line Vibrator was sent to me free of charge by Fun Factory. There was no expectation for review, however I chose to review. Affiliate links have been used in this post.