Takin’ it for Cane-iac!
Recently, the good folks at Cane-iac wrote and asked if they could send me a few new things, so I could test and review them. Naturally, I said yes, without even asking what was coming my way.
(gulp) Rubber? Lexan? I hadn’t experienced Lexan before, and I’d heard it described in many colorful ways, from mild (it’s not very forgiving) to strong (it sucks). But I was determined to be a brave spokesperson and put myself in ST’s capable hands with these
beasts beauties. After all, I do believe in this company and their product.
So tonight when ST arrived, I showed him the new toys (and watched his eyes light up, the sadist), and we talked about how we’d handle the testing. I remembered the last time I’d done a demo with their implements, ST had given me a nice long warmup, and as a result, I didn’t get lasting color or any marks. Bravely I suggested that perhaps we should forego the warmup and go straight to the new implements. His eyes lit up even more and his grin was positively diabolical. Of course HE thought that was a good idea.
Off to the bedroom we went. I tried taking a “before” picture, holding all three implements, but as it turned out, they didn’t show up well against my sweater:
So we did this type of before picture instead:
We decided to do 20 strokes of each toy per round, taking pictures in between.
He began with the Jr. (12″) rubber loop, which is a great OTK toy. Without a warmup, the first round with the implements hurt like crazy, but I could still get a clear sense of how each one felt. The rubber loops were very snappy, more of a sting than a thud (which I like), and the loud CRACK they made was impressive. After 20 each of both the Jr. and the Sr. (18″), ST picked up the Lexan paddle.
Perhaps it’s a good thing we weren’t filming. Upon my first taste of Lexan, I used some language that would have been inappropriate for Cane-iac’s site. Ouch, ouch, ouch.
Once I acclimated a bit, I realized it had a feel that’s unlike leather or wood. It’s not as thuddy as wood, even though it’s more solid and firm than leather. It has a very crisp sting and a bite upon impact (this particular one is 1/4″ thick). Cane-iac’s Lexan paddle is well made, with smooth, rounded edges and a non-slip vinyl handle. ST wanted me to mention that it felt very good to him (rolling eyes) and it was easy to use.
Here I am after two rounds of 20 with all three (120 strokes total):
We’re just getting started!
Time for another position — instead of on the bed, now it was bent over a chair. By now, I was quite warm and that sweater had to go.
Third set of 20 with all three — bit more color now. And I was stamping and fussing a lot more.
(Big thanks to Zelle for Photoshopping the damn tag out of my bra! ♥)
But wait, there’s more! All three of these toys could be used OTK, even the 18″ loop. So over his lap I went.
We stopped counted the sets of 20; he just whaled away at this point. ST takes his product testing duties very seriously.
After three positions and countless strokes, I’d say we’d done a good test, and all three implements passed, even the Lexan. Once I was warmed up, I sorta kinda didn’t completely hate it. OK, I loved to hate it. Or I hated to love it. Something like that.
So now I have three new additions to my collection, and I would recommend these to anyone who wants something different from the usual. The prices are excellent, and you cannot beat Cane-iac’s customer service or quality of craftsmanship.
My one caveat about the rubber loops? I would say exercise caution about using them anywhere you’re concerned about noise, because they do make a distinctive and loud snap. But as I always say, if your neighbors don’t hear an accompanying shriek, they can’t say for sure what you’re doing. So make sure you stifle your reactions with a pillow or bedspread and you should be fine.
Oh… did you think we were done?
Hell, no. I had to retrieve the rest of my Cane-iac arsenal.
I was so sore after all those, he even let me rub:
However, despite it all, I couldn’t stop giggling. I tried to tell him it was hysteria, but he didn’t buy it. I pushed him a bit too far with this pose — you can’t see it very clearly, but I have my middle finger stuck through the loop:
OK, OK! I’m sorry! Sheeesh… Some people have no sense of humor.
By the way, I broke my Junior rattan cane. I would have taken a picture of it, but we couldn’t find the piece that flew off. Honest to god, we searched all over the bed, on the carpet, under the bed — that damn thing just disappeared. Knowing me, I’ll find it with my bare foot eventually.
Even without a warmup, I didn’t mark. Scary. But ye gods, I’m sore. Happily so, though. I needed this tonight.
(Right, Erica. When do you not need it??)
Thank you, Cane-iac. And thank you, ST, Testing Partner Extraordinaire. 🙂