FL Review - Vortex

  • Originally reviewed on November 21, 2010

  • Texture that is maybe the most realistic from the FL roster.

  • Has a high "break-in" period - about 12 sessions - before feeling right.

  • Original Score under RPP 1 rules: 47/ 50

  • Revised Score: 24 / 25



When you begin to use male sex toys, one of the best places to get information about them is the vendors' public forum where users share their personal experiences with their toys.

Why I mention this in this entry? Because if it wasn't for the Fleshlight user forum I would never bought the Vortex FL. My first Fleshlight purchase included the now discontinued mini-Vortex and honestly, I hated that texture at the time. Reading the forum let me know that the Vortex texture had a long "break-in" period (meaning I had to use the fucker more to begin to enjoy it). After the 12th use, I really began to enjoy the mini-Vortex, prompting me to finally get the full sized version. Was it a good buy? Lets see...

The Vortex is a combo texture where you have more than one thing stimulating your penis. You have both the spiraled sections and the varying diameter canal to squeeze your penis during use. When I looked at it for the first time, it promised an intense experience and with the rating of 4 out of 5 from ILF, I was expecting a different and unique orgasm.

I would say that the Vortex is intense, but not overwhelmingly. Before "breaking" the texture, the most noticeable thing is the squeeze given by the changes in diameter on the tunnel. Once you get used to the texture, you will feel both the variation and the ridges. Both things are great, but the real intensity of this texture is how it keeps you on the edge. During the evaluation sessions, the Vortex kept me in a state of "almost there" for periods between 10 and 15 minutes, sometimes taking my breath away before a toe clenching orgasm.

Unlike other toys, the Vortex is a perfect texture to penetrate at half-mast. It is tight enough to allow growth but never grips the penis in a way that you feel you are into a vacuum cleaner. If you are looking for constant pressure, this is not a sleeve for you, since the chambers vary in diameter, tightening only in some sections.

IMO, the Vortex is the most realistic texture from ILF. Depending on the tightness of the end cap and the lube you use, it feels close to either a blow job or as vaginal sex. Lubed and with the end cap fully tightened, it felt very close to vaginal sex - the spirals are less pronounced and the canal variation felt like a vagina contracting on my penis. With the end cap lose 3/4 of the way, the spirals come to life and intensity ramps up, feeling as teeth softly biting. Add a little bit of extra lube at that point and you have a good replica of a blow job.

That variety of sensations is one of the things I learned to love about the Vortex. If you want longer sessions, add a thicker lube (or "over lube") and tighten the end cap all the way. You want intensity, use a thinner lube and use the sleeve without the end cap and you'll be trashing your bed or chair after a few minutes. What else can you ask from an artificial vagina?

The only complain I have about the Vortex is the long "break-in" period. As I wrote on the introduction, I hated the mini-Vortex because it didn't feel right the first time I used it - what happened to me with the mini-Vortex had happened to a lot of Fleshlight users with the Vortex. You use it once and you feel frustrated by it - it makes you cum, but there is something missing. You find that "something missing" after a few more uses (twelve uses on my case) and then you realize how good the texture is. The "break" period is different for everyone, but it is at least 5 uses based on the FL forum comments. If the sleeve had a lower "break-in" curve, it would be perfect.

As most Fleshlights, just place it under the faucet and flush between 1 and 2 minutes on both ends with running water. Not too difficult to clean.

If you are considering a "classic" Fleshlight for either yourself or as a gift, the Vortex is a great choice. It is a pleasurable sleeve, versatile, and as said before, maybe the most realistic feeling texture I had reviewed from the ones available from Fleshlight. Just be aware of the "break-in" period / learning curve this texture has because the first few uses are frustrating.

Revised Score: 24 / 25

Feedback: 4 / 5

Orgasm Build Up: 5 / 5

Realism: 5 / 5

Durability: 5 / 5

Value: 5 / 5


 ¡Viva La Casqueta!