When I first saw the Tantus Bound I thought it was a pretty unique looking toy. I like the original, weird and wonderful, so I was insistent that I had to own one at some point. I waited until I felt I had enough experience with texture before I took the plunge, hoping for the best outcome. I’ve now had it for around eight months and I couldn’t be happier with it. It has taken some getting used to, both aesthetically and physically, but it’s truly a joy to have in my collection.
As it is manufactured by Tantus, the quality is supreme. The material is the unique formula of ultra-premium, body-safe silicone that I adore. It’s non-toxic, latex/phthalate free and hypoallergenic. It can be bleached, boiled and placed in the dishwasher for thorough cleans and complete peace of mind. I usually wipe my toys down with a 10% bleach solution and water for everyday cleaning, but the Bound has so much texture that it’s recommended to place it in the dishwasher or a pan of boiling water after each use to be sure that the surface area is clean.
In regards to what lubricant can be used, I would advise sticking to water-based lubricants. If you insist on using a hybrid, then do a patch test on the base first to be sure that it doesn’t degrade the silicone. I’ve had no problems using Sliquid Organics Silk, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. I found that I need to use a rather generous serving of lubricant when using this toy as the texture provides a tough dragging sensation and some unwanted friction. It also has a matte finish which adds to this, but it seems to be a bit ‘rougher’ than others such as the Cush.
In my opinion, the dimensions are absolutely perfect. It has an insertable length of 6.25 inches and a maximum circumference of around 4.6 inches. These measurements should be manageable for most frequent toy users, but I would advise moderate caution around the texture. It’s definitely not something I’d recommend to a first or second timer. It’s more of an intermediate level of texture and the amount of it makes the toy feel more imposing than the dimensions listed. If you struggle with the Tsunami for example, then the Bound probably won’t be right for you either. Maybe look at the Flurry instead?
I have mentioned a few times that realistic toys aren’t typically my thing, but I’m quite enchanted by the Bound. It is realistic in the sense that is has a phallic head featuring a urethral opening and coronal ridge, but I can’t imagine ever putting an actual bound penis inside me, which puts this into the category of realism that I’m comfortable with. It also offers up some veiny textures, most of which appear quite enlarged and swollen, that feel more lifelike than many other textured dildos I’ve come across. The roped ridges give this toy bulges, grooves and curves in all the right places and provide a level of satisfaction that I never knew could be reached from a silicone surface.
As I mentioned in my introduction, the Bound took some getting used to. It still requires much more lubricant than I’d usually use, but I can now manage it and enjoy all the delight it brings. It’s not a toy I’d use on a sensitive vagina day, or during certain times of the month where my cervix rests lower, but it is great fun for marathon masturbation sessions and finishing off with following penetrative sex with my partner. I need a good amount of warmup with something else first, be that another insertable or my partner’s penis, before I can insert it comfortably. That’s because every piece of the texture the Bound has can be felt. The rope aspects are certainly more defined and pronounced than I imagined them to be and can be uncomfortable if there isn’t enough warm-up and lube involved.
I am not a huge fan of thrusting when it comes to using this toy, although it can feel good if done slowly. Most of the time though, it feels a little coarse for my liking. I prefer to just twist it around gently or clench around it whilst using a clitoral vibrator. I find that this gives me all the benefits of the texture, without pushing me past my limits. The textured rope feels wonderful against my vaginal walls and opening, but doesn’t really apply any pressure or stimulation to the g or a-spot. I’d quite like to see a curved version of the Bound, if it’s possible to create, as I feel like the texture would be amazing against my sweet spot.
Overall, I love the design of the Bound. It’s so different to other toys that Tantus have made and I love the bondage/kink/cbt vibe that it has going on. It’s such a creative idea and I think it has been executed very well. I personally love it for vaginal use, as long as I’m in the mood for it, but I feel that it’s too much for me anally at this point. I prefer sleek, smooth surfaces in this orifice, so something simpler like the Uncut 2 is better for this purpose. If you were to ask me if I’d recommend the Bound, I’d love to scream “hell yeah, everyone needs one” but realistically, it’s not a toy that I can do that with. If you’re a fan of lots of defined texture, then definitely give it a go, but keep plenty of lube on hand. You’re gonna need it.
You can purchase the Tantus Bound ($61.95/£49.37) from Tantus. Affiliate links have been used within this review.