I’ve had a conflicted history with the Tantus Cush O2. I bought it with my Christmas money in July of last year, (2015) after lusting after it for almost a year. I’d read every review I could find, I’d held and poked it multiple times in my local sex shop, I’d told friends and partners all about it. It finally arrived in the mail, in a glorious silky purple that Tantus call Twilight, (the blue was out of stock) and I instantly fell in love.
The first time I used it, I was a little anxious, because it was bigger than anything I had ever used. But all I had to do was breathe and relax, and with the help of a bit of lube, it slid right in. I enjoyed the showing off, proving that I could take something with such a significant circumference, and the Cush soon took up residence in my bedside table, and I never thought twice before reaching for it. It was my dream dildo, pressing against my G-spot and giving a wonderful stretch. But I had only been taking hormones for 6 months, and my second puberty wasn’t yet over. Testosterone causes vaginal dryness, and I suspect lead to my vagina becoming tighter and less accommodating. I found that suddenly, overnight, I could no longer use the Cush. It hurt. I tore. I felt defeated. I had aspirations of being a size king, of owning dildos like the Vixen Randy and vibrators like the Fun Factory Big Boss. The Tantus Cush sat neglected in my toy drawer for over a year, until in August of this year. I was using the Tantus Acute. (Yes, I’m a slut for Tantus.) I felt loose, and like I wanted something more substantial to clench around. So I got up, and rooted through my toy drawer to find the Cush. I was wary, I wasn’t getting my hopes up, but I thought I might as well try. There was a moment of discomfort, but then there it was again – the eye-rolling fullness, the G-spot pressure. It felt like the moment you start to recognise your surroundings in the dark. Before then, masturbation for me was a one vibrator, one dildo deal. I’d never thought I’d need a warm up toy before. Now, I actually enjoy the gradual increase in size, and I can spend more time to really appreciate each toy. The Vixen Creations Mustang is a perfect step between the Acute and the Cush. The Tantus Cush has not returned to my bedside table, but I’m no longer scared to use it.
The Tantus O2 Cush is 7 inches in length, and 1.75 inches in diameter. This puts it on the larger end of dildos, and is to date the largest dildo I own. It comes in a Tantus-standard plastic box, the kind with a little viewing window, but without a toy bag. I keep the Cush in its original box, but it’s certainly quite scuffed after a year of more or less frequent use. It is a dual density dildo, meaning there is a softer outer layer of silicone, and a harder core. The softer white layer gives the dildo the lovely milky colour that I adored when I first saw it. This dual density is meant to make it feel more “realistic”, which I don’t think it does, but it is a much more forgiving dildo than others of its size, because it is softer and has more give. The Cush is fairly long and does hit my cervix if I’m not careful, but it’s so soft that this is rarely painful. The shape is semi-realistic, in that it looks vaguely like a penis but doesn’t have representative veins or come in any flesh tones. I personally like this because I find the “head” is good for g-spotting and I enjoy the sensation of more flared heads than of rounded ones. What breaks from the realism is the second ridge about two thirds of the way down the shaft. I’m not a fan of this ridge. Most of the time, it bumps just at my entrance, which can be at least uncomfortable, and at worst painful. I don’t find it particularly stimulating on the off occasion that I can get the Cush that far inside of me, but I enjoy the texture of the underside. I also find that the base is a odd to hold because it’s an uneven thickness, so when I thrust the Cush I generally use the portion of the shaft that won’t fit inside me. Nowadays, the Cush is more a “set it and forget it” dildo for me, which makes for some lazy masturbation sessions. Theoretically, this base means it’s harness compatible, but I once put it in a harness for simulated oral, and it was so heavy that it sagged downwards and pressed uncomfortably against my pelvic bone, so I imagine it would be even harder to penetrate someone with, and quite uncomfortable for the wielder.
This dildo is not a beginners dildo, and it’s not for someone who doesn’t know their limits. At USD85 or about AUD110, it’s not something a poor uni student like myself can buy without a bit of thought, but it’s cheaper than dual density dildos that are of a similar size. (the Vixskin Maverick, for example.) I love Tantus as a brand. They’re committed to quality, body safe toys, and their range is constantly growing. The prices aren’t nothing, but they aren’t exorbitant, and I’m willing to pay a bit of money for something that comes with a unique and appreciable texture. I always feel confident buying a Tantus toy, and the O2 range is no different. If you want to try something dual density, but not as large, go for the Flurry O2. In my opinion, the Tantus Cush O2 is still a no-brainer if you’re looking to upsize. It’s not without its downsides, but I still love it and think it’s well worth the challenge.