Shipping is the bane of my Australian existence. I hate the waiting, I hate the “will it even get here” stress, and I hate the price. But, the fact is, my local sex shop is not omnipotent, and they don’t stock every sex toy I could possibly want, so shipping costs are a necessary evil. It added almost a third of the price to the New York Toy Collective Shilo, leading me to believe that I would never own it. That was, until I found the Slinky Minx. An Australian store! That stocked NYTC! I was in heaven.
Why was I so anxious to own the Shilo? Well, the Shilo seems to be the best pack-and-play dildo on the market. It has an inner posable core that makes it much more flexible than other pack-and-play dildos, avoiding the awkward half-boner that I’ve seen with dildos like the Tantus Pack-and-Plays. NYTC has enticing videos of people wearing their toys with hardly any bulge at all. The thought of wearing a dildo out for the whole day and being able to head home and just dive straight into sex is a luxury I never thought I’d have, but now it’s entirely possible.
The Shilo’s packaging is pretty uninspiring. In retrospect, for AUD 200, I wanted a box with at least a ribbon or something. It comes in what is essentially a zip lock bag with a little sticker on the front telling you which NYTC product is inside (which you already know because the bag is… clear). But when I first saw the Shilo sitting on my girlfriend’s desk, the packaging was the furthest thing from my mind. I pulled it out of the package and immediately had it in my hands. The Shilo is just as squishy as it’s promised to be, and I don’t find the harder inner core to be particularly noticeable when squeezing it in my hands, except just underneath the frenulum. It bended easily, and I wasn’t worried that it was going to snap under my hands. The realism is very impressive, with serious skin detail, and slight but visible veins.
The Shilo performs well when packing. I like a noticeable bulge even when soft packing, so I was able to achieve that, but it folds right between the legs to provide a much more subtle effect. I found that my legs pushed it around a little, so it became straighter in my pants, but my jeans are usually quite tight, so saved me from any awkward boner situations. However, you have to wear the Shilo with a normal harness rather than a packing harness, so you need a really comfortable harness if you’re going to be wearing it throughout the day. I haven’t used it with a RodeoH, but I imagine that would be the best option, or some other soft fabric harness like the Joque. Otherwise, I find that the combo of the Shilo, the leather straps, and the sweat makes a quick recipe for chafe.
At first, I didn’t love the Shilo when I used it vaginally. However, after a few attempts, I’ve found the right formula that makes the Shilo work for me. I find I have to be aroused before I start using the Shilo, so that my G-spot is a little more prominent, and that I have to thrust, so that the coronal ridge catches onto my G-spot and pulls at it. The head is a lot larger than it looks in photos, which aids this kind of tugging. This stimulation is quite gentle, but enough for an enjoyable addition to external stimulation. If I thrust too hard, the Shilo entirely straightens out, so it is not ideal if you need a pronounced curve to get G-spot or prostate stimulation. I also like to use the Shilo as a “set it and forget it” dildo, because the softer silicone is really fun to clench around. Although, sometimes I want something thicker after I’ve used it for a while, because while the Shilo is at my sweet spot of 1.5 inches in diameter, it feels a lot smaller in use because of the squishier silicone. I also expected the Shilo to be draggy because of its skin-like texture, but I found that it was easy to insert with sparing amount of a thin lube.
I’m going to deviate a little from the usual form of my reviews, and talk about how this dildo stands up when I’m fucking someone else. That was my original intention when buying the Shilo, and the appeal of a pack-and-play dildo is that you eventually get to fuck someone with it. I found that the bendiness made it hard to insert because the dildo would turn away from my girlfriend’s ass in a way that firmer dildos don’t, so I had to really concentrate on lining it up. I’ve heard from other reviews that the bendiness of the Shilo stops it from slipping out so much, but I found the opposite was true during rear-entry positions. It came out so much more often than, say, the Velvet did. In missionary, however, it stayed in well, but I find this is true of the position with most dildos. The base of the Shilo isn’t squishy, but I found it comfortable on my mons, and it didn’t bruise even after vigorous fucking. My girlfriend liked it plenty, and didn’t find that it poked her uncomfortably at any point, as other dildos of this length can.
The Shilo is nothing special when it comes to fucking, but if you want a pack and play dildo, in my opinion, there’s no competition. There’s something incredibly satisfying to being able to fuck on a minutes notice, and there’s an undeniable anticipation that comes with hard packing. If you want a dildo that is comfortable to wear and to fuck with, I don’t think you can go past the Shilo. It’s hardly my favourite dildo, but if I lost it somehow, I’d buy another one in a heartbeat.