The Tantus Pelt is a silicone paddle, provided to us at no cost by Tantus. Here is our honest review.
The Tantus Pelt is made from Tantus’ own blend of premium silicone, making it vegan and boilable. It measures 11.6″ long and is 3″ wide at its widest point. It has an oval shape of thinner satin-finish silicone at the business end, and thicker silicone at the handle. The Tantus Pelt is well-balanced for a paddle. It retails for about $49.
Topping with the Tantus Pelt is an exercise in wrist control and angles. If you’re inexperienced, try a few whacks on a pillow first. The Tantus Pelt means business. Being a thin silicone, the Tantus Pelt is flexible. Despite having a thicker handle, that, too is flexible. Getting the intensity you want out of it takes practice. You have to anticipate and balance the curve in the handle along with the curve in the paddle itself. I found holding higher up on the handle yielded best results. Angles are important, too. A downward stroke has a very different impact from a backhand, and offers more control.
The Tantus Pelt is best for slow, purposeful strokes. It wobbles too much for me to confidently dole out quick flicks. I also found, for a good stinging impact, I had to move my body more to get the same sensation on the left as the right (I’m right-handed).
Having to put this much thought into each stroke made it far more difficult to use than the Tantus Plunge. Unlike the Plunge, the Pelt’s handle isn’t designed for penetration. It’s strictly an impact toy. However, I liked the results, especially when I left an oval paddle-shaped bruise on Carrie’s left buttcheek.
The Tantus Pelt has the same smooth matte finish as the Tantus Plunge Paddle, but that’s about where the comparisons end. From the receiving end, it is clear that the paddle is a lot more difficult to control and maintain steady strokes than other similar paddles we have. When it strikes well, it the smooth sting feels great, but it’s just as likely to be followed up by an off-centered stroke, a smack with entirely too much thud, or getting pelted with the tip of the paddle, due to the highly flexible nature of the paddle. One particularly misplaced thud left a bruise on my left buttcheek that didn’t go away for a week. And I work at a desk for a living. She liked it. I was not impressed.
During each after-care session, we would talk about how, with this toy, the strokes need to be slower and more deliberate, and how Mary would need to reposition when she wanted to change which side she was striking. This isn’t a bad toy, but it takes concentration, a slower rhythm, and a very deliberate hand to deliver exactly what you’re after.
The Tantus Pelt is a toy for slow, methodic, well thought-out strikes. It takes more effort to control, and often results in a thuddy sensation. If you’re into slow, thuddy whacks, this would be a great option for you. If you prefer more of a sting, try a thinner paddle or go for broke with the Plunge, which offers an insertable handle as a bonus.
Thanks to Tantus for letting us review this toy!