It was obsession at first sight for me and the Buck-Off. The fact that it’s a toy marketed for trans people, that it’s the OFFICIAL stroker of FTM porn star Buck Angel, their price, their use of a groan worthy pun: it was the perfect storm of things that Constance Augusta has Opinions about. It was like Perfect Fit wanted to draw me in, consuming me until I finally just had to buy it to get in there and see what the Buck-Off was all about.
Before going any further in this review I want to acknowledge that I’m definitely not the target audience for this particular toy. Although there are aspects of the Buck-Off that I’m not able to speak to, I do think that I can use my own knowledge to provide interested customers a general overview and more details than they can get from just looking at what the box says. This mini-review is based on images from the extra-mini-review that I posted on my Instagram Story back on January 28th.
While the Buck-Off uses the phrase “FTM” in their tagline it might be more accurate (if wordy) to say that they’re trying to serve any trans man or masc who uses testerone hormone replacement therapy and/or had phalloplasty or metoidioplasty and have had growth in their phallus but still find conventional strokers and masturbation sleeves too roomy. The idea here is that the Buck-Off scales down the standard closed top strokers/sleeves (the Tenga Eggs are the most well known example of this style) to provide that unique vacuum feel to a wider range of users.
The Buck-Off’s shape is somewhere between a pudgy bullet and a beauty blender sponge. The entire length is about as long as my thumb and is divided in half between the textured tunnel and the section on top that flares out before narrowing to form a rounded pyramid. My rough measurement puts the opening at about three-quarters of an inch in diameter which is the tightest opening that I’m aware of among closed-top strokers. The ridges running through the inside make the tunnel even tighter than the opening, providing more pressure and sensations during use. It’s made of SilaSkin, a remarkably soft material with an almost velvety feel that I personally find soothing just to hold in my hand like a stress toy (To be fair, my stress/fidget toy on my desk is also masturbation sleeve that I squeeze and play with while working.)
SilaSkin is also super stretchy with enough give to it that I was able to put it on my own dick and masturbate, pulling the textured tunnel past my head and down my shaft.
Perfect Fit uses a mix of silicone and TPR to make their SilaSkin and washing it is a breeze: just use warm water and alcohol-free soap, making sure to turn it inside-out to get in there and scrub between the ridges. Perfect Fit only recommends using water based lubes which makes sense since silicone lube can damage the silicone in SilaSkin and oil will degrade the materials over time. Unlike pure silicone toys that can make contact with one another with no issue, the presence of TPR means that prolonged contact with similar materials will lead to them melting together so be mindful of this when putting it away after use.
The big question is how does the toy feel? This is the area where my review moves into an area of more “professional” speculation. When used on my own dick the ridges are definitely noticeable, something which I don’t always experience with the ubiquitous Tenga eggs. While on my phallus the stretch prevents the vacuum feel from developing but I can mimic it by using it on my thumb and I was surprised by just how much suction I felt. You’re probably going to want some sort of lube to prevent the Buck-Off from catching and dragging your skin. Anything water based is good with this but the SilaSkin is soft enough that you might be fine with saliva or whatever wetness you may produce when aroused.
The sucking sensation that I refer to is produced by the push-pull motion of jacking off which pushes down pressurized air and pulls up in a vacuum, much in the same way that a toilet plunger functions. (I think. Physics isn’t one of my strong points and I relied to heavily on this breakdown of pressure and toilet plungers to puzzle my way through it.) It’s the vacuum that sets the Buck-Off and other closed top strokers apart from the comparably sized Doc Johnson Goodhead, a textured double-ended sleeve that has seen popularity among some trans men and mascs. While the Goodhead provides the snug fit that some may want, its open ended design means that the sensation is focused on the textured interior on the shaft without also creating a vacuum suction.
But is the Buck-Off really that unique? It was this question that made me want to take a closer look at the Buck-Off since my initial impression was one of skepticism that it could perform all that differently from other similarly sized (and cheaper) strokers. As soon as I opened the package I could tell that the Buck-Off had much thicker walls than the Tenga Egg, a feature that in my experience tends to mean more sensation. The most comparable toy in my sex drawers was the Blue Valentine Sexy Pills from Dorcel which had the most similar length, wall thickness, and texture to the Buck-Off.
Right off the bat it was obvious that the Blue Valentine couldn’t provide the same tightness and vacuum effect as the slimmer Buck-Off. At least not initially. If you squeeze a bit with your hand along the base and shaft of a standard stroker you can replicate some of the sensation of the Buck-Off. I wasn’t able to quite get the same amount of vacuum pull (I suspect this is because it lacks the pyramid shape atop the Buck-Off) but I wasn’t using it on my dick so this is heavily speculation on this point.
As I’ve been saying throughout the review, this toy was not built with my genitals in mind so the best I can offer is just a more in-depth overview for people deciding whether or not they want to spend the $20-$30. While I originally approached the Buck-Off with some skepticism (Look, I always assume products marketed at trans people are just ways to cash in on us by up-charging while calling it “representation” or “activism”) I do think that it’s distinctive enough to merit attention. As with any sex toy there’s no promise that it’s going to work for every body but I think that with trans specific sex toys in particular there’s a greater chance that not having a toy work for you will feel like a invalidation of your gender. So with that in mind I want to just be super clear that NOT EVERY TOY WILL WORK FOR EVERY BODY AND THAT’S TOTALLY NORMAL AND FINE.
If you think you’ll be able to get a nice snug fit where the base of the Buck-Off meets your body and are fine taking a gamble with $20-$25 then the Buck-Off might be right up your alley. If you’ve tried other strokers but found them too roomy or with an uninspiring texture you might luck out with this option. That being said, I don’t think there’s any reason not to play around with some other (cheaper) options! Maybe in the end all you need is to apply some pressure to a Tenga Egg or use a rubber-band to pinch off the top of a Goodhead or whatever else your mind can dream up. After all, as easy as it can be to have your identity affirmed through capitalism there’s something to be said for the satisfaction of DIY-ing your way to the perfect toy for you and your body.
I purchased Perfect Fit’s Buck-Off for my own use and review.