An above average thrill for the average guy.
After working on our first Fleshlight deep-dive article, I came away thinking that the full-size Fleshlight’s relatively massive size and hefty weight are, at the same time, two of its great features and two of its weaknesses. On the one hand, the mass makes it feel substantial and high quality. Even more importantly, it effectively isolates your hand from the source of stimulation—a big component of the Fleshlight magic—making solo activities feel mentally and physically more exciting in a way that a solo experience typically does not. On the other hand, the full-size Fleshlight is honkin’. At 10-inches and nearly 1.5 lbs., it’s hard to hide (if that’s a concern), it takes quite a while for the inside to dry after cleaning, and the sheer size of it can make it a little awkward for partner play.
It’s also worth noting that for the vast majority of us guys (90%) who are around textbook average penis size—between 4 and 6.3-inches, the final 4 to 5 inches of the 10-inch full-size Fleshlight goes underutilized and unappreciated. So why all the awkward bulk when most of us only need maybe 5 or 6-inches? It seems Fleshlight (and perhaps enough of their customers) have asked the same question, and the answer may be the new Fleshlight Go—a more compact version of the same wildly popular male sex toy that has made the name “Fleshlight” known.
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A little less length.
A little less weight.
A little less money.
A lot fewer texture and entry options (so far)
A look at the numbers:
|Case Entry width:||3.5″||3″|
|Case End width:||2.25″||2″|
|Weight:||1lb 6oz.||< 1 lb.|
The Fleshlight Go is available as two different models as of its introduction in July 2015: a Fleshlight Go “Pink Lady”, which looks just like a downsized version their original cartoon-pink-vagina-in-a-tube full-size Fleshlight, and the Fleshlight Go Ice, a smaller version of their regular full-size see-through Ice Fleshlight but with a generic happy hole entry they call “Pure” (as opposed to any sort of anatomical likeness).
Only a little cheaper, but that’s okay because it doesn’t feel cheaper and there’s almost enough change left over for lube.
Each Fleshlight Go set us back $58.95*, which is just $11 less than the $69.95 price of each full-size regular Fleshlight. (Be sure to check the latest price on the site though. We don’t usually come back and update prices but sometimes prices do change and sales happen.) So, although it looks like the Fleshlight Go isn’t exactly a budget Fleshlight, the price difference is almost enough to cover the $11.95 cost of a 4oz. bottle of the excellent Fleshlight-branded Fleshlube water-based lubricant—and getting some isn’t a bad idea. So, at least there’s that. (And yes, we included some with our order.)
One of the original full-size Fleshlight’s acclaimed features is the enormous variety of texture options (see step 3), each creating a unique and different type of sensation (sort of like pleasure flavors). So far though, each of the two Fleshlight Go models is only available with its own single special texture. Likewise, they’re each only available with one entry option. That may be a small disappointment to some who have been hoping for smaller versions of the entire Fleshlight catalog of thrills, but as I’ll elaborate when we get to the section on what these models feel like, neither of these two textures really left me wishing for more. (We’ll keep an eye out to see if the texture selection expands though.)
Impression out of the box: a right-sized Fleshlight
…but if you’re packing more than 7.5-inches, this probably isn’t your Fleshlight.
Flashing back to the original full-size Fleshlight review, I remember a slight sense of shock the first time I saw the size of the original Fleshlight in person. “Where the f*ck am I going to hide this thing when company comes over?” I immediately thought. In fact, the size itself is part of the embarrassment factor. It’s not so much simply that it was a sex toy (it’s 2015, doesn’t everyone have at least one these days)—but it’s so huge, it comes off as a very ambitious sex toy (for lack of a better word). The Fleshlight: 10-inches long. Me: just under 6-inches long. “Who the hell do you think you’re fooling,” said every sex partner I’ve ever had.
The Fleshlight Go, on the other hand, looks and feels like it was “right-sized” for me (and most guys). It somehow makes a Fleshlight seem more approachable and commonplace—not only physically scaled right for an “average sized” guy, but maybe even more socially comfortable because it’s not so much honkin’ huge sex toy in your face. Yet, for all the length and weight that it has dropped, it still has enough mass to make it feel solid and substantial. The Fleshlight Go is all the Fleshlight goodness, but scaled down without any initial apparent decrease in quality.
In the hand it feels balanced, nicely weighted, and comfortably scaled. If I had never held a regular full-sized Fleshlight in my hand, it would never have occurred to me that there would ever be a need for a bigger one and I probably wouldn’t even think of it as being compact. Then again, if I was blessed with a couple more inches, I might look at Fleshlight Go and think, “yeah, that’s not going to work”. It probably goes without saying, but if you happen to be above average (above 6.3-inches), or if you’re particularly girthy down there, you’ll probably be more comfortable in one of the 100+ full-size Fleshlight options. But if you can fit, the Fleshlight Go’s compact size gives it a few distinct advantages.
Four reasons you might want the Fleshlight Go instead of the regular Fleshlight
Let’s just jump in and hit the high points about both the new Fleshlight Go models. After spending some time with both the Fleshlight Go models and comparing them to some full-size Fleshlight models from the original review, I found some very compelling reasons to go with the Go:
1. The Fleshlight Go is more discreet than the full-size Fleshlight.
I didn’t think a half-inch difference in the width and a 2.5-inch difference in the length would make such a difference in the ease with which they can be stored/hidden, but there are drawers in my closet that the Fleshlight Go will fit into but a full-size Fleshlight won’t (especially with a few pairs of underwear stacked on top to make sure it’s not accidently stumbled upon by anyone who shouldn’t be in my underwear drawer in the first place). Likewise, if it’s just sitting on a shelf in the closet, it’s a little easier to overlook than the big 10-inch Feshlight. As I wrote in the original Fleshlight review, nobody is going to mistake a full-size Fleshlight for a flashlight. With the black Fleshlight Go however, it’s a real possibility (though, not sure if that’s really a good thing or a bad thing when the lights suddenly go out).
The Fleshlight company markets the Fleshlight Go as being “for the man on the Go”. I’ve never traveled anywhere with a Fleshlight, but if I did, the Go would definitely be the better option compared to the big Fleshlight. Though, in terms of discrete, tasteful design, the differently designed but equally compact Fleshlight Flight is still more discrete than the Fleshlight Go, partially because the shape isn’t as widely recognized as the classic Fleshlight shape. So, if I ever did leave the house with a Fleshlight for some reason, the Flight would be my choice.
See also: Fleshlight Go vs. Fleshlight Flight
2. The Fleshlight Go (Surge) is easier to clean and faster to dry than the full-size Fleshlight.
Once the post-orgasmic afterglow dies down, it can seem like the same Fleshlight that just served you up 10 minutes of pure indulgent sexual bliss without asking anything in return suddenly becomes just another mess to clean up. (Oh wait…I guess it does need something in return after all.) In the original Fleshlight review, the cleanup and, to a greater degree, the drying after the cleanup was one of the few downsides to the whole experience. But simply because it is smaller, the Fleshlight Go Surge is just a little easier to clean out and more quick to dry than the full-size Fleshlight, meaning you can get it cleaned up and out of sight more swiftly, which in turn means that you’re going to be inclined to use the Fleshlight Go more often than you might otherwise. Though, if you want something that dries even more quickly, I’ve found the Fleshlight Flight to be the quickest to dry so far.
Note that I’ve called out the Surge up there. The Fleshlight Go Ice is another story when it comes to drying. Whereas the Surge was dry within a couple of hours sitting out near a ceiling fan, the Fleshlight Go Ice took over 48 hours to dry in the same location.
3. The Fleshlight Go is far more practical for partner play.
For it just being you and you alone, a Fleshlight provides a remarkably satisfying experience compared to your own hand, but a Fleshlight in the hands of a giving partner takes on an entirely different dimension. (And I’ve read that from the giving partner’s perspective, it can be like giving a handjob but with superpowers—the Fleshlight does most of the work.) We really can’t stress enough how amazing it can be to incorporate toys into mutual pleasure with a partner, and the more compact size of the Fleshlight Go makes it much easier to do exactly that. Over the course of writing doing this article, I had the extreme pleasure of being on the receiving end of a couple of Fleshlight Go-assisted handjobs from my beautiful up-for-whatever wife and In Bed co-editor (one and the same). In her words, “it was so much better than when we tried it with the big Fleshlight. It fits easily in one hand, it’s easier to move, it’s less awkward, and I don’t feel as disconnected from you as I did with the giant Fleshlight.”
Of the two Fleshlight Go models, the Ice is particularly great for partner play. We’ll go into more detail on each of the two models further down.
4. You get to experience a greater range of sensations through the length of the sleeve
This is specifically in contrast to full-size sleeves that evolve and change over the length, such as the Destroya, as opposed to ones like the Wonder Wave which are (delightfully) repetitive. If you’re an average sized guy using a full-size sleeve that offers some completely different textures/sensation in the final half or third of the sleeve, you don’t usually get to experience those sensations at the end (unless you pull the sleeve out and use it without the case). But with the Go (and Flight), all the different sensations will be more within your reach. So, in some ways you’re getting more of your money’s worth if what you value is the depth of sensation, and it’s a difference you can feel. As an average sized guy myself, I sometimes have this mental frustration over “missing out” on some of what the full-size sleeves have to offer, but with the more compact Fleshlights, I have this satisfaction of knowing I’m getting to feel all of it.
Two big reasons why you might still prefer the full-size Fleshlight over the Fleshlight Go
Although the Fleshlight Go has a lot going for it (pun intended) and is really great for people who want something more compact, there are a few areas in which the original Fleshlight is still the better choice.
1. If you’re longer than average (longer than 6.3-inches), the big Fleshlight is probably the right-size Fleshlight for you.
This one is a no-brainer, but it’s easily the most compelling black and white reason to choose the full-size Fleshlight over the Fleshlight Go. Although you might still be able to use a Fleshlight Go without the cap on if don’t mind going past the end of the sleeve, it would be an expensive chance to take, and there’s no returning a Fleshlight if it doesn’t fit.
2. If you want to choose from a wide variety of sensation textures, the full-size Fleshlight is your choice.
Currently, the Fleshlight Go is only available in two models, each with a single texture option. Those two textures feel amazing to me—not realistic, but amazing—but they might not be as appealing to you as some of the others. Particularly noteworthy is the fact that the most realistic (sex-like) Fleshlight texture, the Lotus/Mini Lotus, which is a particularly good first Fleshlight and the best choice for curtailing masturbation death grip, is among those textures not available on the Fleshlight Go. We’ll keep an eye out to see if Fleshlight expands the texture offerings on the Go, but until then, the full-size Fleshlight is where it’s at if you want the classic or specialty models.
The Fleshlight Go Surge In-depth
You’re probably wondering if the Fleshlight Go is tighter than the full-size Fleshlight…
To me, the Fleshlight Go Surge felt just slightly tighter, and it was a very subtle and gentle tightness. In fact, I would describe it as more “hugging” than “tight”, and I’m more than happy about that.
The Surge is a unique sensation
Unlike anything I’ve ever felt in my life, sexually speaking.
Although the black-case Fleshlight Go is only available (currently) with one texture called “Surge”, which is unique to the Fleshlight Go, the sensation of the Surge really surprised me—in a good way. Of the now six different Fleshlights I’ve tried for In Bed articles, the Fleshlight Go Surge has landed as one of my favorites. To me, it doesn’t feel very realistic*—it feels, in fact, unlike anything I’ve ever felt in terms of sexual sensation, and that’s actually really cool. With the other Fleshlight textures I’ve experienced, I can usually describe the sensations by likening them to sensations that are familiar and generally appealing, such as “swirling”, “undulating” or “gentle squeezing”—all amazing feelings when encountered by a penis, but familiar. I’m finding it hard to describe the Surge though, but here it goes. The two words that I’ve finally come up with to describe what I felt inside the Fleshlight Go Surge are “fizzy” and “sparkly” (especially when moved slowly), which sounds totally bizarre in a sexual context, but it’s a really cool feeling.
To me, it feels like my penis is surrounded by hundreds, if not thousands, of tiny little individual pleasure activators that are triggering at different moments but still somehow working together as one and traveling up and down as the Fleshlight moves. It’s almost a “fizzing” or tiny bubble-popping sensation. And when you look at what the surge looks like on the inside, you can sort of see how that would happen with the multitude of cross-hatches running in different directions. It’s sort of like a “micro-texture” when you compare it to many of the textures on the full-size Fleshlights. It also made me contemplate the perception of different sexual sensations in terms of resolution, in which case the Surge feels like an ultra-high resolution texture with lots of tiny little details and nuances I haven’t really noticed in any of the other larger-scaled Fleshlight textures that I’ve experienced. Notice the little rings of bumps in the middle of the sleeve. Rather than perceive that as a distinct sensation, it felt almost like a break between the sparkly cross-hatch sections, which makes the subsequent wave of cross-hatches feel even more intense.
The six total Fleshlights I’ve tried might be a small number compared to how many some full-time serious toy reviewers out there on the interwebs have written about, and it’s definitely a very small sampling of the huge variety that Fleshlight offers, so there may be some full-size Fleshlights out there that create a similar sensation and I’m just not aware of them. But to me, the sensation of the surge was exciting, totally new, and unique. And isn’t that one of the things you want from a sex toy—variety?
I specifically picked the Vortex as the full-size Fleshlight to compare the Surge to because, of the ones I had tried thus far, the sensation of the Vortex was the most interesting and the design looked almost as intricate as the Surge. And, I actually did try both the full-size Vortex and the Fleshlight Go Surge at the same time (alternating during the same session), and I do still highly recommend the Vortex if you want a non-realistic full-size Fleshlight. But, the Fleshlight Go Surge most definitely has something very special of its own going for it beyond just being more compact and discrete.
Update: A reader recently posted on reddit that he strongly disagreed with my description that the Go Surge doesn’t feel realistic and that he didn’t feel the “fizz” or “sparkle” that I described. I realized that his perspective might be different because it was his first Fleshlight, whereas I’ve tested out quite a few items of this nature and am sort of looking for specific sensations. A lot of you may be considering the Go Surge as your first Fleshlight, so I wanted to also share the opinion of someone who bought and reviewed it as their first Fleshlight too. Just about any Fleshlight is going to feel more sex-like than your hand, so I can totally see it feeling comparatively realistic if it’s the only Fleslight you’ve ever felt. So, I don’t think you’d be disappointed by the Go Surge if realism is what you want and you also want a smaller Fleshlight. You can read his counterpoint in the Fleshlight subreddit here, and I really appreciate this coming to my attention!
Fleshlight Go Surge bottom line: all smiles.
If you can fit into a Fleshlight Go Surge, and you already have a full-size Fleshlight, the Surge will be an excellent additional Fleshlight that will give you some real variety without adding as much bulk to your collection as you would by having another massive Fleshlight in your drawer. And if you’re looking for your first Fleshlight; if you think you can fit comfortably; and a close-as-possible-to-real-sex sensation isn’t your priority, the Fleshlight Go Surge will probably turn you into a life-long Fleshlight fan. It could easily be all the Fleshlight you could want or need for a long time…until your curiosity about other sensations gets the best of you.
The Fleshlight Go Ice Torque, in-depth
The Fleshlight Ice is Fleshlight’s clear see-through Fleshlight that lets you, and perhaps a delighted or amused partner, see all the feel-good action happening inside. The full-size Ice has been around for a while and seems to be fairly popular, but the compact Go version is brand new. Since we wanted to do a solid comparison of the new compact models vs. the original full-size models, I had to order a full-size Ice as well, making this my first experience with any of the see-through products.
Sticky sleeve, stickier lid
I’ll save my full impressions of the full-size Ice vs the Go Ice for a dedicated Fleshlight Ice article, but I’ll go ahead and mention that what many others have written about the original full-size Fleshlight Ice seems to be just as true for the Fleshlight Go Ice Torque—the sleeve material is sticky compared to a regular Fleshlight. We always photograph the products we feature on the site before they are ever used (because nobody wants to see HD photos and video of someone’s used sex toy), but even just handling the Feshlight Ice products in order to position them for different photo angles left a cloud of fingerprints. I would definitely recommend against applying corn starch/renewing powder—as is suggested for the regular Fleshlights—because I would imagine it would cause some clouding. The stickiness is a little worrisome, but it appears that if you want the unique experience of seeing what’s going on inside, it’s the tradeoff you have to make because of how the material is engineered.
The lid on the Fleshlight Ice Go we received was unusually difficult to twist off and put back on. At one point I was even afraid it was going to break because I had to apply so much force to loosen the lid. Of the several Fleshlight products I’ve tried out, I’ve never experienced any problems or flaws with any of the products at all, so I imagine this is an isolated issue. I contacted customer service and although they were apologetic, their policy is to only replace the lid or the case if a crack or break actually results. That was a little disappointing but I also understand that “sticky lid” might be hard to interpret. We’ll see how it goes over the long-term.
A “big” surprise: The Ice Go makes your penis look bigger
It totally made me laugh out loud. It puts the fun back into a (adult) toy…
The Fleshlight Go Ice does something kind of cool that isn’t mentioned on the Fleshlight site and I have no idea if it’s an intentional feature or just a happy coincidence but—somehow the Fleshlight Go Ice appeared to magnify my penis when it’s inside, making it look almost 50% bigger than it actually is. I was anticipating the sight of myself inside the smaller Fleshlight Go Ice appearing larger in comparison to the full-size Ice (which doesn’t perform the same optical illusion), but the additional magnification is really entertaining. This is particularly interesting because…
We think the Fleshlight Go Ice Torque is the best Fleshlight for partner play ever.
…one of the longest, strongest, and most memorable orgasms I’ve ever had through the use of a Fleshlight.
On InBedMagazine.com, we continually advocate the use of sex toys as a way for couples to expand their “sex menu”, and although we (my super-hot, super-fun co-editor and wife) and I have given it a go with a full-size Fleshlight a few times in our own bedroom, the man-hand size of the Fleshlight has always been a little awkward for her to work with and thus, the whole thing has always been a little awkward for us both in general. The smaller and more compact Fleshlight Flight Pilot was an improvement in terms of size, but since she still can’t feel me through the case or see what is happening, there’s still a lack of feedback and, in some ways, a missing element of intimacy.
The combination of the comfy one-hand size and the see-through feature of the Fleshlight Go Ice Torque, on the other hand, finally makes the Fleshlight truly fun for a couple to play with. In fact, the Go Ice texture didn’t really blow me away when I tried it on my own—it was good, but it didn’t wow me the way the Go Surge did—but on the evening that we decided to see how well the Fleshlight Go Ice worked in a hand-job-with-super-powers scenario, it was a completely different story. We were both mesmerized together as we watched the textures inside the Fleshlight Go Ice surround and move over me. She noticed which parts of the Ice textures hitting which of my sweet spots caused me to react with gasps and smiles, and she began to modulate her movements to focus the most stimulating parts of the texture on different sweet spots in different ways. She got creative and enthusiastic, which translated into an amazing experience for me. In fact, it culminated with one of the longest, strongest, and most memorable orgasms I’ve ever had through the use of a Fleshlight. (Not to mention that watching such a powerful orgasm happen inside the Fleshlight was really cool for both of us. Honestly, I can’t wait to do that with her again.)
There’s no doubt about it—being able to see inside made the experience great and truly intimate for us as a couple. The compact size made it easy. (And yes, I paid her back in full using her favorite toy ever, the Revel Sonice Vibrator.)
Impressions of the Fleshlight Go Ice Torque Texture
As I mentioned in the previous section, on my own, the Ice texture didn’t wow me quite the same way that the Fleshlight Go Surge texture did, but the Surge texture left such an impression on me that it probably wasn’t fair to try out the Ice so soon after the Surge. And make no mistake, it definitely feels really nice. Plus, my experience with it in the hands of my wife showed me that there’s a lot more to a Fleshlight’s pleasure potential than just the texture alone.
But about that texture—the sensation is a combination of ribbing/waves, which is fairly subtle, and a very pleasant squeezing, which is the result of the the canal width changing and creating different chambers. About halfway through the sleeve is a flared, bulbous chamber with nubs, which does create a really nice enveloping and kneading sensation that contrasts nicely with the ribbing. (Damn…I feel like I’m starting to describe Fleshlight textures the same way someone would describe wine—”with hints of cranberry”. I’ve seriously been working on this article too long.) The head of my penis reaches just about an inch past that flared chamber of nubs, which puts some of my sweetest nerve-rich spots right in the middle of those nubs when I’m all the way in—and that feels really, really good. It was that part of the texture hitting that particular underside sweet spot that my wife picked up on and began to take advantage of with breathtaking results.
The next day, I tried out the full-size Fleshlight Ice with the Crystal texture and it honestly left me longing for the Go version of the Ice. This might simply be because my own physical scale matches up so much better with the scale of the Fleshlight Go than it does with the full-size Fleshlight, and perhaps if you’re bigger down there, the full-size Ice texture does something pretty special for you. But for me, the Go Ice was the winner over the full-size Ice.
The Fleshlight Go Ice’s weakness: drying time
I think I’m actually going to have to blow-dry this thing.
As I write this, the Fleshlight Go Ice sleeve has been sitting in an open, airy, dry room under a ceiling fan spinning for over 48 hours and it still isn’t dry inside. It’s the longest-drying Fleshlight I’ve tested. By comparison, the Fleshlight Go Surge dried in just a few hours of sitting out. If it’s not dry by tomorrow morning, I’m probably going to resort to sticking it directly in front of a fan or blow-drying it (talk about non-sexy things to do with a sex toy). It’s a complicated texture and a somewhat different material than the regular pink Fleshlights, so this long dry time isn’t a total surprise. But, if you are in a situation where you need an ultra-discrete sex toy that you can use, clean up, dry, and put away quickly without people wondering why in the world a dude in 2015 is using a hair dryer in the bathroom (personally, I don’t know any guys who blow dry), this isn’t the right Fleshlight for you. Look into the super-fast drying Fleshlight Pilot instead.
If you aren’t aware of the importance of making sure a Fleshlight is completely dry before storing it, be sure to check out the Cleaning and Care section of our original Fleshlight deep-dive article.
After using both of the new compact Fleshlight Go models, as well as the compact Fleshlight Pilot being my own favorite use-whenever Fleshlighight (meaning just because I want to, not for the sake of writing an article for In Bed readers), going back to a full-size Fleshlight feels kind of silly and excessive to me…like being 20, single, and driving a Chevy Suburban or some other huge, clumsy car. If you range from below average size, all the way up to 6.5-inches, the compact Fleshlight Go Surge could easily be all the Fleshlight you could need or want for a long time to come. The Surge texture alone is sensational enough to make it a worthy second Fleshlight, assuming you can fit. And if you’re in a relationship and want a Fleshlight that is fun and easy to use with a partner, the Fleshlight Go Ice is a blast. Get them both and you’ve got your bases covered.
However, if you want a specific texture that isn’t offered in the Go size, or if you’re blessed with over 6.5-inches of cock (pardon me if I don’t feel too sorry for you), the full-size Fleshlights are the only way to go. But don’t feel like you’re missing out—that still leaves you with over 67 different regular full-size models to choose from, plus 97 different variations of the Fleshlight Girls series, which are based on 27 different internet sex celebrities. I think you’ll be okay.