The Trans Consumer


The Deluxe Packing Pouch
January 20, 2011, 7:17 am
Filed under: 3.5/5, featured, harness, medium, rating, text, things | Tags: , , ,

This is the Deluxe Packing Pouch made by Gear Guy Gear (they call it the FTM Velcro Pouch) and distributed by Babeland. It’s one of Babeland’s newer products and costs $18.00. You can see photos here.

This packer harness worried me at first since the only thing holding it up is a strip of velcro. I was concerned about the possibility of it falling out of my pants while at work or while in the men’s room. I sucked it up and gave it a shot. The harness comes with instructions as to how exactly one gets the packer inside without damaging either of the products. The instructions were helpful but could have been more helpful with a visual presentation or by separating the paragraph into multiple steps. They also did not address my concern. I know it seems silly to wonder exactly how one is supposed to wear this, but I was, as I said earlier, afraid of it falling out and wanted to know the best way to avoid that.

The Deluxe Packing Pouch does its job without being the typical harness. One does not have to worry about a bunch of straps and whether or not they are loose or tight. This pouch simplifies the process allowing the customer to go on with hir day. It also keeps the stickiness of the cyberskin material off of your legs as the balls rest inside the pouch. Packers, for whatever reason, tend to make me feel dirty, so this is a huge plus for me.

The pouch only works on certain fabrics since it is only supported by velcro. Therefore, it fails to do its job a lot of the time. Its only purpose is to hold the packer up. This pouch really only works with knit materials. If wearing loose, knit boxer shorts, odds are the weight of the packer and pouch will weigh down your shorts.

Lastly, the manufacturer could benefit a lot and help out a lot of guys by making the Deluxe Packing Pouch STP compatible. They are becoming more and more popular, and this pouch does not meet those potential customers’ needs.

Costing a whopping $18.00 the Deluxe Packing Pouch is a little more than I’d like to spend on a sock with a hole and a velcro strap on it. While it can be incredibly useful to some people in some situations, it simply doesn’t meet the purpose it’s meant to meet.

I give it a 3.5/5 rating.

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Soft Pack (Mini) from Babeland
December 22, 2010, 11:58 am
Filed under: 4/5, featured, medium, packers, text, things | Tags: , , ,

theCircle has been a Babeland affiliate for months now mainly because we love that they provide good, inexpensive packers. We work with economically underprivileged persons, so having this resource is incredibly beneficial to our community. We thank them for that.

The cheapest packer Babeland provides is the Soft Pack. This packy comes in five different sizes: mini (3.5 inches/8.89 centimeters), small (4.5”/11.43 cm), medium (5.75”/14.61 cm), large (7”/17.78 cm). The larger the size, the higher the price. For this reason, we decided to review the mini Soft Pack.

The first thing you will notice when you pull this packy out of the box is that the shaft does not lie against the scrotum. Instead, it pokes straight out. When wearing slacks, jeans, or other relatively stiff pants, there is nothing to worry about. People on the street will not stare at your crotch in a negative way (wink wink). However, when wearing this packy with soft materials such as gym shorts, you should certainly where it under a pair of briefs to hold the shaft down. Otherwise, you might make innocent bystanders feel violated. If you don’t like briefs, you can always get the next size up. The shaft is longer, so it falls over the scrotum thanks to the added weight.

This specific packer is produced by Mango which no longer produces shades for persons darker complexions. This is not the fault of Babeland, but it is unfortunate that there is not an equally inexpensive packer for us persons of color.

There are wonderful things about this product. The first thing, as stated earlier, the price is one of the lowest on the market. This has an incredibly positive impact on our community making it more possible for trans* persons of lower incomes to reach a happy place in their transitions. This outweighs just about anything relatively negative about the product by far.

The design is very detailed. This along with the texture give you a pretty realistic cock. If you wanted to turn the Soft Pack into an STP, it would most certainly “pass” in the men’s room. The bulge it provides is also very natural (except in gym shorts) and is the perfect size. You don’t find people staring at your crotch, but the bulge isn’t practically invisible either.

The Soft Pack is easy to clean. All you need is water and soap. Conversely, it gets pretty sticky when you wear it. To avoid this, you can apply some cornstarch to it and store it in a cool, dry place. The back of the balls are slightly convex (it curves away from your body a tiny bit) making it so it fits comfortably against you and makes it so you don’t necessarily need a harness to wear it.

All in all, the Soft Pack is an awesome product that definitely needs to come in more colors. We give it a 4 out 5 rating.