This vibe, at first glance, has a lot going for it. I was drawn in by the ripply texture, the above average girth…and of course, the color. I am drawn to Technicolor sex toys like a moth to a flame, and that lovely shade of apple green got my attention. I also have enough experience with Fun Factory to know that they put some serious rumble into their vibrators, so the decision to snag this guy was pretty easy.
When my Patchy Paul arrived, I found it even more charming in person. The color was brighter than I thought, and it has an adorable little face that makes it look like an inquisitive inchworm. I realize that’s probably not going to work for everyone, but I have a thing for unusual/unique toy designs. If you’re more of a traditionalist, the face is subtle enough not to be a distraction in use.
Moving past appearances, this vibe is made of fairly soft silicone. The shaft of the toy has some give to it, and can be bent slightly. Typical of most Fun Factory toys, it has a matte finish that creates a bit of drag even when thoroughly lubed up. Patchy Paul is tapered along its 7.5 inch insertable length, and girth maxes out around 1.75 inches.
This toy is fully waterproof, and uses a magnetic charger. I find magnetic chargers to be a bit finicky, but this one is considerably less so than my We Vibe Touch. One charge will get you about 90 minutes of use. The controls are easy to use, with up and down arrows to change the intensity (8 levels) and an asterisk to cycle through the three vibration patterns. The loop handle makes it easy to hold this toy without accidentally smooshing buttons.
I wanted to love this toy for so many reasons, but sadly it didn’t live up to my expectations. For one thing, the soft silicone mutes the feel of the ripples so I don’t enjoy them as much as I would on a firmer toy. The bigger problem is the complete and utter lack of a curve. This toy is straight as an arrow, and as such, doesn’t do G spot stimulation well. I tried changing angles, I tried bending the toy slightly, but nothing quite worked. It felt good, certainly, but not great.
The other issue I have with this toy is its vibrations. Patchy Paul does, as expected, have a marvelously strong rumbly motor. However, the vibrations feel much stronger in the base of the toy than the tip. The curved “nose” of the toy, which is supposed to be targeting my G spot, doesn’t deliver the goods. Fully inserted, I feel the vibrations closer to where I need them… but they’re not focused. Patchy Paul is a big tease. It gets me going just fine, but orgasms are hard to come by (pun very much intended). I tend to pull this toy out only when I feel like a long, drawn out session, and end up finishing with something else.
If you’re in the market for a high end G spot vibe, I find the Lelo Mona 2 is far more effective. I have also read some good things about Fun Factory’s Big Boss model, and wonder if the curve and larger head might resolve some of the issues I experienced with Patchy Paul.