When Weredog entered the anthropomorphic dildo scene roughly two years ago, I immediately got dozens of questions about their material and manufacturing quality. Because of that, I am glad that thanks to Regulation I am able to be reviewing one of their most requested toys in this series.
Update May 7th 2021: When I published this review about ¾ of a year ago, I was kind of torn what to think about this toy: I like the shape and design but the soft firmness ruined it for me. Now I have gotten a signature colored XL Gage in firm which addresses this issue. So I am revisiting and updating this review.
The Gage starts with a dulish, almost human like glans. Around the rim there is a thick and wide ridge, almost like on the SquarePeg Acorn. The shaft below has an overall oval shaped and is two-parted. On the upper, slightly barrel-shaped two-thirds texture it king. On front there is a cluster of four three-parted scales while on the back a network of on big horizontal and two smaller vertical veins add a little stimulation. The shaft’s lower third is an enormous smooth knot. At the bottom the knot’s two semi-spheres taper towards a tiny neck which again flows into wide and sturdy base.
If you choose the toy in any firmness but firm, the size of the neck becomes a problem since it is too thin to support the massive shaft. I have several toys that cannot stand upright on its own (for example Bad Dragon’s Elden) but a soft or medium firmness Gage is an extreme case! The neck is so thin and bendy that riding the toy is a challenge! My testees and I had to focus on “controlling” the shaft when riding that it took away part of enjoying the texture. Luckily my firm Gage fixed this issue. It stands upright on its own and doesn’t break out when riding it. At Shore 00-45 the firm version is about as firm as a Bad Dragon medium so the texture is not too scruffy. But of course the knotting in firm is hefty. The base is lightly textured with small ridges and mimics the look of a huge ball sack giving the toy a secure stand.
Note: I am doing this review based on the XL which I measured. All other numbers in this table are based on a quotient between my toy’s length and the length on the website, assuming that the sizes scale proportionately.
|Size||Overall Length||Insertable Length||Glans Rim||Mid Shaft||Above Knot||Knot||Neck|
The Gage like all Weredog toys is made out of pure platinum silicone. This has a couple of advantages: Being super-smooth it is not only easy to insert but bacteria have a hard time lingering on it. Furthermore it is easy to clean: Just use soap water, give it a good brush to get the lube off, let the toy dry, spray some sanitizer on it and you are got to go. Though two words of warning: Only use water- or oil-based lubes on silicone toys. The silicone oil in silicone lube will disintegrate the silicone and destroy the toy over the long run. Also, silicone does not play well with other plasticizers. So store it separately. Luckily, the toy comes with a nifty black storage cotton bag that offers some level of protection. Weredog uses a silicone with a velvet-like surface. The makes the silicone slightly sticky to lube does stay in place more easily. The disadvantage is that it easily attracts dust. For the pictures in this review is washed the Gage and dried it with a high end microfiber cloth. In the process of taking the pictures, I could watch the toy getting more and more dusty…
All Weredog toys at used to come Regulation come in “Jet” colour which is an interesting shade of black, almost a very dark anthracite and medium firmness. Now they come in the signature color which means for Gage a blue tip that fades and dribbles to black while the base is snow white. It is an interesting look that especially comes to live under UV or blue playroom lighting. Firmness wise they are split: They have a firm base (Shore 00-45) and a medium (Shore 00-41) body which mean Weredog leans to the softer end of the firmness spectrum. To give you a comparison example with a popular and widely used toy: The knot has roughly the same diameter of a large SquarePeg Acorn. In SuperSoft the Acorn feels firmer than Gage’s medium firmness knot.
Playing with Gage
The clever and complex design of Gage make it a treat for everybody interested in high intensity anal play. To be honest, it is a toy more for the experienced player because the dull tip takes some pre-stretched and already loose sphincter to let Gage in. But once the glans penetrates the anus, the FFun begin.
The first highlight is the bulge around the glans rim. It is very voluminous and thick so it is perfect for triggering the stretch sensation of the many nerve endings inside the anus. With a bit of training and taking the glans reverse you can even target the prostate.
Though the real means for prostate stimulation (and in one [locked] case of testee panel member prostate milking…) on Gage are the scales. Their relatively steep ridges are not as intense as they might look at a first glance due to the material being quite soft. The flow of rise and drop when riding the shaft creates an intense massage sensation both at the anus and the prostate. Two testeee panel members created a “sport” to find the right amount of lube and speed to get to a friction sweet spot. Riding the barrel-shaped upper two-thirds of the shaft stretches and makes the hole nicely loose.
This looseness is absolutely necessary because the knot sits perfectly perpendicular towards the rest of the shaft. Yes, the two semi-spheres of it are somewhat guiding the sphincter to open up. But still, the massive size, the stretch being perpendicular towards the anus’ ergonomics and the steep slopes will be a challenge, taking the hole’s stretch to the max. And once the knot pops in, it locks in place due to the thin neck. Adding to this effect are the knot’s shallower slopes at the bottom that intensify the stretch when taking it out. All things considered, taking Gage’s knot is one of the more intense, probably also extreme experience in toy play. But also very rewarding and literally fulfilling. The knot’s pressure on the prostate was intense enough to make one testeee have an anal orgasm. Though one word of caution when playing with the XL: When knotting it, you should be depth-savy a bit because depending on your body taking the entire toy will in most cases cause the glans to knock on your second hole.
Like most complex anal toys, a different level of fun is reached when playing with a top who manually controls Gage. Through the oval profile, once he starts twisting the toy, a new level of stretch is reached and the textures become more even intense!
When playing on your own, the Gage is a bit of a diva that needs special handling. The neck between the huge and heavy body and the large base is quite thin so the toy tips over in soft and medium firmness. So for the initial popping in, hold the shaft, push the glans through your anus and let the fun begin. Once inside, you can still vigorously ride the dildo but with soft and medium firmness ones it takes some practice to control the flopping around neck and thus tumbling shaft! The base is large and thick enough to keep the toy from moving.
So all things considered, Gage even in the small size is probably not the right toy to start your anal adventures out with. But if your hole is a little bit pre-stretched already or you can even easily take a fist, it is a perfect toy to reach new stimulation heights through texture and stretch.
Where to buy?
You can get the Gage at Regulation for prices between £70 and £155, depending on the size. They all come in Jet black and medium firmness. But you can contact the Regulation customer service for custom orders.