Out of Switzerland has arrived a male chastity device that has the potential to be the best plastic device money can buy. It’s not perfect at all, but is shows tremendous promise.
Note that this review covers the first version of the Holy Trainer no longer available. A review of the Holy Trainer v2 is also available.
Full review and typical NSFW images after the jump…
The status quo
If you’re like me and got into chastity some time in the past ten years or so, there’s a really good chance you started out wearing something made of plastic bearing the CB-X brand from A.L. Enterprises. For me, it was the CB-6000 (easily the best-selling device of its kind on the planet — even more so if you add in all the Chinese knock-offs). If you came to the scene a year or two earlier than me, it was probably the CB-3000 (which still has its fans) or even the CB-2000 (which has gone the way of the Dodo) or The Curve (if you got a big ol’ dick). In any case, for a variety of reasons, plastic is where you should start an exploration of chastity as a lifestyle. I’ve always answered the question of which device the same way: Get the CB6K. Now, though, I have to modify my answer. The Holy Trainer has the potential to be the best entry-level male chastity device on the market.
I spent the better part of a year locked in the CB-6000 (standard tube length). I know from where I speak when I say the Holy Trainer’s design is better in nearly every way. Having moved away from plastic devices after the first year, I haven’t spent much time thinking about them or their ilk. However, it occurs to me now that there seems to have been quite a lot of innovating done by A.L. Enterprises up until the creation of the CB6K. After that, the only changes have been to add a (much needed) shorter tube option and some colors and patterns. Since 2008, the state of the art has remained more or less…flaccid (ignoring the fascination with devices made of silicone which, in my opinion, ended up being a bit of a dead end). It’s a pity because as interest in male chastity seems to have grown quite a bit (thanks in no small part to the efforts of A.L. Enterprises), the method with which newbies do the deed hasn’t been advanced by the market leader.
Enter the Swiss
The Holy Trainer was introduced by a company called Novomedia in 2013. I missed the event since, as I said, plastic had fallen off my radar. The name is, in my opinion, very silly. My assumption is, like the Birdlock, it’s some kind of artifact of translation. In any event, henceforth in this review, I’m going to refer to it simply as “the Trainer.”
Everything about the Trainer suggests a thoughtfulness in designing something that builds on both the strengths and weaknesses of the CB-X line. There doesn’t seem to an element that wasn’t considered. For example, while the CB-6000 is comprised of six pieces (tube, three-piece A-ring, locking pin, spacer) and is a bit fiddly to get on, the Trainer gets by perfectly well with just three (tube, A-ring, and what they call a “safety cap” that stabilizes the locked tube). It’s way easier to get on and significantly more comfortable.
All is not perfect, though. The Trainer is made from a material called “biosourced resin.” From what I can find online, this kind of plastic is derived from plant-based sources. Typically corn or soybeans and not petroleum. The Trainer’s website highlights how flexible the clear version of the device is when warmed by the body. Flexibility, though, can also apparently lead to failure. As you can see, sometimes the tube breaks. In addition, I’ve heard from other wearers of the Trainer that the hole through which the lock is placed can break causing the lock to fall off.
My experience with the black model has been good after ten days of wearing it. The tube does indeed become flexible when warm (though not nearly so as the clear version). It seems to me, though, that eventually the locking post will fail. The clasp on the lock, in turning and moving about, has made the locking hole bigger (though not so much that failure appears to imminent). Also, the little brass lock provided and its sharp edges has already scratched up the soft plastic of the safety cap (which only goes to demonstrate the softness of the resin).
The numbers of failures I’ve heard about seem not too dissimilar to the stories of split tubes that were prevalent when the CB-6000 was first released. In any event, I tend to think plastic devices should be viewed as transient things. By the time I moved on from the CB6K, there were numerous stress fractures developing in its plastic that would have left me looking for a new one fairly soon (in fact, it led me to try the chrome CB6K which had issues of its own). No device should fail within the first six months of wearing it, but neither should they be thought of as indestructible. Bottom line, if you’re considering a Trainer, it seems you should not get the clear tube as that one sounds to be the most troublesome. Go for black or white.
With that out of the way, I’ll give you my opinion of the Trainer based on six criteria: Cost, aesthetic, fit/comfort, security, hygiene, and stealth.
The Trainer costs $149, the same as many of the CB-X devices. However, the CB-X products include five A-ring size options in the box. You’ll need to choose from one of three sizes when ordering the Trainer. Since additional rings are $49 a pop, I’d like to see Novomedia offer a bundle of all three and a tube for $200. I think this would be especially helpful for newbies.
Like the CB-6000, the Trainer comes in a variety of colors (clear, black and white), though wood grain and camo aren’t offered (ironic darn). Unlike the CB6K, there’s no additional cost for anything other than clear and you get to choose which color A-ring comes with the tube if you choose clear (which you shouldn’t).
Depending on how you want to score this one, CB-X line seems to have the advantage.
This is, of course, totally subjective. I can tell you Belle likes the look of it far more than the CB-6000. She’s not a fan of plastic at all and much prefers the look of steel, but could live with the Trainer. I like its looks, too. It’s much sleeker and less clinical looking looking than the CB-6000 which looks like some kind of urological prop. The Trainer appears to be a proper sex toy. Of course, the black finish does help immensely in that regard.
On the downside, they felt compelled to stamp the device’s stupid name on the safety cap.
Bottom line, I think the Trainer’s the best looking plastic device on the market. Much less fussy-looking and much cooler than the competition.
Every penis is like a sparkling snowflake. That is, they come (or don’t) in an infinite number of shapes and sizes. Therefore, any conversation about fit and comfort regarding a mass produced chastity device will, to a certain extent, be inherently a YMMV kind of thing.
That said, there are several elements of the Trainer that have been designed specifically with comfort in mind. I’ll start with the CB-6000’s biggest flaw: its A-ring. The CB6K A-ring, besides being a bit of a puzzle to assemble in the first place, is perfectly circular and has squared-off hard-angled edges. It’s the source of almost all the real discomfort one can experience while wearing it. And yes, I know, there is a certain amount of discomfort that is inherent in the chastity experience, but there’s discomfort that feeds the soul and there’s discomfort that makes you cry like a baby. In my case, I found the seams on the A-ring where the various bits fit together instigated hot spots on my skin that caused sores to develop. Also, the hard edges of the ring cut under my scrotum in a most severe way. Misery.
The Trainer has a solid one-piece ring that’s anatomically shaped. Not unlike the Steelworxx anatomical ring, the Trainer’s sweeps forward and bends at the bottom. In addition, its oval-shape allows more space on the sides of the scrotum. If you take a look at male anatomy, you’ll find this shape respects the parts of the testicles that actually cause most of the aching pain when annoyed.
The ring comes in three sizes: 40mm, 45mm, and 50mm. The CB6K has five ring sizes: 1.5″ (~38mm), 1.625″ (~41mm), 1.75″ (~44mm), 1.875″ (~48mm) and 2″ (~51mm). The extra sizes are nice, but I think those chosen by Novomedia will work with the vast majority of men’s anatomies. Also, as I said above, the CB6K comes with all five ring sizes whereas the Trainer only comes with one.
I ordered the 40mm ring. This is based on the Steelheart Belle keeps me in most of the time. In a perfect world, I would have wanted about 42mm or so, but I figured the anatomical shape of the smaller ring would make it work out OK (and was right). When measured, I found the ring isn’t 40mm in any direction. It’s only 40mm when the tube is attached and the opening is measured from the bottom of the ring to the top of the inside of the tube. So, what you’re ordering is an effective size, not an absolute one like with most devices. From side to side, it’s closer to 50mm. The net result, along with the total lack of hard sharp edges, makes for an amazingly comfortable combination.
The Trainer’s tube comes in two lengths, not unlike the CB-6000. Novomedia measures the tubes along their bottoms which is very strange. Most device manufacturers I’m aware of measure along the top of the tube. Novomedia says their short tube is 48mm long (about 1.9″) while CB-X says the short CB6K tube is 2.5″. KeptForHer says they’re about the same (and they appear to be so). In my measurements, I found the tube to be closer to 3.75″ long from end to end and about 4″ long measured in the traditional way (from the back of the A-ring to the tip of the tube).
As I’ve said before, shorter tubes are better for comfort and general livability than longer ones. My anatomy in the short Trainer tube is far more comfortable than in the standard CB6K tube (I’ve never worn the CB-6000S). I feel only compression during erections, no pain. (In fact, that’s a hallmark of the Trainer all the way around. I have rarely felt any pinching at all. Can think of only once in ten days of wear.)
Not only is the tube length about perfect for me, it’s by far the most snug tube I’ve worn. The thing is skintight around the shaft. I’ve experienced little to no lateral movement of the penis while inside the Trainer. In fact, I was forced to bring one of the old stockings out of retirement to get it on properly. It was too snug to get the penis all the way into it and there simply wasn’t enough room in there for the penis and my fingers.
Soft or not, the plastic has sharp edges. This can be felt readily on the outside edges of the few openings at the end of the tube. It’s not a big deal since that doesn’t contact your skin. The edges that do rest against your body appear to have been sanded down by hand prior to shipment. A welcome touch.
It’s a trapped-ball chastity device with no provision for integration with a Prince Albert piercing. Therefore, it’s completely defeatable. No worse than other devices of its kind, though. It feels more secure on me because the tube is tighter and better fitting, but it’s not actually. It’s about the same as the CB6K, slightly worse than the Looker 02 and its urethral insert, and (obviously) can’t hold a candle to the Steelheart I usually wear.
The Trainer doesn’t stink. I mean, it just doesn’t. In the time I wore it, I didn’t encounter any serious issues with hygiene.
The first thing in its favor is the snug fit. Urine has less space at the end of the tube in which to contact the interior and has a hard time sneaking back up the tube to hanging around and fester. The second thing in its favor is how the end of urethra often times is neatly lined up with the main opening at the end of the tube. The CB6K’s tube has a much longer opening than the Trainer’s. At first, I thought that was going to be an issue, but in practice, I haven’t found it to be. That’ll be another reason to get a tube that’s closer to your real flaccid length (which means, for a lot of guys, the shorter one). Lastly, Novomedia claims their bioresin “demonstrated antibacterial qualities.” I can’t evaluate that, but it certainly seemed cleaner than all my other devices except for the Jail Bird and it’s open cage design.
Because the tube is closer to my flaccid size, urinating while standing was never an issue. As I said, the slit at the end of the penis was almost always lined up or close to it so I had few, if any, seriously misdirected streams. Good thing, though, since the opening in the tube is too small for me to get the tip of my pinky into. If I needed to adjust the placement of the meat, I had to do so by pushing and pulling the tube around a little.
Due to the shape of its ring and the way in which it connects to the tube, the Trainer lays very flat. In fact, it actually nestles within the scrotum. Looks kinda comfy. This, plus the shorter tube and general lack of other doodads protruding from it, make the Trainer easier to conceal than the CB6K I used to wear. In typical day-to-day wear, it’s very hard to see
However, in the specific situation of being on one’s back in a gym, its light weight makes it less prone to sitting lower between my legs than a steel device. This leads to a strangely shaped bulge occasionally popping up. The lock will rotate sometimes and, because the hole through which it’s attached is a snug fit, it can get stuck in the “up” position. In lightweight workout clothes, this can be quite noticeable. Also, while having my legs stretched by my physical trainer dude, I’m quite certain the lightness of the Trainer made it very visible. I actually caught him openly looking at it, though he didn’t ask what it was. Since then, in similar situations, he’s very obviously been curious about the protrusion. In the past, I’ve suspected as much, but I’ve never been totally certain he was dick checking me. Now, thanks to the feather-weight Trainer, I know he’s doing it.
If there were no questions about quality issues, I’d recommend the Trainer unreservedly over the older and now very dated-looking CB-6000. It’s far more comfortable and attractive. On the downside, it costs a bit more and doesn’t offer as many A-ring sizing options. But, again putting aside the biosourced resin complaints, I think these detractors are more than made up for by its better features. Unfortunately, the issue of quality is a real one. Not everyone can afford to toss up their money in a gamble their combination of anatomy and device attributes won’t result in an early failure.
If you’re the wearer of a steel device and want a plastic spare for those times when it’s more appropriate (like me), then I do recommend the Trainer with some reservation. The black option seems more durable than the clear. If you’re looking to replace a CB-X device and have had issues with comfort, take a chance on a black or white Trainer. If every penny counts, you might want to stick with the tried and true until Novomedia revises the Trainer’s design.
I wish the plastic wasn’t an issue. The Holy Trainer device shows real promise. Hopefully, its obvious design improvements over the CB-X line will spur A.L. Enterprises to return to their innovative roots. That can only be good news for everyone interested in male chastity.