What is a packer?
For many of the female-to-male transgender and non-binary community, packers save the day on many occasions. But what is a packer you may ask? You’ve come to the right place.
Packing is wearing padding or a phallic object in the front of the pants or underwear to give the appearance of having a penis and male bulge. The act of packing can alleviate “bottom dysphoria” for many individuals in the transmasculine community.
There are many brands that manufacture these prosthetics including Mr. Limpy, Sailor and Pack-It. Each uses different types of materials which include silicone blends and CyberSkin (a mixture of polyvinyl chloride and silicone).
Cost & Benefits of Material
Being one of the most popular and versatile material, silicone can be used for either super soft and squishy or hard and firm products. Silicone is a better choice for being hypoallergenic, nonporous and can even withstand extreme temperatures. The durability provided by silicone makes it easy to clean as you can either wash with mild soap or even boil it to completely sanitize the product.
Cost: Because they are high in durability and tend to last a lot longer, 100% silicone products can be more expensive.
Benefits:Durability is one of the prime selling points of silicone as well as being easy to clean. It also is a great choice when looking for products that are nonporous which can be a huge plus if you have sensitive skin are prone to skin irritation.
Being made of a blend of rubbers and mineral oil, it’s intended to recreate the feel as well as the look of human skin. It is porous meaning it has minuscule spaces/holes to allow air and moisture inside. Because of this, you can still clean it with soap and water but it’s harder to keep clean. To properly care for your Cyberskin product, ensure you are diligently cleaning after each use, allowing your product to either air dry, pat dry with a towel or both. You can also dust these products with corn starch or other renewal products to restore their high-quality feel. CyberSkin is also cheaper than it’s counterparts while also maintaining a realistic look and feel!
Cost:CyberSkin is easier on the wallet and doesn’t lose it’s realistic feel or look.
Benefits:One of the major benefits is that CyberSkin products are specifically blended to closely match the look and feel of real skin. Also, CyberSkin is low-cost making it possible for you to be able to have a packer that is incredibly realistic without breaking the bank.
Why is my packer turning purple?
Both CyberSkin and Silicone packers have a tendency to turn purple when used with darker fabrics. Dark fabrics bleed and we don’t recognize this when we are wearing them. Even I, myself, am guilty of just throwing my lights in with the darks on laundry day.
When you are wearing your favorite dark jeans with you packer, think of it as washing dark clothing with your whites.
Power Tip:Keep an older packer around to use for your favorite darker clothing. This will help avoid the dark clothing bleeding onto your higher end prosthetics.
Feel free to reach out to our support team if you are having any questions on which packer would better suit your needs!