Archer Packer Review

Last updated: Jan 11, 2020
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Archer Packer 5.25" Silicone Prosthetic

4.5/5
  • Material: Silicone
  • Brand: FTM Essentials
  • Style: Circumsized
  • Editor’s Rating: 4.5 / 5

The Archer is a high-quality, realistic, and weighty packer. I enjoy using it so much that I’ve actually bought it in a couple of different colors.

To help you learn if it’s for you, I’ve written a comprehensive review of my firsthand experience packing with this pretty amazing product.

or trans guys like me, packing is a way for us to pass and relieve dysphoria. It helps us feel that our body finally matches our gender.

But buying the perfect packer isn’t as simple as ordering the first product you find online and putting it on. There are a few products out there that will give you a bulge that’s too large or small. Some are also made with low-quality materials that may irritate your skin. When I started packing five years ago, there weren’t too many choices, so doing the trial and error was relatively easy. These days, trans guys have numerous options when it comes to which one to buy, and it can get a little confusing.

To help you make a decision, I’ve written what it’s like to pack using the  Archer Packer from FTM Essentials. This is one of their most popular products and for a good reason. It creates a perfect bulge, matches most skin tones, and comes at a reasonable price.Ready to learn if the Archer is the right packer for you? Let’s find out! 

Archer Packer Review

Before anything, I want to ask:

“What makes a good packer?”

For me, an effective packer is one that makes me feel complete.

It shouldn’t be too big or too small – it should have the right proportions, proper weight, and lifelike details.

I’m also looking for a product that’s comfortable to use with or without a harness. It should be something that feels like it should’ve been there all my life.

After reading a glowing review of Archer products, I’ve decided to give it a try. I was particularly intrigued by the photographs and color options available.

I was also excited to own my first packer with a silicone shaft since I’ve only been using an elastomer packer before this. Between the two, silicone is known to last longer.

✉️ SHIPPING

Shipping was fast, which was great since I was excited to try this product. I still have a couple of packers in my collection, but they were beginning to wear out, so I decided to look for a new one.

🍆 Sizing Options

The Archer packer comes in two sizes. I have tried both but eventually ended up liking the larger one more. It measures 5.25 inches in length and 1.5 inches in diameter. The smaller version measures 3.5 inches in length and 1 inch in diameter.

If you’re at least 5″8′, I recommend you buy the larger size, as it will give you a realistic and noticeable bulge.

Otherwise, the smaller Archer packer will do. That way, you can hit the gym or go cycling with a passable bulge that doesn’t look like you have an erection.

I’ve read a review saying that they found the large size too showy and the small size too tiny.

I agree that some people would both sizes unsuitable, so I hope the New York Toy Collective will listen and produce a medium version of the Archer.

But for ME, the large size suits me perfectly.

Another thing I noticed about the Archer packer is the size of the balls. My previous packer had huge balls that were too heavy. In contrast, the Archer has a relatively smaller pair of balls – they’re also a little asymmetrical for a more realistic touch.

👌🏿 Design, Colors, And Overall Appearance

As they say, the devil is in the details – and this is where the Archer packer shines.

I loveeee how the skin folds and creases at the end of the shaft and on the scrotum.

When I run my fingers through the packer, I can feel the rigid and veiny texture.

If I had one issue about the product’s design, it would be with the glans (or the penis head). The shape is too prominent and is the same color as the shaft, which shouldn’t be the case with a real penis.

I know some trans guys don’t like packing with a hyperrealistic penis, though, so I suppose the Archer would be perfect for them.

For the colors, you can choose among cashew, caramel, hazelnut, and chocolate. I think you can find one that matches your skin tone perfectly, though I would welcome more shade selections.

As they say, the devil is in the details – and this is where the Archer packer shines.

I loveeee how the skin folds and creases at the end of the shaft and on the scrotum.

When I run my fingers through the packer, I can feel the rigid and veiny texture.

If I had one issue about the product’s design, it would be with the glans (or the penis head). The shape is too prominent and is the same color as the shaft, which shouldn’t be the case with a real penis.

I know some trans guys don’t like packing with a hyperrealistic penis, though, so I suppose the Archer would be perfect for them.

For the colors, you can choose among cashew, caramel, hazelnut, and chocolate. I think you can find one that matches your skin tone perfectly, though I would welcome more shade selections.

I read from another review that the caramel packer is better for people who are quite pale. The cashew tends to be too light for most people. I do wish there were more options for darker shades, though, as the caramel, cashew, and hazelnut only work for people with light to tan skin.

I originally ordered the hazelnut packer, but after falling in love with the Archer products, I decided to get the blue and purple versions just for fun. I wear whimsical colors whenever my partner and I want to have a good laugh, but otherwise, I stay with my trusty hazelnut.

😍 Pure Silicone Body

One curious aspect of the Archer packer is its dense and heavy body. You won’t necessarily “forget” about the packer when you’re out working or minding your own business, as you’ll always feel its weight. I’m one of the trans guys who find this an advantage, but I understand that others would prefer a silicone packer that they don’t have to worry about all day. A weighty product like the Archer reminds me that I have something in my pants and helps me feel less dysphoric. It’s a matter of personal preference – but before you buy the Archer, I suggest you decide first if its weighty, dense body is something you’d like. Since the Archer silicone packer is made out of dense material, it’s also not as squishy as other packers I’ve used before. Perhaps if they hollowed out the packer instead of making a solid product, it will have a more fleshy texture. As it stands, it’s one of the firmer packers I’ve tried. While a silicone packer like the Archer shouldn’t be used for penetration, I do keep it on for foreplay. The material retains a bit of body heat after being worn for a couple of hours, so my partner doesn’t get turned off touching a lukewarm, lifeless shaft.

🧼 Cleaning and Maintenance

One of the reasons I like the Archer is because it’s easy to clean. A pure silicone packer like this one is nonporous, so dirt doesn’t get inside the material. You only need to rinse it with water and lather with soap. I boil my packer once every three days to sterilize it completely. On other days, I just let it dry on its own.

Some people like to add a light dusting of cornstarch to their packers to prevent it from getting swampy, but I’ve found that the Archer doesn’t need this extra step. The product hasn’t given me any rashes even when it gets direct contact with my skin for about six to eight hours a day. It also doesn’t have a plastic-y scent, which I’ve noticed with other packers.

💰 Value And Product Options

As far as pricing goes, the Archer is one of the most reasonably priced silicone packers I know. If, like me, you are prepared to make the switch from elastomer to silicone, this is an excellent place to start.

By the way, the Archer’s manufacturer, the New York Toy Collective, also offers an uncircumcised version of this silicone packer called the Pierre. You may also want to try that out if you like an uncut shaft. Like the Archer, the Pierre also comes in a series of fun colors.

🎯 Hitting The Bullseye With The Archer

Packing has always been one of the best ways I’ve been able to relieve dysphoria. I like the feeling of knowing that my body reflects my gender identity. With the Archer, I’ve been able to do this without inconvenience or discomfort. The product comes in a size I love and has lifelike details on its shaft and balls. I also love how its weight makes me feel like it’s a real part of my body. If you’re an FTM transgender person who’s looking for the perfect packer, this should be one of your top options.

TDLR

  • Made from 100% silicone
  • Comes in a unique set of colors
  • Textured balls and shaft
  • Limited size options
  • A little firm to the touch

Buyer's Guide: All You Need To Know About Choosing A Packer

With all the options available, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. To help you out, I’ve written a detailed guide on how to choose among all the materials, sizes, colors, and types available.

Choosing A Material

Various materials are used to make prosthetic packers, but they generally fall into two categories. One of them is porous packers, which include soft skin, thermal gel, and elastomer packers. These are more affordable than silicone packers, though the latter has a longer life span and is easier to clean.

Choosing A Size

On average, a flaccid penis measures 3.61 inches. Since this is the length that most cis males have, it would be reasonable to have a packer that measures the same. You should consider your build and size, as well. If you’re over six feet, for example, something larger would be ideal. Always check the product measurements before ordering. Packers cannot be returned after purchase, so you need to get it right the first time.

Choosing A Color

Picking a color that matches your skin tone is one of the first decisions you’ll make before buying a packer. In general, I advise you to choose a color that’s one shade darker than your skin tone. For example, get a caramel if you’re pale-skinned. As I mentioned above, I actually ended up buying 2 different colors because the first one was a little too pale for my taste.

Functionality

Packers are mainly used to create a realistic bulge on the crotch, but there are also products on the market which serve multiple functions. Some packers can be used as an STP (stand-to-pee) tool, while others can be used as a prosthetic for sexual activity.

Note that the Archer is only a packer and should not be used for other purposes, especially for penetration.

To Pack Or Not To Pack?

Using a phallic object like the Archer or the Pierre to relieve dysphoria isn’t a requirement for every FTM transgender person. Some people find it uncomfortable and necessary. There are also those who only pack on certain occasions, like when they’re going swimming or cycling.

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