TUFTEX 17“ – This balloon might get bigger than you think!

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A short balloon description of the Tuftex 17“ balloon and my opinion

Besides QUALATEX, UNIQUE (= Globos, Mexico), CATTEX, BELBAL etc. TUFTEX is one of the most known balloon brands worldwide and is manufactured by the Maple City Rubber Company from the USA. 1915 the family business was founded in Ohio and might be one of the oldest manufactures producing latex products. More than 100 years of experience they have the clock by now. TUFTEX offers a big range of different kinds of balloons varying in size, color and print designs.

Due to its vertical folds the TUFTEX 17“ balloon has a comparatively round shape with a slightly tapered balloon neck. By the way, such long balloon necks are made to ease the knotting in the first place, but of course a big neck has also much more nice value for us looner.

Just like all the other TUFTEX balloons the TUFTEX 17“ is available in different colors and with diverse designs and prints. Especially the various and bright crystal colors stand out from my point of view.

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Since the company is specialized in producing balloons for outdoor advertising, the quality of their products is really good. A characteristic for TUFTEX balloons is the rather thick latex skin. But after inflating the balloon it feels much more softer than you might have expected before. Of course they are also made of 100% natural rubber latex and are biodegradable after a period of time and under certain conditions (CO2, moisture).

But I have to admit that the shelf life of TUFTEX balloons don´t convince me that much in comparison to other balloon brands. In average the shelf life of balloons is about 2-3 years, provided that they are stored protected against UV and moisture. There are brands, for example QUALATEX, which balloons are much longer durable and in my experience TUFTEX balloons are below the mentioned average. So it might be better not to store them too long or just use them faster.

That´s why I see TUFTEX balloons in relation to the general quality right in between of QUALATEX and UNIQUE balloons. But this isn´t supposed to be perceived in a negative way, because all of the mentioned brands are suited on a really high quality level compared to no name balloons from the supermarket next door. Delicate nuances decide and can make a big difference of course. As in relation to such supermarket products, balloons have to fulfill far many functions for us looners than just to look nice.

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In contrast to giant balloons, airship balloons or extraordinary figure shaped balloons, honestly there isn´t much to be said about the TUFTEX 17“ balloon. It´s not to big and not to small and gets a really nice neck, simply a perfect affair. That´s why this balloon is really popular no matter being a friend of balloons, looner or advertising customer.

But there is one more thing I would like to mention. I´ve noticed that TUFTEX balloons can get much bigger than the nominal diameter given by the manufacturer in comparison to balloons of other brands, especially with pre-stretching them before inflating. If you repeat this procedure a few times TUFTEX balloons can get insanely big. The difference to the first inflation is really enormous and impressing. But be careful, because repeated inflating doesn´t affect the balloon´s durability and stability in a positive way. The ballon can burst at any time, which might be bad for some and for others this risk could be a further attraction. However, I think that this issue is really remarkable and that´s why I would like to recommend the TUFTEX 17“ to those ones, who especially enjoy to over-inflate balloons. I´m off blowing now. Bye.

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Long, longer, longneck – the looner balloon from Cattex

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A short balloon description of the Cattex 36″ Longneck balloon and my opinion

Cattex is a popular balloon brand all over the world and especially in Europe. Based in Italy the family business sells extraordinary balloons since 1962. A big and diverse range of figure balloons and printed round balloons is characteristic for Cattex. But there is also a wide range of non printed balloons, so the selection of different shapes and sizes leaves nothing to be desired.

All balloons are available in various kinds of standard colors, as well as in crystal clear. Other crystal colors are a rarity for Cattex balloons. But more important is the quality of the balloons, which is very reliably, no matter if they are printed or not. In comparison to other balloon brands on the one hand Cattex balloons feel more stronger and on the other also soft and smooth. They are made of 100% natural latex and are in conjunction with sun and moisture biodegradable over a certain period.

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But now we can come to the main topic of this article, the CATTEX LONGNECK balloon. This 36“ balloon is absolutely special because it´s only available since the beginning of 2016 and a brand new design of Cattex. The balloon bulb is round and has a narrow and a wide side. But as you probably can imagine due to the name, this balloon got a really long neck.

The awesome thing is that this one isn´t just available in standard colors like most of the other Cattex balloons, but this time there are also different gentle crystal colors available. The quality is as excellent as with the other figure, airship and giant balloons. The longneck is a stable and durable balloon.

But honestly I have to admit that the handling isn´t very simple. You should´t expect that you pump it up and achieve a great shape right away. In this case it isn´t that easy. But don´t worry, with a few tricks and a little bit of practice it will work. The key word is: pre-stretching! First stretch the balloon with your hands a few times, then hold the bulb closed and start inflating and deflating only the neck several times (2-3x). Repeat it again, inflate the neck first and continue by letting the air fill the rest of the balloon. By using this technique you should achieve the nice shape and if not, don´t be sad, because this just can happen from time to time. I also experienced that before. At the latest the neck should come out when you sit on the balloon.

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Whatever one might do with it I don´t need to explain I suppose. I´m sure every looner can imagine many things and if not, just let the balloon affect you and do the first thing that pops into your head. From my point of view the foremost rule is to just have fun, however you attain it!

Summarized the Cattex longneck is a high quality balloon, which is very stable and durable. At first it might be a little challenge to reach its nice shape (and sometimes it does´t work at all) but the fact that this balloon exists in the first place is much more worth I think!

Because balloons with a huge neck like this one are an absolut rarity and the expense to create a new type of balloon is really big. Started by making the design, producing a template, obtaining the CE-certification which is necessary for the sale in Europe and of course the production itself. The fact that a family company like Cattex makes the huge effort to serve us looners a new sweetie should get nothing more in return then much thankfulness and sympathy. Because it was the high demand of the looner community and not of the decorating industry this was possible in the first place. From my point of view there´s nothing more to be said then: THANK YOU CATTEX! Thank you for noticing and valuing our balloon wishes and thank you for realizing it. I´m curious what comes next in the future!

Thank you Danilo Catallo from Cattex for a few background information!

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Flower power with the Qualatex Geo Blossom 16“ and a donut of the different kind

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A short balloon description of the Qualatex Geo Blossom & Geo Donut balloons and my opinion

Qualatex is maybe one of the biggest and most established balloon brands worldwide. This might not just only been caused by many different balloon distributors and decorators, it´s also very popular in the looner community. Because of various locations and resellers Qualatex is spread all around the globe. But the origin is in the USA, where the „Pioneer Balloon Company“ produces these diverse balloons.

The range of different Qualatex balloons is really huge and multifaceted. As far as I know they are made of natural rubber latex, which is 100% biodegradable. Especially the color spectrum of standard colors is enormous, but there are also different kinds of crystal colors available but not for every balloon. For example the Qualatex 24“ balloon is recently only available in many standard colors and only just in three crystal color (black, clear and yellow). But this shouldn’t make this balloon brand less popular, because the quality and durability is outstanding (according to the manufacturer min 2 years, but experiences show that you can easily store these balloons way longer). Furthermore there are various designs, figures and sizes. There just happens to be something for everyone, started at small balloons, over middle-sized ones to giant and also figure shaped balloons.

But now lets have a look at the actual topic, the Geo Blossom and the Geo Donut. These middle sized balloons might be the most fancy special shaped ones Qualatex has got to offer. Nowhere else I have spotted such beautiful flower- and donut balloons. In total they reach a size about 16 inches and are mostly available in different shiny crystal colors. The easy handling of these balloons is really outstanding. Because in comparison to most figure balloons, these ones build up their shapes really easy at the first inflation even without preparatory work like pre-stretching or something. Of course it´s always good to stretch the balloon a little before inflating it, but in this case it´s not absolutely necessary. This uncomplicated handling and their unique design really make them something special. I don´t know anything comparable.

As I shortly mentioned before the quality of these Qualatex balloons is really good and high class. The material feels tight and soft at the same time. If you know the Tuftex and Unique I think that Qualatex balloons find themselves in middle between those two other brands. The quality consisting of stability and durability is indescribably good. That leads to the fact that they don´t lose their shape over a long time while being inflated, if you closed them tight before of course. Furthermore you can inflate them easily with helium.

If you now combine all items of the Geo Blossom and the Geo Donut many different applications arise.

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I personally use these exceptional special shaped balloons as an extraordinary decoration, sometimes just for myself in private and also for different kinds of events and parties. If you like to take pictures you can also use this special kind of flowers and donuts as extravagant and funny props, which is also a common use for me. From my point of the view they are just really nice to look at and a great eye-catcher, which cause a good mood. They are also a matchless gift and made a lot faces smile in the past.

As I told you before these balloons are extremely durable and you can sit on them without any problems or do with them whatever you like to. For example you can use them as seat cushions if your tailbone is injured (no kidding, I made this experience before) or to satisfy some other needs of course, no matter if they are mental or physical. The phantasy and creativity of people who just like balloons and looners shouldn´t be set any boundaries.

I mean, flower and donut balloons: how extraordinary is that! And then the handling is extremely easy on top.

In addition to this these balloons got a hole in the middle… come on, what else should I say then: “Have fun“!

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Cattex Giant Doll – Come play with me, dolly!

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A short description of the Cattex Giant Doll balloon and my opinion

Another popular balloon brand is called „Cattex“, which is sold by an Italian distributor for over 50 years now. They offer a wide range of different and extraordinary balloons. Above all the huge bandwidth of figure balloons as well as printed round balloons stick out of their assortment.

All balloons are available in different standard colors, but the assortment of crystal colors leaves a little to be desired at the moment. Currently you mostly get only crystal clear balloons and no other crystal colors. But nevertheless the selection of balloons is really huge and of high quality.

The Cattex Giant Doll belongs to the group of big figure shaped balloons and has a height of 67“. The name and the shape evoke the association of a puppet, because the balloon got two chambers like a head and a big belly/body. Personally I always see more of a bowling pin in this balloon. It´s available in different standard colors, crystal clear and also with various prints on it with topics like halloween or christmas for example. So if you search an extraordinary decoration for your party this balloon is always a real eye-catcher.

For the inflation you should better use a pump or you need to have extremely strong lungs. To get a nice shape, the balloon should always be inflated from the rearmost end towards the mouth piece. It´s helpful to hold the bigger chamber (belly/body) closed with your hands to make sure the air only fills the upper smaller chamber (head) first. If this chamber is completely inflated, let the air also fill the rest of the balloon.

Besides some other balloons the Giant Doll is one of my absolute favorites. Not only because I think that this balloon is a really cool, wicked and unique party decoration, but you can also use this one as a really great sextoy. Especially for two people. If you let some air escape after inflating it real tight, the balloon gets really strong and durable.

Just imagine one person is lying on the balloon with the face down and the other one comes from behind – doggy style. Barely no other balloon causes such a swinging and bouncy effect like this dolly! Due to this fact every move feels like getting even more intense and also the speed can raise because of this. Of course airship balloons are also wonderfully suitable for this purpose, but from my point of view the resting comfort of the Cattex Giant Doll is delightful caused by the size and the arched shape.

So if you ever wanted to have sex on top of a balloon you should definitely try this one!

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Belbal 14“ – a balloon for decoration and advertising with a big bang

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A short description of the Belbal 14“ balloon and my opinion

The Belgian balloons are made by the company Belbal since over 30 years now. These balloons are attractive for their high quality and the huge range of different sizes and and colors. Due to its strong latex compound the Belbal balloons are really tight and stable. Aside from the usual use of non printed balloons for professional decorations, Belbal balloons are often applied to advertising and promotion as well. By now this balloon became a standard for this usage in Europe.

Especially the Belbal 14“ balloon is established as a popular advertising balloon in many companies. In comparison to the bigger Belbal B250 and B350 the 14“ balloon convinces with the same great quality but a very low price.

It´s a classic balloon shape and easy to describe: a pearshaped bulb with a beautiful long neck. It´s remarkable that the neck fully inflates by the first inflation even without any special treatment or pre-stretching. After multiple inflations the Belbal 14“ can reach impressive sizes. This balloon is available in numberous color shades and of course also in standard and crystal colors. Due to its high quality Belbal balloons can hold their shape and stability over a long period of time.

I´ve made the experience that the Belbal 14“ is even used in completly different areas: because of its reliability and the low risk of unintentional popping this balloon is also used for therapeutic treatments, such as improving the motoric skills in speech therapy.

From a Looners point of view it´s a perfect balloon for those who prefer smaller ones. Although I´m not a real Popper it happens that balloons can pop from time to time. And this one makes a real loud and whipping bang! Due to the firm latex compound it´s really strong and not quite easy to pop on purpose in comparison to other balloons of similiar size. But since this is a rather small balloon it’s not impossible of course. On the contrary I think that the combination of stubbornness and loud bang gives an extra thrill to the act of bursting. The Belbal 14“ is the perfect choice for passionate poppers not least because of its reasonable price.

In my imagination a Blow-To-Pop with this balloon can be really exciting and satisfying. Personally I like to use Belbal 14“ balloons for different decorations (no matter if inside or outside) and I enjoy the great and beautiful colors of these balloons. My popular choice is definitely the color teal.

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Unique 16“ – a popular balloon for looners

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A short balloon description and what I think of the Unique 16″ balloon

Unique is one of the most widespread balloon brands in the world and produced by the „Latex Occidental“ company in Mexico. Those balloons are also known as „Mexico“ and „Globos“ but in the end they’re all one and the same balloons. The range of different sizes and shapes is not very huge in comparison to other distributors, but not less exciting.

The Unique 16“ is a medium sized balloon with a classic shape and a long neck. Due to its thin latex skin, the balloon feels realy soft and smooth, no matter if it´s inflated or not. In fact it´s really easy to overinflate this ballon. It can get very huge with the first inflation and if you repeat this process, it gets even more bigger and bigger with every new inflation. But this might also lead to the fact, that the ballon becomes unpredictable and bursts more easy.

From my point of view the great range of colors of Unique balloons is really extraordinary and beautiful. On the one hand the different crystal colors are really intense and vivid. On the other hand the standard colors are more discrete and delicate, but with a large selection of unusual pastel colors, for example like salmon, creme, apricot, jade.

Even though the Unique 16“ isn´t one of the strongest and most durable balloons, due to its size it´s really affordable and has a good price-performance ratio. That´s why it´s really popular by many balloon enthusiasts and these balloons often get used in a lot of looner clips.

All in all I think that the Unique 16“ is a good and reasonable balloon. It has a classic shape, isn´t to big or to small, has an effortable price and is easy to handle. Therefor this balloon is well suited for beginners, New-Looners and everyone, who wants to give the whole thing a try. For those who want to take a crack in bursting balloons for the first time, I can recommend this balloon, because it´s not as resistant and challenging as others. So maybe you might discover the Popper in yourself…

Personally I really appreciate and love the soft and supple material and the lovely colors, especially the standard colors jade and salmon are one of my favorites.

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Qualatex 24“ – The Classic

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A short balloon description and what I think of the Qualatex 24″ balloon

The Qualatex 24“ is one of the most well known and popular balloons in the community of balloon enthusiasts.

First I want to give you some backround information about it: this balloon is produced in the USA by the „Pioneer Balloon Company“, who distributes with „Qualatex“ one of the biggest and most popular balloon brands. Because of it´s really great quality a lot of balloon distributors and decorators use Qualatex balloons often and with pleasure.

There is a huge range of types, with different sizes, various colors and several prints.The Qualatex 24“ is a medium sized, pear-shaped balloon, which is available in many beautiful standard and crystal colors and also with different prints.

In my opinion this balloon impresses with it´s nice and huge neck, which easily comes out even without using a special technique. In comparison with other balloons, you can easily blow it up over it´s actual size and it gets bigger and bigger and bigger with every inflatation. I really like the Qualatex 24“ a lot. Because of it´s great quality it´s extremly durable and stable. I already experienced many situations, in which I thought it should pop, but no, it didn´t. You won´t get rid of this balloon easily, if you don´t want to. It sure is a challenge for Poppers and pleasant thing for NonPoppers. Also for people, who aren´t looners, but maybe want to get to know more about the balloon fetish and experience it by themselves, this balloon is a good and secure one to start with.

All in all I, as a looner, want to make the statement that the Qualatex 24“ is the perfect round balloon to ride, provided that you are into medium sized balloons and balloon necks.

But this is just my opinion and what do you think?

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