OK, first I have to say the shipping was amazing! They really came through on the preorders with speed. I woke up to mine this morning and I was able to test it out just recently. First of all, it is muck stronger, suction-wise, they say 30% but it it quite a lot, determining it would be difficult but a serious increase in pressure. I think this comes from three places of improvement, 1. The new comfort pad insert is very thick and comfortable and creates an amazing seal. 2. The Gator itself is much stiffer and 3. The taped seal along the top of the Gator is a very good sealing technique.
These all come together beautifully when you get the HydroMax going. The increase in pressure makes it easier to get expansion faster but it also increases the risk of retention, I think restraint should be should when anyone is first using the BathMate HydroMax X30. Now, I could not fit in this pump at 100% erect, it is just not possible so I did all testing in a semi erect state, it is a marked difference in the same time and effort in comparison to it's Hercules and Goliath models.
It is an amazing seal and the new contoured, insert comfort pad, extremely thick and cushiony, extremely comfortable. Biggest issue is you can not do Hardcore Stretches unless you remove the insert pad, which is very simple. At first I was very disappointed than I realized they could be done simply by removing the comfort pad insert....very convenient and smart design for DLD HardCore Stretches. I don't think many users will need pump sleeves after using the Hydromax X30, but they might want to keep them handy for Hardcore Stretching.
The HydroMax X30 expansion is amazing, just like it's older siblings it brings a massive gain after only a few minutes pumping. The power is clean and there is plenty of it. Using the pump outside the bath was very easy and it is strong enough to use with no water at all, but water does make the process much better.
I think the $40 increase in price was a bit steep but when I really got down to the nuts and bolts I can see where they invested some serious money. The comfort pad is just one of the many improvements on the BathMate HydroMax X30. The smart latch is very similar to the Penomet, extremely efficient and very quick. The pump feels very familiar and the changes become evident with use but stay within the traditional look of the BathMate pumps.
As far as guys who are north of 9", you will need the Goliath as the HydroMax X30 will not accommodate an erect size beyond 9" The depth is about an inch deeper than the Hercules which measures about 8.5" The difference is from the depth of the comfort pad. If the pad is not in place the dimensions are identical. They could actually produce deeper comfort pads that would accommodate longer penis's and it is something I will suggest to the company.
I would love to see a Goliath version of this but I don't think that will happen for a while. We waited about 1.5 years for the Goliath after the Hercules was released. I assume we will see the same here. I hope BathMate comes to market also with a mid-size version that would complete the stables.
My hats off to Hydromax and everyone on the forums who helped in to formation of the new BathMate HydroMax X30 pump! I know the companies listen to our feedback so please relate your experiences when your model arrives. Definitely an advanced, quality tool and most likely the new face of BathMate in the future.
Packaging was very private. It was packed in a box, in a box, in another box that is shrink wrapped. Beautiful packaging, such a shame it is buried so deep in the package. The new look is definitely a good look and a mature evolution in the largely, untapped, water pump market.
I am still sitting here with it on as I type...no mess, tight seal and incredible expansion!