LifeStyles Skyn

Male condom by Ansell

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Does the job, but not realistic

These are amazing for those with latex allergies. While they do not fit the naked feel that they are marketed as, I still really enjoyed them and will be using this brand from now on. The material is just as strong as latex!
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Pros:
Non-latex, pre-lubricated, and just as strong as latex.
Cons:
Can't use oil lubricants and not thinner than a normal condom.
Rating by reviewer:
5
extremely useful review
Let me start by saying:THESE ARE LATEX FREE! (Yay!)

It is very difficult to find non-latex condoms that I will say I like. These are made from polyisoprene. The claim is that it's the closest to being without. However, I disagree-It feels like a normal condom to me. Although I will say that the material is strong and I like that. I haven't had any breaks yet.

Actual Specs-

Length-7.48 inches
Width-2.08 inches (this is a straight condom all the way through, so this width is the same along the entire condom as this condom has no shape to it)
Thickness-.0027 inches (this is generally most condoms unless it is a thin condom, which is why this is silly for this condom to say that it is thin)
Lubricant-Comes with it already on both sides, and is water-based
Color/Texture- Clear, smooth texture
Count-EF only sells 3 packs

Material-

The condom is made of polyisoprene. It is as strong as latex and has a similar feel to it, however softer. This makes this condom safe for those with latex allergies. The material held well for me, and has had no breaks. I am generally rough too, I would say they should hold up well to regular sex as long as the penis fits the condom and is not too large. It comes with a small amount of water based lube on inside and outside of the condom. I recommend adding more lube, the material is safe to be used with water or silicone lube. However, DON'T use oil based lubricants because it can cause breakage and damage the material on these.

Usage-

These are like any condom; pinch the tip and roll it down over the penis or toy. This particular condom has a bit of lube on both sides, and the tip of this condom is a little bigger than other condoms I've used. This leaves for plenty of space to catch sperm.

I use these over toys mostly. My reasoning for this is because a lot of my toys are porous. I don't like to go through the extra cleaning steps with porous toys because I tend to be a gusher and it's a mess. I'm lazy! Clean-up is easier when you can just pull it off and wash your toy with soap and water and be done. I personally have noticed that since I started using condoms with my toys, the material lasts longer. That's why I prefer them on the toys that are insertable. Also, on things such as dildos you can transfer them between partners without worry of fluid exchange, just change the condom.

Sizing/Etc-

It is average, so I suggest up to 7-ish inches could fit without worry of tear. The condom is 7.48 total length. The condom is the same thickness as any normal condom, so I'm rather unsure as to why it has claims of being thin. The condom is smooth and straight, and does not feature anything special other than it's non-latex property. The picture shows quite clearly that it is completely straight and while it looks like there may be some texture to it because of the ridges from unrolling it, it actually is completely smooth all the way down. As for width-it is about average width and if you find that you are larger than about 2, you'll want to find something bigger, although the condom is slightly stretchy, it may not feel comfortable, and it's always safer than risking a break.

Taste/Smell/Lubricant-

I didn't notice any odor, nor did it have a particular taste to it (other than the texture of just lubricant, which isn't a taste per-say.)
The lubricant is water based and thus doesn't last, there is also not much on the actual condom. It is on both sides, as previously mentioned. So when you take it off you will probably still have water lubricant residue on your toys or your/your partner's penis.

Clean up-

Unroll the condom off, careful not to spill ejaculate if you've used it as such, and throw it away. Do not flush condoms, it is bad for the sewage systems. You'll want to wash your toy or your/your partner's penis with warm water and soap to get the residue of the water based lubricant off, as there is some lubricant on both sides of the condom.

Packing-

They are wrapped in gold foil, and the box is not very big, but it is definitely not discreet.
Experience
I used these over my toys and think they're fabulous for that. I can't say that it held up to the thin and realistic claims, because it was actually not super thin or more thin than any other condom I've used has been. However, it did its job and protected my toy. It also has a nice layer of lubrication over it which was enough for more without extra lube for my toys.
Follow-up commentary
These are still my number one go to since I have a latex allergy. The lambskin condoms don't protect against STD, only pregnancy, and since I'm on birthcontrol those prove useless to me. As far as I know, these have protected against STDs, but clinical studies haven't been released to prove that these are effective against STDs, they are marketed to be though, it's just not backed up by a proven study. I still like them as I said, they're strong, and I haven't had one broke, though I've learned that all condoms can break if you're on a Nuva Ring. So if you are using that method of BC, take it out during sex with condoms, or the condom can get caught and break. That's the end of my use protection rant.

Now, back to what I was saying, these are great, and I basically only use water based lubricant anyway so the necessity to use it with these doesn't bother me. However, I'll restate that these are damaged by oil and silicone lube. So other than a few mishaps, these aren't shabby and I'm going to vote that I still like them because I still use them.
This product was provided at a discounted price in exchange for an unbiased review. This review is in compliance with the FTC guidelines.
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    higs  
    Thanks
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    kittenfacery  
    thanks for the review
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    Tuj  
    great review
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