LifeStyles Skyn - male condom by Ansell - review by tim1724

LifeStyles Skyn

Male condom by Ansell

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Better than natural latex

This is a great choice for those who need an allergen-free alternative to natural latex and are comfortable with an average-sized, non-textured, lightly lubricated condom with a plain shape.
Allergy-free, no smell, great transmission of sensation.
Somewhat expensive compared to latex condoms and only available in one size.
Rating by reviewer:
useful review
Many people can't use latex condoms due to allergies, but there are few other choices on the market. Polyurethane condoms are unpleasant to use; they feel like plastic bags and don't stretch like latex. So-called "lambskin" condoms (actually made from sheep intestines) fail to provide adequate protection against HIV and other viruses.

But now there's another choice: synthetic polyisoprene. Unlike polyurethane, polyisoprene has the same stretchiness and feel as latex. This shouldn't be surprising, as polyisoprene is the main component of natural latex. So it feels the same, but it's lacking the proteins which cause latex allergies. Not only does this prevent allergic reactions, it also means they don't smell like latex.

Skyn condoms are among the first polyisoprene condoms on the market, and as such they're made in a pretty average size/shape. I was unable to find the dimensions on the manufacturer's website or here on this site, but one source I found online said that they're 53mm wide, 190mm long, and 0.07mm thick. That's pretty average.

Compared to my previous standby, the Lifestyles Ultra Sensitive, they're about the same size except that they don't flare out at the end. I'd like to see them come in more shapes/sizes, but the current Skyn dimensions are fine for me. The size is just right, and the lack of a pouch at the end is actually good because my girlfriend hates the extra friction that she feels when I use a condom that flare out at the head.

The synthetic polyisoprene seems to transmit heat and sensation much better than natural latex. I'm not sure why; I'd have expected it to be the same given the similarity in chemical makeup, but it really does work better for me. My girlfriend and I really enjoy these.

These condoms are slightly lubricated, like most condoms, but I like to add some additional lubricant when I use them for intercourse.
Follow-up commentary
I'm still using these as my main condom. They feel great and I like knowing that they're unlikely to trigger any allergies. I've tried similar condoms from another manufacturer (Durex's Avanti Bare) but I prefer the lubricant on these.
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    Who might this product be best for? How is it best used? What are the best circumstances or situations for using this product?
    • Anyone
    • Everyone
  • Where
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    Where / what types of places can this product be used?
    • Anywhere
  • Features
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    What kind of features does this product offer?
    • Latex-free
    • Non-allergenic
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    • Penis
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  • ~LaUr3n~
    Got these too! I am a bit delayed on my assignment though I'm out of town. Glad you liked them. I have high hopes now.
  • tim1724
    I'm so happy to see these finally appear on the site. I've been using them for about a year now, and they quickly became my favorite.
  • Airen Wolf
    Heh I had to wait for Sigel to try them. He didn't like them though seemed to fit too snugly for him around the shaft. Hopefully different sizes will soon be available.
    Great review!
    Nice review
  • Michelle Conner
    nice review
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