Durex tropical - male condom by SSL International - review by ~LaUr3n~

Male condom by SSL International

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Taste the Rainbow!

This condom fixes the latex smell and taste problem. If you are pretty average in size this works great. It allows for oral after or during sex without feeling like you want to puke!
Good smell and taste, lubed enough, thinner than average.
Lacks taper, smaller than average width.
Rating by reviewer:
extremely useful review
When Durex first came out with these condoms they were manufactured under the name Colors & Scents. They first appeared in the Pleasure Pack and were such a hit, they were then manufactured by themselves as Durex Tropical.

These condoms are great for their purpose. The smell and taste of latex is horrible, I think we can all agree on that. One reason these condoms are used for oral is to obviously block the transmission of STDs or because you don't like the taste of your partner. But, I use them during sex and then after taking the condom off to give follow up oral, it makes either person smell and taste like fruit!

If you love oral and like to switch things up a lot or perhaps sometimes are not able to finish with intercourse and then like to follow up with oral...this is perfect for you. There is no lingering taste or smell of latex to turn you off. This goes for guys or gals. It will make your penis or vagina smell and taste like whichever flavor you used during intercourse.

These condoms come in three different flavors and sometimes four if you can find the rare fourth flavor of mint. The most common are strawberry, orange, and banana. These are also colored accordingly as red, orange, and yellow. My favorite is the strawberry. I think this has the best taste and flavor. Orange is next and then banana. This is a personal preference though. I tend to not like banana flavored things even though I like bananas. The mint green ones are great also.

In terms of fit, this is how Durex Tropical compared to other condoms: Average condoms have a thickness of 0.0027". This condom has a thickness of 0.00247" which makes it a little thinner than most condoms. This will enhance sensitivity a bit.

The average condom is 7.5" long. This condom is also 7.5". Because of the reservoir tip being small, this is why I recommend not using it on a penis longer than 7". There needs to be wiggle and ejaculation room.

Average shaft width and base width for condoms is 2". This condom is smaller at 1.75". This doesn't accommodate the guys on the thicker side. Keep size in mind. It works better for those with less girth.

Average condom head width is 2.125". This condom has a head width of 1.75". This makes it harder for guys with generous heads. This condom lacks taper and lessens natural feel.

The lubrication is water based and pretty good. I found that usually more did not need to be added. If you can not add more, it is better since it gets rid of some of the good smell and taste. Make sure to add more if you are not naturally lubricated enough! It is great that the lubricant covers the latex smell! You can't beat that :).

This condom is pretty good if you are on the smaller side. It doesn't have taper or natural feel but it does have something most condoms don't: good smell and taste. Because of this novelty, I am giving it 4 stars.
In my opinion, this condom works well vaginally. You could use it anally, especially if you like giving rim jobs. It would certainly make things taste pleasant! I think it would be a waste to use on toys though.
Follow-up commentary
They really need to make a larger version of this! It is not ideal to use with my current partner since he is so large. Or maybe if they made an inside and outside lubed condom...but for now, these get stored away. It is a waste to use them on a toy unless I was getting oral after wards!
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  • ......
    Interesting that you mention oral in the same sentence with a condom. I've never used one so enlighten me. Why would you use a condom with oral? Wouldn't that defeat the purpose for the guy?

    Good review!
  • ~LaUr3n~
    I didn't explain specifically enough and will go back and edit my review.

    One reason condoms are used for oral is to obviously block the transmission of STDs or because you don't like the taste of your partner.

    BUT, that is not what I meant actually. I meant that if you use this condom DURING sex and then take it off after, it will make oral plesant by instead of leaving a latex smell/taste it will leave a fruit one!

    Hopefully that helps. Smile
  • ArmyWife Kira
    I just can't do the blow job with a condom thing. I am married now but before that I just didn't give blow jobs. I can't even touch condoms, the feeling of them gives me the creeps. It's a weird quirk I know! I don't think I could bring myself to taste this. lol! Great review!!! Big smile
  • ~LaUr3n~
    No no...I don't either. Did you read the review or just Newme's comment? You use them DURING sex and then afterwards if you want to give oral then it tastes much better after taking the condom OFF. Make sense?
  • Me4real
    I think the clarification might have been that after taking the condom off, it leaves the penis/vagina with a fruity smell and taste that makes oral sex pleasant.
  • ~LaUr3n~
    Yes exactly
  • Jul!a
    It seems as though you're saying it's flavored on the inside as well, and in my experience with these, it is definitely not. The intent of the design originally was so that you could give a blow job without having to taste the latex so Kira's comment makes sense. But a pleasant side effect of the flavoring is that when used during sex, oral performed on the woman is now flavored as well.

    I've used these before and when the condom comes off, I'm the only one who still smells fruity.
  • ~LaUr3n~
    That is interesting. I had a different experience. Maybe your's was longer ago than mine. They are constantly making improvements! You should try them again.
  • Jul!a
    Well I was definitely using them in November, lol. The next time we go to buy condoms I'll add another pack of the tropicals and see if maybe they have changed since the last time I bought them.
  • ~LaUr3n~
    I have used them constantly for 8 years...and they have always been this way for me.
  • Xavier7
    Extremely good review, definitely!~
  • ~LaUr3n~
    Thanks Xavier
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