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      20.01.2011 16:01
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      Disclaimer: This review contains text of a sexual nature. Please do not continue to read this review if the nature of the content will make you uncomfortable. I do get into quite a bit of detail, so you have been warned.

      The thought of having sex without using a condom terrifies most people, but for me it's the other way around. Most women will tell you that they can't feel the difference between sex with a condom and sex without. I've always thought that this was utter rubbish though, as I've always been able to feel the difference. There's something about condom-less sex that feels so much more intimate and obviously heightens pleasure and sensitivity, but unless you're in a committed relationship (and you & your partner have both been recently tested for STIs and are clean) and on birth control, it isn't recommended to go ahead and have sex without one. My boyfriend and I usually skip out on the condoms, but due to recent illness playing havoc with my birth control, we decided it's better to be safe than sorry! The condoms we've been using are Durex Fetherlites as these are meant to feel just like skin to skin contact.

      Durex Fetherlites have had a slight packaging revamp since Dooyoo uploaded them and now come in a deep red/pink box. They are described as an ultra fine condom and show an image of a feather on the box. I don't actually have the box to hand as we discarded that straight away, but I do know that the box contained 3 condoms and a leaflet on how to properly put a condom on. There is also a warning that condoms are only 97% effective when used perfectly, so this needs to be kept in mind.

      The condoms themselves come in a square foil packet, again this is red in colour with a silver backing. The front of the packet simply has the brand logo on it (Durex) and states that the package contains 1 latex condom - meaning that these are not suitable for anyone with a latex allergy. The back of the package shows the CIS stamp that all condoms require - this is in the form of a heart that has a line and squiggle through it. It will say Certified International Standard round it and you MUST check that your condom has this stamp on it. If this stamp isn't present, then the condom isn't safe to use.
      The back of the package also has the use by date on it - for the condom I have in hand right now, that is April 2014, so for those of you who are buying condoms 'just in case,' then you have a long time to use them!

      Opening the package couldn't be easier, simply tear down one side of the packet ensuring that you don't tear the condom inside. Do not use your teeth, scissors, keys or anything else to open this as you're then at risk for poking a hole in the condom, and no one wants that!

      The condom is essentially clear, but has a slight vanilla coloured tint I suppose you could say. It isn't a white tint, nor is it yellow - we'll just say that vanilla is a colour instead of a flavour! There is plenty of lubricant already on this condom so there will be no need for added lubricants (unless of course you've applied the condom with your mouth and sucked all of the lubricant off, but lets not get too detailed, shall we?). I'm sure we all know how to apply a condom, it's one of the first things we're taught in sex education and I think the condom/banana/sex toy lesson stays with us all forever!
      Just in case you were sick that day, I'll give you a quick run through.
      Place the condom over the head of the penis and pinch the tip, ensuring that you have it the right way round. You should easily be able to roll the condom down the shaft of the penis until you have a perfectly covered willy!
      For those of you who want to apply the condom with your mouth, place the condom in your mouth, ensuring that it is the right way round and position it on the head of the penis. You then want to slowly roll the condom down the shaft of the penis with your lips. Hey, who said condoms had to kill the mood?

      The lubricant on this condom isn't exactly pleasant tasting,b ut it doesn't bad either. It's the smell that puts me off to be honest with you, it's very chemically and doesn't smell like something I'd want inside my body - mouth or otherwise!

      Whilst using the condom I'm pleased to report that I actually forgot it was there! I'm usually one who can feel the latex the whole way through and will end up focussing on the fact that there is a latex barrier in between us rather than whether I'm going to orgasm or not. With this, the whole sensation was the same as normal. Some people also comment that condoms reduce the warmth that comes with sex, and I fully agree. This condom doesn't do that and will feel like 100% skin to skin contact. My boyfriend also commented that he forgot it was there until we had both finished and realised that we didn't have anything to clean up!

      We've now used 4 of these condoms and have had a great experience with them every time. They've haven't been like a middle man in our sex life and definitely haven't split or torn. As you can probably guess, I've never gotten pregnant whilst using these condoms, so for me they've been 100% effective.

      Also, if you feel like you have an abnormally large penis (and lets face it, most men will tell us ladies that they do...) then you will still be able to use these condoms. My boyfriend and I are still fairly immature and decided to put them over our heads. I have a fairly large head and it fit just fine, so none of these "I'm too big for condoms" excuses, boys!

      Durex Fetherlites are available from Boots for £2.99 for a pack of 3, £6.29 for a pack of 12 or £8.99 for a pack of 18. They are also available in certain assorted condom boxes, but these vary all over the place!

      Overall, these condoms have been a great experience and I would happily use them again when we feel we need the extra protection although we won't be using them all the time now that my birth control is back in full working order. Whilst you can't feel them, there is something about the closeness you feel with your partner without a condom that just can't be replaced. I'll give these condoms 4 out of 5 stars, as they made the whole experience feel as natural as possible, but the taste and smell of them made me a bit sick!

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      Do NOT have sex without a condom until you know that both you and your partner are clean of any infections or diseases. I am not advocating people spreading their nasties around with other people!
      Condoms are only 97% effective, so please take this into consideration when using them and always check to make there are no tears in the condom.

      Thank you for reading!

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        20.09.2010 22:32
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        I do hate condoms, but these are the one's I'm most happy with using.

        Overview
        This is a type of condom by Durex, and I chose this because although I'm on the pill, any extra protection is welcome. I usually hate condoms, because of the desensitising and the spermicide irritates me, but these are okay compared to most. The website (http://www.durex.com/en-GB/Pages/default.aspx) claims that: "Bringing people closer together, Fetherlite condoms are one of the thinnest condoms in our latex range. Still providing the same high level of reassurance and protection, they're shaped to be easier to put on and provide a better, sleeker fit and feel during sex." These retail at around £5/£6 for 12.

        Good points
        The first good point would definitely be the fact that these are much thinner than the average condom. This helps increase the sensitivity, it almost feels as though you aren't using one. Durex is a well known brand worldwide, so you know that you are buying a very high quality, safe product. They are also (apparently - I wouldn't know, being female) more comfortable to wear than a lot of other brands, due to the shape they are.

        Bad points
        Well, the spermicide in and on them does irritate me, although that's more my fault as opposed to the product's. Also, they seem to get very tight after a few 'thrusts', and we have to keep pulling it back off a little to give him some, ahem, 'breathing room'. And finally, although it's never happened with us, of course the fact that they are finer increases the risk of breakage.

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        08.02.2009 20:34
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        review of Durex featherlite condoms

        Me and my partner decided to try Durex Featherlite instead of our usual condoms.
        Some brands of thicker condoms desensitize the feeling. These thinner condoms are much more sensitive. The only problem is that thinner condoms do have a higher risk of splitting, however we did not have this problem and I am not sure how common this problem is but I think it is worth a mention.

        These condoms are far more sensitive and if you do suffer from premature ejaculation then a thicker condom that is not as sensitive would be a better purchase.

        Without being crude I would point out that as these condoms are thinner and run a higher risk of splitting, they are not really a good idea to take on a night out if you and your partner are likely to be drinking as drunkenly trying to put on this condom could damage it and render it useless.
        As someone in a steady relationship then I would recommend these condoms as they do feel a lot more sensitive.

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        12.12.2002 17:27
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        Well I was halfway through a lush op when I remembered that I had done some serious research into this particular product not long ago and had intended to give you the benefit of my experience. I didn't want to forget all my research and have to do it all again. Oh, hang on. Damn! A sod it, I can do some research afterwards, just to make sure. It's hard y'know (No not that, we haven't got that far yet). I mean it's hard to choose a condom. Gone are the days when a skinny, spotty lad goes into a chemist shop and leaves with whichever brand happened to be the easiest to grab (or if he was brave he would always try and pick up the extra large, whether needed or not). No, now the condoms have a counter of their own and there are a dazzling array of all different sizes, colours, flavours and even shapes. It's difficult to know which one is right, especially if you're a sweet girlie like me. Well because I'm such a sweet girlie I like to get the best, so I don't pick the cheapest, and because I know that the main drawback with using a little rubber hat (as my Nan calls them) is loss of feeling, I always pick the finest one. Or at least the ones that tell me they are fine. Historically we have always used Durex fetherlight (yes, I know it's spelt wrong, Durex's fault not mine). Having not used condoms for a number of years I was a little bit concerned about what they were like now, boyfriend was not happy about my inability to get a doctors appointment for over a month and my forgetfulness when it comes to using my last packet of pills. I promised to buy them myself and get a great big packet, as compensation you understand. Still the box tells me that they are now 'easy-on' due to a new shape, which is good because putting the buggers on was always a problem. The box also tells me that they are ultra fine. Hmm, I like that, the word ultra seems to convey
        a kind of tissue paper thinness that we would wish for. The box also sports the all important British standard mark, this tells you that they've either been tested to within an inch of their life, or someone took a bribe (I was going to say back hander but decided it wasn't appropriate in the context really). I bought a box of eighteen (about a weeks supply, he he) they do come in smaller boxes. I don't remember exactly how much I paid but the boots website advertises them at £12.99 the smallest box of three costs around £4. There was a special offer on the packs of three at the time so there are bargains to be had. Inside each condom is packaged in foil, and here you find my first moan (no not that kind, Jesus you men, we're not there yet!) The condoms are packaged individually but bound together in twos by a perforated strip. Now unless you have actually planned your actions and have laid your condom out at the side ready this causes a little bit of grief. It's bad enough to having to rummage around in his rather unsexy sock draw for the box, but then you have to separate the packages before you can even open the pack. I'll tell you, it takes a lot of bloody hard work to keep the passion going after all that messing about. The condom itself is about 24cm long fully rolled out (I don't know what that is in inches, I don't have inches on my ruler) they're quite stretchy though. They're quite greasy, although not over lubricated. The lubrication is not spermicidal, which is good for those who are allergic to spermicide. It has a teat shaped end, which is apparently what makes it easy to put on. (See what I meant about different shapes). But are they thin, as they claim to be? Well yes I think they are, they certainly feel quite fine to the touch and there's none of that rubber hose feeling you sometimes get. They are simple to use. The leaflet given with each packet give very
        simple, pictorial instructions. 1, Give amorous looks to loving partner. 2, Begin light petting and general 'I'm in the mood' advances 3, Begin heavy petting. Continue for at least 30 minutes. 4, Wait for the man's love truncheon to stand proud and firm 5, Rummage around in sock drawer, pull out packages, separate them and rip open condom with teeth (taking care not to damage condom) 6, Hold by the teat to ensure that no air is trapped in the end and roll down until you've reached the end (24cm? I wonder) 7, Begin banging love spuds against dirtbox. Now they feel pretty good. I mean its not as nice as flesh on flesh but in this day and age it is important to be careful. Remember people, no amount of fun is as miserable as catching something. Compared against other brands we've used they fair very well and we will certainly be sticking with these for future needs. They don't taste of anything in particular (just did a special test for you people, aren't you grateful?) if you use them for such things. There's a faint kind of 'uugghh' taste and I would recommend getting a flavoured one if you like that sort of thing. Other little notes: No method of contraception can provide 100% protection against pregnancy, HIV or sexually transmitted infections. I have heard that condoms manage around 99%, which are pretty good odds in my eyes. Non vaginal use will increase the risk of them slipping or being damaged. Erm, so if you're going to, be extra careful. Okay? Do not use them more than once. Apart from this reducing their effectiveness drastically it's also really disgusting. I mean, yuck people, yuck. Do not use an oil-based lubricant with them. If you need a little extra slippy juice make sure that they are safe to use with latex products. Finally, if you ever played that game when you where young where you take
        a burst balloon and make a tiny little balloon by twisting a little bit of rubber. Then you twist it so, so tight that you can pop it on peoples foreheads and run away. Leaving them angry with a sore spot on their head. Well don't try it with a condom, it doesn't pop and it'll make people angry. Especially if it's a used one! Now to finish of, I think I should tell you a little bit about my Nan. I know that she now calls them little rubber hats, but there was a time when my Nan didn't know what a condom was. Shortly after my Mum gave birth to my sister she went to the doctors and said 'So, when can I start having a bit then? I don't want to get pregnant again either' And the doctor gave her three boxes of 100 NHS condoms. Having just had a baby my poor Mummy didn't want quite that much of a bit. With it coming up to Christmas and balloons costing quite a lot of money, we decided to put them to another (though possibly slightly less fun) use decorating our flat. My Nan came round to help us blow them up, so there she was puffing away with a nasty look on her face saying 'Uurghh, these are all greasy, and they taste funny too' To which my mum told her they were special balloons and they coating meant they were harder to break and would last longer. My uncle eventually spoiled the fun and told her what they were, She didn't speak to us for months. But we still spent Christmas with the flat decorated with NHS condoms. How cool is that? Apologies for any nausea, vulgarity and any disgusting euphemisms. I can't help it I'm common.

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          25.05.2002 22:43
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          The majority of condoms make sexual intercourse a highly insensitive act, however these are different. Durex has made them as thin as possible allowing for maximum comfort. However the downside of this is that they are quite easily split. These are only to be used in some circumstances. Don't ever take them to parties if you are planning to hook up with some one the person may feel slightly on edge that they are very thin. If you know your lady friend is on the pill then these are great for they protect against STIs and feel great. You can tell if they are feather lites because they have a purple rim. And a purple packet. The condoms are fully protected against STIs so there is no problem with those. Also they are lubricated very well. So there?s no need for extra lubrication. And again they feel great. If you fancy a change of condoms then choose these, but just watch out for them splitting. *****CONCLUSION***** It is quite hard to write a review on them because there is very little to write about so I have included an extras part here. These are alternate ideas for them. 1. Water carriers, if your out camping they can carry about one litre quite handy. 2. Parties. If you?re having a drinks party blow a few up and play them in amongst balloons and see if the guests can spot them very amusing. 3. Water bombs, fancy having an adult water fight these are great. But get them from a family planning clinic for they are expensive. 4. A catapult, they are great for flinging things a round, find projectiles and fling them across a room using them. 5. Admin. You can use them to keep your coin collections in tying your files together, excellent for spicing up the home study. (All of these are very juvenile I know so no nasty comments, just a bit of fun!!!)

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            11.08.2001 22:40
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            Strawberry, Chocolate, Bannana whats your favourite? I think they should they should cum (get the joke) up with better flavours, like the jelly beans, so oral sex is more fun. Sex is good, and it is a real hard desision when you want a shag with a naked girl of your dreams in front of you and you don't have a johny. they should design a ultra slim condom that fits into your cufflinks or something and is reuseable. Condoms are great but are in desperate need of improvements!

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              12.07.2001 05:55
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              It's a shame that such comfortable condoms, for everyone involved, are so unreliable, for me, anyway. Durex Fetherlite condoms are really lovely, I think, as they aren't that manky "coral" colour, rather a sort of beigy-white. They feel really thin under your fingers, but if you have a play with them, they resist breaking loads if you pull really hard. This throws the old excuse of "I can't wear one because I'm 'too big' " lies that men throw at you from time to time. Anyway, put that aside, and listen...these are really lovely and thin, the material feels nice and comfy, and lubrication is good, although I have to say that Dooyoo is wrong, Fetherlite condoms aren't spermicidically lubricated, which is something I think could be improved. Not being on the pill, spermicide would be a strong point to these. Anyway...even before you try them out, they are impressive. And using them is great too. They are really thin, you hardly feel them at all. Having said that, maybe they could be improved by being a little bit larger at the base (I've had the boyfriend complain that sometimes they pinch a bit at the base), and maybe more roomy at the top (like their "Comfort" type), but generally, these are good. Lubrication-wise, there's enough, but not too much. So I'm impressed. Also, they are available in loads of machines in pubs in packs of 3, and are always on offer in either Boots, Sainsburys and Tescos, working out at less than 50p per go, which is really good value. Oh, and they comein packs of 3, 12 and 18...I think. That is until you have a problem. I love these and am imclined to turn to my old favourite every time, but I've had 3 occasions when they've broken out of the blue. It's a shame that such a nice condom in all other respects seems to fail a lot in the "not making babies" aspect of contraception, which I'd say was rather important.
              Unfortunate. It's sad to say that even though these are lovely and comfy and everything else, I have to give such a low rating because of the problems I've had. Having said that, I continue to use Fetherlite, just am extra-specially careful to check matters after sex, and take the necessary precautions (i.e. morning after pill) if necessary. This has only happened, as I said, 3 times in 5 years, which ain't bad really considering the amount of times I've "tested" these condoms.

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                20.06.2001 22:01
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                Well what would we do if we didn?t have our little latex friends to help us in times of need? We would probably either have a larger family than actually desired or maybe us blokes would just have to quash our wanton desires of the flesh and beat out our frustrations with some other form of non-sexual activity such as gardening (its hard mow the lawn with a wigwam in your pants) or maybe fishing (using a different kind of pole). Some men have a poor attitude when it comes to condoms, a greatly used line being ?They?re crap you can?t feel anything, I?m not bloody using them.? This attitude can often lead to large maintenance bills in later life. You may cry ?What about the pill?? a good solution in theory but the pill greatly increases the chances of many nasty ailments including cancer and irregular bleeding, and for many women huge hormonal imbalances. There is answer to the problem, although many will not agree. Durex Featherlite ? a quality condom that is ultra thin, thus maximising sensation on your beef bayonet. These rubbers still provide excellent protection against potential unwanted offspring and filthy sexually transmitted diseases. When I have to use protection I always opt for these babies ? they are a little more expensive than standard ones but the lubrication and the thinness is what you pay for. If you need to cover your ham clarinet during intercourse but still want some sensitivity to exist I wholeheartedly recommend Durex Featherlite. At the end of the day they?re better than surgical gloves and safer than cling film. Huzzah! Three cheers for Featherlites.

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                  13.06.2001 02:51
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                  ...Well not quite correct,but the items needed before the act sure do sell. Durex fetherlite condoms have been around for a time now,they are used by alot of people as a form of contraception.Other names that the condom might be called are: sheaths,french letters or maybe durex (Durex the brand name). Over the years things have changed. Once it was a case of whispers in the chemist shops and disapproving looks, nowdays you will find durex fetherlite up alongside the asprins and other tablets on display. Used properly the fetherlite can be very effective and only a small percentage of pregnancies occur approxiamately 3 or 4 in 100 over a year period. Now what is a condom? ..................... Well basically it was a thick layer of rubber.The fetherlite however is alot thinner than of old and are disposable thus more "pleasurement" so to speak. The advantages ............... Well the obvious first to prevent pregnacy. They can prevent venereal disease. They can be used also regardless of medical history or condition. The disadvantages ................. Can still be embrassing. For some the sensation is less. Occasionally they can fail or split/burst. What can be down to prevent this? ................................. 1. put on as soon as penis is errect,sperm can leak. 2.expell air, roll down (they can burst) 3.Avoid sharp nails(or teeth) 4. Afterwards hold in place at top to prevent it slipping off. How do I know which one is right? ................................. With so many makes and types it is up to the individual as you can get smooth,rippled,contoured, dry or lubricated.With or without teat. Even washable ones. Then there are flavoured and coloured.The thicker ones are cheaper. Durex fetherlite is a bit more expensive because it is lubricated and also of the th
                  inner variety. My partner and self have found that using these has not dulled the feelings. They have not split on us, and have been easy to apply.They also seem very easy to obtain.

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                  Ultra fine condoms, for greater sensitivity. Spermicidally lubricated