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These ones are OK in my opinion. They aren't great because they aren't very thin, and don't feel amazing to touch, but on the plus side, are spermicidically lubricated, comfy for the male, and cheaper than Durex! I'll be pessimistic and dwell on the down-points first... These condoms aren't very thin really, and are a sort of manky creamy colour, which isn't too natural. They also feel a bit "tesco plastic bag"-like, which isn't so romantic. But..... They are functional, and slightly bigger than the Durex alternative, which is more comfy for the male partner, and moderately nicer for the female I find. Also, the price means that they are prefferred really. I still prefer Durex, although Mates are good and reliable, and I've never had any "accidents" involving one.
...this op is about rubber johnnies, but keep it quiet, I think I can sneak it in without anyone noticing - ugh! - there, done it... Before I kick off, I'd just note that when Dooyoo asks "What was your reason for purchasing this product?", one of the answers given is "I came across it by chance." Have thes eguys no shame? Chuckle wheeze, fall about.... I work in the NHS and there's a press release going around at the moment from a Director of Public Health (a doctor to you and me, folks) that the word condom is ultra passe and what we should be referring to is the SHEATH - after all what you're using your old french tickler for is protection of the private parts of the two (or more, I'm no prude) individuals concerned. I couldn't believe it when that particular missive dropped on to my desk - I had to just pinch myself to make sure I wasn't dreaming and that we'd gone past April 1st, but it seems the guy was deadly serious - "C'mon folks, shove your johnnies up your bum (safe sex practitioners only need apply) and let's go for the trusty sheath while we shine up our glowing weapon." Okay, that little distraction over, let's get down to it (in a manner of speaking). I can't say that I have used very many different varieties of le johnny but I have stuck (well, you know what I mean) to the Mates - Natural style for the last five years or so, because I've found them to be the most comfortable (much more so than a wollen cardigan, in fact, when one wishes to watch a bit og UEFA Cup footie down your local). When Mrs dave27 and I started off making the beast with two backs we went for le pill, but she got quite concerned about some of the reputed side effects and we quickly switched to a more traditional approach, a latex variety. We kicked off using Durex (like most people do, I suppose), but Mrs dave27 went down to the docs to have her tubes c
hecked out one time and the old duffer said that she was in a bit of a state down there and that we wouldn't get pregnant without some help. Right, we thought, same game, boys, and we were off on our unprotected way. Unfortunately (or luckily depending on your inclination) while we were holidaying in Jamaica in 1989, the old duffer's advice went sadly astray and me and Mrs dave27 were blessed(!) with our Lewis. Clearly, we were fertile (I always knew as much - The Jaffa tag was a misnomer) and had to find some form of prevention and that was when we happened along the red packet of the Mates brand. They are very comfortable (blush) and we've found that they suit us perfectly.... Oh, sshhhhhh!!!! Mrs dave27 has woken up and she's coming into the computer room - she doesn't like me discussing our relations (no, not her sister, you donkey) with thousands of perfect strangers ("Does she mean me?" queried Ken, the Mad Cabbie, "but I feel I've known you a lifetime."), so I better hush up and go - oh dear, too late... she's spotted it, No dear, of course not .... OW!!!
I thought I would write an opinion from a womans point of view! Contrary to what men may think, women can feel that difference that a bit of rubber can cause. The natural way is definatly the most pleasant way, but as everybody knows, not very practical with all the diseases about today! I used these condoms with my (now ex) boyfriend, and we were both very impressed. Normally we used the arch rival - Durex, and thought we were satified with these. Until one night, we found we had run out, and a quick trip to the local garage was neccesary. The only one's they sold were Mates Natural, so of course, we bought them. They were great! You could hardly feel them and they were very easy and quick to put on! (we'd had a few giggles and hardships (excuse the pun!) with the other brand in the past). I would defiently reccomend them, their not too pricey, and very reliable. I have some sitting in my drawer right now, but unfotunatley I need to find a man before I can use them, and at this rate, they will probably go out of date before I do find one! But at least I am prepared, go out an buy some right now!!!!
Probably the most available product, but not because of quality, simply because they are available in most gents toilets for those evenings when you get lucky or you simply want a water bomb fight. Its annoying that you now only get two in a packet from the vending machines. I personally don't like them, have always felt that the teat at the end was not up to the design quality of durex. They are still better than opting for a flavoured variety. Its a shame that they have yet to come up with something better than rubber. I hate the smell. For a refund please insert baby.
Being a typical male, when I go out I end up buying condoms from a machine in the blokes toliets and they are alway durex. But for once I went to boots and purchced some of these Mates condoms, solely because they were the chepest. In my oppinion they are the best condoms available, they slip on very confortably and without any complications, they contain enough nonoxinol-9 spermicidal lubricant to enhance the experience but not too much to make it difficult to put on (too slimy can be a real problem). I have never heard of any of these condoms splitting nor have I ever heard any horror stories. In summary, these condoms are fantastic... Cheers Alex xxxxx
The king of all condoms, slips on a treat and fits snugly so you can feel all the twists and turns on your test drive of love. You feel secure in the knowledge that the condom comes (!) right down to the base of the penis unlike so many nowadays, and I've never had a problem with them. Also they are red which is handy for certain times of the month. condoms don't get better than this.
In my humble opinion I have to say that these are the best available. Not wanting to boast..... but I've tried a lot! Mates aren't the cheapest, but they're not the most expensive either. I found them easy to use and most importantly, reliable! The main competition, Durex, I've found less comfortable and (embarasingly) I kept getting them the wrong way round! I mean, once you've kind of 'tried' putting it on inside-out it's kinda useless, so it's a waste of money and doesn't do much for the 'mood'. Mates are cheap, easy to use and widely available.
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