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I first purchased this brand when I was a student at university as although I had been on the contraceptive pill since I was 17 to moderate my cycles there are a lot of Sexually transmitted diseases out there and from my experience of watching the likes of shameless on channel 4 it came to my attention that carrying protection wasn't always the first thing on an 18 year old boys mind.
Fortunately for me the location of my University was at Coleraine NI and at that time had 3 sex/novelty shops to purchase protection and lingerie from without asking any questions, though I suppose that it works in their favour since it is more of a niche market and they had to properly chat you into buying items from them as not everyone is going to be walking into their shops on a daily basis. I purchased some skins on a 3 for the price of 2 packs as although I really wasn't all that sexually active it seemed to be a good deal since the expiry date was for 4 years later so maybe I would end up using them anyway.
I don't know how many of those shops still exist today though as this was before the recession hit.
The packaging was a red/orange box each individually wrapped in an air tight red/orange sachet with the logo plastered all over it. Not that I was an expert at the time but it looked like any other average condom that I had seen before in sex education videos and since it was my first time I didn't think anything of it. In retrospect though for me now looking back I don't think that it was moist enough compared to the brand I use now and it does not look as thick or durable as the ultra safe Durex ones I use now which is understandable I guess considering it is the ultra thin variety but I do not think I would get these again since the style may compromise safe sex.
The last thing you want to hear when you are half cut and stumbling around in the dark is a voice saying "oops I think it broke" even before the latter proportion of intercourse has actually begun. Needless to say that is a mood killer and it may just be a one off as I am aware that condoms only act as a 96% secure contraception and this could have been one of the times where the 4% occurred, but needless to say its not a great impression if that is on your first go with the product and they were never used again by me. In the end I gave these to my flat mates to see if they had any better luck with them. Thankfully my now current and long term boyfriend was very understanding about the whole situation and is more of a cuddler anyway.
So for future reference I intend to go to Boots although it is a little embarrassing and awkward for Durex brand items as they have just seemed more reliable as we are not in the position to even joke about having kids at the moment due to current financial situations.
So benefits were they were more easily accessible, cheaper than Durex and have a long expiry date, but their durability just did not cut it for us unfortunately and we wouldn't be the most aggressive couple in the bedroom either. Maybe we just got a dud or perhaps these were discounted as there was an underlying problem with these that wasn't obviously stated by the shop owner, but just totally put off of them.
Weather you are male or female I think you will more or less all agree that condoms are a necessity in life for us sometimes and are never as good as bare skin no matter how good they claim to be so over the years I have tried out lots of different brands in my search for something I could call nice and have to say these are the closest i have found to bare skin yet but my quest will continue.
I love the slogan on the boxes to these as they say, never go in without a skin and in this day and age of people being more free with who they do things with i think it is a very good thing to remember as you can count your self lucky in my opinion if the only thing you catch is a baby, lol.
These are designed to be thinner and softer feeling than any other condoms on the market to make them feel like a second skin, to achieve this they do have to be quite tight fitting so are not going to be comfortable if you are hung like a horse but for the average male they will fit nicely, my partner agrees that these are the best we have tried yet and we both agree that the thinness and tight fitting fit of these do make it feel a lot better than with other condoms.
With these you can feel the heat of your partners body through them and the ridges of there skin too so are the next best thing to bare skin just like they claim to be.
I did worry that with these being so thin they might not be as strong as others but we have never had any trouble with them splitting so have been perfectly safe for us.
These I have only brought on line and they work out at around 33p each so are rather inexpensive too. I would defenatly reccomend these as they are not too greasy like others we have used in the past and dont irritate either of our skins.
These Ultra Thin condoms by Skins are so thin and comfortable! They are made with a premium latex which is really durable and even has extra lubrication to give you even more pleasure.