Condom is one of man’s best friend and worst enemy. He’s the annoying little brother you wish was less annoying, but are glad to have him around. It sounds strange to say, but getting a condom is a rite of passage for so many men across the world, it is the physical embodiment of your sexual activity and transition into manhood.
Condom dates its history back hundreds of years ago, with the earliest condom being found in Dudley castle in England. This condom, which was made from animals membranes, is believed to have been made in 1642, now that’s a rubber that is certainly past its date of use. As the condom evolved over the next 500 years, we saw the emergence of the rubber latex, we sheath our swords in.
We owe much to the condom; fewer unwanted children, fewer abandoned children, a reduction in the spread of STIs, a decrease in the transmittance of aids, being able to enjoy sex without the fear of pregnancy or something nasty, and many more benefits.
Woman showing a condom on bed, Focus on the condom in the foreground
It’s safe to say that condom has saved the lives of many, improved lives of even more and has saved a few people from feeling the burn.
Our concern here is the best feeling condom. If you are questioning why you want the best feeling condom you either don’t use one or you have never had to use one of the thicker, more robust rubbers which have the thickness of a rubber glove and reduce the sensations so much that you are nothing more than a glorified sex toy rather than a partner.
It is as much about getting the best feeling condom as it is about staying away from the pesky extra-safe condoms which reduce pleasure so much that there isn’t much point. Don’t throw away those moments of pure euphoria for the high-priced safe condoms which whilst safer, go beyond the point of reason.
If anyone is still adamant about questioning the obvious decision to get the best feeling condom here’s why.
It feels better, you enjoy sex more, you get as close to the real thing as possible, end of story."
Opting for a more stimulating experience does not mean that you have to choose a less safe sexual encounter. The modern man can wrap himself knowing that he has little chance of siring children. Modern day science and the multibillion dollar industry backing it, have developed rubber strong enough to protect you whilst maintaining a good level of protection and durability.
How to choose the right condom?
The question of how to choose the right condom is as much a science as it is an art. The wide variety and the scary number of combinations which the condom industry offers makes choosing a condom a confusing endeavour. Here are some things to consider when choosing what to protect yourself with.
First Element: Size
The first element to decide on is size. While the condoms you get in supermarkets and men’s toilets have a uniform size, thanks to Charles Goodyear (the inventor of vulcanised rubber), they stretch to fit most men, you must be honest about your size.
Getting the wrong size, with a lot of men going up a size for ego’s sake, reduces the efficacy of the condom, increasing the chances of the condom falling off. Be honest with yourself, it’s not worth getting an STI or a girl pregnant.
Second Element: Safety
The second element for a prudent condom connoisseur is safety. Read the labels and look at what the box says about safety. Often condoms which are titled ‘feather light’ or ‘paper-thin’ etc. are too thin and almost completely neglect the goal of the product, which is protection.
Choosing an option which steers more to feeling and away from the safety aspect is a condom you will regret buying. The rubber ends up being so thin that in the heat of passion could rip.
Third Element: Function
Finally, you must think about functionality. Apart from a condom’s primary function (protection) you have a plethora of different types to choose from. If you are buying for you and your partner, consider getting ribbed condoms, the bumps and lumps on the outside of it will aid in female stimulation and improve the act for both of you.
There are other pleasure related versions you can go for; flavoured lubricant as well as ones which tingle and add heat. Consult with your partner or put into consideration what you and your potential beaus might like.
Terrence Kennedy is the man’s man on a journey to self-discovery. A traveler, extreme sports aficionado, an observant wanderer, a DIY-Know-How, an ultimate outsider and a documentarist of culture, sex, dating, relationship, fashion, style and gentleman's etiquette. He has learned a lot through his escapades, and is happy to pass that knowledge on to you.