Alright, What’s Really The World’s Thinnest Condom?

It seems like just a couple of months ago, we were reporting that Sagami Rubber Industries of Japan had introduced the world’s thinnest condom. But it seems their time in the spotlight was destined to be limited.

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Their neighbors to the south, Guangzhou Daming United Rubber Products out of China, announced last week that they have created the world’s thinnest condom– called the Aoni. And unlike the Sagami condom, their claim is being backed up by the Guinness Book of World Records.

This condom measures in at 0.036 millimeters (0.0014 inches)– and for those of you paying attention, you’ll notice that this is actually thicker than the Sagami Original .001. The Aoni condom is the thinnest condom out there that’s made of latex, that is. The Sagumi condom is, as we mentioned in our first article about it, made of polyurethane.

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I could watch this all the live long day.

The argument is that because polyurethane is less flexible than latex, it’s going to be more prone to breakage. This has not been proven to be true of other polyurethane condoms– all those sold in the United States are expected to hold up to very high safety standards by the FDA. Of course, being that it’s made of polyurethane, it can be thinner than a latex condom. If one were to make a latex condom of that thickness, it wouldn’t be as viable– which is why there are currently not any latex condoms of that thickness.

Look friends: there’s going to be a point when we just can’t push the limits of condom technology any further. I know everyone’s in a rush to claim that, “It really feels like nothing’s on at all!” But let’s not forget that their are other aspects to a condom that make them comfortable– the most important is making sure that you’re wearing the correct size.

The mastermind behind the Aoni condom, Victor Chan, believes that the Asian market has a focus on thickness, preferring their condoms to feel as au naturel as possible. But North American markets, he says, don’t mind sacrificing a little thickness in the name of safety. Which may account for why most companies on this side of the world aren’t pursuing the title of World’s Thinnest Condom as fastidiously as their Asian counterparts. Prior to this announcement by Sagami, Okamoto who also operates out of Japan, claimed the title of thinnest condom.

For now, neither the Sagami Original .001 nor the Aoni condom are available in the United States. But you still have plenty of options. Here are some of our favorites:

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