When we told you about three new condom designs that will probably never hit the market, we forgot to mention a new design that has already hit the market. It’s called HEX and it promises improved sensation and strength as “the first major condom innovation in 70 years”… but we looked closer to examine the ad hype.
HEX’s innovation is an interior webbed design of 350 hexagons meant to help keep the condom in place while providing extra stimulation to the wearer. Its latex is also made of graphene, a thin, durable material that can withstand a needle prick and conduct heat through its super-thin sheen. The HEX condom boasts a thickness of 0.045 millimeters (the average condom ranges from 0.12 to 0.05 millimeters thick) making it as close to skin-on-skin contact as possible (although the Kimono MicroThin® Condoms are 0.44 millimeters thick, just FYI).
We haven’t test driven the condom for ourselves, but if you’re curious you can buy a 12-pack for $14 for a limited time. Perhaps the allure of increased pleasure could encourage more people to use condoms, something that’s especially important considering that condom use among gay and bi men is on the decline and chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis rates are all on the rise.