Our staff of Safer Sexologists put the Kimono Microthin Ultra Lubricated Condom to the test! Here is where the Kimono Microthin Ultra Lubricated Condom ranks!
This is my first Kimono condom, and I couldn’t have been happier to pop my Kimono cherry with it. Japanese brands are known to have ultra-thin condoms, but Kimono is always at the head of the fight, with high-quality, super thin condoms that make you feel like you’re wearing nothing at all.
When I first unrolled Kimono’s MicroThin Ultra, the first thing I noticed was how light and thin it is. It seriously felt like it was going to shred between my fingers, and yet no matter how hard I pulled on it, it didn’t rip. Seriously, it felt as flimsy as saran wrap but when I tried to rip it with my hands, it didn’t budge, and it even felt stronger than cling wrap.
That’s really the great thing about Kimonos. They may not feel like much, but they have the strength of much thicker condoms. All the illusions I’d had about thinness = weakness were instantly shattered.
These condoms are slicked with lube-- I had to wipe my hands off multiple times when applying it just so I could get a handle on it. The lube is Kimono’s AquaLube, which, although plentiful, my partner and I found to be a little tacky after a while. We paired it with Wet’s Synergy for some extra slip and slide.
Before we did that though, we each taste-tested these condoms to see how they were naturally. The lube itself had a slight flavor to it-- I can’t really describe what it was. The Kimono MicroThin Ultra isn't flavored, but there was still a little bit of a sweetness to it. Not bad, and it majorly detracted from the latex smell, so that’s always a plus in my book.
In spite of any lube problems, we were particular impressed with how soft this condom was. While the thinness helped in making it feel like he wasn't wearing anything, it also helped transfer heat particularly well, and the softness of the latex made it even seem more like skin. We're both big fans of Lifestyles SKYN, which are made of polyisoprene, because they really do feel like skin. Up until now, we hadn't found a latex condom with comparable softness, but the Kimono MicroThin Ultra condoms come pretty damn close.
While the lube was less than satisfactory, both my partner and I thought this condom was amazing. While we will expand to trying out other Kimono products in the future, we’ll be sure to have some of these favorites on hand.
Even if the AquaLube is nothing to write home about, the thinness and softness of these condoms still makes my partner and I want to bring home a whole box.
Rick - Boise, ID
This is a great feeling condom, and has a substantial reservoir. That's important to me, and the first time I tried it I pinched off a little extra room as I have to do with a Crown, didn't like the experience, and found I liked the original Kimono better. I recently decided to give this one another try as designed, and find it to be my favorite condom. I'd say it's made for the 40th to 70th percentile. The large Kimono will give you a little more room, but it's not a magnum. As any thin condom tends to break more often, you should add some astro glide before you start. If you don't want to add lubrication, you might try the Durex extra sensitive or Lifestyles ultra sensitive which rarely break.
Anon - Michigan
Personally, I believe these condoms are overrated. They're next to impossible to get on, very constricting, poorly lubricated, and tend to break. I am larger than average, so I'm not sure if that had something to do with the breakage, or if it was just because of the lack of lubrication. If you plan on using these, make sure to use extra lube with them. Definitely avoid them if you're above average and don't like the idea of adding lube every time you want to go at it. My girlfriend and I prefer the Durex Extra Sensitive over these, they have more room and better lubrication, and are still very thin and cost a lot less.