Here's an interesting one:
"We went and tested several boxes of their product. They had this interesting language that claimed they were the thinnest condom in the world ... based on what they called the mass method of measurement." According to Mayer, this measurement standard is seldom used by manufacturers. "What it is, you take your weight of your condom, divide it by your length of your condom, divide it by some other things, and it comes out with a calculated thickness."
I assume this is the same way you might inventory a stack of plastic bags. But using it to actually measure the thickness of a product seems pretty prone to errors. No wonder Mayer is dubious.
Here's another interesting quote:
Some of Kimono's competitors make the same argument. "The thinner the condoms are, logically the more likely they are to break," said Brian Osterberg, president of condom-maker Intellx, whose said his company's shaped contraceptives represent "a new milestone" in condom-making. "There's two trains of thought here: Super-thin so that you feel through the latex, or a normal condom with oversized shapes that creates the ridges and folds, and that's what creates the friction. We turned upside down the idea that a superthin condom is the best."
Brian focuses on an alternate theory as to how to make a condom effective for sensual use. At Condomania we tell our customers there are two basic theories to achieving sensitivity with condoms: thinner latex or less constriction. Brian's firm sells a condom, the Inspiral, which exemplifies the latter tactic at enhancing the pleasure of using a condom. The head or top on the Inspiral condom is pretty roomy and makes for a perfect example of giving the glands as much free room as possible.
Now I think that Brian is being a little self serving by saying that thin condoms = breakage. That is quite simply nonsense. Technology allows for all sorts of things, such as airplanes which fly through the air, so it's not logical in that sense to say that thin condoms will break. But Brian is absolutely correct that folds and ridges can greatly enhance the condom experience. Some like the folds and ridges and some like the thinnest latex possible. I for one really appreciate a finely made thin condom such as the Kimono MicroThin but to each his own (although to be honest the Kimono MicroThin is too small for me).