In what can only fall into the category of “you have to see this to believe it,”—the parent company of Skyn Condoms has been working on experimental athletic apparel. Ansell, a global leader in protection solutions and the makers of Skyn Condoms, says its new one-of-a-kind long-jump suit for track athletes is inspired by “biomimicry” utilizes thin, ultra-soft condom material. “Like a second skin with inspiration from the dragonfly’s wings, the SkynFeel Apparel is design to minimize body limitation and give extra airtime to the athlete,” the company says in a release.
“The Skyn brand has innovation woven into its DNA,” says Jeyan Heper, president and general manager of the Sexual Wellness Global Business Unit at Ansell. “In the world of competitive sports, athletes look for every advantage, and we knew our SkynFeel condom material was revolutionary in our own industry, therefore we turned to the world of performance athletics and decided to conduct an experiment in apparel. We wanted to allow ourselves to think differently, outside of our own condom box.”
To create the unusual concept garment, Skyn Condoms partnered with fashion designer Pauline Van Dongen, whose wearable technology creations have won wide acclaim. “Experiments like this can point the way to the future,” Van Dongen says. “For me, SkynFeel Apparel is about challenging the status quo, trying something totally new, daring to innovate, imagine and inspire.”