Japan just broke its own record for the “world’s thinnest” condom when Sagami Original announced its ultra-light, polyurethane condom measuring at 0.01 millimeter. That’s 0.01 millimeter thinner than the company’s last iteration of the contraceptive tool, and one-sixth the width of the average human hair, according to Condom-Sizes.org.
The race for the thinnest condom may sound like a safety risk, but the company has conducted stress tests on 25,000 condoms. Condom-Sizes.org, meanwhile, had its readers give the rubbers the hard test:
On the first look this condom is so thin and fragile that some might be a bit skeptical in its durability. It proved it self in practical use however, as our reader confirmed … Our reader who tried it likes it and says he can really feel a difference. He asked us for more of these.
That reader will have to wait for a worldwide release, as the condoms are only sold in Japan, and they’re selling out quickly, the Daily Mail reports. The condoms’ suggested retail price puts them at about $12.
“Honestly, I don’t know how we can make them thinner than this,” a Sagami researcher told Tokyo Sports. “As long as there is a need for thinner, we will continue researching 0.009 mm and 0.008 mm thinness.”
Sagami’s condom unofficially beats out the Guinness World Record for thinnest condom, a 0.038 millimeter thick rubber by Okamoto Industries, Inc. The measurement was verified in January, 2012.