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Brief Published: 26 Jul 2016

Condom Material Adapted for Sportswear

Dutch fashion designer Pauline van Dongen has designed concept sports apparel made from the same material that contraceptives brand Skyn uses in its condoms.

The sportswear suggests new applications for Skynfeel – an ultra-thin and soft material made from polyisoprene that possesses the same strength as latex. It is used to create thinner condoms for increased sensitivity and is an alternative for those with latex allergies.

Specifically designed for long jumpers, the Skynfeel Apparel jumpsuit helps athletes by increasing their aerodynamics. The design makes use of the material’s high elasticity, light weight and strength qualities, enabling wearers to jump further.

Small laser-cut flaps inspired by dragon-fly wings – located on the edges of the bodysuit – open and close during the athlete’s performance to extend time in the air. The nature-inspired design ties in with MIT’s BioLogic material, which peels back in response to sweat and humidity – read more in our blog post.

Materials that mould to the body and respond intuitively to movement are changing the look of competitive sports. See more examples of biological research being used to develop intelligent materials in our Materials Focus 2017-18 reports Wondrous Response and Honed Synthetics.

Take a look at new adaptable and dynamic materials set to influence a broad range of industry applications in our Materials Focus 2018 report Shape-Shifting Materials.