Some argue that there is little difference between “XL”, “Large” and “Regular” condoms and that condom size is just a marketing ploy to feed “big” egos. We at Condom Monologues vehemently debunk the size-matters-myth (in fact, you probably agree with us that bigger is not necessarily better since you’re reading this and searching the web for XL You probably realize the struggle to find the right fit in a market that caters to “average” sizes.…but I digress).
We DO agree that condom size matters for safety and pleasure. Too baggy and the condom bunches and slips off; too tight and it pinches and rips. Any man who is extremely larger than average (between 5″-6.0″ long) and has used a regular size condom knows what we are talking about when we say “pinch”. In fact, a recent study by Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction found that 44% of males felt that the last condom they used did not fit and was typically tighter rather than loose-fitting.
People have been asking how BIG the Trojan Magnum XL really is compared to other condoms on the market. There are a lot of conflicting measurements and reviews out there; some reporting it as the widest condom; that it’s ideal if you are particularly thick; others say it is thinner and shorter than its competitor, Durex XXL. One personnel from the Trojan marketing team even stated to NY Times that “you don’t have to be an overly endowed man to use a Magnum and enjoy it” (NY Times 2010).
Unfortunately, Trojan’s doesn’t offer standardized dimensions. They just classify condoms as “Regular”, “Large”, and “XL”, with no indication of actual size and shape. Here we pulled our research together to offer objective info (we are not affiliated with any manufacturer) on the Magnum story: Why it was made, how popular it is, and how do its dimensions compare for those who need larger than average protection. Please let us know whether this article has been helpful.
Further recommendations for larger, wider, and longer condoms can be found at our Solutions Size Chart.
The Magnum line was introduced in the USA in 2001 and its popularity has grown to jumbo proportions. According to NY Times, Magnum alone (not including other Trojan products) holds 18% share of the total condom market in 2010. That is impressive considering that Durex has 14% of the USA condom market. This demonstrates that there is a great demand for XL condoms and makes us wonder why there are not more companies offering XL.
How XL is it?
Well, this may seem to be a straight forward answer, but unfortunately, there are a lot of conflicting measurements across the web. And really, everyone is endowed with different preferences of what feels right for their unique size and shape. So the best thing to do is test run a sample pack of large condoms.
We’ve pooled together 7 different sizes from seven different sources (including undercover condoms, condom jungle, wow condoms, condom elite and others) and identified the smallest to largest measurements reported. We also searched community forums and product reviews.
We conclude that the Trojan Magnum XL is approximately 2.1″/53.34mm base width and 8.5″/216mm length. This is about .5″ wider and 1.0″ longer than regular condoms. If you are are 5.3″/134mm or larger in girth, the Magnum XL may be the best option for you.