To kick off our series on onesies, I will be using a classic (here in Germany, anyway) to establish a standard structure for the articles and provide a base reference. I chose the Kiwisto onesies in particular because they are made regionally and thus reasonably adhere to established standard clothing sizes, which later on should make it easier to figure out how other products relate to them.
In order to make it quicker to find the relevant points and incidentally also perhaps create a consistent experience in this series, I’ve divided everything into paragraphs/ sub-sections with matching headlines. This also helps me to lay out my thoughts without having to worry too much about getting all too lyric. ;-)
Colors and Patterns
The Kiwisto onesies come only in a handful of colors, those being white, black, rose/ light pink, light blue and ultramarine blue plus two print patterns – the triangle one as seen in the image and one with some cute turtles, whose seam linings are in blue.
These colors have been around for ages and while I understand that the logistics can become complicated when you want to stock up more colors in all sizes, I wish they would add some more to choose from. This year would have offered a fine opportunity to do just that, because it’s their 10th anniversary. Some nice lime green “special edition” sounds like a good idea to me and of course having a red onesie in your standard portfolio might not be bad, either.
The colors themselves are a bit over the place as far as I can judge them. The light blue isn’t really light and more of an intermediate white-ish blue with a hint of grey, while at the same time the rose/ light pink at times appears almost completely white. In all the time I haven’t managed to get my hands on the darker blue tone, since whenever I visited their online store, it was out of stock in my size. Black is of course black and white is white.
The good thing about these onesies is that their colors barely fade if you follow washing instructions and that’s true for the solid colors as well as the prints. This is something you can’t take for granted on many products.
Size and Fit
These onesies are made to European children/ adolescents clothing sizes as they are meant for handicapped children and youths primarily, so the measurements are pretty straightforward. Since at 1.80 m height and a weight of around 90-ish kilos I’m a bit of a chubby boy, I’m using size 188, which is also the biggest one they have on offer. If you are larger, then unfortunately you are out of luck, but sizes go down to 110 in some cases, so they can be an option even if you are midget-sized.
This product is more of a tight fit, which is why I’m using the size I’m using. One might even say that despite following standard children’s sizes it is a bit on the small-ish side. This doesn’t only extend to the fit on your abdomen, chest and butt, but also includes snug arm tunnels. If you do not like this, you would have to buy one size larger (if possible in relation to your body size) or look into products from other companies. If you are impaired, the small neck hole might also be a bit difficult, though on the other hand it makes the thing look almost like a normal T-shirt when you have it on.
In the crotch & bum department these onesies are rather triangular and have high-cut leg holes, which gives you a lot of freedom of movement and allows enough air to get in. The downside to this is that despite wearing a onesie your diaper may peek out, especially should you be wearing some low-hanging jeans. If you mind you have to be mindful of it and either wear different pants or use another onesie, if you get my meaning.
Being made of 100% pure cotton, Kiwisto‘s products offer good strength to not give in to the weight of your diaper under the influence of gravity. The material is a bit stretchy, but not so much that you’d have to worry about a saggy piece of cloth flopping around between your legs.
The cut pattern is such that the actual flap is a considerable extension of the back piece, making it easy to put on the onesie yourself. You can easily grab it, tug it through your legs and button it up in an accessible region of your lower abdomen. If the flap for whatever reason is too short, Kiwisto are also offering inserts/ extensions to make it longer in colors matching the onesies themselves (for the monochromatic ones at least). I wrote about that in this article and I actually own two such extensions in light pink, but stupid little me forgot to take a photo and I only now realize that it would have spiced up this article while I’m writing it. Too late now! :-\
As you can see in the images, there are three buttons. They are strong enough to hold things together well enough, but you can’t defeat physics altogether, so there’s a slight issue here: Under tension you get a “mouth” crack between the buttons, which can look slightly odd. That’s why I prefer models with four or more buttons, actually.
Materials and Manufacturing Quality
As I already wrote, the products are produced in-country (or nearby like Poland or the Czech Republic) which with our rather strict standards ensures that the materials are free of critical substances because it would already be impossible to buy the raw cloth if it had some toxic dye for instance – it would be impounded and burned. Of course Kiwisto themselves also take care to ensure maximum quality. It’s a marketing point, after all.
The sewing is good with rarely ever a loose thread hanging out somewhere and the seams are regular and even. I usually take this as a sign of the sewing machines not running at those insane turbo speeds like in Chinese factories, which is the cause of so many quality issues.
One of those is also the products being pressed and ironed into shape afterwards to cover up their contortions introduced by too taut stitching fired out too rapidly. This is not the case here and since I’m not ironing my onesies (I’m simply too lazy to waste my time with something that seems redundant), the pictures should speak for themselves and confirm my point.
Pricing and Availability
At Kiwisto‘s prices for these onesies start at 17.99 something Euros for the small sizes and in my size they typically are 24.99 Euros. There are also long sleeve versions that cost a tad more. Overall that’s an okay price and really not much more than some imported products from Asia (unless you have a way of avoiding duty fees and import taxes) while at the same time you get good quality.
Availability is a bit spotty, as my little issue with obtaining an ultramarine blue version shows. I’m sure I might be able to get it one day, but you never know when this day may come as it will really be just a lucky coincidence. It’s really like they ever only have three or four of them fabricated in size 188 and then you have to wait for two or three weeks to try your luck again when they may resupply. This is also true for other colors, but in fairness it really comes down to which size you want to order. Smaller sizes seem to be readily available almost always and in larger quantities.
If all else fails, one might try to contact their customer support and reserve/ custom order your desired items. They are usually very forthcoming, so one day I might do just that if I don’t have a lucky catch directly in the online store.
While I wouldn’t call them my number one choice these days, I have several of these onesies and they do their job just fine. Most notably I have the black and light blue ones to wear with my regular clothing since they look like normal tees. All things considered, there aren’t that many uniformly colored products on the market that would qualify to begin with (not to make it sound like choosing the lesser evil in a bad situation). I also appreciate the quality since even after quite some time of wearing them they don’t show any signs of damage like on some other products.
On the slightly questionable side for me it’s really about the fit, regardless of the fact that I’m always willing to blame it on my not so stellar figure. ;-) In addition, somehow I’m at odds with the three buttons for similar reasons. The whole thing just explodes when I’m wearing too thick a diaper. Naturally none of that may apply to you, so if you are in the market for something that passes as “normal”, this might be just the ticket. If you’re looking for something a bit more exotic, colorful and flamboyant, hang in there and wait for some later articles in this series….
Though I don’t go crazy about chasing for the magic unicorn – that is the ultimate colored diaper – my infantilistic tendencies go far enough to find myself thinking “Aww, that’s cute!” more often than I would like to admit. As a result not only is my flat plastered with wall and window decorations that better belong into a children’s room/ nursery, but occasionally I end up chasing unicorns, after all. If it wasn’t for my background in graphics design/ arts and an educated restraint and distaste for the all too tacky, I’d probably completely go nuts over this stuff. That being the case, it’s a good thing when a product can manage to satisfy both sides of the equation and thus the Tykables Overnights have been long on my mind and incidentally make for a nice treat on an Easter weekend such as this.
But wait – it wasn’t exactly the Tykables, but rather the product under its old Snuggies name, which then of course had to be changed over some silly copyright thing in the United States. Regardless, these diapers have been rather elusive here in Europe no matter their name so I put off getting them forever. It always seemed like you could only buy leftover packs in the wrong sizes or even only limited numbers of single pieces at hefty prices, making it even less attractive to actually get them. I only took the plunge when our friends at Diaper Minister filled up their stock and to be on the safe side I ordered both sizes.
As a graphics/ design/ marketing/ advertising person I’m a sucker for good branding and it gives me some pleasure and satisfaction to see a vendor make an effort, beginning with the package. It’s just so much nicer having something colorful to look at instead just a white plastic bag. The “Bedtime Checklist” gave me a slight grin when I first noticed it, but sadly there’s no actual cardboard-printed complementary version inside the package to put to use. Still, I bet the stacks of packs look nice on the shelves at Tykables‘ little shoppe and playground, which unfortunately mostly has made headlines being scandalized by some less than understanding residents in the area where it’s located.
Having ordered both sizes, I was slightly puzzled when I actually pulled some samples out of the packs. In light of what I just said, it’s quite odd that the actual prints on the diapers not even closely match the colors on the pack and to boot there’s a distinct difference across sizes as well. That thing with the stars, which are supposed to be fade-away wetness indicator print, might be intentional, but even the pattern shows slight variations. Assuming that both come out of the same factory, that is indeed rather confusing.
Getting to the good parts, of course the overall design is what made me try this product out one of these days. The sleepy animals in their simplistic graphical style are just right. Not too refined to have you wondering about what details you might explore looking at your diapered bum in the mirror, but also not too crude and ugly. The size is also chosen well and the placement executed tastefully enough to not look like an afternoon hack job done in MS Paint. As I already mentioned, the colors could be a bit stronger, though arguably their pastel-y quality is beneficial to prevent ink rubbing off and dirtying up your precious protective pants on top.
Adding a slight exclusive touch is the colored inner lining, which is reminiscent of some MyDiaper versions. That also in a more general sense reveals the heritage of the product. It’s really nothing more than the ump-teenth spin on the “China-made standard diaper, model no. 1”, which is slightly disappointing, all things considered. Now of course this might have been different with the original Snuggies and my eternal procrastination might just be biting back, but still, given the marketing buildup by the distributor I would have expected something a bit different. The only saving grace (in addition to the more sophisticated design) is that a little more care seems to have been taken with the choice of ingredients and avoiding manufacturing issues.
As can be seen, the adhesive tapes are transparent, avoiding that ugly “white blob disturbance” feel found on other variations of this kind of diaper. They are also slightly broader, which is of course useful for getting a strong fit. Otherwise they settle down on the same transparent sticker front panel we’ve become so accustomed to. Speaking of fit, it is in line with my experiences with other such products. A size M (size 1 here) tends to be slightly small-ish for my bodily proportions and a size L (here 2) is preferable, even if it doesn’t fit perfectly, either, since it ends up being a bit oversize then. I’ll probably never get over having to compromise in these situations. ;-)
As could be seen in the folded-open shot, the pad is your standard variety as well, though I get the impression that newer releases of these products tend to be a bit softer. Older versions of comparable products used to be rather stiff in this department with the negative side effect of the first few doses of liquid not penetrating the pad’s tissue as fast, thus resulting in those bad “surface flow” situations where you couldn’t move immediately until everything had sunk in. I find this is much better now and I feel more confident actually maxing out the absorption (with the overall volume still being in the upper class), though it’s of course a subjective judgement and could be totally circumstantial.
Sadly, if it wasn’t for the unique design and other design-centric aspects, this would be pretty much your bog-standard imported diaper from some unnamed Chinese factory. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not bad, but all things considered you can have similar products much cheaper if you forego the print. This only really depends on where in the world you live – it may be easier to get this specific product in the US, but over here in Europe the market is flooded with other derivatives already, not making this an essential buy. It’s a bittersweet irony that Alibaba allows everyone to have their own diaper produced with relatively little fuss (as long as you can pony up the cash upfront for a sizable production run to fill a container), but in the end they are all the same…
One of the things that have long been on my mind is that I always wanted to do some more in-depth articles on special care clothing, more specifically diaper onesies/ diaper bodies. I shared some thoughts on this quite a time ago in my introductory article series and after collecting experiences this long-gestating project is now about ripe to see the light of day. In the weeks and months to come I will therefore try to give you the skinny on products from different vendors, interspersed with our usual other articles. So let’s get down to the nitty-gritty.
What are Onesies good for?
The reasons why you might want to or even should be wearing onesies or similar careware are numerous and naturally not all of them apply to everyone. I’m gonna run down some of them that are important to me and let you take a pick. If you have additional thoughts, you can always share them in the comments.
- Onesies are cosy. This of course is an utterly subjective assessment, but I’m of the opinion that if you are wearing diapers, you might as well make yourself as comfortable as you possibly can. This is even more the case if you are wearing for medical reasons and not just for fun.
- Onesies fix certain issues (associated with wearing diapers). I wrote about this in my old article already, but one of the key benefits of using a onesie at night is losing that feeling of nakedness and a drafty breeze around my waistline. This is of course caused by the temperature differences between the bare skin areas vs. the thermally “insulated” regions covered by the diaper. I find that having a onesie on provides a means of “easing in” in the transition zone and makes for a more pleasant experience.
- Onesies are for diaper fixation. As you will find out, this is a bit of an ambiguous matter and the degree with which this is achieved certainly varies a lot, but quite generally this is one of the original ideas behind this kind of special apparel. In particular at night this can be handy when you may not want to wear additional fixation/ protective pants. Even if that isn’t an issue, a onesie can be useful simply because it absorbs some of the torque and shear forces when you roll around in your bed, preventing the diaper from being mangled too much or moving out of place.
- Onesies keep stuff in. This is not per se one of the intended functions, yet having a onesie hold your diaper package has the added advantage of also sealing in smells to some extent. The fumes are held close to your body and will only seep out through the pores of the textile after they have weakened. In a crunch, the cloth may also save your behind when your diaper starts leaking as it also absorbs some of the liquid. It’s arguably easier to just wash your onesie than having to change your sheets and blankets every second day.
- Onesies can replace your daily T-shirt. Depending on what style of fashion you prefer this is of course debatable, but to me it doesn’t really make much of a difference. A good quality Tee costs just as much as your average onesie, so I’m liberally using the latter as a substitute for the other when the opportunity presents itself. The limiting factor then really only becomes your purse and the available patterns and colors.
As you can see, there’s quite some good reasons to wear onesies and by extension other medical care attire, though in the end it remains a matter of personal preference and how deep you are in the diaper mindset. As someone wearing protection around the clock at this point it’s naturally more easy to adapt to this and get over some inner reservations than if you are an occasional user. No shame in admitting that. After all, some of my experiences are informed by and have come about only because I have to wear diapers, so I might as well share my thoughts and perhaps prevent you from making costly wrong purchases.
What’s the fuss all about and what are the caveats?
Similar to diapers themselves, onesies are no exception in that everyone seems to have their own interpretation and opinion on what’s best. Ultimately that’s the thing that compelled me to even begin this major undertaking and it is nicely illustrated by the image below.
Yes, everyone has their own version of pink and different vendors use different cut patterns, resulting in a veritable mess of different fits, different handling and often completely wrong size assignments. At times this makes buying a new onesie a rather nerve-wrecking venture, mostly for the fact that you have to dip into it blindly. Unlike going out and trying on your new blue jeans (which in itself can already be an aggravating process when spend hours in different shops) you mostly have to rely on ordering this sort of thing online and you have little chance to judge the fit before the package arrives.
I’m hoping my little series will make this a bit less confusing and much more straightforward, so check back as we progress. As usual, there are still things moving behind the scenes and I’m trying to get my hands on as many different products as I possibly can, but if you feel you want to contribute and make things easier, feel free to get in touch. At the moment a sizable OnesiesDownunder gift card (or in fact several) would make me very happy, but there surely is plenty of good stuff to be had on Amazon and elsewhere as well. ;-)
Or is it a winner-ess? ;-) I don’t know yet, but I’ve contacted the person that was lucky in the draw from my repurposed piggy bank raffle box and shall find out soon. That pack of ABU PreSchool Plastic Edition will find its way in the mail as soon as I get the address details. Thanks to all people who have taken part in our survey efforts and our little giveaway competition. Keep it coming! Everyone who’s taking the survey from this day on is eligible for future prizes. I haven’t lined anything up yet, but I’m almost certain I’ll figure it out or something will find its way. My gratitude also once again to Diaper Minister, who made this possible, even if it was mostly a lucky coincidence. Below some shots of Mr. Piggy with the lottery tickets in his belly for your amusement. ;-)
Since my product reviews have become quite comprehensive and elaborate (if I dare say so), from here on I’m gonna file everything that’s based on only a handful of product samples or similar in a separate “quick test” category, which I think is more appropriate. It still gives you an impression, lists the product here on the site and gives you some pictures to look at, but may omit some of the things that really only show up during long-term usage.
As a start in this new section we are going to have a look at the Nateen Combi Ultra. This product has long been on my mind, but calling it elusive is an understatement. I got my few specimen from Diaper Minister that used them as stuffing to fill some holes when I got their package a while ago, but – and now you have to be very brave – even they have run out of their supply. That and the foil-coated product as reviewed here is no longer being produced, anyway.
Now that wouldn’t be all that bad if there was a way to source the succeeding breathable product line, but currently that seems impossible. Yes, like a bad joke, the parent company Artemis Medical from Belgium seems to have no way of getting their product out to the masses in large quantities because they have no distributors. At least I couldn’t find a single regular outlet here in Germany or somewhere else in continental Europe, which makes this a quite weird experience.
The products themselves are manufactured in China, which may explain some of the supply chain issues. It also at least explains their similarity to other products produced there. It might have quite some educational value to visit those diaper factories there with all their machines spitting out those almost stereotypically structured products – a base foil adorned with an extra transparent front panel on top of it and the whole thing serving as a carrier for a slightly old-fashioned absorbent pad.
Not that there’s anything wrong with that, it’s just in a weird way funny because obviously here in Europe manufacturers are trying to sell us often way too much trimmed down pads and not so great breathable surfaces as “progress”, when those legacy-inspired diapers “just work” and are less of a hassle. This by all means also includes the Nateen Combi as tested here in the Ultra flavor. In fact now that I have had those few pieces I almost regret not having jumped the chance earlier and stockpiled a few packs.
There’s a few good things going for this particular diaper. While it may be similar in its layering, it isn’t nearly as stiff as e.g. the MyDiaper or even Rearz products. The transparent front sticker is thinner and much more malleable, yet provides enough strength to tack the tapes on and off as often as needed. That, however won’t happen a lot of times because the tapes are actually the single biggest glaring issue with this product.
The photos are not cheating your eyes, they are really flimsy and tiny even by low standards. This has been noted in many other reviews all over the Internet already and I can only confirm and agree to those opinions. The tapes are not great and don’t even make up for their lack of size by being at least strong. Just on the contrary – getting them to stick requires quite some coercion by rubbing on them hard.
I admit, though, that this could have been exacerbated by the samples I had having been leftovers that were possibly produced quite some time ago. You never know how far such a diaper has travelled and how many intermediate storage cycles at resellers it had to endure. Unfortunately this one lacks the usual date stamping, so there’s no way of finding out without the foil bag they came in at hand.
While it may miss manufacturing codes, the product is otherwise richly printed (for an ordinary medical product). The product name is present in saturated color and the clear sticker has its own set of prints as presented by the green leaves and the landing zone bars. These are graduated, fading as they go inwards and allow to get very reproducible placement of the tapes and thus an equally reproducible fit every time. It’s a simple idea and I really wish more vendors would incorporate it in one form or the other.
The pad is quite soft and very comfortable while wearing the diaper. Its fluffy nature is also conducive to a good absorption behavior and quick distribution of the liquid throughout the whole pad, a virtue often lost in modern products that let rivers run along their hard surfaces or produce clumpy regions. At the same time there is never any leakage even with the diaper being almost full to the brim, but because of its physical structure it can get quite squishy and wobbly.
Arguably, if their was a simple way to obtain this diaper in sufficient numbers I would wholeheartedly recommend it, but alas, ‘t isn’t meant to be. I’ll keep an eye peeled to find the breathable versions for comparison. If you know what the skinny with Artemis is and can provide useful information on where to find their products, feel free to share your wisdom in the comments.
As a late-comer to all that diaper stuff, some of the more exotic things to do with it are still somewhat bewildering to me, so going to a diaper-themed party still feels odd to me. I’ve never been shy about my kinky side and I’m not going to pretend otherwise, but being surrounded by guys with diapered butts is still somewhat unusual to me, as much as I may enjoy looking at them (and the best ones always seem to be taken already or otherwise beyond reach :-| ). More or less I’m always half looking forward to such events, half dreading them.
Anyway, I’ll leave it to your imagination what may have transpired at that infamous event in Berlin (if you ever were there or planned to go, you know what I mean), since I’m not you to tell you all about it, but rather how it went wrong for me. Yepp, unfortunately the good Lord seems to have a funny way to tell me that I should stay home and spend boring evenings watching TV, even if for health and financial reasons something like this only happens every half year or so and I barely get out of my cave otherwise.
Things started out on Friday morning when I already felt like I had slept buried under a rock. Every muscle and bone in my body hurt and I had difficulty even getting out of bed. Things improved after I took my meds and the pain subsided, but still, I came close to cancelling the whole venture if it wasn’t for having made appointments already. So I packed my things and walked to our local train station laden with the usual travel baggage plus a generous supply of diapers, which in itself already was an exercise.
Once I was on the commuting train to Leipzig things eased off a little (with lots of cosplayers hopping on to visit the manga festival at Leipzig‘s book fair *yay*) and changing over to the ICE train to Berlin was a painless affair. In Berlin I took the S-Bahn and U-Bahn to pick up they keys for his flat at his workplace from one of my ex-lovers, where I would be bunked over the weekend. He followed shortly thereafter and then we chatted away over a cup of coffee, reminiscing about the old times and updating on the latest developments. He then left to be with his parents and current mate later in the evening, so I had everything to myself.
At that point I began to realize my first mistake: In all that time I didn’t get a minute’s rest and the typical chronic exhaustion and fatigue that come with a Sarcoidosis came back with a vengeance. It’s literally like you’re muttering to yourself “M-m-m-must sleep immediately!” or else you’ll just collapse where you are standing. So I lay down for a while and after a refreshing shower I felt sort of invigorated and prepared for the evening. I had some late dinner and took another round of medication before taking off to the party location.
I’m generally not too good at socializing in bigger crowds since the sheer number of people, the noise and everybody talking about something different tends to overwhelm my Asperger-ish brain. The stale air isn’t too good for my lung problems, either, and around guys that I find cute and attractive I tend to be a useless shy dork, but for a while I managed to find some quite corners and make a bit of conversation without being too much of a burden to myself and others.
Then things got a bit weird again. It seems I totally underestimated how fast my Opioids were being metabolized and inevitably when their levels dropped, I got those annoying cramps and spasms again. This has only been a recent development, but a rather scary one. Since I didn’t have a refiller with me nor some sort of emergency kit and it takes quite a while for these things to kick in, anyway, I felt I had to leave early. The way back using the subway was quite uncomfortable as at times a was twitching like an epileptic on the verge of a seizure. :-\ Even sleeping wasn’t pleasurable that night, since my body just didn’t seem to want to calm down.
Come the next day, I met with a good friend of mine and we went to the SeaLife/ Aquadome exhibition and did some walking through the city afterwards with him showing me a few places. When I returned to my (temporary) home around 5 P.M. I was totally knackered again and yet again had to sleep for two hours. When I woke up it was dark outside and my stomach was growling, which couldn’t mean anything good.
Soon enough my bowel issues manifested themselves and quite literally I spent the next hour shitting my guts out (pardon the language). I honestly had no idea what triggered it, but you never know what stuff you eat when in another town. After the whole affair I felt even more exhausted and frustrated, so I decided to not go out again this second evening. After watching some TV I fell asleep again and must have compensated for the whole days before.
Why am I telling you all this? Mostly to reassure the people that were there also that I actually was present, just not as much as I had liked. So if you missed me, I’m sorry. If you recognized me, regardless, feel free to leave a ping. To top it off, my train back home had almost an hour delay, but given the circumstances, I’d merely consider it yet another tiny part of a mostly bad weekend. Indeed someone doesn’t want me to be at least a bit happy and excited every now and then…
After we revisited and have had a look again at the Premium version of the Kolibri Comslip, we can now move on to something fresh and new (in the sense that we haven’t discussed it here before) by evaluating the “standard” version. Yes, the one without extra names I had long wanted to cover, but never got around to.
This product is one of them hybrid diapers, meaning it consists of a foil coated centerpiece and wings. In all that time we had only a handful of those and apparently there seem to be good reasons for this. The manufacturing issues involved in joining the two parts are not to be underestimated and can reflect on the product quite unfavorably as was/ is the case with the Tena Slip Original. Therefore without further ado lets look how this one fares.
One of the fundamental contradictions with hybrid products is the way the have to be fixated. In theory you would have to make provision for velcro tapes in case you end up on the cloth parts, yet you also need traditional sticky adhesive tapes for the foil section. So what do manufacturers do? They opt for the stickies and hope for the best, while incidentally also saving some cost because they are cheaper. This can work out okay, but it remains a compromise. The tapes need to be strong to really adhere well on the textile part, but at the same time must not have destructive powers when settling on the foil part.
In case of the Comslip this works reasonably, though not necessarily perfect. In the middle part it’s possible to peel off the tapes carefully once or twice, assuming you haven’t rubbed and pressed them on all that intensely already. The foil is just stable enough for that. While the removal part is naturally easier on the textile surfaces, it is my impression that the tapes tend to slide a bit when ending up in these zones. The material is just a bit too smooth and the glue on the tapes a bit too light to give an immediately strong bond. It only begins to settle properly after a while when your body heat has softened everything a bit, by which time of course things could already have gone out of alignment. This requires a bit of extra carefulness.
On the subject of the textile parts you need to be aware of another thing: They are very sturdy. While that’s good in terms of being extremely robust to the point where you could twist it up into a rope and use it for towing a car, it may pose an issue for some people. On your skin the rope-like qualities can cause serious pressure marks if something rolls up and just the same, if you are not careful, the edges of the material can be almost like paper cutting into your skin or causing abrasions as it slides about. This is most definitely not something for skin-sensitive people.
Arguably the same could be said about the plastic part. Strange as it is, I have no issues with fully foil-based products nor with fully breathable products, yet with those hybrids things are many times a bit of a struggle. For the most part I blame this on the inherent nature of this product class and the requirement to attain a correctly centered fit. It’s a factory-built-in weakness/ glitch, if you will.
If you only get things to sit a few millimeters too far left or right, front or back, you somehow always end up feeling uncomfortable. The plastic parts’ rims may scratch against your thighs, the transition zones could end up slightly in the wrong places on your butt cheeks and groin area, you can’t correct the tapes and all those annoying things. In fairness, though, of course I’m not wearing this particular product permanently. If I did, things would improve because you instinctively develop a feel for how to put on the product correctly.
Sometimes you may be able to escape some of these difficulties by switching to another size, but this isn’t exactly the case here, either. While with the Premium I didn’t mind wrapping myself up higher on the waist line and enjoying the cosy feeling of a snuggly tugged up size L, for the more basic product I never get into that zone. As you might already have guessed, the tough textile material and the foil can get in the way and if you don’t really feel comfortable in one size, the slight uneasiness persists in the other size as well.
To complicate matters even more, this diaper also shares the odd “step” where the wings are attached to the middle and since it is covered in plastic, it’s even more inconvenient to deal with. If bad comes to worse, you could find yourself throwing curses just because those parts pop out and give away an otherwise invisible diaper and here the crinkly nature of the foil could exacerbate the problem.
Moving on, let’s have a word about the absorbency. This product comes in three levels called extra, ultra and plus. For variety I would have loved to give you a shot of the extra as well in its orange packaging, but I only had the ultra and plus available. The latter even comes in a totally unbranded white bag with a measly sticker on it, since it’s not meant for retail distribution and only available via specific channels. Hence the inglorious bulk OEM product appearance.
Next to one another there’s no discernible difference between the two absorption levels, but weighing the dry product confirms that the plus version has a few more ingredients. Still, even that one is in a lightweight range, so I didn’t expect miracles. On the other hand, my test of the Premium had already shown that it doesn’t take 200 grams of material per piece to hold a considerable volume of liquid – that is if the product is done “right” and well-balanced.
I’m happy to report that this product also lives up to that promise and is in line with its softer brethren. Personally, though, I would not rate the overall absorption as high. To me it always seemed to come up a bit shorter than in the Premium variants, but this could have been caused by my insecurities in using the diaper in conjunction with not being used to the fit and sometimes having difficulty in gauging the safety margin.
So basically the 10 drops on the plus are more like 9.5 drops to me and conversely the 7 drops on the ultra more like 6.5. That’s not much and roughly translates to those 120 milliliters I let out with one regular pee, but you have to be aware of it, consciously or otherwise. The absolute gap between the ultra and the plus is similar to the Premium products somewhere in the 300 ml range by my estimates, so there’s a distinguishable notch up and hence a justifiable difference in price. Considering that you get 28 pieces per pack that’s probably okay.
Interestingly, despite coming from the same company this is essentially a completely different product that aside from the overall shape and proportions plus sharing some of the materials really only bears a superficial similarity to the Premium. The very specific behavior of the materials makes this decision even more complicated.
I for instance like the overall more stable and rigid nature compared to its rather soft sibling product, but at the same time there’s something oddly off-putting going on here, which I can’t even put my finger on. I literally had to force myself to actually wear the products for testing after IGEFA had generously supplied me with the sample packages. That doesn’t mean it couldn’t be right for you, but I would advise to test this thoroughly before stocking up.