Since I’m on a roll with this, here’s another product review. This time I’ve rolled two products into one, because basically they are the same – one with some colorful printing, the other just plain neutral white. This is similar to my previous article on the Rearz product.
Comficare hit the market some time in autumn 2014 and ever since has become quite popular amongst genuinely incontinent people and diaper fetishists alike for its very unique qualities. First and foremost this refers to its ability to take in extremely large amounts of liquid. As far as I know it is the most absorbent diaper on the market. You already begin to get this feeling when you take one nappy out of the package – it feels rather thick and this can easily be verified if you look again at the stack images in this article. It’s not extremely voluminous, but compared to other products feels very firm and solid, which usually is an indication that the pad contains a lot of absorbent chemicals and not just cellulose.
This solidity is in fact a bit of a two-edged sword. At times the product feels stiff and I sometimes jokingly call it an “armored diaper” therefore. At the same time, while it’s great to have this kind of protection when you are on the road for a long time without requiring a change, the bulky and hard material swelling between your legs and crotch can be uncomfortable and begins to feel like spreader pants/ training pants they use for treating pelvic/ hip dysplasia.
The product itself is coming out of some unnamed Chinese factory and, without going for cheap laughs, this must have rubbed off on the size. Compared to standard measurements, the diaper feels considerably smaller, not least of all because the thick pad will prevent you from pulling it up beyond a certain point. Therefore this is one time where I must disregard my own advise and buying a size L when you normally use M can make a lot of sense. I can wear both sizes, but now also prefer to use L with this particular product for the one reason that the small size also makes it very short in the back and I don’t get this perfect feeling of being protected where I need it most.
Otherwise the quality and fit are just fine. The seams fit well around your legs even if they may be a bit tight due on the smaller size, but there is no risk of things loosening or the diaper inadvertently opening. The fixation tapes are very strong. They are placed onto an extra clear plastic sticker area in the front, which actually contributes to the armor feeling because it’s noticeably thick and solid, but also allows re-opening and re-fastening everything several times. A nice touch are the “landing zones” markers that allow you to place the tapes in the same area every time. They also help hugely with getting a symmetrical fit. The usual amenities of ruffles and a wetness indicator are also there.
Because for the reasons mentioned Comficare became a huge hit very quickly, so the manufacturer apparently figured it would be a good idea (and a good way of earning some extra cash) to derive another product aimed at the ones of us with an inner child or just being tired of pure white and occasionally looking for something else. That’s just fine by me and I stand by my words that a little bit of variety is welcome and so Crinklz were born.
The designs were done by a renowned artist and one can’t help but think they are cute. The designer in me, however, would have liked if the placement of the actual art would have been done a bit more thoughtfully. It feels a bit too much at times. What also eludes me is why they chose to print a motif on the front foil, which as you see in the photo interferes with the underlying print. Because they printed on this foil it also has a slightly matte sheen, which reduces the adhesion of the tapes. That’s one of the things they need to improve since unlike with Comficare, this can really become an issue. Otherwise they are really identical, give or take a few manufacturing tolerances.
Beyond what already has been said, of course these products are not necessarily for everyone or every day. For “normal” incontinence they are in fact perhaps even over-designed because you’d change them long before they are full and then the economics don’t work because of the price. Arguably, though, wearing one of those diapers for much longer periods evens out the balance or may even be more cost-effective if you suffer from real heavy urine incontinence – you may not need to do those extra changes inbetween and “waste” extra material on it. It really depends. Otherwise they can be nice alternatives for long travels when you may not get a chance to change and of course it’s just fun to occasionally have some special product around your bum.