Since it’s the hottest days of the year (so far) in these parts, it’s a good opportunity to have a look at some more “air-y” alternatives to your regular daily diaper. Let’s begin with the Attends Flex.
As I wrote in my lead-in article, I have quite a few reservations with this type of diaper, most of which stem from the fact that you have to have a rather slim figure to get a proper fit – a category in which I obviously don’t fit. The weak spot is inherent how these things work by wrapping a long band around your waist. With my bulgy belly I only have the choice between two evils here. Either I strap it around high, risking for the flap with the pad to have a gap or I fix it below my tummy at the cost of the tape being pushed down and rolling up. Both methods result in an inconvenient fit where the velcro like fixation pads will scratch and itch when they come in contact with your skin. They can also sink their “teeth” in the cloth of your jeans or T-shirt and as a result you may inadvertently tear them open.
Another weakness with this system is that it loses its tension after a while. During my testing I found myself re-adjusting the belt tape as well as the flap a number of times. Aside from the practical issues like things being tight to prevent leakage to me it is also important that I “feel” my diaper so I can be sure. This is of course strictly subjective and depending on how well the shape adapts to your body getting a perfect seal can even be achieved with a more loose fit, but it’s a thing to keep in mind, regardless.
Other than the different fixation system the product is otherwise almost 100% identical to the Attends Slip Regular. The padding is the same and it comes in the same sizes and absorption levels. Therefore the actual choice of which one to use really becomes a matter of personal preference and your body’s physique. Similarly it may in fact also work better for women due to their different anatomy in that area. An added bonus for us males is naturally the ability to easily take a leak by just opening up the flap almost like you would pull down your undies, which is useful if you wear the product only as a “just in case I don’t make it to the bathroom” protection with certain types of incontinence, but don’t want to change your toilet habits beyond that.