Expanding our reviews of more specific regionally constrained brands, this time let’s have a look at the Kolibri Comslip, but for the time being only in its Supra flavor. Why do I mention this so explicitly? The product tested here is the cotton feel/ breathable variant, but they also have a foil version by ways of the Ultra with a lower absorbency rating. I haven’t yet had a chance to test the latter, so keep in mind that everything written here may not at all be relevant for “that other product”. To complicate matters, this is once more a situation where an “old” product is being replaced with a “new” one by the same name, so we are actually bundling two reviews into one, pointing out the differences. Let’s begin with the legacy product.
The manufacturer, IGEFA, being a trade conglomerate dealing in all sorts of sanitary and medical supplies ranging from toilet paper to disposable surgeon gowns, it’s easy to figure that the actual product is probably some generic product from some unnamed factory that they only brand for distribution. In turn this would mean that they are putting limited effort into product development and mostly rely on the actual manufacturer doing his homework. The repercussions of this will become clear later when we discuss the new model. So what do we have here?
The first thing that is obvious is the intense green color which looks like someone tried to imitate the colored plastic foils used by some diaper products. This may seem irrelevant, but if you’re the kind that gets embarrassed by your underwear sticking out of your jeans, clearly a near fluorescent green (yes, it’s not overcranked image manipulation, it’s really quite bright) is even worse than pure white. As I have said many times, I’m not in that category, but it’s definitely something to keep in mind when you plan on using this during daytime.
The other thing you will notice right away after having opened the package is the intense “chemical” smell. Yes, it has a definite air of some strong detergent having been poured into it. I never figured out where this scent is coming from – the green color or some component in the absorbent pad – but luckily it is not an issue when actually putting on the product. Initially I was very skeptical because of this, but I never had any skin irritations, meaning that whatever substance is responsible is harmless to me and should not be an issue for most people.
Size-wise the diaper is slightly larger than an average size M, but really only ever so slightly that you get three centimeters extra here and there. This should provide a bit more of extra room when fitting it to your body. Unfortunately the product uses conventional adhesive tapes instead of velcro, so there is no real payoff with the additional safety margins (quite literally), as trying to re-position the tapes is very limited before you start damaging the outer cover.
The pad is quite large and in particular also wide in the front, which to me is a bonus as I explained in my previous review of the ID Expert Slip. One thing quite specific to this pad is that it gets more bulky and a bit stiff/ hard as it gets soaked. This usually indicates that there are gel like substances used that turn the pad slowly into a solid block rather than staying fluffy like with modern super absorber. Depending on how tolerant you are of things getting tighter “down there” and/ or your clothes more bulgy, this may be an issue and make you uncomfortable. Otherwise it delivers on its promise and really takes in a lot without leakage.
Overall this is a fair product, but it has some undeniable shortcomings and isn’t (or at this point one more correctly must say wasn’t) for everyone. In a perfect world one would argue that they realized this and improved the product, but as I wrote in the second paragraph, the truth probably is that they simply changed their supplier. And that quite likely is how the new version happened.
This is a whole different beast. Sadly, it’s one without bite. Whatever drove them to change the product most definitely went wrong. Where shall I even begin?
Perhaps I should begin by pointing out the one good feature that took me by surprise. The side wings are super, super soft. They feel like microfibre underwear and are just caressing the skin gently. Regrettably, as sensual as it feels, it quickly turns into a disadvantage. Yepp, you guessed it, being so super soft and stretchy it completely lacks any stability. This diaper is impossible to wear without extra fixation and it better be on the stronger side if you don’t want gravity to win or stuff to leak out.
As you also can see in the pictures, the wings look like they are glued on crooked and the front and back extend beyond them. This just looks ugly and complicates matters when attempting to hide your package under your clothes. There seems no rational reason why it was designed this way. At least they are using velcro tapes this time, but they are also kind of essential – you end up re-fastening them quite often to tighten up your sloppy nappy out of sheer necessity.
Another victim of the redesign is the downsized pad. That’s per se not an issue since the absorbency is still good, but it is not so ideal for nighttime use when you are sleeping sideways and the liquid is drizzling beyond the pad’s bounds. I really don’t like it and it puts the product into a generic category without any real reason to prefer it over another, potentially easier to procure and cheaper, product.
With all those points the summary verdict can only be: If you have alternatives, this is not a must-have product. There’s so much wrong with it, it just doesn’t make much sense to spend the money when you can get better and more reliable products from other manufacturers. As long as there are still leftovers, the “old” version is another story, but again, it’s not like you would miss something by not trying it out.