One of those – well – not so secret things in the diaper industry is that most manufacturers/ vendors have multiple brands. Sometimes they are using a bit of “tiered marketing” to address different regions and target demographics with differently priced products, sometimes they simply have acquired other companies over the years and inherited their portfolio.
Delta-Form is one of the latter, where Abena took over some previously separate outlet. Ever since it has become sort of their “budget” line and it’s slightly cheaper than their native brand, but don’t let that detract you from its quality.
Inevitably, if you want to save money you have to cut some corners and with this product this mostly becomes apparent by the absence of any real print patterns and the slightly odd quality of the outer surface. It has this odd sensation of looking a bit grey-ish like cardboard made from recycled paper, yet at the same time it has this blue sheen. It also feels rather thick and a bit stiff, so the first time I put on this diaper I was more than a little wary.
Luckily my fears turned out unwarranted and while not winning any prizes for elegance, the product fits nicely. Due to the somewhat rigid nature it tends to form sort of a “box-bulge” around your private parts, but this gets better once it gets a little wet and it smooths and flattens itself out. It also doesn’t have any negative impact on keeping everything tightly sealed up. Interestingly, despite its somewhat rough nature, the diaper has velcro-style fastening tapes that help taming it until it sits right. Similarly, there are wetness indicator stripes, which makes this a bit weird. It’s as if they couldn’t decide how cheap – erm – cost-efficient to go, yet they left in what in practice is the most irrelevant feature. You know a wet nappy when you see it/ feel it, after all, don’t you?
Finally of course we need to have a look at the pad. As you can see in the pictures, it’s huge in relation to the overall surface area of the diaper and extends very closely to the seams. For me this is perfect, as I like my bum covered really well and in relation to my physique everything sits where it needs to be, but for skinnier people this could turn into a disadvantage, when it wraps around the sides too much and gets puffy, in the process also possibly affecting tightness where the front and back wings overlap. That’s a minor caveat one must be aware of.
Otherwise there’s nothing to complain. The pad is amazingly absorbent and can compete easily with other products in the respective absorbency levels, i.e. this “mere” M3 variant is actually more like Attends‘ M10 than M8 as you would expect. It’s only outstripped by Abena‘s own Abri-Form M4 (review to follow soon-ish) or products like Comficare. On a random, anecdotal side note: The granules of the super absorber are rather large and distributed quite loosely, so you may notice speckled half-wet/ half-dry areas after use. They don’t have a negative effect on overall absorbency, though.
Bringing this review to a conclusion, my overall statement is “What’s not to like?”. If you can get over the cheap look, there’s actually a reasonably good product here for a decent price. As a diaper conaisseur used to other products you may have scoffed at it until now, but if you have suitable proportions, it may be worth giving it a try fitting. You, too, could be surprised how unexpectedly good it actually is.