After having reviewed the somewhat basic or even downright rudimentary Comfort version of the Beesana Superslip, a follow-up article on their other product was somehow inevitable, so let’s have it and inspect the Super.
As I wrote back then, the naming conventions are certainly crooked and backwards, even more so when you consider that Super is typically used by other vendors to designate medium absorbency products just one inch short of the highest levels. In this case this is supposed to represent the highest level and for night use to boot.
Many of the points from the other review apply here as well. The sizes are definitely one quarter or a third smaller than they should be according to standard measurements, though oddly enough it felt more natural and less of an issue in this case. One might argue that the thicker padding simply makes it feel more comfortable, even if objectively there’s no difference. As such it is still difficult to say whom it may fit perfectly. For my type it certainly doesn’t fall in the optimum category. I had some success using the undersized L as an rather oversized standard M, but the actual M definitely was too small and would show split open areas along the overlapping wing parts. Thus, while you could get a healthy use of the absorbent pad, at some point stuff would always leak sideways out of those cracks, latest when the pad was already relatively full and would not ingest the fluid as quickly as in the beginning.
On the subject of technical issues one must also mention the tapes. They are unfortunately very weak to begin with and don’t hold too well, at least initially. Things get better once they have been locked in place and the body warmth has worked on the adhesive, but sometimes it is really very tough to not already have them come off when you pull up your jeans after a change. I’m all for allowing to reposition tapes and being able to remove them if I want to, but this isn’t ideal, either.
If that wasn’t bad enough, I also had more than one occasion where they would not stick at all and even extra strong textile gaffer tape wouldn’t do the trick. The foil has sort of a Teflon feeling even in its normal state, in part perhaps explaining the weak stickiness, but it seemed that in addition it was contaminated with some substance. Could have been something greasy from the production machines, could have been something else entirely. In any case, sometimes it was quite a battle to even get the diaper affixed.
In contrast to its more basic brethren the pad in this one is actually pretty decent. Not in the sense that it would make the diaper some super-awesome secret tip, but indeed good enough to get you through a normal night if you are not suffering from the heaviest form of urine incontinence. It’s somewhere between most average daytime use products and special night use diapers from other vendors, but never quite manages to get there fully. You really will have to do your own testing to decide if it meets your needs in that department.
At the same time an alternative use as an ordinary everyday product will probably be thwarted by the somewhat bulky nature of the thing. It doesn’t feel very elegant under your jeans. The pad starts out already being rather voluminous even when dry, so it’s difficult to wear this product and still manage to stuff your T-shirt into your pants. The foil also makes it feel a bit stiff. What also makes this complicated is that there doesn’t seem to be enough super absorber to actually bind the liquid, so the nice fluffy pad will turn to an disadvantage once you sit on it. It may release fluid and then you have those conspicuous dark spots on your clothes.
While considerably better than the Comfort, even the Super leaves me stumped. It’s an odd product that doesn’t really fit anywhere and has a hard time standing up to other products on the market that are more readily available. This time it can’t even win the price race, since for the same money you could get better products in the same quantity. In the end this only makes it worthwhile for a small set of people, mainly the ones looking for those inbetween sizes, I would wager. They may actually appreciate having this option, even if not embracing it full with joy. For the rest of us the money can be spent better elsewhere.