This week’s menu is French and while it may not fall under the gourmandises category, it’s not bad at all. Time for a tasting of the AMD Slip Maxi.
I admit that I’ve always been skeptical and reluctant about even trying this product for a couple of reasons. First and most importantly on the few photographs that were available it always looked nearly identical to the Molicare Premium Soft Super. After the not so great experiences I didn’t want to spend my money on something that might turn out just the same. The second reason is the overall appearance. The package always looked extremely deformed on photos and then they squeezed in 20 diapers? In my mind this didn’t add up and could only mean it’s not as good as the advertising made it sound. As it turns out I couldn’t be more wrong!
Granted, some points stick. The packaging is less then elegant and when you take out one of the diapers it looks like a a pancake at first. Once you unfold it however and give it a few strong hand strokes to smooth it out, you get a much better impression. Given the compactness I was half expecting it to be on the smaller end of the size spectrum, but as a matter of fact it’s quite regular in its dimensions, which bodes well for wearing comfort and of course leakage prevention.
The outer shell is of the breathable textile variety and feels a bit like a mix of paper and cloth, but is extremely stable. For this kind of diaper this is most welcome, as there’s nothing worse than the pad hanging between your knees just because the tissue gives way and stretches too much. As a downside people that are sensitive to this somewhat stiffer wrapping will need to test if it’s for them. Especially crinkling up around the leg seams can cause pressure marks and even small scratches on your skin. That’s even more the case since the micro-velcro fixation tapes are very strong despite looking small. If you don’t attain a right sit, this could feel like being tied up and constricted with ropes, so spend some time to get it right. Velcro tapes can be re-opened and re-fastened indefinitely, after all (at least until you tear a hole in the surface, that is).
The best fit is not worth much without a decent absorption (unless, of course continually changing your diapers is a hobby or turn-on for you *g*), so there’s another pleasant surprise here. The pad is large enough and extends wide enough in the front and back regions without being so large that you bump into fit issues. For this particular absorption level the pad does what it’s supposed to do and can hold so much it can get you through a night. During that time it feels comfortable and reasonably dry. However, it will also get rather stiff, especially toward the end of practical usage time. It’s actually quite similar to the old Kolibri Comslip Supra (the one with the green parts) in that regard.
In summary I find that my analogy to French food is actually quite fitting. This diaper is rather delicious in its own way, but will not fit everyone’s taste. In the end it’s more like country food instead of haute cuisine – solid, robust and tasty, but not presented on a nice plate with meticulously arranged garnishes. This can even be said for the price, which is more like a good meal in a tavern than a five star restaurant. That alone makes it worth a try. Least of all this should ease any worries you may have for your next trip to France with respect to having a suitable diaper supply… ;-)