In the everlasting cycle of our little product reviews it’s once again time to have a look at a somewhat regional brand called Rogges Hygieneslip. This is relatively new on the German market and so you may not even have known about it. Incidentally some products under that label are available in our Kaufland super markets (not this particular one, though), which at least could be seen as incontinence products coming out of their dark corner and being presented more openly and being more readily available at reasonable prices without always having to resort to a Sanitätshaus homecare shop.
As a custom label coming out of a contractor factory and sold as an “affordable” product the choice is limited to just the bare minimums, meaning in this case just size M and L and one absorbency level. The latter is supposed to be in the upper third and cover day and night usage, but that’s perhaps a bit of a bold claim.
While it may be possible to use this and get through a whole night if you haven’t drunk too much and/ or can control your bladder as to not create a flood, this product is at least 50% to thin for serious cases. This is really just for medium to light urine incontinence if you don’t plan on getting up in the middle of the night to have a diaper change. I always found that I needed to put this nappy on just exactly before actually falling asleep because then the previous one that I had made myself comfortable in while watching TV would not guarantee enough absorption when already partially used. Mind you, I wouldn’t have expected much else from such a product, but if not intentionally misleading, the marketing and absorbency rating could at least be considered exaggerated.
The funny thing about it is that even just by looking at the pad you would have figured that out. It’s just not thick enough to even come close to the best of them, meaning thick diapers actually are specifically made for heaviest forms of incontinence, and the folded product wobbles around instead of being a solid shingle. That sounds bad, but the saving grace is that it’s actually better than comparable mid-range products from other lesser known vendors while at the same time it cannot stand up to the big brands. If this were an Attends product, it would be in the 7 to 8 range on their scale or the Plus flavor on Tena products, but most definitely not much above that. One very pleasing aspect of the pad is its softness and skin-friendliness. It feels very cosy and the sparing use of super absorber doesn’t cause irritations, as much as it may prevent the diaper from achieving higher absorbency values.
So far I probably haven’t told you much that you couldn’t have guessed yourself, so it’s time to really spill the beans. As seen in the pictures, the usual color coding to differentiate sizes is used and I actually quite like the eggshell blue M (it’s terribly difficult to capture with my limited photo equipment, so if you read this and are terribly rich – I really could need a better camera ^_^ ). However, that’s pretty much where my love for the foil ends. It’s simply terribly, terribly thin and doesn’t offer any resistance to stretching or poking holes in it. If you thought a Molicare Super Plus has a sensitive foil, then you should try this one for kicks.
In my case the issues were compounded by the adhesive tapes having been fixated unevenly on one side and thus inevitably causing things to tear due to unfavorable forces occurring when pulling them too much and in the wrong direction, which with my preference for a tight fit (you know, to keep the odors in) makes for an unholy combination. I won’t hold this against them, though, since it’s something that can easily be corrected with a little more care on the production machine settings for better centering and edge alignment. It also must not necessarily affect all batches. The fundamental issue really is the selection of the wrong kind of foil in the first place.
Unfortunate as it is, but in the end nothing makes up for the foil issue. I could live with the limited absorption since I can plan around that and the tape issues can clearly be attributed to manufacturing discrepancies that can be rectified by turning the right knobs and levers. For the right price I might even consider picking up the product from the supermarket shelves out of a spontaneous mood. However, I just cannot in good conscience recommend a product that is so flimsy that it may slide off your bum because the tapes ripped off. There’s some serious research and product development work ahead here for the Rogges people.