In this second part of our look at this year’s edition of the Tena Slip diapers we are going to focus on the two “ordinary” versions. Yepp, once again SCA are not making things easy and have two types in their portfolio whose availability varies depending on where you live and whether you are a regular home user or a healthcare professional. Talk about forced market segregation… That being the case, not everything you read here may apply to your country.
I’ve covered the then “new” breathable standard Slip (the one without any fancy marketing appendages in the product name) sufficiently last year already, I think, so there’s not that much to report aside from the fact that the photos are considerably better this time. ;-)
I still haven’t managed to get my hands on the Ultima absorption level, despite the fact that the shipment came from the Netherlands via DHL, after all, and this variant seems to be available there. If someone has a pack and wouldn’t mind sending over a few pieces I would be obliged and could figure out if it’s worth it over the Maxi. Just leave a ping in the comments.
The Tena Slip still uses single-layer actual adhesive tapes in favor over velcro and to my surprise it remains one of the few products where this actually works reasonably. Unlike the Slip Original they also didn’t clip the absorbent pad any further, which is a good thing.
When SCA pulped the “old” foil version of the Tena Slip there was quite a bit of an outcry and people even petitioned to bring it back. While that quite likely was never in the cards, a foil-covered version was not totally dead and some smart person discovered them on the Indian Tena web pages. It didn’t take long and this also surfaced as the Tena Slip Active Fit on European markets.
Here in Germany it’s oh-ficially only available for healthcare personnel, but of course you may still be able to pick it up via alternate suppliers like SaveExpress. The big difference is of course the foil backing and all the good (or bad) things that potentially come with it.
While it may be some sort of foil, this has nothing to do with the legacy version of the Tena Slip that we discussed before. The foil is much thinner and less robust and thus necessitates mandatory double-sheet fixation tapes because otherwise there would be no way to open and re-fasten anything. The convenience of just peeling off the tapes from the extra-strong front area is gone, which is a pity especially for the higher absorption levels, where the rare occasion for tightening up things again after some extended time of wearing might have been handy. Losing this stand-out feature relegates the Tena to being one of a million similar products now as opposed to being a coveted unique thing.
Interestingly, the slightly different overall shape introduced with the breathable model also turns out beneficial here. If you care to remember, despite their excellent quality, I always had been a bit picky about the lack of length in the anterior part with this diaper and feeling like my butt crack would be exposed, but thanks to slightly tweaked proportions between the front and back flap (the overall dimensions amazingly haven’t changed) it feels a bit more assuring. In this case the more malleable foil will also help to further that impression and will adapt better.
This – admittedly – rather short article probably didn’t tell you much that you didn’t already know or could have guessed, but as a minor you got some much better images. In my personal opinion it’s not much worth drooling or salivating over the Active Fit like some people do “just because foil is better” or you have nostalgic feelings over the older version. In the end, with Tena products not being particularly cheap this becomes a matter of “get whatever you can afford/ is on sale” or personal preference. From a technical point of view, the products are more or less the same and the one thing they have going for them is their still quite good absorption.