The lull of summer makes for slow progress and a lot of heat-induced laziness, so I sneakily skipped last week’s article publication. This week it’s time to look at another Suprima PVC product, the 1252 to be specific. After we already have discussed the 1249 and 1250 thoroughly, I will mostly be focussing on pointing out the differences.
The color this time is “milky white” (color code 040), so it looks considerably more transparent. In this case it’s actually quite handy, since it allows us to get a better look at the special features this product has.
The most obvious of those is the additional strap across the front. It’s made of elastic, textile-wrought rubber bands and is mostly an auxiliary construct to hold the protective pants in place when the flap is opened. It’s closed in the middle by one of those old-fashioned pillow buttons that are slide through slots on both sides.
This also gives away another key difference – the flap buttons up in the reverse direction. Instead of affixing the outer wings onto the flap you fix the flap on the wings. The obvious design intention is of course to provide free access to the crotch area without fully removing the pants. This is quite similar to how flex diapers work and can be useful if you want to retain a normal toilet routine.
This design also lends itself to easy checking and cleaning if you are using an urethral catheter and are wearing a diaper on top of it as extra protection for other issues when you are forced to stay in bed. Conversely, it could be useful if you need to clean wounds or change bandages after surgery in that area and are still wearing some form of padding. In any case, with the strap and the way the flap opens it should be possible even for less practiced people to put on this protective pant even in awkward positions.
The other, less visible “tuning” feature are the adjustable leg seam bands. Initially I left them at the default first slot, but after a while moved them in three notches for a tighter fit. Interestingly enough, this mostly affects the rear parts and it took me a while to realize this, because the fit is distinctly different than that of a 1249/ 1250. It’s hard to describe, but for me it feels more tight in the upper rear part whereas it’s a bit more lose in the lower section even with the adjusted seams.
Another thing that’s worth noting is that due to how the buttons work, they end up more on the outward regions. Depending on your anatomy this could mean they end up on your pelvic ridges and are uncomfortable in which case you may need to get it one size bigger.
This has been a new experience for me, since I never tried this model before and so far I’m satisfied. It makes an interesting alternative to my tried and trusted 1249/ 1250s. There are a few things you may need to work out to attain a perfect fit and you need to have a certain tolerance for the tight fit around your legs once you meddle with the seam bands.
The only thing that has me a bit worried are potential issues with the exposed textile components of the rubber straps. They certainly will fizzle at some point and keeping them clean and hygienic is not easy. Longterm testing will show how this holds up, but this could probably be easily improved by using silicone bands like it has become standard for sports apparel or on those performers’ costumes you see on artistic shows.