After having reviewed some of Suprima‘s plastic products it’s now time to move on to a few of their textile offerings. We will begin with the 1269.
Most of these textile products only come in a limited selection of colours. Some of them are available in black, but a lot only in white and so is this. This is not necessarily an issue on a general level, but one obvious disadvantage is that you will see even the slightest speck of dirt or coloration on a white and you will end up washing it more often than not. Everyone who is doing their own laundry knows this.
While we’re on the subject of your favorite household chores already, taking a look at the washing instructions makes sense. This particular piece of wrapping is made of cotton cloth for the most part, but has a thin synthetic membrane sandwiched in. Therefore similar rules apply like they are valid for many such special products and plastic ones as well: No fabric softeners, no aggressive bleaching agents, no other potentially harmful chemicals. Luckily, you can let it boil at up 95 degrees C if you so desire, so this may settle some hygiene and cleanliness concerns if you really made some nasty stains.
Being made of natural material, the whole thing is a gentle touch on your skin, making it pleasant to wear for very long durations, if need be. I’ve been wearing it during the night for the most part with only occasional daytime use, though. I just didn’t want it to turn blue prematurely with the dye of my jeans rubbing off on it. ;-)
The size is okay, but truth be told, next time I would pick one number larger. The example I have is a size 40/42 (German female standard size) or size 5 (German male underwear size), equalling an international size M, but turns out to be a bit small. I was able to even verify this by directly comparing it to a 1249/ 1250 – the flap in the back is about one inch/ 2.5 centimeters shorter on each side. You may not think it, but you notice those five missing centimeters.
I was still able to wear it, mind you, but it gets difficult using a somewhat thicker, bulkier diaper and not make the buttons snap off with every move. Since the double-layered cotton cloth with the membrane also has limited elasticity, this is even more of a problem. In my case one of the side effects of this was that the leg seams barely made contact with my upper thighs. The conclusion and my advice to you therefore must be to really get one size above your usual one.
Of course despite its appearance similar to regular cotton briefs it’s still a protective pant meant to keep things from leaking out and we have to have a look at how well it does its job. In light of the fit considerations I haven’t really pushed the limits, but despite my experience, even I occasionally still have those moments where you realize just those few moments too late that your diaper is actually already too full and it begins to overflow, typically between the legs.
With this textile product there’s obviously two parts to the equation here: The inner cotton layer will soak up liquid while the membrane will then stop it from migrating to the outer layer. This works reasonably well, but make no mistake: The folded over sewn seams will eventually still act as a conductive circuit and transport moisture to the outside. There is a limited window of opportunity for how long you can leave it on once it got wet. When it’s contaminated you may also not want to put it on again after you changed your diaper and then, yes, it’s time for another round of laundry.
While it’s an interesting alternative to plastic pants, I can’t quite get behind this model. For the most part I would consider it an adequate means of fixation, but at the same time I’d be wary of actually relying on its protective capabilities. It’s too limited and the reusability factor when away from home isn’t really there. I can always get a plastic pant cleaned and dried in a public toiled using toilet paper and the blow dryer, but with this one more or less I’d always have to have a spare in my backpack and after the change carry around the used one. That’s just not ideal. On the other hand if you are concerned with feeling cosy at night and don’t like plastic pants, this may work out well enough. You just have to invest in at least three examples to keep the laundry cycle going…