Continuing our exploration of diaper fixation products/ protective pants we have another textile item by Suprima on the list. Please direct your eyes and attention to the 1288.
Recognize anything specific? Probably not that much. On first sight the product looks a lot like the 1269 or any other textile product for that matter, even more so since everything is a rather brilliant white. Only a second hard glance might reveal the magic. To make things easier I’ve marked out the inside in the same image and tinted it blue-ish.
This inner material represents a special polyurethane coating. It’s not unlike the leathery imitation you have on some clothes which funny enough have seen a resurgence in fashion wear ever since the 1980s and 1990s have become cool again (having lived through those times in my youth I’m only waiting for some other bad taste trends to resurface ;-) ). The coating is quite elastic and stretchy as is the polyester base material. On that note you may actually be able to see a slight silky sheen on the outside in the pictures that sets it apart from the previous cotton-based product.
The cut pattern is pretty much the same, which makes it look like I just reused the same pictures, but a closer inspection of the wrinkle structure should confirm that I indeed went through the trouble of preparing a separate set of images. ;-) Of course appearances don’t matter that much when functionality isn’t that great, so how well does the product fare in that regard?
When I was reviewing the 1269, one of my biggest regrets was the lack of elasticity and thus also lack of a certain adaptability. This is much less the case here due to the nature of both materials and makes it possible to actually have your diaper enclosed reasonably by this protective gear without too many open areas. The difference is considerable, especially around the legs. With the fit being better, it also takes care of some potential leakage issues, even more so since the inner material also wraps around the seams and thus adds even more strength and resilience plus also doubles as some sort of sealant ring.
Still, if I had to try it again I might pick one size larger to improve this even further. The standard size 5 works well enough for a relatively thin diaper, but you will quickly hit a wall if you opt for thicker, more absorbent products. This would then also come in handy in terms of freedom of movement. Due to its flexible nature the 1288 already does better than the 1269 and things like the buttons snapping open do not happen as quickly and as frequently, but there’s always room for improvement of course.
Being made of two synthetic materials, keeping this product clean is easy by comparison. Not as easy as a full plastic pant, but reasonably close. The impenetrable inner lining can be wiped dry and wet and rinsed carefully. Immersing the pant fully into water is also not a problem, since the polyester cloth will dry quickly. For reasons that elude me, the textile has taken on a slight yellowish tinge after a few washes, despite only throwing it in the laundry with other white stuff and washing at 60 degrees C. As with all these products I never use softening agents and the like, but regardless I expect that one day the coating will crack and peel off like paint or even become brittle flakes.
As far as my experiences with textile products go, so far this one is my favorite. Most notably it’s the one that offers the best protection while being similarly easy to handle as a vinyl pant while still feeling comfortable like a cloth product. There are of course some caveats like possible sweat accumulation and size/ fit issues, but if you’re loathe of plastic pants, this is still a good alternative. I’ll keep using it along with my other protective pants until it wears out, so hopefully one day I can provide some final judgement on the durability and longevity, too.