Even though we’ve already covered a lot of ground, I still keep chugging along with a new review almost every week. It’s funny how always something new seems to pop up when you think you can lean back and take it easy for a while. Let’s see what the DryLife Slip Super has in store for us.
This product isn’t really that new and has been available for some time in the UK, but naturally it wasn’t that easy to obtain for us continental Europe types or, more specifically here in Germany, via regular distribution channels. That changed in September when it entered the hallowed halls of SaveExpress and appeared in their online order system. The price is okay-ish, considering the mysterious paths this must have taken to get here and all the taxes and fees that incurs, but it’s not the cheapest 15 pieces per pack you will ever buy.
It has made quite a buzz ever since its debut, with some people claiming that it would be an exact replica of an older Kolibri Comslip Plus, or more to the point, being the exact same product coming off the exact same machines at some OEM factory somewhere in Europe, just repackaged and re-branded. Since that was long before the time I started wearing diapers, I have no such basis for reference, so I can neither confirm nor deny these assumptions and rumours. In this industry anything is possible, but I will treat this as any other product I have tested and provide as comprehensive and unbiased view on this as I possibly can on a more or less blank canvas.
One of the reasons this product generates so much interest is of course that it’s foil-based. With the advent of breathable textile surfaces everywhere it’s becoming more and more difficult to get your hands on reasonably priced products other than the likes of specialty products like ABU or Rearz. Most resident manufacturers are transitioning, even more so here in Germany where from next year on the requirements for prescription medical incontinence products will change. I may care to explain a few of the details if we get closer to that date and legislation has actually passed. Anyway, there are understandable reasons for some people going slightly bonkers over this.
As such, the foil is quite stable, even though it is somewhat less than fully opaque as seen in the images, which could easily be mistaken as it being thin and flimsy. That is not the case and the foil along with its inner textile lining provide a robust carrier material for everything else. As per the usual, this also comes in handy with my typical attempts of getting my diapers airtight and pulling on them like a crazed elephant towing a bus. ;-) Trust me, I haven’t succeeded (yet) to “make them kaput”, so by all means this is as safe as it probably gets, even if I wouldn’t call it indestructible. A downside, though to a lesser extent here, is naturally that this results in a sort of rigidness when you put on the product. Since I still do this mostly when standing with the diaper tucked between my legs it’s a bit more difficult to straighten out the wings and get them to fit nicely.
The tapes themselves hold just fine. In fact they are almost too strong, since despite the foil being very resilient, you have to be rather careful when opening the tapes and re-fastening them. The wings flopping around and magically being attracted to the stickies can complicate matters. The tapes also may appear tiny compared to the rest of the diaper, but that isn’t much of a problem, either. Not only are they quite forceful, but they are also in the right places. This gives us the opportunity to discuss the overall fit.
Funny enough, while the product is actually more on the upper end of the measurements of a regular size M, it ends up feeling small-ish in a way. The best way I can describe this is when you compare it to an Abri-Form (foil version) which has a similar feel – actually the diaper is quite big, but once it’s on your body, it feels short in the back and front in the vertical direction. The reason for this in my opinion is that these products have very pronounced rear sections with lots of material that prevents them from being pulled higher up once they form the leg hose.
Mind you, by no means is this a bad thing, as it also more or less automatically results in the tapes going into the right places – you literally don’t have that many choices to screw it up. However, it can make you feel “naked” when you are used to diapers that reach farther up.
Returning to the theories about this being a Kolibri Comslip Plus in a new guise we inevitably have to have a word on the absorbent pad. From what I can gather from this lore of old, this was another outstanding feature unrivalled in its class (yes, cheap + awesome is a combination that always works, even for diaper aficionados), and if it’s true, then I can assure you that it has survived.
Its absorbency does the super label justice and you can wear this product for quite a while before you have to change it. There’s no doubt about its suitability as a night diaper. I’ve worn it both during sleep and under my pants throughout the day, taking care of my medical appointments with no issues whatsoever. Leaving my home at around 8 in the morning for physical therapy and doctor appointments, coming home at around 12 o’clock and then having a nap until 2 P.M. could all be done without an extra change (some minor soiling from my bowel incontinence notwithstanding that may make it necessary to freshen up, regardless).
An added bonus is also a nice and fast distribution of the liquid in the pad. It never feels like you have to wait for the “puddles” to sink in when you let things flow. All the same there’s also not that feeling of the whole diaper getting wet from a single pee like it happens with some cheap products in low absorbency classes. One could say it’s nicely balanced in that regard. I also like the nicely rounded shape. I was admittedly a bit skeptical because the pad is notably narrower than on some other diapers in the heavy-duty department, but it sits well enough on your body and keeps everything in, so there is no requirement for more excess material.
It’s hard to find much fault with this product without boring anyone and dredging up the old disclaimers and cautionary warnings about individual needs. This diaper is almost too good to be true to the point of being perfect. That is if a) you have a thing for foil products and b) until the next favorite toy comes along. ;-) If it was a bit more affordable and more widely available here in Germany it could easily compete with the already mentioned Abri-Form or the ID Expert Slip Super. If you live in the UK this is of course a different story and things should be more favorable…