While I’m still sort of in lazy mode due to the seemingly never-ending summer heat plus some other things keeping me busy, I’m hoping to overcome this dry spell (no, no cheap puns intended) and gain some momentum for working on new stuff. For now I have a short and sweet take on the Suprima 1270 Bodyguard Slip ultra.
The Bodyguard Slip products come in a number of different flavors with this referring to their shape and materials. As such the ultra is the top of the line product, making use of a full membrane tissue all the way around. The other versions are numbered from 1 to 6 and only have partial regions covered with impenetrable coatings. As part of the male population, naturally I would probably go with number 6 then. But that’s not the subject of today’s article, of course. ;-)
The ultra instead is a unisex product trying to cover both sides, which inevitably ends up being a bit of a compromise with all the good and bad sides. One of the good sides tends to be that the prices are not as high due to larger quantities being produced and sold. One of the negative sides for the male crowd would be the lack of room for your manbulge, which often deters people from using these products at all. Personally the latter is not an issue for me, as I like to put on my diaper rather “airtight”, anyway, restricting movement down there already, but as always opinions and preferences on that may differ.
Speaking of which – the product is made from the same layered fabric as the Suprima 1276 we reviewed earlier this summer, so I still can’t get quite behind the feel of the textile. It’s a good thing I’m wearing “real” diapers most of the time as the sensation of the synthetic tissues and foils used there is more acceptable to me. Sadly I can’t quite put my finger on what actually puts me off, but as it is I can’t imagine using this product with just a shaped pad/ insert as even illustrated on the package. Maybe Suprima and their stock suppliers need to give this another spin in their labs and come up with a type of cloth that feels smoother on the skin.
For my article the nice people at Suprima‘s sent me a man’s size 5/ woman size 40-42 as per European standards, which in more generic terms is a size M, though slightly leaning towards the small-ish side. In my case going one size bigger with a 44-46 would not have hurt. As is even evident in my pictures, the fit is rather snug. That’s why it looks so bloated on my stand-in pillow cushion. I guess I really need to find myself one of those mannequins or a nice guy for my photo shoots… ;-) That said, since I mostly consider such textile pants a means of fixation with some safety margin in case of leakage, but not necessarily a heavy-duty protective pant, that’s okay with me.
Regardless, more or less the very nature of the product makes it more suitable for people of normal stature than us little chubbies. Even if you were to buy it larger, it would not necessarily improve some aspects of the fit. One thing it would improve however is the leg bands being a bit further down. Owing to it being meant for boys and girls alike, the elastic bands are a bit too narrow for my taste and if they end up a bit too high can become inconvenient. Similar things could be said for the waistband, which somehow always feels to small. On the bright side, though, this avoids the band curling up too much when your belly pushes it down, so I’m decidedly undecided whether it’s a good thing or not.
As explained back then with the 1276, half of the magic with these products is the cloth’s natural ability to absorb vapor moisture and small amounts of liquid while the membrane sandwiched between the two layers makes sure that what happens inside doesn’t have any ill effects on the outside. So far, so good. Still, the problem remains – if you want to use these products regularly fulltime, you’re likely going to need a whole lot of them to establish a reliable use cycle because at any given time some of them will be in the laundry. Even if you don’t have any serious accidents, the textile will take on the distinct stingy odor of Urea decomposing into Ammonia and other things and that gets seriously annoying rather quickly.
While it’s sold as (also) being intended for heavy incontinence, considerable doubt about the ability to deliver on this promise lingers. There are some not so minor limitations inherent in the choice of material that would get in the way. Combined with more generic issues like potentially awkward changing procedures with pull-up clothing I can only see this working for less severe cases where smaller pads/ inserts can easily be replaced and you don’t need to deal with juggling a heavy large pad or full diaper. Conversely I see this more as an alternative for the odd special occasion for my own personal use like when it’s really hot outside and one may want to dress lightly.
As you may gather from my article, this product isn’t really for me. That doesn’t mean it’s bad, it just means that the conditions under which I might be able and willing to use it are too specific, the occasions to rare and the fit not exciting enough. I for instance could well imagine wearing it with a suitable small pad at least for those short periods during physical therapy and sports, where plastic pants and thick diapers sometimes get in the way (you know, your practitioner trying to find those pressure points on your butt muscles and similar ;-) ), but it would have to fit better (and perhaps at least come in black as well). Ultimately I think Suprima can’t possibly avoid splitting this product in two and create a more male-oriented version of it and perhaps use a different material combination, which I consider the two biggest problems. It’s just not attractive in its current form.