I've just received a pair of these European-style Tena Slip Maxis from Acecool (read: winning macro thread FTW). Figured I'd take some time and do a little review.
1.) The Outs
The feel of this diaper from the outside is kind of different than you'd see in traditional Plastic-backed diapers. For these Tenas, they feel almost styrofoam! Somewhat of a mixture of fabric and plastic.
These diapers are pretty well thickened -- a nice getaway from Maximum Absorbency Depends that I'm used to. Not as much as a Bambino, but they do hold their place. Those who enjoy thickness (as myself) won't have to double up or use a stuffer to be satisfied as someone like me would have to with a Depend.
Ahhh, refastenable tapes! Finally! Ever have to adjust your tapes and then you have the plastic tear and stick to the tape, completely invalidating both the tapes and the diapers? With Tena (like Bambino), NO MORE! You can adjust as much as you need/like, and it'll always refasten.
4.) Color/Wetness indicator
These diapers have two sets of wetness indicators, a yellow pattern, as well as a blue pattern. Half-way wetting, the yellow begins to disappear. Near the full-mark of the diaper does the blue pattern start to disappate.
It's interesting, maybe the styrofoam-y texture that these diapers have are to contribute, but against the Depends I'm used to, these are fantastic. Usually in Depends on a mild day -- or even a cool day! -- sweating would be a horrible issue. With these, my thighs breathe easily and I don't sweat. Period.
I was able to last through 2 Big Gulps from 7-Eleven on one of these diapers before it was time for a change. A Depends, for measure, would take about half of a Big Gulp.
7.) Staying Alive!
Ever notice with Cheap-o brand diapers that the gel inside tend to fall apart and clot together, effectively rendering the diaper useless? I was able to walk to and from 7-Eleven and Dunkin' Donuts in this one diaper, and take care of a whole Big Gulp wetting -- *without* clumping. I got all the way home and took care of another Big Gulp, still no breakage. Magnificent!
I myself enjoy not being stealth. I like noisy, apparent diapers. But, that's just me. Those who enjoy being stealthy will enjoy Tenas, because they barely make any noise. Again, I'm sure that it has to do with the styrofoam-ish plastic backing. They're pretty silent, quite a drastic difference between a Tena and a Depend. For those who want the best of both worlds, take a Tena and cut a few holes, and double up with a Depend on top. You get Crinkle, a bit of added thickness in addition to the Tena, as well as Absorbency and comfort.
Unfortunately, these are European. This is probably the first and last I'll ever see of these diapers (unless I win some more contests ^_^!). In the UK though, I'm sure you'll be able to find these at local drug/convenience stores.
8/10. Personal rating, the only two things wrong with these diapers (for me!) are the lack of crinkle and the availability.