US market here.
I was walking around a local grocery store, and I spotted what looked like new packaging for Depend Fitted Maximum Protection briefs. I have not purchased Depend briefs in the last couple of years due to having better alternatives, but the packaging looked intriguing and new so I decided to check them out.
The package is green with an orange label, and they come in two sizes, S/M 19-34", and L 35-49". I usually wear a 34-36 inch pants size, and medium in most brands work well for me, so I grabbed a bag of the large. 16 diapers for $17 US, kinda pricey. I can probably fit the smalls, since the larges seem a little big on me.
They are a standard white diaper with 6 tapes and a wetness indicator. They feel fairly well made compared to the usual cheap American adult diaper, including my previous Depend experiences.
The plastic shell feels fairly thin, but it is also very soft. They are slightly crinkly, but not annoyingly so. I actually like them so far in this respect.
They are very thin overall, and they don't feel like there is much pulp in them. In real world testing they seem to have enough SAP to handle a couple of wettings, but they take forever to absorb. I took a photo of them with an Abena Airplus Extra for a thickness comparison. The flash was too close and washed out the picture, but you can still see the thickness. Depend is on the top.
Previously I have not seen Depends with newer and nicer features, but these have breathable standing leak guards in addition to leg gathers. A very nice feature that I have not seen in many US options.
They also have stretch waist panels front and rear that are fairly stretchy. Again, a feature I'm used to seeing in nicer diapers.
They have 6 tapes, but I have mixed feelings on them. These diapers have no landing zones, so the tapes can stick anywhere. The tapes are thin, and the adhesive is anemic unfortunately, so I'm still not too sure how much I am going to like the tapes. Their weakness allows them to be removed and repositioned a time or two if you are careful though, so this could be a plus.
Overall I am actually not incredibly disappointed in Depends for the first time in a very long time.
While not perfect, they have really come a long way in the last few years since I purchased them previously. I think their nicer features will make them a good candidate to stack and stuff with, since their shell is quite nice, and they fit well. That being said, the capacity shows that they are still cheap on the stuffing, but considering that they didn't leak on the first wetting after sitting, laying, and rolling around after being wet, I will call it acceptable performance. The padding seems to hold together for a while, but I can see that walking very far would probably change that.
- Soft, but crinkly, white plastic shell.
- Breathable standing leak guards in addition to leg gathers.
- Elastic waist bands front and rear.
- Dismal rapid absorbtion performance.
- Low overall capacity.
- Still feel kinda thin.
I plan on experimenting with some different stuffers with these in the near future.