Boots, the chemist that is, has done it again. They have created another enticing yet frustrating blend of high performance and mystifying design idiocy in their latest addition to the 'Stay Dry' range.
In short, Boots StayDry have redesigned the taped brief that they offer in some stores. One of the major new features is one large tape per side! Here are some of the others:
The nappy is cloth-feel and the tape is stretchy and fastens with velco-like material. The leg gathers are strong and as with the previous design, they seem to be jam-packed full of SAP.
In some ways, these are quite similar to modern baby nappies, perhaps the 'Active Fit' (Cruisers) sort, because the materials and (scaled up) shape seem similar.
And having said all these potential positives, here lies the frustration. The design also makes for a very awkward fit.
Essentially the pad is one long rectangular shape and the nappy doesn't fan out from the pad, either at the front or the back. In fact, the front and back of the nappy do not meet. Instead, the long wide tapes link the back to the front.
The tapes stick anywhere on the soft-touch material, but there are also landing zones where it sticks more securely. These landing zones are positioned fairly low, such that the top front of the nappy material ends up as a big flap. This is aesthetically annoying more than a functional problem.
But there are functional problems too. It's difficult to get a snug fit. The nappy is one-size and large, so as with the previous design, it's impossible to make the nappy tight enough if using the landing zones. Whilst the nappy is large in terms of waist-size, it doesn't come up very far at the front or back, making it very discreet but not snug. Wearing these new Stay Dry nappies feels like wearing your annoying too-big pants that have lost their elastic strength and wriggle about under your clothes.
So, Boots have succeeded in producing another masterpiece of design annoyance. So near yet so far! Oh, and at nearly £7 for a pack of 8? Hmm...that's pushing it.