A month or so ago I picked up some Abena X-Plus and Tena Slip Maxi. Now I knew from a thread on here that the Abena diapers has undergone a design change, where they don't rise up as high. The older style ones could easily cover my belly button and rise up fairly high at the back. This just isn't the case anymore as now they just barely go past my belt-line.
What surprised me was the the Tena's also have taken on this design change. They used to rise up fairly high on me, not quite as much as the Abena's, but there'd be a sizable amount rising above the top of my pants. The tapes on them have changed as well from the dual-layered wide ones, to thinner, single-layered tapes with a more prominent landing strip to place them on.
I can understand the reason for the design change: it does make them a lot more discreet, and after all they are incontinence products. But as a DL I'm slightly disappointed by these changes. They just don't fit me as well. :dry: I can't pull the bottom tapes over far enough to actually stick them on the front of the diaper, and I have to place them, more or less, around the leg-cuff area. Though I enjoy a tighter fit, too much movement causes them to come undone, and then they don't really stick well again.
Though I'm happy to say that absorbency isn't really affected at all, well for the Abena's anyway. I can still get 2-3 heavy-ish wettings out of them. This used to be the same for the Tena's but now after one wetting I'm a little uneasy about using them again.
I guess now the question is whether other brands will take up this design change. Molicare is another brand that usually has a higher cut, so perhaps in the near future we might see them shortened as well.