A few weeks ago I finally decided I'm going to step into the realm of the "better" diaper bracket. I started using depend, into tena, then into Prevail PM (which was actually quite good for the price of 16 for $10). I read and read and came down to Abena x-plus vs bambino. Effectively it came down to the difference of $3 (darn shipping) so I elected to go with Abena.
The first thing I said after it came out of the box / package in regards to the Abena was (serious quote) "damn that's thick." I was really surprised. Eager to try them out, I did my usual trial by fire, Panera with unlimited refills while working on something superfluous (homework, etc). Well I was quite impressed by capacity, the front really does swell. But then I noticed it didn't really fill, like get hardened, something I rather enjoyed from my previous Prevail PM's. Though after doing some more post-test reading, I'm guessing this is a result of the lack of SAP and the amount of wood pulp? Continuing on, before I changed, I tested press out, and a little did come out, but it didn't feel like there was much keeping it in the padding, like it was just the leak barriers left to the task, do the abena's not convert the contents to the ideal gel? Another difference to the SAP vs wold pulp? And then once I took it off, I was a bit surprised by the padding's crumpling, something I thought diapers of this bracket weren't supposed to do. Lastly, the plastic itself didn't feel of a high quality...not saying it's poor plastic, but it wasn't explicitly sturdy either. Has anyone noticed this lately? I'm courious if a change recently happened as I read some much (albeit aged) posts and reviews saying how good Abena is. One prop in it's favor though, definitely acquisition time. I'm down to 5 or 6 left of my pack of 14 so it definitely wasn't a one-diaper flaw.
Edit: Forgot one more factor after I got out of bed. Smell containment. Maybe I've been spoiled for years with prevail PM (it hardened so I'm assuming that meant the presence of SAP) never having odour issues, but with the Abena it is rather noticeable when I go pantless. And when I take it off, the smell still comes off my skin (which still feels somewhat damp), assumably from unabsorbed urine? Is this another factor of the wood pulp design? Has anyone else noticed this from recent orders?