Why, why, WHY, WHY??
is it becoming impossible to find plastic pants that have this anti-cling-to-the-skin textured surface?
Every plastic waterproof that I've had from birth to about a year ago was like that. The surface was embossed with a pattern of tiny square ridges, so that it resembled a woven material like linen.
This is purely functional: because of the surface irregularities, the plastic does not tend to cling to your skin. Smooth plastic, on the other hand, will do so.
It's the same principle as why a suction cup will hold on a smooth surface like glass, but not on a rough surface: the air is able to get underneath it.
The good ones were from a very gentle, supple pvc quality that had been treated with lanolin to further improve the comfort (this makes the surface even less prone to "stick").
Over the years, the quality of the pvc used for plastic pants has deteriorated. There is one brand here in the Netherlands, SGA, that used to make quite good plastic pants (apart from the much too narrow elastics). But the last pair I got were really a joke. The seams fell apart when I barely looked at them, and the pvc is just sad. It has a very unpleasant smell, too. I really wonder how they manage to produce something so appallingly bad. You cannot just do this by accident, it seems .. it takes a dedicated effort.
So I have been looking at foreign brands. The first one everyone mentions is Suprima, by our German neighbours. And sure, as the stereotype will have it, they are of decent quality. But, my oh my, the material. What can I say about it .. it's waterproof. I'll hand that to them.
These were the first pants that I had that were made of smooth pvc. I tried them. Wherever the plastic touches the skin - at the sides, or above the diaper, or near the leg elastics - wherever it can cling, it WILL cling. You notice this as soon as you change position - by discomfort.
By skin irritation over time. Chafing. I got at one point so fed up that I threw them away.
But with our national brand going to the dogs, I will have to find something else. So in the past year I have looked everywhere, all over the internet. I wasted my money on shipping costs for pants that were apparently just meant as ornaments, or designed by clowns.
I found a few decent ones, apart from that they are always and ever made from this horrible smooth plastic.
So what is the matter? Why is the world apparently no longer able to produce a decent pair of waterproof plastic pants? Is it a High Magical Art that has sadly been lost in the mists of time?
Or is it that because many IC folk don't use plastic pants with the coming of ever more absorbent disposables, that the market for plastic pants has been taken over by those who cater to the fetish market only?
What I have seen of this, fetishists seem to have a marked interest in shiny, rubbery, latexy things. I've no idea why. I only know that this seems to be the opposite of "comfort". Shiny things are not comfortable. They make tickle some people's fancy, but they are NOT comfortable.
I did find one internet shop in France who sold really good pants. I was actually delighted to have found that. But guess what? The second pant that I got from them, was made of much inferior pvc. I mailed the owner, and he confirmed that the original supplier of the good PVC had gone bankrupt. He was worry but could not do anything about it.
Hi - sorry but I'm really annoyed about this issue. And it's slowly turning into sadness and being utterly flabbergasted, aghast, dub-struck, confounded and bewildered.