Since I have some alone time (first time in months), I decided to go ahead and order some more diapers from Bambino. Since there is yet to be a review of their new Active Ultra Plus Briefs (AUP), I went ahead and ordered a sample pack. I also ordered a sample of Biancos to compare it to, so you will find quite a few comparisons to them. (I wanted to get some more anyways.) I have also taken [somewhat] nice pictures for your viewing pleasure, but you will NOT see me in any of them (just my shadow) because I'm hairy and no one wants to see that, I'm not very photogenic anyways.
Upon tearing open my mail I did not initially see much of a difference between the AUP and the Bianco, but upon further inspection the differences become clear. The landing strip certainly is interesting as it appears to be a plastic strip with a bunch of loops glued to it (hence the hook and loop system). The tapes are MUCH wider than the ones on the Biancos. The plastic shell feels almost exactly the same as the plastic shell on the other diapers Bambino offers. Other features include leg cuffs and also an elastic waistband; although the waistband isn't very stretchy to begin with. There IS a wetness indicator, but it is not easily apparent unless you are looking for it.(You probably cannot see it in the pictures, but it's there). Folded up, the diaper looks to be somewhat thinner than a Bambino, but not by much.
Upon opening up the diaper the differences between the AUPs and the Bianco become a little more clear. There is a blue absorbent core in the middle, but the rest of the diaper appears much the same as the Bianco. The material also feels somewhat stiffer and rougher than the material in a Bianco. However, I'm willing to chalk that up to packaging as it seems to 'fluff up' a little bit with a little handling. Overall, this looks promising.
Physically the diaper is only slightly smaller than the other product lines, but only slightly so. So small size wearers are still out of luck as there is no size small offered and the AUP will NOT bridge that gap very much (if at all). At first I was a little apprehensive of the taping system, but that fear was quickly put to rest with a little jog. Not only do these tapes hold extremely well, they also stand up to multiple refastening quite well. By the time I went to bed, I had readjusted one tape at least four times, and I could tell it was losing some strength, but it still held strong through the night.
For me, the best time to test a diapers absorbancy performance is early in the morning; and that's just what I did. Just like the other diapers Bambino offers, will easily take the first flood without a problem. Beyond that, you do need to be a bit careful, but not overly so as this diaper appears to have a near identical capacity as the Biancos.
Aside from a few minor differences, with the biggest one being the taping system, this diaper is a great diaper to be had, but cost a little more if you order two bags (strangely, there is no price difference if you order a case). The blue absorbent core and somewhat faint wetness indicator may affect it's desirability towards some AB/DLs out there. Overall this diaper performs identically to the other products that Bambino offers and feels very much the same as well.
Pros (fried chicken)
-hard to see wetness indicator
-very strong tapes
-tapes can be refastened many times
-absorbancy nearly identical to the Biancos
Cons (burnt chicken)
-there IS a wetness indicator (at least on the ones I got)
-appears to be of lesser quality, but only slightly so (hard to tell)
-no small size for those who want them
-blue absorbant core and wetness indicator may dissuade some
Sorry the pictures are kind of big. I hope this helps many who are looking for more information before ordering their own.