So, I bought some Abena Abri-Flex, and they're pretty good. They absorb well, they're comfy (though I wish they didn't rise so high), and they actually feel somewhat thick. Sure they're not plastic-backed, but hey I enjoy the change of pace occasionally. There's just one minor problem...
They look freaking retarded!
And this goes for all adult pull-ups. They all have that goofy wrinkled waistband. Anyone who has tried any protective underwear or adult pull-up knows what I'm talking about. Why can't they make adult pull-ups with a waistband like Goodnites, Pull-Ups, or Underjams? Those don't look silly. What, does technology not exist to make a "Goodnite" style pull-up in a larger size?
Let's forget about ABDL for a moment. These products are designed for incontinent adults who want discreetness. An incontinent adult doesn't want to be shamed by wearing bladder control products. So why do the companies make these look as goofy as possible? Adult "tape-up" style diapers look sleek; why do their discreet counterparts look like wrinkled granny panties?
Are they trying to differentiate between child "training pants" and adult "protective underwear"? Yeah, let's make our adult products even goofier than our child products. That will surely make adults feel better about wearing incontinence products.
Maybe this "frilly" waistband is cheaper to make. But oh, wait, I thought Abena was a quality product. If this was a Depend or Attend product, I could understand if they cut corners, but not Abena. There is no excuse.
Seriously, this really pisses me off. I feel like a sissy wearing these, and I personally don't enjoy feeling like a sissy. I don't know, I just think it's pretty bad when I actually want to cover my diaper with boxer shorts.
Ok, rant over.