So the other day I finally got my hands on a pack of Pampers UnderJams (Size L/XL - Girls). They don't ordinarily sell them in Australia, but I was travelling at the time and managed to find them in a supermarket in Switzerland. I have to say, I was definitely optimistic and greatly looking forward to trying them on so I 'went in' with an open mind.
I'm usually one to stick with Huggies products (mainly because that's whats sold primarily in Australia). I've been wearing DryNites for years now and they've always been pretty good. I read a few reviews on the Pampers prior to purchasing them, but I have to say I can't agree with everything that the reviews say. Let me know what you think and whether you agree or not, but this is what I thought of them...
My first impression was simply how amazingly comfortable they are. There's no doubting that they're made of much softer and stretchier materials than the DryNites, which can be a little 'stiff' at times. (Although some people may prefer the 'crinklyness' of the DryNites)
Secondly, they're very absorbent and I find that they absorb much quicker which means that they take a flooding a lot better than DryNites do.
Thirdly, the cut at the front of the the UnderJams is slightly better than the DryNites. I like the way that the side elastic kind-of continues down the front a little lower which makes the pants conform a lot better around the legs. This has always been a place where I find that the DryNites leak.
Unfortunately, that's where the positives end...
Firstly, I understand that Pampers is trying to market them as being more discreet than DryNites with the lower waistband, but personally, they're way too short. I've got a 31" waist and they were sitting ridiculously low. In the process of getting them to fit properly by pulling them up at the back and lowering them slightly at the front to the point where they were centred on my body I noticed the subtle, yet dreaded ripping sound which leads me to my next point...
I had read about the notorious ripping-sides of the UnderJams but I was hoping that it wouldn't be much of an issue considering I only had a 31" waist and I had seen images of much larger people wearing them without trouble. Oh how wrong I was... After an hour of wearing the UnderJams while lying down flat, not moving at all, not stretching my legs or anything that may put strain on the seams, I noticed that not only had the side seams half torn on each side (and they were getting worse) but also the seam where the sides join to the front of the pants was half hanging off and about to completely shear off.
Overall I'd rate the UnderJams at 5/10. In my opinion, make them longer at the front and back by about 2cm each, strengthen the side and front seams and they'll be absolutely perfect! Better than the DryNites, in fact.
Anyway, that about sums up my opinion / review of them. I'd be interested to see if others agreed / disagreed with some of the points I have made.