I was doing rigorous scientific testing (casual wearing bounded by work hours) and discovered why my experience with the new Tena Slip Maxi wasn't as good as my experience with the Molicare Comfort Super, both of which have those plastic centers and cloth sides.
Has anyone who's tried the new Tena found that the tapes don't quite reach the plastic? With the Molicare, the tapes are well onto the plastic, so you've got the cloth sides and the good sticking of the plastic. On me, the tapes on the Tena kinda sorta almost reach the part where the cloth turns into plastic. If I make it really tight I can get it, but then the tapes are under too much pressure and tend to pop off.
XP Medical has a Tena that has velcro-like "tape". (I understand the Walgreens brand has this too.) It just seems like the Slip Maxi was designed in some tape technology limbo, where they want the velcro stuff that sticks well to cloth but just haven't changed the machining to actually put the velcro stuff on. Otherwise, I can't see why they'd make the part that the tape is supposed to go on not stick properly.