Recently, I've gotten my hands on a bunch of premium adult diapers from Northshore Care: Mollicares, ATNs, Wellness Briefs, Abenas, and NorthShore's excellent in-house brand. I've tried all of them except the ATNs and they really work well for me.
However, I honestly enjoy using cheaper store-bought diapers more. I know Depends (especially the more recent styles) have a somewhat infamous reputation here - most people consider "Depend" a byword for low-quality and inconvenience. Others have no choice due to living situation or finances. A smaller number of people are fans. Clearly, I fall into the last category.
Depend Protection with Tabs are, I'm guessing, many people's first tape-ons. They were mine, too. It's ironic looking back to my first experience with them. They seemed so big, unfolding them like a map, and they held much more than adult pull-ups. Now I know better. So why do I still gravitate towards them?
First off, I like having 3 tapes. True, the tapes are thin, the adhesive is hit-or-miss, and they can't be re-adjusted at all. Pulling them off destroys the landing zone. But the third tape seems to keep the front of the diaper flatter in my experience, and that helps with tucking. Secondly, they aren't as absorbent as premium brands, and I like that. It takes longer to absorb, and I like the feeling of the wetness sloshing around and pooling momentarily wherever gravity dictates. They get really soggy and the padding isn't very thick or super stable, and I really enjoy squishing and squeezing myself through the plastic. I worked a week on 3rd shift, going to bed as soon as I got home, and wore Depends to bed every night, soaking myself in bed before going to sleep (I don't sleep-wet). Every morning, I woke up soggy and warm, and very aroused, and that doesn't happen in my premium diapers. The capacity is perfect, too. 1 or 2 full soakings and it's full from front to back, and I like feeling the wetness on my butt. It's the perfect amount of time and capacity to get that soaked feeling while getting sexually wound up, and I don't feel like I'm wasting a nearly-dry diaper when I take it off to indulge in some self-love.
I guess the traits that give Depends a bad reputation are the same reasons I like them so much.
I'll put my thoughts on other Depend products in subsequent posts to this thread.