- Adult Baby, Diaper Lover, Incontinent
Using BetterDry for comparison as it has been the cheapest ABDL-style diaper in my experience, on Amazon, a case of ATNs with free shipping works out to 74 cents per diaper ($70.95 per case of 96). Betterdry with shipping to me works out to $2.25 per diaper. Maybe you can get them cheaper, but for me one BetterDry costs as much 3 ATNs plus change. Despite BetterDry definitely absorbs, I wouldn't say they absorb more than 3 ATNs. One could also argue its not good to sit in the same super-absorbent diaper all day while it keeps growing and growing, and carry all that weight around. If you take it off before its "used up" early, you're throwing away money. To prevent UTIs, I need to change regularly so I'm not seeing the cost benefit you are. And I believe you when you say it is cheaper for your purposes.
I respect your opinion and I agree that the diapers you listed are great depending on your particular needs. However, I've tried each of these including both Northshore versions (light and overnight) and I still hold firm that their leg gathers leave something to be desired. Granted they are *so* absorbent, you don't need gathers to be spectacular from a functional perspective, but it is a matter of opinion that I like a diaper that has taller gathers that hugs better, no different that the ratio of gather-width to the rest of the diaper size just like the 80s baby diapers Luvs and Huggies. I've found gathers in the brands you listed aren't much different than AwwSoCute, Idyl and SDKs too. I figure if the cheap-by-comparison Attends Poly Briefs in 2018 can make tall and highly elasticised gathers, there must be an ABDL diaper that can. Or not maybe?
Now if I could take the Attends Poly Briefs gathers and put them on an ATN (possibly adding a waistband), you'd have a perfect diaper I'd pay double or triple for.
Thanks for the suggestion, I've actually never heard that and I like to think I keep up with the regular posts here! Unfortunately, sizing is tricky for me because I'm between sizes small and medium; due to the ABDL diapers running bigger than most medical diapers, I find the mediums are already a little big on me on all the versions you listed and my privates still get squished. I'd be swimming in a large and leaking all over the place.
I'm calling BS on that. You can get Betterdry from Northshore. Larges, by the case, break down to $1.58 each ($96 for 60). ATN, also from Northshore cost $1.11 each ($80 for 72). And it cost even more on Amazon, at $1.76 each ($127 for 72).
With staying well hydrated, everyone agrees an ATN will NOT last more than 4 hours. Betterdry can last up to 24 hours, but as you mentioned it's not good to stay in the same diaper for too long. I personally don't go past 12 hours, which is plenty short to avoid rashes or bad smells. So yes, Betterdry WILL absorb more than 3 ATN's will.
So now lets look at the total 24 hour (per day) cost of two Betterdry @ $3.16, and the same 12 hour total cost of six ATN @ $6.66 (which includes having to get up in the middle of the night to change so screw that in itself). That's literally double the cost of Betterdry, proving that ATN is NOT cheap.
Worse still, you actually claim it would be worth double or triple the price if ATN had taller leak guards???? May I suggest you take a class or two in economics...... You need it.