The Tena Slip Maxi diaper is a well known diaper in the ABDL sphere. An upgrade by Tena in 2014 from plastic to cloth-backed however, has caused the TSM to fall out of favour with many ABDLs. Nevertheless let’s give this diaper a closer look.
The Tena Slip Maxi diapers are produced by the SCA group and sold worldwide, mainly in Europe and Australia. A well-known maker of incontinence aids, Tena makes several classes, with subclasses in between. The Tena Slip Maxi comes in four sizes, S, M, L and XL. However most shops here carry just the M and L sizes.
M – 72-122cm (28-48 in)
L –92-144cm (36-56 in)
This review is based on the M sized Slip Maxi diapers I got from Hougang Polyclinic at a promotional price of S$12.00 (U.P.S$14.15) in mid-September. These are the cloth-backed ones, 9 in a pack, and were introduced here in 2014.
NOTE: Tena is in the middle of remodeling its Slip line, and this review is based on the model that came out in 2014, one of the last batches. The new ones are retailing at CGH for $11.00 currently.
The Tena Slip line represents the future of the adult diaper industry. At first glance, the TSMs have all the same features as their ubiquitous cousins, the Tena Slip Supers, except that the TSMs appear thicker, and with come in purple motifs instead of green.
They are cloth-backed, have standing leak guards, wetness indicators as well as an elastic waistband. They have Tena’s proprietary ‘Feel Dry Layer’ at the crotch area, which spreads out wetness to allow for faster absorption and use a four-tape system.
When folded the diaper measures 18 by 23.5 cm with the height of about 4 cm. When unfolded the diaper measures 65cm lengthwise, with a generous 30cm of it being the actual padding. Top to bottom the diaper measures 78cm, 57cm of it padded and the narrowest part has a width of 27cm, 15cm of it padded. The elastic waistband measures 11cm, but expands to 16cm when fully stretched.The narrowest part, the crotch, has a width of 30cm, with just 17.5 cm padded. Their Extra Wide Hook Tapes are 3.5cm thick. The Feel Dry Layer is just located above the seat of the diaper spanning 24.5 by 9 cm.
The TSM doesn’t have a frontal patch. Instead, the tapes latch in directly to the cloth backing itself using Velcro-type fasteners. These can be refastened a few times. What I like about this system is their quietness compared to other brands. Being a cloth-backed diaper they don’t crinkle at all, but do the job just as well!
The backsheet backing of the diaper is cloth-backed with Tena’s proprietary ConfioAir for extra breathability for the skin. This provides sufficient discreteness for the user. The wetness indicator runs down the diaper from front to back. Taking the form of three dotted lines, they are blue in colour, and disappear when wet.
The standing leak guards also run from top to bottom of the diaper. They are initially curled in, and can be adjusted to further standing position. The the topsheet is lined with a soft cloth-like cover, which is gentle to the skin and does not irritate it. Dermatologically tested and claiming to promote healthier skin, the entire diaper allows the skin to breathe a little, especially at the sides.
The TSS has an added feature in the form of Tena’s proprietary Feel Dry Layer. It is a special patch on the topsheet placed at the crotch. When the user wets, this layer catches the liquid and spreads it out over a larger area for quicker absorption. I cut through one of these layers in the TSS review.
The Tena Slip lines also features the SuperFit band, an elastic waistband, at the very back top of the diaper. It is placed in between the backsheet and topsheet layers and thus doesn’t irritate the skin. This ensures comfort and a snug fit for the user. It also acts as a last barrier of sorts against liquid from flowing out when the user is lying down.
These diapers fit my average-sized frame nicely, and were snug and comfortable. As the TSM is cloth-backed, the top of the leg gathers didn’t scratch away at my inner thighs from time to time when walking, and was rather soothing. This diaper is quiet, as quiet as underwear if not for the occasional creak of the tapes under strain, but to the untrained ear these would be inaudible. I walked around malls, took a few busses, sat down on a hard food-court seat, and the cloth never budged.
Heat was also sufficiently dissipated, although I found it a little hotter than the TSSs. Possibly because more liquid itself meant more heat is retained. But my grouse with this diaper is a very big one. While the TSS had noticeable swelling when very wet, this diaper BULGES when subject to 2 or more wettings. And for guys, it leads to very uncomfortable bus-rides and sleepless nights. It was really bad.
For those of you who love being in a thick diaper however, you might enjoy this diaper. It was genuinely hard to close my legs fully when wearing this diaper – and it only got worse after wetting.
The standing leak guards do their job well, up to a certain extent. You see, the bulge also squashes them, and I experienced leaks even though the diaper was at half capacity. 3 out of 9 is a significant proportion, so flooding after the first wetting is not recommended.
The Extra Hook Tapes are of the velcro type, and they do a pretty good job compared to the other cloth-backs I’ve tried. The tapes on the TSM don’t fall off after prolonged use, or even when the diaper is sagging and heavy. They are able to refasten multiple times with minimal loss in strength, however their strength is affected if the diaper is wet.
These diapers have a lot of SAP, holding about 3.5-4 medium wettings, better than the TSS and on par with the Fairprice Extra Care. Tena markets the TSM with an absorption guide of 8 out of 8 droplets and says it holds about 1400ml. The odour neutraliser does work, but I notice that about 3 hours after wetting the ammonia smell does become noticeable, same with the TSS. But as 3 hours is the threshold for changing a wet diaper, this would be a small technicality.
The TSM not a thin diaper on the market and they do swell noticeably upon full wetting, about 4-5cm. They hold messes well, with no messy leaks.
If you are wondering why this review looks similar to the TSS review, that’s because the only major differences would be the TSM’s thickness as well as its higher absorption capacity. The TSMs have a similar chassis as the TSS, but just a little bigger. This is to accommodate the increased SAP and fluff.
However, my experience with this diaper is less than pleasant. I had high expectations for this diaper, it being the cousin of my favourite TSS. The internal plumbing for this diaper needs its leaks to be fixed, that’s a major sore point (P.S. Puns not intended). And the swelling rate for this diaper is plain atrocious.
I will give it to Tena, this diaper has an unparalleled capacity. Its tapes hold and it also looks decent. Comfort, snugness, retention however need improvement. Until I get my hands on the improved version, we will have to wait and see.
Alas, at $1.57 a piece (U.P.) the price is not economical. Given the TSM’s failings, it is not value-for-money. Its selling point would be its absorbency and thickness, so if your role-play needs these, then the TSM is for you. Otherwise, you are better off with a TSS.
Review Date: 21 Feb 2017
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