Tena Slip Super vs. Super Seni Diapers Comparison

Hi guys, this is the first post in a series where I compare different diapers as a form of review. These chosen diapers will be similar to each other in terms of price and absorbency. So let’s get started!

Background

The Super Seni diaper was first introduced by Toruńskie Zakłady Materiałów Opatrunkowych (TMZO) group in 2005. It was a pioneer in cloth-backed diapers and is a staple in Europe. The Seni brand consists of 4 absorbency levels – Seni, Seni Plus, Seni Trio and Seni Quadro. They comes in five sizes. We will be looking at the Super Seni (Seni), which has an absorbency colour code blue.

Tena is an industry giant in the Adult Diaper industry and makes several different types of diapers. Produced by the SCA Group, we will be looking at the Tape-on Tena Slip line. This line gave the ABDL world the famous plastic-backed Tena Slip Maxi. However to keep in line with EU regulations, in 2012 they remodelled the line into a cloth-backed diaper. It too comes with 4 absorbency levels – Plus, Super, Maxi and Ultima, and come in three sizes S,M,L (except for the Plus which has an extra XS size). We will be looking at the Tena Slip Super (TSS), which has an absorbency colour code of Green.

Size, Fit and Price

The Super Seni diaper retails at Fairprice Xtra in sizes M and L. The Tena Slip Super however is available a little more widely in Fairprice Xtra, Giant and virtually all pharmacies, hospitals and policlinics. Although, you’d likely find the S sizes in the latter.

M size Seni: 75-110cm (30-43 in)

M Size Slip Super: 72-122cm (28-48 in)

As you can see, Seni has a smaller waist allowance, starting at nearly the same point of 75cm. But its maximum waist allowance stops a full 12cm shorter than for the Slip Super. I find this paradoxical. The Seni diaper is evidently designed for the bigger-sized European but it has a shorter waist range. Tena is also supposedly designed for the European market but when I first tried it, it was tight, as if almost designed for the smaller-sized asian market.

I am a smaller-sized person and I felt that when I wore the Seni – it hung off my hips and when the diaper was almost fully wet it just dangled from my hips. The TSS fit me snugly though. This situation is reversed for a slightly larger-sized person. My friend says the Seni fits him perfectly but the Tena Slip was too tight. So this one is a little subjective.

Price-wise I haven’t really been paying attention to the Seni over the years but for the past year or so I noticed that they hover at the $11.40 range for 10 dips, before discounts. That works out to be $1.14 per dip. The TSS however has stayed constant at about $14.15 for 10 dips, before discount. That works out to be $1.42 per dip. However due to the availability of the TSS you can get it as low as $50 for a case of 60 sometimes on Carousell, regularly. 

Appearance and Features

Both diapers have most of the features associated with a good diaper. They have elastic leg gathers, standing leak guards, wetness indicators, additional wetness distribution systems and elastic waistbands. Although Seni has both front and back, the TSS only has back waistbands. Seni’s waistband is thicker and longer, expanding to 21 from 15cm while the TSS expands to 16 from 11cm. The TSS’s waistband tends to tear up internally though, rendering the top non-elastic after a while.

I think off the bat you can tell which diaper is the thicker diaper. The TSS comes in at nearly 3cm after inflating for a day while the Seni stays at 2.5cm after a day. When folded the Seni is the longer diaper at 24x16cm vs 23.5x 17 for the TSS. Top to bottom the Seni measures 83cm, 71cm padded while the TSS comes in at 78cm, 57 padded.

Seni has a thicker crotch at 16 out of 29cm vs 15 out of 27cm for the TSS.

This shows that the Seni diaper is thinner than the TSS, yet is longer despite having the same amount of crotch padding. No wonder the Seni diaper feels big!

The tapes are crucial parts of any diaper. Both use four-tape systems that latch on directly onto the cloth backing Both have velcro-type hooks on the front and a sticky part at the back of the tape. I will say that Seni’s tapes are very strong, they barely budge at all. But, on the second use the stickiness is gone and it is just the velcro holding onto the backing, making it very vulnerable at full capacity. The Tena Slip’s tapes tend to stretch the cloth backing off (an inherent problem of the backing, not the tape), but they work just fine for up to 3 fastenings as the stickiness remains a little. 

The wetness indicators of both diapers consist of lines running from the top to the bottom. Although being a white diaper it is usually quite obvious when it is wet as the white turns darkish. On the Tena Slip the two sets of thin blue lines disappear, while on the Seni they turn from yellow to blue.

The markings on each diaper is a little different. For the Seni, the wetness indicators are flanked by 2 rows of a nonvanishing number, 2 in my case. Seni uses numbers to indicate size with 1 being S, 2 being M etc. Tena Slip has a 4 boxes appearing 3 times along the centre showing the brand name, the diaper type (slip), the size and the absorbency level (6/8 drops). The size, (M in my case) also flank the wetness indicators in 2 asymmetrical rows. 

Absorbency

The TSS has an advertised absorbency of 1800ml, or 6 droplets out of 8. While the Seni does not have an advertised absorbency, it has a similar rating of 6 out of 9 droplets. 

Both diapers have a topsheet, which comes into contact with the skin, a padding core, a waterproof backing, and a cloth-like topsheet. The sides of both diapers are made of breathable material. Both have a secondary internal core. Seni has one which tends to dislodge near capacity, and detaches completely when full. It does not have a fancy name unlike the Tena Slip. The area directly above it’s core is called the Feel Dry Layer.

I feel that overall, the TSS has a better liquid retention, but the Seni has a better overall absorbency. I say this because Seni is able to contain a larger volume of wettings, but when you exceed the capacity, a fair bit more seeps out through. For the TSS, only the excess comes out through the back and not the sides.

Final thoughts

The Super Seni was meant to be on par with the Tena Slip Plus, but it slightly edges out the Tena Slip Super. Yes, it does have leaking issues, but it has a higher absorption capacity before the leaks begin. The cloth-backing also does not expand unlike for the TSS, and it has the marks of a (poorly designed) medical diaper.

You cannot deny that the TSS can be cheaper on a per-diaper basis. It is also much more readily available, in Singapore and Malaysia, that the Seni range. On the appearance front the TSS still looks medical but at least it has cheerful colours. 

As for the fit, this is a subjective one but I would say that I prefer the Tena Slip due to it having a tighter waist allowance. I also feel that the ability to refasten your diaper multiple times is a plus, although this is slight comfort since most of the time we use the diaper just once.

Perhaps, I may be slightly biased towards the TSS because it is my go-to diaper, but I definitely favour the TSS.

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Hiding In Diapers

I’m surprised at the amount of time I’ve been spending in diapers lately. Even though I haven’t been using them.

At first I thought it was because of the pressures and stresses of school. But while the academic levels of stress are roughly the same as before, I didn’t join any cca this year so technically I should be have a little more wiggle-room right?

Maybe it’s because I’m juggling my Patreon and Tumblr writings together with my academics and social life. Patreon has not been going well cos the take up rate is low, but then again we do live in a world where pictures and videos are regarded more highly than writing.

But it’s also a reminder that unlike my academics and social life, there’s no one irl who I can consult about my writing jobs. It’s been a real struggle, putting out what I consider to be quality content but it’s just not attracting people. It’s definitely better than the many stories you find on ABDL forums, but that gives little solace to me.

Anyway I’ve been spending my late afternoons and evening doing my school work, and I’ve been spending more and more of this time in my hostel room and diapered. I do occasionally venture out to the communal reading room while in a diapered state but then again there is no interaction with others so it isn’t really a worry.

Of course I do have a budget and that currently restricts me to about 1 diaper a day. So sometimes I do silly things. Like take off my diaper around dinnertime, walk over to the canteen to eat and use the toilet, and then once I’m back in my room I put it on again for the rest of the night.

I’ve talked about the perks of not having to use the communal toilet before, what with truly disgusting neighbours who wash their shoes in the sink. But I definitely love the comfort and convenience that diapers provide me.

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Taking castor oil clears you out completely, but it just looks like a wet diaper doesn’t it?

– Selv

Tumbling Along

I have been away from my blog for quite a while. Time and again I keep mentioning this, but nobody has ever dropped me a message to ask why so I’ll refrain from mentioning the reasons.

However my Tumblr has been a little more active, partly because I had auto-queued a number of posts to keep it active. I had tried to do the same with WordPress but I’m not doing it correctly, I should be ashamed to say I’ve been here for several years, yet I can’t get this right. That’s why a couple of weeks worth of posts did not appear. They will definitely appear here, don’t worry.

My Patreon site is still growing, though not as fast as I had hoped. Some even left because I had not met expectations. I am deeply apologetic that I can’t post as fast as I wanted but to my current Patrons rest assured that I have created a steady stream of content which will be debuting on Tumblr as well as Patreon respectively.

On a side note, Apple is releasing new emojis in conjunction with Emoji day. But I was  wondering why we still don’t have a diaper emoji. I mean, given that diapers are an integral part of childhood you’d think that they would be mentioned enough times to warrant a symbol of sorts, but oh well, that’s just wishful thinking on the part of a diaper lover.

– Selv

Are Control Plus Diapers Back?

Wish those celebrating today a happy Vesak Day! Hope the rest of you good rest today.

I was in Guardian pharmacy the other day. It was a routine grocery trip but since I was alone I sort of detoured past the diaper section, and I did a double-take. For right in front were the packages of Control Plus diapers!

The shop wasn’t crowded so I took a closer look. The packaging was as I remembered it from way back in 2014, but something seemed different. I couldn’t see if the diapers themselves were plain or had a design but I didn’t really want to prod a pack of diapers too much in public.

Something telling was the fact that these diapers were displayed on the 2m high shelf – a prime spot in retail. I didn’t see any of its sister diapers though – the Control Plus Overnight diapers.

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Control Plus diapers in a Guardian Pharmacy in May 2018

I compared this photo with a package of diapers I bought in 2014 and the packaging is identical. Perhaps, it really has been resurrected – there seems to have been enough demand from customers for a major retail chain to want to restock these, and it seems that the Control Plus brand was never really dead these past few years.

I had noted earlier this year when I was doing my Guardian diaper review that some promotions that Guardian pharmacy was running suggested some sort of shift in their diaper sales. But I’ll admit that seeing the Control Plus diapers back on Guardian shelves was something unexpected, especially when you note that they are still retailing their own store-brand diapers.

It remains to be seen if these diapers have truly made a come back for the long-term, and if other retailers, chain outlets to specialty stores, will start to carry them again. I will have to wait till school starts to try these out, but when I do, I will write about it.

– Selv

Old Attends

I was browsing through Youtube diaper ads again and I found this old Attends ad. It’s way back from 1990, before I was even born. It’s kind of interesting to see how diapers have evolved, and the Adult Diaper industry is no different.

Attends produced beltless products, which some thought were a hassle to put on and instead introduced their ‘stick on to the underwear’ type. This blurred the line between a diaper and an incontinence pad – which companies were hoping would reduce the stigma surrounding them. They even went the extra length by using CGI to animate their competitor’s product to make the beltless Attends seem more user-friendly.

Anyway here’s the ad:

– Selv

 

Selv Travels

Hi guys,

It’s been a busy week of sorts, both in school and in my writing space. I’ve been trying to catch up on my work as mush as possible as there are a ton of tests headed my way. But that’s student life for you.

I’ve also been preparing some stuff behind-the scenes, some new initiatives are headed this way this month of April. Those of you who have been paying keen attention will know that I’ve been hinting at certain things, and this month some of them are coming to life, the first of which is happening tomorrow.

I am pleased to announce the launch of my travel blog – Selv Travels.

Selv Travels is a collection of my travels over the years. Did you like reading my blogposts about my diapered escapades around the region? Then you would definitely enjoy reading about them, this time in greater depth and with more photos.

Tomorrow, to serve as a soft launch, I’ll post my first blog at noon, and I will be posting every 2 days for about 2 weeks. Do keep a lookout then and there for for updates on my travels. It is an ABDL Travel blog, that serves as an album of sorts of my travels. Do give it a look, and don’t forget to follow it if you would like to follow me on my travels!

As for dlselv@SG, it will be business as usual here, not to worry about that 🙂 I will continue to post at least once a week on a variety of topics centred around my DL lifestyle as well as on happenings in the general ABDL community.

At this juncture I wish to thank you, reader, once again for your continued support!

– Selv

Mamy Poko Promo

I was grocery shopping in my neighbourhood’s Fairprice wast weekend. Wasn’t all that unusual, except for the giant Mamy Poko giveaway counter at the entrance. The result? Several parents walking around the supermarket with a giant pack of Mamy Poko Air Fit diapers.

There was a competition of sorts previously and many were there to collect their ‘winnings’. I have to admit, winning an entire pack of diapers sounds so cool! Even though I don’t wear baby diapers I still kinda felt envious. There was the buy-1-get-1-free promo, which meant many people were walking around carrying that large pack.

But it was fun seeing all these young women unabashedly carrying a pack of diapers around. (Unfortunately that also means they are all mums, and not diapergirls )’: ) I overheard at least 2 people joking to their kids/siblings that they should wear diapers again, just to make use of this promotion. Guess it’s a uniquely Singaporean attitude.

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A poster for the giveaway.

– Selv

Yet Another DCo Disagreement

There have been rumblings online over the lawsuit between ABU and Tykables over the word ‘space’. I read through some of the comments, some claiming that one of these companies have a better case and would likely win. Last I heard was that a restraining order had been filed against Tykables.

But one thought that kept bugging me: why fight? Our community is so small, why sow discord amongst ourselves? Why couldn’t they just settle it amongst themselves?

Got reminded of a Buzzfeed article I read about the time Rearz tried to trademark ‘ABDL’.  The owner dropped the case when people voiced out their opinions. I just hope that one of these companies takes the lead and leads this discussion offline and directly with each other. Remember, the rest of the world is watching our already-misunderstood community.

– Selv

The New Tena Value Hits Shelves

It’s been a while since I bought Tena Values, but I was reminiscing about them because they were my first ever Adult Diapers, and despite having a huge stash at the moment, I decided to get some.

The first thing that caught my eye was the ‘1 free diaper’. This meant I got 13 diapers for the price of S$10.10. Hmm, that’s strange, given that the line has been stable for some time.

Then I opened up a diaper. Still didn’t seem funny, until I saw the colour of the top-sheet  – the internal padding.

It is green!

Then I realised that the core of the diaper no longer had a firm bond with the plastic back-sheet of the diaper.

But otherwise, it still retains its standing leak guards and end-to-end frontal patch for the tapes. As far as I can remember from the previous iteration, its fitting (which is different from the slip line) hasn’t changed. The packaging, at first glance, hasn’t changed it’s design scheme apart from the ‘1 free diaper’ logo, which must have been why I was taken aback.

So that leaves the absorption, and that is something which I feel has gone down a little. Not a noticeable amount but yes, I feel it is lesser. The packaging now clearly displays a 5/9 drops rating.  So does that mean it is 55% of Tena’s maximum, compared to the TSP’s 75%? I still don’t get their rating, 1 drop is supposed to mean 200ml but it doesn’t feel like so.

Which leaves the question of the green backing – what is its use? Tena’s website says its is ‘a skin soothing layer with 4 botanical extracts’. I’ll admit, that the top-sheet does feel soft to the touch. But I’ll admit that I didn’t expect this in an economy diaper.

Overall, I feel that the new TSV’s look has improved, while keeping all of the good features it has been known for all these years, so I’m not going to complain. As for it’s absorbency I’ll admit that it is pretty good as it is so I’ll definitely continue to use it. The only thing that remains for now is to test out that green layer.

– Selv

Wearing Diapers in 2018

It feels funny to be writing this post without actually wearing a diaper, but many of the points came to me while I was wearing the Tena Slips from 2 posts back heheh.

Diapers have been my way to de-stress. Some people like to smoke, some people drink, some even run long distances. But I wear diapers, cos they help me relax. And every night in school, I’ve been wearing a diaper to sleep. It is a luxury many ABDLs don’t get, and to this end I am really thankful that I am able to do so.

I’ve mentioned previously that being a DL is a grey area with respect to my religion. Not directly at least, but it is implied. It is not against the law, I mean, there is no scripture that says what we do is wrong. The thing is we are dealing with humanly emissions and since they are considered unholy we have a conflict of interest here. So, I try to avoid wearing on certain “auspicious” days. This trend I think I’ll continue.

Then there are high intensity days, such as exam dates and family functions. My dad, when he caught me, used to say that I’ll be distracted because I’m wearing a diaper. Which is true to some extent. These days, I get distracted mostly due to the guilt of doing something my parents are against. But still, I will skip wearing them on these high intensity days, just so that I remain focused.

I aim to go on at least 3 diapered escapades this year, the first one I’m planing to go this late-February (do let me know if you guys are keen on a collaboration). Beyond just wearing diapers on backpacking trips I aim to build up a proper travel blog to document my journeys.

Then there is the whole affair of what to tell my future girlfriend. Somehow I have a feeling that this might be the year it finally happens, but I don’t want to open that can of worms here now. What I will say is that the search for an existing ABDL girl has failed, and my only way forward is to get a vanilla girl and hope she accepts this part of me. Fat hope –  but I must try.

Coming up this month would be my Tenth anniversary of wearing my first adult diaper. Need to think of a way to celebrate it, and I have a rough idea on how to do it. I’ll keep you guys posted.

And finally, I’ve been thinking about starting a Patreon page. I had done the preparations, but Patreon threw a spanner in the works with their recent fees announcement. So that is something I’ve been trying to tread carefully. *EDIT* Of course, special content that warrants a Patreon page on on the cards, but more on that very soon.

Last (but not least), I wish to thank all of you who have been writing PMs and emails to me. Thank you guys, it has really been a pleasure writing to all of you, I really appreciate the time and effort you guys put in to writing to me.

– Selv