The Tena Slip Plus diapers are produced by the SCA group and sold worldwide, mainly in Europe and Australia. Tena is a very well-known maker of incontinence aids. It makes several classes, with subclasses in between. The Tena Slip Super comes in five sizes: XS, S, M, L and XL. However, like the Super most shops here only carry M and L sizes. It has an absorbency colour code blue.
M – 72-122cm (28-48 in)
L –92-144cm (36-56 in)
This review is based on the M sized Slip Plus diapers I got from NTUC Fairprice for S$9.00. These cloth-backed diapers, which sport the new design introduced in 2017, were bought in mid-2017.
Appearance and Features
Tena has revised its Slip line recently, after what they say was an extensive outreach to end-users and care providers. These diapers are cloth-backed, have standing leak guards, wetness indicators as well as an elastic back waistband. They also have a ‘Feel Dry Layer’ at the crotch area, which spreads out wetness to allow for faster absorption. This diaper uses a four-tape system. So far, it has all the features that the Super and Maxi diaper lines also have.
When folded the diaper measures 17 by 23.5 cm with the height of about 2 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. These dimensions are very similar to the Super except it is slightly thinner when folded.
Like its cousins, the TSP doesn’t have a frontal patch. The tapes latch in directly to the cloth backing itself using Velcro-type fasteners (Tena calls the ‘extra-wide hook tapes’). These can be refastened a few times. What I like about them 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. As mentioned, the cloth-backing doesn’t crinkle at all, this providing a discrete user experience when wearing. The wetness indicator runs down the diaper from front to back. Taking the shape of five by two thin dotted lines running from the front to the back of the diaper, they are blue in colour, and disappear when the diaper is wet.
It also has the diaper’s info on it, stating clearly its 6/8 drops rating as well as its size. Guess it makes things easier for caregivers in large institutions.
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.
The FeelDry layer draws liquid away from the topsheet quickly and into the core below it. The second picture is the other side of the FeelDry Layer from a TSS.
The FeelDry™ Layer is also present in the TSP, which is a nice gesture given it is marketed as a cheaper alternative to the Super. It consists of 2 parts. The main thing is a core that looks like a pad within a diaper. It lies directly under a special patch slightly below the crotch area which acts as an Azkaban for liquid trapped within. Tena says that even under pressure the liquid within doesn’t escape.
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 (though given it’s absorbency you probably wouldn’t reach such a situation).
Performance And Fit
These diapers fit my average-sized frame nicely, and were snug and comfortable. Being cloth-backed, the top of the leg gathers didn’t scratch away at my inner thighs from time to time when walking, and prevented the hard-plastic tapes from scratching me. The diaper was quiet, as quiet as underwear if not for the occasional creak of the velcro in the tapes under strain, but to the untrained ear these would be inaudible.
I walked around malls, took busses, sat down on hard seats, and the tapes never budged. One good thing was the cloth-backing greatly minimised trapping sweat, so the inner-thighs were spared the discomfort felt with plastic-backed diapers.
The standing leak guards do their job well, with no leakages experienced when flooding a fresh diaper. They have a decent amount of SAP, holding about 1.5-2.5 medium wettings, on par with the Tena Value and better than a Certainty Diaper. Tena markets the TSP with an absorption guide of 6 out of 8 droplets (it doesn’t give an ml value for the TSP but for the 7/8 drops TSS it is 1400ml). The odour neutraliser does its’ work, but I notice that about 3 hours after wetting the ammonia smell does become noticeable. But as 3 hours is the threshold for changing a wet diaper, this would be a small technicality. They hold messes well, with no messy leaks.
The big plus for this diaper is that you don’t feel the bulk of the diaper, until it is nearing capacity. Even when wearing semi-tight jeans you can still see the shape of your body as if you are wearing underwear, though after a wetting it expands. It doesn’t over-expand near capacity, but then again it does have a lower capacity.
This is the fourth cloth-backed adult diaper I’ve tried, and I gladly say that this is now my go-to diaper. The snugness of the cloth-backing is just right and it doesn’t expand wildly when wet. With its excellent discreetness, retention ability, and acceptable absorbency level, this diaper is one that is to be recommended to any diaper-user that I meet. As with the Slip Super, Tena has done a very good job with coming up with these diapers!
Perhaps the main thing I don’t like about these diapers are its design – it is clearly meant to make it easy for caregivers, but isn’t that fashionable from an AB perspective. The capacity is low, perhaps on par with a Tena Value diaper, but given it’s rating that is understandable.
Price wise, at U.P. $0.93 a piece it is very decent given all the features packed into it. It is value for money in terms of absorbency, fit and discreetness. Not for prolonged use, but definitely recommended for day-to day use.