Pros: Huge absorbancy, quiet plastic backing and good tapes
Cons: Very thick
The Abena X-Plus Fitted Brief (adult diaper) is the most absorbant diaper you can find in the USA. This diaper is made in Europe by Abena and only recently became available in the US. If you are looking for maximum absorbancy, go no further! But be warned, in order to be so absorbant, the diaper has to be thick. This is because it cannot simply be filled with polymer as it wouldn't wick the moisture well, so it has a good amount of "absorbant paper fluff" in it that wicks the wetness throughout the diaper quickly.
This diaper is the most absorbent adult diaper available in the USA! (If you read my old review of Molicares, it says the same thing-Abena X-Plus briefs are more absorbant than Molicare Super Plus) The only other diapers that come close to the Abena X-Plus are the Molicare Super and Tena/Promise Night Super. It is this absorbancy that offsets the increase in price-you don't have to change this diaper anywhere near as often as other diapers.
This diaper is bulky-a diaper has to be to lock in wetness. If you don't want absorbency then why are you wearing diapers! The padding in this diaper is very thick but unlike Molicares when you first take the diaper out of the package it is pretty soft. I still recommend that you grasp each side of the diaper and "rub" it back and forth to "fluff" out the padding. This does 2 things, one it makes the padding feel softer and less "hard" or inflexible and two, it fluffs up the padding so it absorbs faster (note-it also makes the padding thicker, so if you are looking to be discreet-then put up with the hard feeling as it will keep the diaper thinner)
The tapes on this diaper are its weakest feature. Although they stick fairly well (better than Molicares)they are only somewhat refastenable. They use a double taping concept that only works if you wish to refasten the diaper in the original taping location. Once they correct this deficiency this will be an unbeatable diaper. I've found that the more shiny the plastic is on a diaper, the better tapes stick and can be refastened-however, the shinier the plastic, the more noise it tends to make.
This diaper's stay dry lining is very good. I get very little diaper rash while in one, even though I am wearing them much longer while wet. The elastic waistband is not very stretchy so gapping and ability to pull up and down with a snug fit is not very good.
Hiding these diapers is not as easy as most. They are VERY bulky and are white with X-Plus written down the center of the diaper, so if they ever peek out of your pants, they won't look like underwear. While out walking in a thin pair of shorts the other day, my wife noticed that the writing on the diaper was visible through my shorts-so don't put on those white shorts while in this diaper unless you want people twisting their heads to read the writing on your undies! As for the bulk, you won't be wearing thin pants or short shorts while in this diaper as the bulk is very noticeable. Also, as this diaper gets wet, it gets thicker and thicker and thus more noticable. Be sure you tape this diaper on securely as the wetter it gets the more it will tend to sag (like any diaper).
The outer plastic backing is very quiet as far as adult diapers go. They are not as quiet as the Tena/Promise cloth covered diapers, but are FAR MORE discreet than Depends! I rarely notice the tell tale diaper crinkling while wearing them, but it is there. While the Tena cloth covered diapers are almost impossible to hear. Changing these in a public restroom will cause the plastic to crinkle, so it is hard to hide that.
These will be among the most expensive diapers you can find, but since they require changing MUCH MUCH less, the cost balances out. Don't buy these if you plan on changing your diaper every 3 hours....expect it to be 6 hours! These are the prices from Drugstore.com(link towards the bottom), --
Abena X-Plus Medium $17.99
Abena X-Plus Large $17.99
I've tried both the Medium and Large Abena X-Plus, and can fit in either. I have a 38 inch waist and the medium fits snugly and rides fairly low, while the large fits me better, but rides much higher on my waist. Which size I wear depends on what I'm wearing. Mediums when I'm in shorts and a t-shirt around friends etc, Large when I'm in good covering clothes or around no one that hasn't seen me in a diaper. The medium tends to ride below my hips and thus is harder to prevent sagging when very wet-although it is much more discreet and easy to hide than the large, so you might consider it for that reason. I'd say at 38 inches I am about the largest you can go and fit into a medium.