Pros: Improved Performance, Fantastic Waistband, Interior Leak Shields, Six Tapes, White Exterior, Soft Interior
Cons: Uncomfortable, Inadequate Coverage, Thin Gel-Based Absorbent
After a long hiatus, I thought I would return with an updated review of Depend Fitted Briefs with Overnight Protection. Since I last tried these diapers, it seems a few things have been improved, primarily the cut. Comfort and performance has improved accordingly, but it still falls short of other brands on the market. I also wouldn't recommend these for overnight use, but rather as the better alternative in Depend Briefs for everyday use (versus the regular absorbency)
Outlined below are the positive features of this product:
(1) IMPROVED PERFORMANCE: As I mentioned above, the performance of these diapers has improved since the last time I tried them. Nevertheless, I would not recommend them for situations in which they may be wet or soiled while lying down; so they obviously don't make a great night-time diaper. However, for regular use during the day, I found them quite satisfactory. Some leaks did occur during normal wear, but not on a regular basis.
(2) FANTASTIC WAISTBAND: This waistband is one of the best on the market. It provides a tight, yet very comfortable fit at the top of the diaper. This feature is quite important for active people, as it almost eliminates the need to re-adjust the diaper tapes after wearing it for some time.
(3) INTERIOR LEAK SHIELDS: The interior leak shields will be most beneficial to active people who are in many different places and positions throughout a single day. I found they helped significantly to prevent leaks for soiled diapers, but are not as noticeable for wet diapers. Of course, any improvement is a plus.
(4) SIX TAPES: These diapers have 6 fastening tapes. Having three tapes on each side helps in several areas. First, it is much easier to achieve a comfortable fit -- which reduces the need to re-adjust the diaper while wearing it. Secondly, a good fit reduces the chance of leaks from all areas of the diaper.
(5) WHITE EXTERIOR: White is the least noticeable under clothing and does not stand out like colors do. I am pleased to see that Depend's has switched their diapers to white.
(6) SOFT INTERIOR: The interior of these diapers are covered with a soft cloth, which did not irritated my skin; no complaints here.
And now for the list of the NEGATIVE features for this product:
(1) UNCOMFORTABLE: Comfort has improved, but I still have to list on this as a negative. Basically, I would advise that other diapers on the market are more comfortable with equal or better effectiveness.
(2) INADEQUATE COVERAGE: I found there to be a lack of padding in the front and back of these diapers, especially if they are considered for overnight use. The ultimate result of this deficiency is leaks from the waistline and sides. Although Depend might claim to have put the padding where it counts most, I can honestly say there is no such place -- diapers need to be padded everywhere to be effective.
(3) THIN GEL-BASED ABSORBENT: To further extend the padding problem in the point above, I find that these diapers are in fact too thin. It's a bit difficult to describe exactly, but I find that thin diapers "slice" more between the legs and sit uncomfortably around the waist. This is partly the result of using almost an entirely gel based absorbent, versus a combination of gel and pulp or cotton padding.
Overall, I found that Depend Fitted Briefs with Overnight protection provide average protection against leaks, with a comfort level that is tolerable. Less active individuals will probably be more satisfied with this product then those who are active and require a diaper that is more substantial. There are better choices on the market, but these should be sufficient for people with lighter needs. As an added bonus, availability is pretty good on this product.