Monday, 29 August 2022

FitRight Restore Adult Diaper Review

 *For more information on how I do reviews see Diaper Test Methodology


Summary

The FitRight Restore Brief is the most absorbent diaper in the FitRight line of products, just ahead of the FitRight Ultra. It features a cloth-like backsheet with a bit more absorbency over the Ultra to the point that it should reliably handle a single wetting in most circumstances. The pricing tends to be not much different between the two so I’d highly recommend going for this over the Ultra if you’re concerned about leaks. It still falls far below the standards of more premium diapers like the Seni Super Quatro or BetterDry, but comes at a more affordable price tag and is a decent step up from most generic store brands.

Key Features:

  • Cloth-like backsheet
  • Repositionable tapes
  • Standing inner leak barriers

Pros:

  • Breathable design
  • Comfortable

Cons:

  • Surface dampness
  • Low absorbency
  • Sliding tapes

Product Details

For the purpose of this post I will be reviewing and referring to the medium-sized FitRight Restore Diaper. However, other available sizes are listed below:


Packaging

Brand: FitRight
Manufacturer: Medline Industries Inc.
Origin: USA
Units Per Bag: 20
Cost Per Unit: $$
Dimensions (L x W x H): 32.5 cm (12.8") x 17 cm (6.7") x 26 cm (10.2")
Weight: 2.2 kg (4.7 lbs)
Available Sizes: M, R, L, XL, XXL
Advertised Absorbency: Maximum


1.1 FitRight Restore Packaging

Diaper

Backsheet: Cloth-like (non-woven)
Wetness Indicator: Yes
Standing Inner Leak Guards: Yes
Leg Gathers: Yes
Product Style: Tab-Style Brief
Refastenable Tabs: Yes
Number of Tapes: 2
Repositionable Tabs: Yes
Outer Color: White
Inner Color: White
Front Waistband: No
Rear Waistband: No
Folded Thickness: 1.7 cm (0.7")
Folded Length: 26 cm (10.2")
Dry Weight: 108 g (3.8 oz)
Fragrance: No
Diaper Dimensions (L x fW x mW x bW): 81.5 cm (32.1") x 67 cm (26.4") x 31 cm (12.2") x 66 cm (26")
Wing Shape (Front, Rear): Rectangular, Rectangular
Padding Dimensions (L x fW x mW x bW): 61 cm (24") x 21 cm (8.3") x 16 cm (6.3") x 25 cm (9.8")
Padding Wing Dimensions (fPW x fPH x bPW x bPH): 2.5 cm (1") x 11 cm (4.3") x 4.5 cm (1.8") x 13 cm (5.1")
Padding Wing Shape (Front, Rear): Semicircle, Semicircle
Total Padding Area: 1148 cm2 (178 in2)
Tape Spacing (t1 x t2): 4 cm (1.6") x 15 cm (5.9")
Tape (W x L): 2.5 cm (1") x 5 cm (2")

 

1.2 FitRight Restore Diaper


Laboratory Absorbency Tests

Total Absorption Volume (after press out): 942 ml (33.2 oz)
Total Absorption Volume (before press out): 1167 ml (41.2 oz)
Time to Absorb Wettings (first to last): (51 s, 48 s, 55 s, 67 s, 66 s)
Wet Folded Thickness: 4 cm (1.6")
Used to Total Padding Ratio: 89%
Total Padding to Absorbency Ratio: 0.82 ml / cm2 (0.19 oz / in2)
Press Out Volume: 225 ml (7.94 oz)

Surface Dampness Rating: 6

The FitRight Restore showed little in the way of surface dampness on the first capacity test wetting, but there was substantial dampness on the second wetting. This aligns with the experience when testing the FitRight Ultra and was backed up in real world testing where dampness was a bit noticeable but not too bad.



2.1 Wet vs Dry Diaper After Capacity Test


2.2 Used vs Unused Padding After Capacity Test


"Real World" Absorbency Tests

Posture Tests


Standing-Sitting

Total Absorbed Volume: 692 ml (24.4 oz)
Total Wettings: (1 standing, 1 sitting)
Leaked After Sitting: No
Used to Total Padding Ratio: 75%
Padding to Absorbency Score: 0.60 ml / cm2 (0.14 oz / in2)

Standing-Sitting Rating: 5
The FitRight Restore had no trouble absorbing the first wetting when standing and there wasn’t any sign of leakage upon sitting shortly after. I did feel there was a little perspiration through the cloth-like backsheet, a common issue with such diapers but it wasn’t too bad. The second wetting while seated was mostly absorbed but there was a substantial leak through the rear leg gathers and I called the test at that. It still felt like the diaper had a bit more capacity and didn’t feel completely saturated but the surface dampness was notable. Having done this test I feel the FitRight Restore can consistently manage a single wetting with daily wear but I really wouldn’t push it past that.


Lying Down

Total Absorbed Volume: 767 ml (27.1 oz)
Total Wettings: 2
Used to Total Padding Ratio: 75%
Padding to Absorbency Score: 0.67 ml / cm2 (0.15 oz / in2)

Lying Down Rating: 5

The FitRight Restore performed only marginally better than the FitRight Ultra when tested while lying down. It absorbed the first wetting without obvious leaks, but there still seemed to be some minor perspiration through the cloth-like backsheet and lingering apparent surface dampness. It was eventually absorbed but I’d have concerns about pressout leakage and wouldn’t be surprised if some found it leaked on the first wetting. The second wetting resulted in a massive leak and it’s pretty clear this diaper will not take 2 wettings while lying down. I’d say it can take one wetting at best, so probably not the best suited for bedwetting.

2.3 Pattern of Used vs Unused Padding Test Stand/Sit (right) Lying Down (left)


Daily Wear and Bedwetting

The FitRight Restore is ranked a notch higher than the FitRight Ultra in Medline’s absorbency ranking and our tests confirmed it. Otherwise the two diapers are very similar in most regards; both ranked well above the similarly designed Healthy Spirit diapers. I found it was able to manage a single wetting without leaking when worn during the day and for bedwetting. Since I rarely wet more than once per night before waking up I found this was sufficient, but I would expect some minor leaks if wet while sleeping on your side (once in a while moisture can make it between the leak guards and leg gathers and slowly leak out). This diaper remains quite breathable, even when wet, but like most cloth-backed diapers it is prone to some perspiration through the backsheet. Otherwise, I didn’t find it particularly clammy when worn and the padding is fairly comfortable when both wet and dry. I’d give it a slight edge for overnight use because I found the tabs susceptible to loosening with wear and tear. If both are similarly priced, I would highly recommend this over the Ultra. This diaper will give you extra confidence against leaks after a single wetting as it nudges capacity right to the point that will be sufficient for most wearers (I’d be more concerned with leaks in the Ultra). However, with only 100~150 ml (3.4~5.1 oz) of added capacity over the Ultra I don’t think it’s worth spending much more for the difference vs buying a comparable, but more absorbent, product like the Seni Super Plus.


Suitability for Bowel Incontinence: 5

The FitRight Restore isn’t optimal for bowel incontinence, being cloth-backed and without waistbands. Like many cloth-backed diapers it can also be susceptible to perspiration through its backsheet. I rank it slightly higher than the FitRight Ultra due to it having a bit more absorbency, but I don’t think that’s enough to overcome many of the other deficiencies in this regard.


Wear & Tear Tests


Fitting

The FitRight Restore features a cloth-like backsheet with hook & loop tapes. The tapes can be repositioned multiple times after first applied, but will lose some adhesiveness with fastenings. The tapes are alright, but I’ve found they can easily become loose.

3.1 FitRight Restore Fastener

 

Ease-of-Use Rating: 6

I can’t say the FitRight Restore was any different from the FitRight Ultra in terms of ease-of-use as the design of each is virtually identical. Applying this diaper is easy with its repositionable hook & loop tabs, but the main issue is that they can lose stickiness with reattachments resulting in looseness/sagging.

3.2 FitRight Restore Diaper Fit

Comfort


Comfort Rating (dry): 7

The FitRight Restore is about the same as the FitRight Ultra when it comes to dry comfort, again due to the nearly identical structure. The padding is quite soft and the diaper is super breathable but it can clump a bit over time. The tape loosening is another potential issue, I noticed it less on this than the Ultra, but that could just be down the batch. Overall, this diaper is comfortable but a few improvements could make it a lot more comfortable.


Comfort Rating (wet): 7

I give the FitRight Restore a slight edge over the FitRight Ultra when it comes to wet comfort due to its slightly better absorbency. It remains fairly breathable when wet, though far from the top performers with slight lingering dampness. The padding will clump a bit, but I noticed it less than in the Ultra. It has the same tapes as the Ultra and thus the same potential for sagging when wet. Otherwise, it isn’t too different from its dry state.

3.3 FitRight Restore Topsheet and Backsheet

Durability

Dry Padding Deterioration Proportion: 33.8% (topsheet), 31.8% (backsheet)
Shake Deterioration Test: 2 shakes to deterioration


Durability Rating (dry): 6
The FitRight Restore proved similar to the FitRight Ultra in the dry durability test. Although, on paper there was slightly more deterioration after the dry durability test, both were in the 20~30% deterioration range and test-to-test variability was a more likely factor than an actual difference in durability though perhaps slightly influenced by the denser padding. For this reason, I rank the two about the same. More generally, this diaper’s core padding held out during the test and I can’t see durability being a huge factor in reducing capacity. On the other hand, it has the same sliding tape problem and sagging could easily be an issue.


Durability Rating (wet): 6

The FitRight Restore wet durability is again similar to the FitRight Ultra. With a little more density the padding will hold out a little better than the Ultra, but not so much that I could justify ranking it the same as the Egosan Ultra. The biggest problem may again be the tapes, which can come loose; I noticed it less on this diaper than the FitRight Ultra so perhaps there have been some improvements but they don’t seem particularly different in design.

3.4 FitRight Restore Dry Test Deterioration

Discretion Tests


Profile

Front Rise Above Waistline (Jeans, Sweatpants): 6 cm (2.4"), 7 cm (2.8")
Back Rise Above Waistline (Jeans, Sweatpants): 6 cm (2.4"), 3 cm (1.2")
Side Rise Above Waistline (Jeans, Sweatpants): 4.5 cm (1.8"), 3 cm (1.2")

Profile Discretion Rating: 8

The profile of the FitRight Restore is almost identical to that of the FitRight Ultra in spite of perhaps a little more bulkiness. It has a high rise above the pantline but otherwise should be easy to conceal in most circumstances.


4.1 FitRight Restore Jeans Profile (left) vs Normal Underwear (right)

4.2 FitRight Restore Sweats Profile (left) vs Normal Underwear (right) 


Noise

Noise Rating: 9

The FitRight Restore is among the top performers for noise reduction. This diaper produces very little noise when moving around, likely mostly due to the tapes. It ranks comparable to the Tena PROSkin Stretch Night in this regard. For the most part you should be able to keep noise concealed and with underwear or meshpants to hold it in place no one will hear a thing.

4.3 FitRight Restore Noise Profile
 

Odor Reduction

Odor Reduction Rating: 5
The FitRight Restore comes in at the lower end when it comes to Odor Reduction, much like the FitRight Ultra. The cloth-like backsheet isn’t particularly good at retaining odors (and can perspire). It is also relatively quick to experience surface dampness and the looser fit will allow the escape of odors.


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Saturday, 23 July 2022

Easy Slip Night Adult Diaper Review

 *For more information on how I do reviews see Diaper Test Methodology

 


Summary

The Easy Slip Night is a plastic-backed night-rated diaper produced by Forma-Care. It appears to be a more affordable alternative to the Forma Care X-Plus line and the comfort and fit are similar. However, whereas the X-Plus could consistently absorb 2 wettings, this diaper will only reliably absorb a single wetting before leakage might be a concern. In that way it may actually be better for day wear rather than overnight wear if you tend to wet multiple times in the night. But if you can make it work, this diaper is surprisingly affordable with a good price-to-absorbency ratio.

During testing I found the Easy Slip Night to be comfortable and durable, which was surprising given the relatively small tapes. Unlike the Forma-Care X-Plus this diaper doesn’t have waistbands, but I found it quite easy to get a snug fit regardless. The padding on this diaper is also quite thin when dry so it can potentially be worn with some level of discretion. This diaper is relatively difficult to find outside Europe, but if you can find a package I highly recommend it.

Key Features:

  • Plastic backsheet
  • Standing inner leak barriers
  • Refastenable tapes

Pros:

  • Snug comfortable design
  • Decent/consistent absorbency
  • Good pricing for absorbency level

Cons:

  • Hard to find outside Europe
  • Potential surface dampness issues
  • Limited sizing

 

Product Details

For the purpose of this post I will be reviewing and referring to the medium-sized Easy Slip Night Diaper. However, other available sizes are listed below:


Packaging

Brand: Easy Slip Night
Manufacturer: unizell Medicare GmbH
Origin: Europe
Units Per Bag: 20
Cost Per Unit: $$
Dimensions (L x W x H): 38 cm (15") x 17 cm (6.7") x 26 cm (10.2")
Weight: 3.1 kg (6.9 lbs)
Available Sizes: M, L
Advertised Absorbency: Night


1.1 Easy Slip Night Packaging

Diaper

Backsheet: Plastic (poly)
Wetness Indicator: Yes (blue text down the middle, fades when wet)
Standing Inner Leak Guards: Yes
Leg Gathers: Yes
Product Style: Tab-Style Brief
Refastenable Tabs: Yes
Number of Tapes: 2
Repositionable Tabs: No
Outer Color: White (White)
Inner Color: White (White)
Front Waistband: No
Rear Waistband: No
Folded Thickness: 1.7 cm (0.7")
Folded Length: 25 cm (9.8")
Dry Weight: 125 g (4.4 oz)
Fragrance: No
Diaper Dimensions (L x fW x mW x bW): 83 cm (32.7") x 63 cm (24.8") x 29.5 cm (11.6") x 63 cm (24.8")
Wing Shape (Front, Rear): Rectangular, Rectangular
Padding Dimensions (L x fW x mW x bW): 66 cm (26") x 31 cm (12.2") x 16 cm (6.3") x 36 cm (14.2")
Padding Wing Dimensions (fPW x fPH x bPW x bPH): 7.5 cm (3") x 17 cm (6.7") x 10 cm (3.9") x 20 cm (7.9")
Padding Wing Shape (Front, Rear): Semicircle, Semicircle
Total Padding Area: 1711 cm2 (265 in2)
Tape Spacing (t1 x t2): 4 cm (1.6") x 18 cm (7.1")
Tape (W x L): 2.5 cm (1") x 4 cm (1.6")


1.2 Easy Slip Night Diaper


Laboratory Absorbency Tests

Total Absorption Volume (after press out): 975 ml (34.4 oz)
Total Absorption Volume (before press out): 1000 ml (35.6 oz)
Time to Absorb Wettings (first to last): (79 s, 67 s, 88 s, 76 s)
Wet Folded Thickness: 4 cm (1.6")
Used to Total Padding Ratio: 96%
Total Padding to Absorbency Ratio: 0.57 ml / cm2 (0.13 oz / in2)
Press Out Volume: 25 ml (0.9 oz)

Surface Dampness Rating: 6

The Easy Slip Night did not perform well in terms of surface dampness during the capacity test with visible surface dampness after the first wetting. However, in real world wear it was surprisingly good when it came to surface dampness, far better than others that showed early surface dampness like the Depend Protection with Tabs. Surface dampness was only really an issue on the second wetting, but it’s not really designed for a full second wetting.



2.1 Wet vs Dry Diaper After Capacity Test


2.2 Used vs Usused Padding After Capacity Test

"Real World" Absorbency Tests

Posture Tests


Standing-Sitting

Total Absorbed Volume: 925 ml (32.6 oz)
Total Wettings: (1 standing, 1 sitting)
Leaked After Sitting: No
Used to Total Padding Ratio: 98%
Padding to Absorbency Score: 0.54 ml / cm2 (0.12 oz / in2)

Standing-Sitting Rating: 7
The Easy Slip Night provides a reasonable degree of daily wear protection. The first wetting while standing showed no sign of leakage, though with a brief bit of pooling/surface dampness. There was no leakage upon sitting shortly after and the surface dampness largely subsided. The second wetting while seated completely saturated the front of the diaper with some minor seepage into the sides and substantial leakage through the rear leg gathers. At this point moisture had wicked throughout the padding and it was clearly saturated though still relatively comfortable. I expect this diaper can reliably take 1 full wetting without leakage during daily wear but wouldn’t push it past that.


Lying Down

Total Absorbed Volume: 800 ml (28.2 oz)
Total Wettings: 2
Used to Total Padding Ratio: 90%
Padding to Absorbency Score: 0.47 ml / cm2 (0.11 oz / in2)

Lying Down Rating: 7

The Easy Slip Night performed decently when tested while lying down, though far from the best. The first wetting was absorbed fully and quickly and afterward there was only a limited sensation of dampness. The moisture was fully absorbed and I didn’t feel any risk of pressout leakage at this point. On the second wetting there was a substantial leak through the rear leg gathers and I called the test at that. I think this diaper can reliably handle one wetting while lying down but the padding was saturated quickly on the second one and I doubt it would ever handle 2 without leaking. The performance was comparable to the Tranquility ATN or Attends Slip Active M10.

2.3 Pattern of Used vs Unused Padding Test Stand/Sit (right) Lying Down (left)


Daily Wear and Bedwetting

The Easy Slip Night provides a good level of protection for a relatively thin and low priced diaper. It may be a little better suited to daily wear as I found it could only reliably absorb a single wetting and more often than not the second wetting would result in leaks. Even so, if you’re not a heavy overnight wetter this would be a good choice. Alternatively, it could be comparable to the premium diapers with the use of a good booster pad. It’s quite comfortable to wear and worlds ahead of others in a comparable category like the Depend Protection with Tabs or Attends Care Poly Briefs, which also have a plastic-backsheet. After a single wetting in either of those diapers you could really feel the dampness, almost like a wet sponge, whereas the Easy Slip does a good job at distributing moisture in a way that surface dampness is hardly noticeable. Moveover, it has an unusually large area of padding to distribute moisture. That’s not to say it’s totally foolproof. On a few occasions during daily wear I found there could be very small leaks through the leg gathers after a single wetting when seated for a long duration. There were no such issues when worn for bedwetting or more active daily wear. The durability was right up there with what I might expect for a more premium diaper and comparable to the Forma-Care X-Plus. Since the same company produces both, this could be a lower absorbency run of the same line. I found the fit wasn’t too different or even perhaps a bit easier than the Forma-Care X-Plus. I’d rate the absorbency at a similar level to the Tranquility ATN, but I found this one to be a little more durable.


Suitability for Bowel Incontinence: 9

The Easy Slip Night has strong tapes and features extensive rear padding, making it a good choice for managing bowel incontinence. It also has generous standing inner leak guards and a snug enough fit to keep odors from escaping. Above all that, there’s a decent pocket in the rear. The only potential downside is the lack of absorbency/potential surface dampness issues but I don’t think those take much away from it in this regard.


Wear & Tear Tests


Fitting

The Easy Slip Night features a soft plastic backsheet and double-tape fastener. The tapes are relatively small like the Forma-Care X-Plus but are high quality and can be refastened multiple times. They hold well and are unlikely to come loose when properly fastened.

3.1 Easy Slip Night Fastener

Ease-of-Use Rating: 8

The Easy Slip Night is a fairly user-friendly diaper. The tapes are a bit on the small side but they hold well and are easy to position to give a snug fit. The use of a double-tape mechanism means this diaper needs to have proper tape placement on the first try and they can not be repositioned afterwards. It also features a wetness indicator and standing inner leak guards. Removing this diaper is easy, but care should be given to ensuring the tape is correctly reapplied if needed. On the plus side, the tapes hold well and won’t easily come loose. I rank it similar to the Forma-Care X-Plus in this regard.

3.2 Easy Slip Night Diaper Fit

Comfort


Comfort Rating (dry): 9

The Easy Slip Night is quite comfortable when dry. I wouldn’t rank it among the most comfortable, but it has a soft plastic-backsheet that doesn’t overheat. The padding is comparable in softness to the Tranquilty ATN but a bit more durable and resistant to clumping or tearing. Moreover, I’ve never had a problem getting a snug fit with these diapers and the tapes hold well after application (though sometimes you need to give them a good push). Some extra features like waistbands might be nice and the padding could be a little softer but otherwise I can’t really find faults in this diaper in terms of dry comfort.


Comfort Rating (wet): 8

The Easy Slip Night is surprisingly comfortable when wet, with the caveat being its somewhat limited absorbency of about 1~2 wettings before leakage. After a single wetting the feel wasn’t considerably different from how it felt in its dry state and it wasn’t prone to clamminess. This diaper does a good job at wicking moisture and the padding doesn’t feel particularly damp when wet; it has a large area of padding to wick through. Moreover, it remains resistant to padding deterioration so you won’t experience much in the way of discomfort due to clumping or tearing. The tapes were another surprise, holding surprisingly well under added weight and I found the diaper retained its snug fit in both the wet and dry states. The only downsides relate to its limited absorbency, where I have experienced pooling and at times pooled moisture can sometimes make it between the inner leak guards and leg gathers where it can’t be completely absorbed.

3.3 Easy Slip Night Topsheet and Backsheet


Durability

Dry Padding Deterioration Proportion: 5% (topsheet), 7% (backsheet)
Shake Deterioration Test: 6 shakes to deterioration


Durability Rating (dry): 9
The Easy Slip Night performed similarly to the Forma-Care X-Plus when it came to dry durability. In the dry durability test it was worn for up to 12 hours under normal activity with only minimum deterioration and none in critical portions of the padding. The tapes held up the whole time and the wetness indicator was only slightly affected by minor drips and dribbles. While this diaper doesn’t have waistbands I don’t find that to be much of a factor in maintaining its snug fit and it performs better than others like the Tranquility ATN or Beesana Super Slip in this regard, but is not quite up to the durability of the Drylife SlipSuper.


Durability Rating (wet): 8

The Easy Slip Night performed well during the wet durability test. Its tapes showed no sign of sliding and the padding continued to be resistant to clumping and tearing. It performed quite well in the shake test, which supports the padding durability findings. I never had any issues with this diaper sagging; but that may not be a fair comparison against some because this one will only absorb a single wetting without leaking. It’s not the most durable on the market but not that far from the top either, I never had a significant failure of any sort with this diaper.

 

3.4 Easy Slip Night Dry Test Deterioration

Discretion Tests


Profile

Front Rise Above Waistline (Jeans, Sweatpants): 6 cm (2.4"), 6 cm (2.4")
Back Rise Above Waistline (Jeans, Sweatpants): 8 cm (3.2"), 4 cm (1.6")
Side Rise Above Waistline (Jeans, Sweatpants): 6 cm (2.4"), 4.5 cm (1.8")

Profile Discretion Rating: 7

I was a bit surprised by how much this diaper showed with front and rear “puffiness” given its relatively compact fit. I rank it a little better than the Forma-Care X-Plus in this regard, because the thinner padding makes this a little easier to conceal under clothing. I do feel some care would be needed to conceal this diaper, but it’s far from producing the most obvious diaper bulges you’ll find.


4.1 Easy Slip Night Jeans Profile (left) vs Normal Underwear (right)

4.2 Easy Slip Night Sweats Profile (left) vs Normal Underwear (right) 


Noise

Noise Rating: 7

The Easy Slip Night is one of the quieter diapers on the market, particularly among those with a plastic-backsheet. I rarely noticed noise from this diaper, even when walking. Where it stood out most was when sitting, but even then it was surprisingly quiet and I’m sure it would have been even better under underwear or meshpants. I believe it owes this noise discretion to the soft flexible plastic of its backsheet and little separation between the padding and the backsheet, a common trait among the better performing diapers in this category but I can’t quite rank it near the top.

 

4.3 Easy Slip Night Noise Profile
 

Odor Reduction

Odor Reduction Rating: 9
I have no real complaints when it comes to the odor reducing abilities of the Easy Slip Night. I never noticed any odors during testing and the snug fit would be a big bonus for those with fecal incontinence. My only concern might be its tendency for surface dampness, but I didn’t find this to be much of a problem. Forma-Care must be doing something right in this regard.