Thursday, 22 July 2021

Prevail Air Overnight Adult Diaper Review

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

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Summary

The Prevail Air Overnight is the most absorbent diaper in the Prevail line of products. These diapers feature stretchable sides with hook and loop fasteners. Even though it’s marketed for overnight wear it works just fine as a daily wear diaper with a relatively slim profile and very quiet backsheet. I feel it falls at the lower end of the premium or mid-market adult diapers for absorbency, taking about 1 to 2 wettings before leakage becomes an issue. It also lacks leg gathers so it may not be good for those with bowel incontinence. Otherwise, this is a very well rounded diaper and worth a try if you can get over the “hospital” look of these. It’s on a whole other level than the First Quality Full Matt diaper offered by the same company.


Key Features:

  • Cloth-like (non-woven) backsheet
  • Repositionable tapes
  • Stretchable sides

Pros:

  • Breathable design
  • Good absorbency
  • Resistant to surface dampness
  • Comfortable

Cons:

  • Sides can tear
  • No inner leak guards
  • Hospital yellow backsheet


Product Details

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


Packaging

Brand: Prevail
Manufacturer: First Quality
Origin: USA
Units Per Bag: 16
Cost Per Unit: $$
Dimensions (L x W x H): 33 cm (13") x 17 cm (6.7") x 21 cm (8.27")
Weight: 1.55 kg (3.4 lbs)
Available Sizes: 1 (S/M), 2 (L), 3 (XL)
Advertised Absorbency: Overnight


1.1 Prevail Air Overnight Packaging

Diaper

Backsheet: Cloth-like (non-woven)
Wetness Indicator: Yes (two orange lines down middle, blue when wet)
Standing Inner Leak Guards: Yes
Leg Gathers: Yes
Product Style: Tab-Style Brief
Refastenable Tabs: Yes
Number of Tapes: 1
Repositionable Tabs: Yes
Outer Color: Light Yellow (white stretchable sides)
Inner Color: White (purplish-blue rectangle in middle padding)
Front Waistband: No
Rear Waistband: No
Folded Thickness: 2.5 cm (1")
Folded Length: 21 cm (8.3")
Dry Weight: 100 g (3.5 oz)
Fragrance: None
Diaper Dimensions (L x fW x mW x bW): 81 cm (31.9") x 47 cm (18.5") x 28 cm (11") x 56 cm (22.1")
Wing Shape (Front, Rear): Rectangular, Rectangular
Padding Dimensions (L x fW x mW x bW): 62 cm (24.4") x 22 cm (8.7") x 17 cm (6.7") x 23 cm (9.1")
Padding Wing Dimensions (fPW x fPH x bPW x bPH): 2.5 cm (1") x 15 cm (5.9") x 3 cm (1.2") x 22 cm (8.7")
Padding Wing Shape (Front, Rear): Semicircle, Semicircle
Total Padding Area: 1261 cm2 (195 in2)
Tape Spacing (t1): 1.0 cm (0.39")
Tape (W x L): 13 cm (5.1") x 2 cm (0.8")

1.2 Prevail Air Overnight Diaper


Laboratory Absorbency Tests

Total Absorption Volume (after press out): 950 ml (33.5 oz)
Total Absorption Volume (before press out): 975 ml (34.4 oz)
Time to Absorb Wettings (first to last): (44 s, 38 s, 39 s, 44 s)
Wet Folded Thickness: 5 cm (2")
Used to Total Padding Ratio: 86%
Total Padding to Absorbency Ratio: 0.75 ml / cm2 (0.17 oz / in2)
Press Out Volume: 25 ml (0.88 oz)

Surface Dampness Rating: 7
During the capacity test there was virtually no surface dampness after the first wetting and only a little after the second wetting. It wasn’t until the 3rd wetting that there was significant surface dampness, this puts it roughly in line with diapers like the Tena Slip Active Fit Maxi in this regard and is far better than any of the cheaper diapers tested so far. It also absorbed liquid much faster than many of the other diapers tested so far. This performance was confirmed in real world testing, where the Prevail Air Overnight rarely felt damp or clammy; certainly not after a single wetting.



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: 1100 ml (38.8 oz)
Total Wettings: (1 standing, 2 sitting)
Leaked After Sitting: No
Used to Total Padding Ratio: 99%
Padding to Absorbency Score: 0.87 ml / cm2 (0.20 oz / in2)

Standing-Sitting Rating: 7
The Prevail Air Overnight performed decently when tested while standing and seated. The first wetting was absorbed quickly without any signs of leakage. I was a bit worried some moisture might escape through the front because it doesn’t have any leak guards but it held up. Once absorbed there was no sign of leakage when sitting down about 5 minutes later. There was a substantial amount of swelling at the front of the diaper after the first wetting. There was more substantial dampness after the second wetting while seated but the diaper managed to contain it all without leakage. Once absorbed, the dampness subsided. On the third wetting it leaked about half way through with moisture pushing up the front and coming through the sides and front leg gathers. The leak was substantial and I stopped the test there. I feel generally this diaper can handle 1~2 wettings during daily wear.


Lying Down

Total Absorbed Volume: 1100 ml (38.8 oz)
Total Wettings: 3
Used to Total Padding Ratio: 96%
Padding to Absorbency Score: 0.87 ml / cm2 (0.20 oz / in2)

Lying Down Rating: 7
The Prevail Air Overnight diaper performed surprisingly well when tested while lying down. It fully and rapidly absorbed the first wetting with little sensation of surface dampness. The second wetting was also fully absorbed without leakage and limited surface dampness. In the third wetting the diaper had substantial leakage from the rear. It wasn’t entirely clear where the leakage came from as it wasn’t too noticeable as a sensation; it appears to have seeped through the leg gathers. Overall, I feel this diaper could reliably handle 1~2 wettings while laying down before leakage becomes an issue. I found its performance to be similar to the Lille SupremFit.


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


Daily Wear and Bedwetting

The Prevail Air Overnight is far better than most generic store brand diapers you’ll find in terms of performance. It probably best fits at the lower end of the premium adult diapers. I’m not a big fan of the hospital yellow backsheet but it doesn’t rise too far above the pantline. It performed surprisingly well when it came to performance for bedwetting. I rarely noticed it and sometimes couldn’t even tell if it was wet upon waking up. I suppose that shouldn’t be surprising for a diaper with “overnight” in its name, but I had low expectations when I discovered it didn’t have leak guards. I believe its fast absorption rate may make up for the lack of leak guards. It can generally take 1~2 wettings while lying down before leakage would be a concern. I did however notice that the rear padding was a bit less absorbent than the front and mid-section padding. The Prevail diaper performed equally well when tested for daily wear. It consistently was able to take 1~2 wettings and not leak, even after sitting down. This diaper is also super soft and comfortable to wear, even when wet. The padding was also incredibly durable, which would help for more active individuals. Though be warned, it can produce noticeable diaper bulge at the crotch when wet. The primary downsides are that it can sag a little when wet and if you pull too hard on the tapes at the sides the sides can rip apart. It can also be a little hard to open the tapes with the way they’re folded but when stuck on the backsheet they adhere well. I’m curious how this diaper would perform with leak guards, but it absorbs quickly and has good wicking so I believe it was close to its theoretical capacity before leakages happened and leak guards might not make much of a difference. To sum it up, this is a well-rounded diaper that will work well for daily or overnight wear.


Suitability for Bowel Incontinence: 5

The Prevail Air Overnight doesn’t appear to be designed for bowel incontinence. It doesn’t mention it on the packaging and the lack of leak guards could be a major drawback in that regard. The leg gathers are top notch and the fit would probably help reduce odors, but the rear padding is somewhat limited.


Wear & Tear Tests


Fitting

The Prevail Air Overnight features two single hook & loop tapes on stretchy sides similar to the Tena Stretch Super. The tapes are folded inwards to start so you need to pull them open, which can be a little tricky. Once open they will easily adhere to the cloth-like backsheet and aren’t too prone to shifting.

 

3.1 Prevail Air Overnight Fastener
 

Ease-of-Use Rating: 7

This Prevail diaper is generally easy to use. It doesn’t have waistbands, but the stretchable sides make it easy to find a good fit. The main hindrance is that they can slide slightly and are a little difficult to open from their folded state. Removing this diaper is easy and the single tapes make for faster changes. I’ve rated it similar to the Tena Stretch Super in this regard, though I feel the tapes may hold a little better.

3.2 Prevail Air Overnight Diaper Fit

Comfort


Comfort Rating (dry): 10
The Prevail Air Overnight is very comfortable when worn dry. It doesn’t have waistbands but the stretchy sides and large hook & loop tapes allow for a snug fit. The padding is very soft and right up there with the softest diapers I’ve tested. The overall padding area isn’t particularly large but the breathable non-woven backsheet is very soft and doesn’t chafe against the skin at all.


Comfort Rating (wet): 8
The Prevail diaper remained quite comfortable after a single wetting. Surface dampness was barely noticeable nor was there any sense of clamminess. The diaper did have a slight amount of sagging, but no noticeable clumping or tearing in the padding. I did notice that as the moisture makes it to the rear the rear padding that part of the padding exhibits more in the way of surface dampness. Were it a little more absorbent I may rate it even higher in this regard; it reminded me a little of the Seni Super Quatro.


3.3 Prevail Air Overnight Topsheet and Backsheet


Durability

Dry Padding Deterioration Proportion: 1.2% (topsheet), 2.2% (backsheet)
Shake Deterioration Test: 6 shakes to deterioration


Durability Rating (dry): 8
The Prevail Air Overnight had very little padding deterioration in the dry durability test and even that only occurred in non-core areas. It was comparable to the Seni Super Quatro in that respect. Even after 10 hours of dry wear the deterioration was minor. The main downside is that there’s a weakness in the part of the side adhering the stretchable sides to the remainder of the backsheet. If you’re not careful you can pull the tape panel right off and the diaper will be useless.


Durability Rating (wet): 7
The Prevail Air Overnight performed quite well in the wet diaper shake test, holding up to 6 shakes before deterioration. The padding is highly resistant to clumping or tearing. It may be a little more of a risk for tears in the tape panel but I didn’t find that was a big issue. The tapes have a large surface area and fairly strong grip. The tendency for the diaper to bulge in the front could be a challenge for those who are more active as this could increase the risk of it coming off. I found it to be similar to the Tena Stretch Super for durability.

3.4 Prevail Air Overnight Dry Test Deterioration

Discretion Tests


Profile

Front Rise Above Waistline (Jeans, Sweatpants): 5.0 cm (2"), 6.5 cm (2.6")
Back Rise Above Waistline (Jeans, Sweatpants): 8.0 cm (3.2"), 7 cm (2.8")
Side Rise Above Waistline (Jeans, Sweatpants): 4.0 cm (1.6"), 4.0 cm (1.6")

Profile Discretion Rating: 8
The Prevail Air Overnight has a pretty low rise above the pant line, but its yellowish backsheet could stand out when it does become visible. It’s not particularly thin, but it fits snug enough that it doesn’t bulge out much when dry. I noticed it can stick out slightly at the rear when dry while it can form a substantial diaper bulge in the front when wet. Overall, for its level of absorbency I can’t fault this diaper much when it comes to profile.


4.1 Prevail Air Overnight Jeans Profile (left) vs Normal Underwear (right)

4.2 Prevail Air Overnight Jeans Profile (left) vs Normal Underwear (right)




Noise

Noise Rating: 9
The Prevail Air Overnight was exceptionally quiet during testing. I again found it quite similar to the Tena Stretch Super in that regard. You may hear a very slight crinkling noise, but it’s very hard to notice. The tapes don’t shift much so you’re unlikely to hear the scratching noise that comes with that. I would say you could easily conceal this diaper in almost any environment.

4.3 Prevail Air Overnight Noise Profile
 

Odor Reduction

Odor Reduction Rating: 9
The Prevail Air Overnight did a great job at preventing odors. Part of this may have been due to its resistance to surface dampness, thereby preventing odors from forming. It’s likely also due to the padding design and relatively snug fit. It doesn’t have a waistband/leak guards and could perhaps provide further odor reduction with that, but I can’t complain about its performance and rarely noticed any sort of the odor from this diaper.


Sunday, 4 July 2021

FitRight Ultra Adult Diaper Review

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

Summary

The FitRight Ultra Brief is the second most absorbent diaper in the FitRight line of products after the Restore. This diaper features a cloth-like backsheet and runs on the lower end when it comes to absorbency. I feel it is a bit higher in quality than generic store brands, but a long way from the premium brands. If you do end up trying this diaper expect about 1 wetting without leakage for overnight wear, but don’t count on avoiding leakage when seated.


Key Features:

  • Cloth-like (non-woven) 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 Ultra Adult 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): 28 cm (11") x 17 cm (6.7") x 27 cm (10.6")
Weight: 1.83 kg (4.0 lbs)
Available Sizes: S,M,R,L,XL,XXL
Advertised Absorbency: Ultra

1.1 FitRight Ultra Packaging

Diaper

Backsheet: Cloth-like (non-woven)
Wetness Indicator: Yes (parallel yellow dashes down middle, turn blue/fade when wet)
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 (0.67")
Folded Length: 26 cm (10.2")
Dry Weight: 92 g (3.3 oz)
Fragrance: None
Diaper Dimensions (L x fW x mW x bW): 84 cm (33.1") x 66 cm (26") x 31 cm (12.2") x 67 cm (26.4")
Wing Shape (Front, Rear): Rectangular, Rectangular
Padding Dimensions (L x fW x mW x bW): 62 cm (24.4") x 22 cm (8.7") x 16 cm (6.3") x 25 cm (9.8")
Padding Wing Dimensions (fPW x fPH x bPW x bPH): 3.0 cm (1.2") x 14 cm (5.5") x 4.5 cm (1.8") x 10 cm (3.8")
Padding Wing Shape (Front, Rear): Semicircle, Semicircle
Total Padding Area: 1166 cm2 (181 in2)
Tape Spacing (t1 x t2): 4.5 cm (1.8") x 16 cm (6.3")
Tape (W x L): 2.5 cm (1") x 5 cm (2")

1.2 FitRight Ultra Diaper


Laboratory Absorbency Tests

Total Absorption Volume (after press out): 683 ml (24.1 oz)
Total Absorption Volume (before press out): 708 ml (25 oz)
Time to Absorb Wettings (first to last): (58 s, 60 s, 66 s)
Wet Folded Thickness: 3 cm (1.2")
Used to Total Padding Ratio: 90%
Total Padding to Absorbency Ratio: 0.59 ml / cm2 (0.13 oz / in2)
Press Out Volume: 25 ml (0.88 oz)

Surface Dampness Rating: 5
The FitRight Ultra diaper showed a little surface dampness after the first wetting, but still less than others like the Abena DeltaForm M3 or Attends Poly. There was substantial surface dampness on the second wetting and it was completely saturated by the third wetting. In real world testing the surface dampness was somewhat noticeable, but not as much as one might expect.


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: 508 ml (17.9 oz)
Total Wettings: (1 standing)
Leaked After Sitting: Yes
Used to Total Padding Ratio: 91%
Padding to Absorbency Score: 0.44 ml / cm2 (0.10 oz / in2)

Standing-Sitting Rating: 2
The FitRight Ultra diaper absorbed the first wetting while standing without too much trouble. When seated there was no initial leakage but after about 5 to 10 minutes there was some leakage through the rear leak guards. It was enough leakage that it would cause an obvious wet spot on the wearer's pants so I decided to end the test at that. Because of this I wouldn’t recommend this diaper for daily wear except for those with light-moderate incontinence.


Lying Down

Total Absorbed Volume: 708 ml (25 oz)
Total Wettings: 2
Used to Total Padding Ratio: 96%
Padding to Absorbency Score: 0.73 ml / cm2 (0.17 oz / in2)

Lying Down Rating: 4
The FitRight Ultra diaper performed about as expected for a medium-to-lower range adult diaper when lying down. The first wetting was completely absorbed without leakage. The middle padding performed the best but a bit more dampness was felt in the less absorbent rear padding. Eventually it was fully absorbed and barely noticeable. The diaper leaked almost immediately through the leg gathers on the second wetting and there was substantial leakage. I feel pretty confident the FitRight diaper can take a single wetting while lying down without leaking but it’s not going to do better than that.

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


Daily Wear and Bedwetting

The FitRight Ultra comes out a little ahead of generic store brand adult diapers in terms of performance but it is far from the premium lines. Its performance was pretty consistent and it could take a single wetting while lying down, otherwise it wasn’t as great for daily wear. It has a soft/breathable make and is unlikely to cause skin irritation when dry. In spite of its size, this diaper feels surprisingly thick in the crotch area and can lead to a slight diaper bulge since it doesn’t fit super snugly. When worn for bedwetting I had decent performance, but if you wet during the night and go to sit down the next morning it can leak. I attribute this to rear padding which seems less absorbent and more vulnerable to pressout. Also, I wouldn’t trust it beyond a single wetting overnight. When worn for daily wear I’ve found the tapes in this diaper will become unstuck and may attach to the wearer’s pants. The padding in this diaper also tends to deteriorate when worn during the day, so it’s not a great choice in that regard. Moreover, it will often leak after a single wetting when seated. Overall, this diaper seems best suited to a care setting where it is changed frequently.


Suitability for Bowel Incontinence: 4

I would not recommend the FitRight Ultra for those with bowel incontinence. It does have reasonable high leak guards, but the backsheet would easily emit odors and the diaper’s tapes won’t hold a lot of weight.


Wear & Tear Tests


Fitting

The FitRight Ultra features two repositionable hook & loop tapes per side; these tapes also have a small area of sticky adhesive between the hook & loop strips. The tapes are a reasonable size and easy to attach/remove. However, they don’t have a great grip and have a tendency to slide around and come loose.

 

3.1 FitRight Ultra Fastener

Ease-of-Use Rating: 6

This diaper is easy to use in some ways in that the tabs can easily be attached and removed from the backsheet. The larger problem in usability is that the taps tend to become unstuck and slide around. The tabs also lose their stickiness after a few reattachments making it even tougher to keep the diaper from coming off. I suppose this diaper may be more suitable for a care setting where it can be changed frequently.

3.2 FitRight Ultra Diaper Fit

Comfort


Comfort Rating (dry): 7
The FitRight Ultra is reasonably comfortable when worn in its dry state. The diaper has a very breathable design and doesn’t feel too different from regular underwear. It’s not particularly durable and will become less comfortable over time as padding starts to clump. Also, the lower tapes can sometimes loosen and come into contact with the wearer's legs causing scratches or discomfort. I found the comfort to be comparable to the Lille Supreme Fit Maxi.


Comfort Rating (wet): 6
The FitRight Ultra diaper isn’t particularly absorbent so you likely wouldn’t wear it wet for long, but when it is wet I found it about as comfortable as its dry state. The diaper remains quite breathable so there will be little sensation of clamminess, the surface dampness isn’t too noticeable, but the padding has a tendency to clump when the diaper has been worn for more than a few hours. The weakness of the tapes could also be a problem and will lead to sagging.

3.3 FitRight Ultra Topsheet and Backsheet


Durability

Dry Padding Deterioration Proportion: 17.8% (topsheet), 22.9% (backsheet)
Shake Deterioration Test: 2 shakes to deterioration


Durability Rating (dry): 6
The FitRight Ultra didn’t perform particularly well in the dry durability test. At the end of the test there were some pretty large tears and the padding had a tendency to clump when worn for more than a few hours. The tapes on this diaper also have a tendency to loosen but can generally be refastened. Aside from that the wetness indicator is sensitive to sweat and light dribble so may turn blue well before saturation. I feel this diaper generally wouldn’t hold up to active wear and I’ve rated it similar to the Abena DeltaForm M3.


Durability Rating (wet): 6
The FitRight Ultra durability when wet is pretty similar to its dry state. It’s padding holds up well for a few hours but will start to clump and tear thereafter. Perhaps the biggest problem revolves around the tapes, in a wet state the heavier diaper will tend to pull at the weak tapes even more and the diaper may become loose or undone easier. Because of that, this diaper may not be the best for a super active wearer with anything but very light leakage.


3.4 FitRight Ultra Dry Test Deterioration

Discretion Tests


Profile

Front Rise Above Waistline (Jeans, Sweatpants): 8.0 cm (3.2"), 8.0 cm (3.2")
Back Rise Above Waistline (Jeans, Sweatpants): 7.0 cm (2.8"), 5 cm (2")
Side Rise Above Waistline (Jeans, Sweatpants): 5 cm (2"), 5 cm (2")

Profile Discretion Rating: 8
The FitRight Ultra diaper is quite thin and should be pretty easy to hide under most clothing. However, it does have a very high rise above the pant line, which could be a problem for some.


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

4.2 FitRight Ultra Jeans Profile (left) vs Normal Underwear (right)

Noise

Noise Rating: 9
The FitRight Ultra diaper does not produce a lot of noise. It’s performance was similar to the Lille SupremeFit Maxi, producing a little less noise than the Abena DeltaForm and a little less than the Medline Extended Wear. This diaper should remain quiet enough to hide in most circumstances, but occasionally the tapes will shift causing a scratching noise.

4.3 FitRight Ultra Noise Profile

Odor Reduction

Odor Reduction Rating: 5
The FitRight Ultra diaper won’t provide much help when it comes to odor reduction. I rank its performance similar to the Abena DeltaForm M3. This diaper is relatively quick to experience surface dampness and its design doesn’t do much to keep odors in with a loose fit and thin cloth-like sides.