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SummaryThe Tena PROskin Stretch Night is a newer line of North American Tena products aimed at overnight use. These can now be found in stores along with other PROskin products, so they’re relatively accessible in North America. It’s similar to the Tena Stretch Super but has an even looser fit at size medium (they don’t come in small) and has less padding/backsheet support at the front. In terms of absorbency they’re both pretty similar and both have issues with surface dampness though I noticed it a little more in this diaper. On the other hand both have very breathable designs that maintain good airflow. Due to its fit I would suggest this diaper only be worn for night and even at that it will only absorb 1~2 wettings before leaking. That said, it’s a fairly good quality diaper and often found at a reasonable price so it may be worth a try if you aren’t a really heavy wetter.
- Cloth-like (non-woven backsheet)
- Repositionable tapes
- Stretchy side panels
- Breathable design
- Large area of rear padding
- Easy to find in store
- Tapes slide around
- No small sizing
- Surface dampness issues
For the purpose of this post I will be reviewing and referring to the medium-sized Tena PROskin Stretch Night Adult Diaper. However, other available sizes are listed below:
Manufacturer: Essity HMS North America Inc.
Units Per Bag: 14
Cost Per Unit: $$
Dimensions (L x W x H): 31 cm (12.2") x 17 cm (6.7") x 23 cm (9.1")
Weight: 1.48 kg (3.25 lbs)
Available Sizes: M, L
Advertised Absorbency: Overnight
|1.1 Tena Stretch Night Packaging|
Backsheet: Cloth-like (non-woven)
Wetness Indicator: Yes (parallel yellow dashes down the middle, blue when wet)
Standing Inner Leak Guards: No
Leg Gathers: Yes
Product Style: Stretch Sides Brief
Refastenable Tabs: Yes
Number of Tapes: 1
Repositionable Tabs: Yes
Outer Color: White (blue lines and dots along edges)
Inner Color: White (blue rectangle in middle padding)
Front Waistband: No
Rear Waistband: No
Folded Thickness: 2.33 cm (0.92")
Folded Length: 23.5 cm (9.2")
Dry Weight: 108 g (3.8 oz)
Diaper Dimensions (L x fW x mW x bW): 78 cm (30.7") x 49 cm (19.3") x 29 cm (11.4") x 76 cm (29.9")
Wing Shape (Front, Rear): Rectangular, Rectangular
Padding Dimensions (L x fW x mW x bW): 60 cm (23.6") x 23 cm (9.1") x 16.5 cm (6.5") x 24 cm (9.5")
Padding Wing Dimensions (fPW x fPH x bPW x bPH): 3.3 cm (1.3") x 10 cm (3.9") x 3.8 cm (1.5") x 10 cm (3.9")
Padding Wing Shape (Front, Rear): Semicircle, Semicircle
Total Padding Area: 1130 cm2 (175 in2)
Tape Spacing (t1): 3 cm (1.2")
Tape (W x L): 12 cm (4.7") x 2.5 cm (1")
|1.2 Tena Stretch Night Diaper|
Laboratory Absorbency Tests
Total Absorption Volume (after press out): 842 ml (29.7 oz)
Total Absorption Volume (before press out): 967 ml (34.1 oz)
Time to Absorb Wettings (first to last): (34 s, 47 s, 48 s, 50 s)
Wet Folded Thickness: 4.5 cm (1.8")
Used to Total Padding Ratio: 85%
Total Padding to Absorbency Ratio: 0.75 ml / cm2 (0.17 oz / in2)
Press Out Volume: 125 ml (4.4 oz)
Surface Dampness Rating: 5
The Tena Stretch Night was dry on the first capacity test wetting, but showed substantial dampness on the second. I’m not sure why but I felt the dampness in this diaper far more than in the Tena Super Stretch when testing for daily wear. The dampness was particularly obvious at the diaper’s rear padding.
|2.1 Wet vs Dry Diaper After Capacity Test|
|2.2 Used vs Unused Padding After Capacity Test|
"Real World" Absorbency Tests
Total Absorbed Volume: 942 ml (33.2 oz)
Total Wettings: (1 standing, 1 sitting)
Leaked After Sitting: No
Used to Total Padding Ratio: 97%
Padding to Absorbency Score: 0.83 ml / cm2 (0.19 oz / in2)
Standing-Sitting Rating: 6
The Tena Stretch Night had no trouble absorbing the first wetting while standing and remained fairly dry and comfortable soon afterwards, although there was some sagging due to the loose fit. There was no leakage upon sitting 5 minutes afterwards and surface dampness was minimal. There was a moderate amount of leakage through the rear leg gathers when wet while seated on the second wetting and I called the test at that. In terms of surface dampness it still was pretty comfortable but upon standing soon afterwards the sagging was even worse. I feel it potentially had more room for a little more absorption but much of the padding was damp at this point in the test and the sagging would be problematic for smaller wearers. In that respect I suppose it’s better worn at night.
Total Absorbed Volume: 792 ml (28 oz)
Total Wettings: 2
Used to Total Padding Ratio: 98%
Padding to Absorbency Score: 0.70 ml / cm2 (0.16 oz / in2)
Lying Down Rating: 7
The Tena Stretch Night performed reasonably for a mid-range diaper when lying down. The first wetting was completely absorbed with little in the way of leakage. There was only minor surface dampness at this point and the padding did a good job at distributing it. The second wetting resulted in modest leakage through the rear leg gathers and the back of the diaper was noticeably saturated. This performance was very similar to that of the Tena Stretch Super, as one might expect.
|2.3 Pattern of Used vs Unused Padding Test Stand/Sit (right) Lying Down (left)|
Daily Wear and BedwettingThe Tena Stretch Night is very similar to, but not exactly the same as, the Tena Super Stretch. Both have very loose fits for the medium size, but this one seems a bit looser and I felt much too small for the medium. Typically I can fit small or medium adult diapers so this is a bit of a standout in that regard. The padding on this diaper also tends to be more concentrated toward the rear, like you might expect of a night diaper. Probably due to its size but possibly due to other issues (e.g. design for overnight wear) I found the tapes did not have a great grip and it would often loosen. When worn overnight this diaper performed reasonably and should be able to take one and maybe even two wettings without leakage, though 2 would be pushing it. It fell short of the Prevail Air Overnight in this regard. In terms of daily wear, this diaper proved challenging. It’s generally fine for absorption of a single wetting but it sags and the tapes won’t hold out well over time or when active. I also noticed its surface dampness far more during daily wear, which can reduce its comfort even when it doesn’t leak.
Suitability for Bowel Incontinence: 3
The Tena Stretch Night doesn’t appear to have been designed with bowel incontinence in mind. It has a decently large area of rear padding but no leg gathers and the tapes can’t hold much weight. It also has a cloth-like backsheet that could be problematic for containing odors.
Wear & Tear Tests
The Tena Stretch Night features stretchable sides with single hook and loop (velcro-like) fasteners on each side. It has a cloth-like backsheet and the fasteners can be attached anywhere and reapplied multiple times. The tapes are reasonable, but they do have a tendency to loosen or slide around and can lose their grip if the backsheet material becomes too worn from re-attachment.
|3.1 Tena Stretch Night Fastener|
Ease-of-Use Rating: 6
The Tena Stretch Night only comes in sizes M and L, with the mediums running very large (similar but perhaps even larger than the Tena Super Stretch). I found this diaper had more of a tendency to come loose compared with Tena Super Stretch; the sides run a bit longer and there is less surface area in the front wings than the Tena Super Stretch so I had some problems with the wings folding back inwards. Aside from that, this diaper should be easy to use when it comes to overnight wear (less so for daily wear), but it may take some practice to get the fit right and if you have a small waist it may prove too large to fit.
|3.2 Tena Stretch Night Diaper Fit|
Comfort Rating (dry): 7
The Tena Stretch Night is a very breathable diaper with reasonably soft padding, though it does suffer from some of the heating problems seen in the Tena Super Stretch. Unlike that diaper, the padding in this diaper shifted more to its rear (makes sense being a night diaper) and the front is rather sparse. This doesn’t necessarily take away from dry comfort, but it means there’s more of a tendency for the front wings to fold inward, which can cause a bit of discomfort. The tapes will also slide around with movement and can end up scratching the wearer’s legs (particularly if you have a loose fit). I rank this diaper just short of the Tena Super Stretch, because it has most of the same pros/cons but is trickier to fit and shifts around more with activity.
Comfort Rating (wet): 7
The Tena Stretch night was a little less comfortable than the Tena Super Stretch when wet. It has a tendency for surface dampness at the rear padding, less so at the front. This is less likely to be a problem on the first wetting aside from really heavy wettings, similar to the Tena Super Stretch. On the plus side this diaper is designed to be highly breathable, which will counter potential surface dampness issues. Again, like the Super Stretch, this diaper isn’t susceptible to clumping and rarely tears or deteriorates with wear. On the other hand, I found the tapes were more of a struggle with this diaper and provided less support than the Super Stretch. This would lead to it sagging when wet, perhaps the reason it’s categorized for night wear.
|3.3 Tena Stretch Night Topsheet and Backsheet|
Dry Padding Deterioration Proportion: 12% (topsheet), 11.2% (backsheet)
Shake Deterioration Test: 3 shakes to deterioration
Durability Rating (dry): 7
The Tena Stretch Night diaper was resistant to deterioration during the dry durability test, but there was still considerable deterioration between the legs where the padding bunched inwards slightly. I also found the tapes were susceptible to coming loose during wear. Even so, there was little in the way of actual clumping or tearing, particularly where it matters most. Moreover, the wetness indicator held out well, showing little from sweat/minor leaks.
Durability Rating (wet): 6
For the most part this diaper performs well in terms of wet durability with little difference from its dry state when it comes to clumping or tearing in its padding. On the other hand, it didn’t perform as well in the shake test as I might have expected. It also has a strong tendency to sag with the tapes easily becoming loose, which was even more noticeable than that of the Tena Super Stretch. This diaper is advertised for nightly wear and I feel it would be best suited for inactive wear.
|3.4 Tena Stretch Night Dry Test Deterioration|
Front Rise Above Waistline (Jeans, Sweatpants): 3.0 cm (1.2"), 4.5 cm (1.8")
Back Rise Above Waistline (Jeans, Sweatpants): 3.5 cm (1.4"), 5 cm (2")
Side Rise Above Waistline (Jeans, Sweatpants): 6.5 cm (2.6"), 5 cm (2")
Profile Discretion Rating: 8
The Tena Stretch Night diaper is thin and easy to conceal under clothing, though slightly less than the Tena Super Stretch. This diaper has a bit of a higher rise and a small but more obvious bulge at the rear. The bulge will be far less obvious if worn under mesh pants or underwear. That said, its design makes it less suitable for daily wear anyway.
|4.1 Tena Stretch Night Jeans Profile (left) vs Normal Underwear (right)|
|4.2 Tena Stretch Night Sweats Profile (left) vs Normal Underwear (right)|
Noise Rating: 9
The Tena Stretch Night is among the quietest diapers on the market. The backsheet produces little-to-no noise and would not be noticeable when walking through a quiet room. The primary source of noise from this diaper comes from the hook & loop fasteners which can occasionally scratch along the backsheet. The hook & loop fasteners would make it quite noisy during changes, but I haven’t factored it into this rating.
|4.3 Tena Stretch Night Noise Profile|
Odor Reduction Rating: 7
The Tena Stretch Night performed reasonably well when it came to odor control. Like other Tena products it seems to be partially due to the construction of the padding. Otherwise it doesn’t have waistbands and has a pretty “open” design, which, while assisting the breathability, detracts from its ability to contain odors. It also reaches a point of saturated surface dampness after relatively few wettings.