Sunday, 27 November 2022

Tena PROSkin Flex Maxi Adult Diaper Review

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


Summary

The Tena Flex Maxi is a very different type of adult diaper from other tab-based diapers I’ve reviewed so far. In most others the back wing is fastened to the front of the diaper during fitting, while in this diaper a belt from the back of the diaper is fastened around the waist then the front of the diaper is fastened onto the belt. The padding and to some extent the fit has a lot of similarities with the Tena Slip Active Fit Maxi. Both diapers are produced in Europe so perhaps they use similar materials. During testing it proved highly durable and surprisingly absorbent. I rank it among the most comfortable diapers I’ve tested, with a very snug, breathable design and soft padding. In terms of availability it seems this diaper is widely available in North America and the UK, it doesn’t appear to be in many marketplaces elsewhere. This diaper performed quite well in both daily wear and for bedwetting. If you’re looking for something breathable and relatively affordable this could be a great choice, the quality and absorption for the price seems quite reasonable.

Key Features:

  • Belt-based fastener
  • Cloth-like backsheet
  • Repositionable tapes
  • Dual waistbands
  • Standing inner leak barriers

Pros:

  • Comfortable, breathable design
  • Highly absorbent
  • Very quick/easy to change/adjust

Cons:

  • No small size
  • Tapes can fold inward on themselves
  • A bit tough to wrap up after use

Product Details

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


Packaging

Brand: Tena
Manufacturer: Essity HMS North America Inc.
Origin: Netherlands
Units Per Bag: 22
Cost Per Unit: $$$
Dimensions (L x W x H): 38 cm (15") x 18 cm (7.1") x 24 cm (9.5")
Weight: 2.6 kg (5.6 lbs)
Available Sizes: M, L
Advertised Absorbency: Maxi


1.1 Tena PROSkin Flex Maxi Packaging

Diaper

Backsheet: Cloth-like (non-woven)
Wetness Indicator: Yes (yellow line and text down middle, blue when wet)
Standing Inner Leak Guards: Yes
Leg Gathers: Yes
Product Style: Belt-Style Brief
Refastenable Tabs: Yes
Number of Tapes: 1.5 (2 front, 1 belt)
Repositionable Tabs: Yes
Outer Color: White (green lines and dots along edges, grey belt)
Inner Color: White
Front Waistband: Yes
Rear Waistband: Yes
Folded Thickness: 2 cm (0.79")
Folded Length: 24 cm (9.5")
Dry Weight: 116 g (4.1 oz)
Fragrance: No
Diaper Dimensions (L x fW x mW x bW): 77 cm (30.3") x 32 cm (12.6") x 25 cm (9.8") x 92 cm (36.2")
Wing Shape (Front, Rear): Rectangular, Rectangular
Padding Dimensions (L x fW x mW x bW): 58 cm (22.8") x 19 cm (7.5") x 15 cm (5.9") x 22 cm (8.7")
Padding Wing Dimensions (fPW x fPH x bPW x bPH): 2 cm (0.8") x 7 cm (2.8") x 3.5 cm (1.4") x 11 cm (4.3")
Padding Wing Shape (Front, Rear): Semicircle, Semicircle
Total Padding Area: 975 cm2 (151 in2)
Tape Spacing (t1): 1.5 cm (0.6")
Tape (W x L): 3 cm (1.2") x 5 cm (2")

1.2 Tena PROSkin Flex Maxi Diaper


Laboratory Absorbency Tests

Total Absorption Volume (after press out): 1184 ml (41.8 oz)
Total Absorption Volume (before press out): 1209 ml (42.6 oz)
Time to Absorb Wettings (first to last): (55 s, 53 s, 55 s, 70 s, 71 s)
Wet Folded Thickness: 4.5 cm (1.8")
Used to Total Padding Ratio: 84%
Total Padding to Absorbency Ratio: 1.21 ml / cm2 (0.28 oz / in2)
Press Out Volume: 25 ml (0.88 oz)

Surface Dampness Rating: 7

The Tena Flex Maxi was comparable to the Tena Slip Active Fit Maxi when it came to surface dampness. There was no sign of surface dampness on the first wetting during the lab test and only a small amount on the second. It only showed a considerable amount of dampness at the third. Moreover, this was backed up in real world testing, where dampness was generally only apparent by the second 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: 934 ml (33 oz)
Total Wettings: (1 standing, 1 sitting)
Leaked After Sitting: No
Used to Total Padding Ratio: 77%
Padding to Absorbency Score: 0.96 ml / cm2 (0.22 oz / in2)

Standing-Sitting Rating: 7
The Tena Flex Maxi had a decent performance in the standing-sitting test. The first wetting while standing was easily absorbed without much in the way of noticeable dampness. There was no sign of leakage upon sitting shortly after. The second wetting while seated was initially absorbed but eventually pooled at the diaper’s crotch and leaked through the front leg gathers and out around the belt. Even so, the rear padding was still completely dry. With a bit more padding up the front this diaper could likely take a second wetting while seated, but the padding on the Tena Flex Maxi has a relatively low rise up the front. A second wetting while standing in this diaper is likely to be absorbed as moisture has an easier time wicking toward the back. I’d expect the Tena Flex Maxi to manage 1~2 wettings during daily wear depending on posture.


Lying Down

Total Absorbed Volume: 1009 ml (35.6 oz)
Total Wettings: 3
Used to Total Padding Ratio: 96%
Padding to Absorbency Score: 1.03 ml / cm2 (0.24 oz / in2)

Lying Down Rating: 7

The Tena Flex Maxi performed surprisingly well when tested while lying down, given the precariously open sides. This was likely a result of the great fit facilitated by the waistbands and double leak guards (although I feel there would still be some risks for a side sleeper). The first wetting was easily absorbed with minimal surface dampness and a bit of padding swelling at the front. The back remained completely dry at this point. I figured the second wetting would leak, but surprisingly it avoided any sign of leakage. There was a brief period of pooling but it was wicked into the unused rear padding and completely absorbed. At this point the padding had further swelled and likely was susceptible to pressout, but not while lying down. The third wetting went as expected, with significant pooling in the mid padding a substantial leak through the rear leg gathers. Interestingly enough, after the leak the unabsorbed moisture was wicked up and absorbed. The overall performance for this diaper was surprisingly good when tested while lying down and I feel it could be a reasonable choice for bedwetters, particularly if you aren’t frequently a side sleeper. What it loses from the open sides, it makes up for with a very snug fit.

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


Daily Wear and Bedwetting

I have to say, when I started this review I was expecting the Tena Flex Maxi to just be a variation of the Tena Stretch line of products. Don’t get me wrong, the Tena Super Stretch is a decent and affordable product, but it lacks standing inner leak guards and waistbands that contribute to fit and protection. The Tena Flex Maxi is full featured. The absorbency of this diaper is also considerably better than the Tena Super Stretch or Tena Stretch Night and was surprisingly good for overnight wear. I give it more of an edge for overnight wear than daily wear because the padding at the front comes up a bit short. In either case I never had a leak after a single wetting, even under continuous pressout from sitting so you can wear this diaper with a lot of confidence. The padding absorbs quickly and keeps it locked away. The design of this diaper is particularly interesting, it features a belt that you wrap around your waist before pulling the main padding between your legs and attaching it to the front of the belt. It reminds me a bit like the Mawashi belt worn by sumo wrestlers or the Fundoshi. The advantage of this is that it’s incredibly breathable, with about the minimal amount of skin contact possible to provide a good level of protection. It has a cloth-like backsheet that doesn’t perspire moisture, though I imagine if you wet in the wrong position there is some risk of moisture escaping out of the open or belted region where the leak guards are weaker. Aside from that, I feel the padding structure has many similarities to the Tena Slip Active Fit Maxi and Ultima, albeit with a bit less absorbency. This diaper is also very easy to change while standing, probably the easiest I’ve tried so far. This will be really helpful when away from home and in need of a quick change at a public restroom. The other advantage is that when you can make it to the restroom on time it’s easy to move the padding to sit on the toilet. You simply unlock the padding from the front of the diaper and pull it back between your legs to sit, then pull it back and refasten it when done. If you haven’t tried the Tena Flex Maxi before I’d highly recommend giving it a try. I’m sure some people will love it and some will hate it, but it does have distinctive advantages not found in most other diapers.


Suitability for Bowel Incontinence: 8

I’m always hesitant to rank a cloth-backed diaper highly when it comes to bowel incontinence but I feel this one hits the mark. The snug fitting leg gathers, waistbands and standing inner leak guards provide ample sources of containment. The backsheet is great and doesn’t perspire while the padding resists the formation of odors. Perhaps the most standout feature this diaper has with regards to bowel incontinence is the speed and ease at which it can be changed. That said, there are still some areas for improvement, I feel the padding may not be wide enough for those with bowel incontinence, particularly at the rear, and the inner leak guards aren’t particularly strong.


Wear & Tear Tests


Fitting

The Tena Flex Maxi has a very unique design with a cloth-like backsheet and an adjustable belt attached to the rear. The belt material is soft but is different from the material in the backsheet. It’s made of a thicker, more durable material that is specially designed to keep its hook & loop fasteners in place. Unlike most cloth-backed diapers, the fasteners on this are 100% hook & loop so they don’t lose much if any stickiness with multiple refastenings (similar to those with a landing zone like the Attento or Unicharm). There’s one fastener to keep the belt in place and two fasteners on the inside of the diapers backsheet that connect the front of the diaper back to the belt.

3.1 Tena PROSkin Flex Maxi Fastener

Ease-of-Use Rating: 10

The Tena Flex Maxi is remarkably easy to apply from a standing position, in fact I think it may be the easiest diaper to apply from a standing position that I’ve ever tried. When lying down it’s about as easy as any other diaper to apply and would be an excellent choice for caregivers needing to make quick changes. From a standing position you simply open the belt then wrap it around your waist, then pull the body of the diaper through your legs to attach to the front of the belt. The tapes are all hook & loop fasteners that can be adjusted and re-applied multiple times. I never had any issues obtaining a snug fit and the diaper is full featured, with front/rear waistbands and standing inner leak guards as well as a wetness indicator that goes from yellow to blue when wet. If that weren’t enough, the backsheet of every diaper contains image instructions showing you how it can be applied.

3.2 Tena PROSkin Flex Maxi Diaper Fit

Comfort


Comfort Rating (dry): 10

The Tena Flex Maxi is among the most comfortable diapers on the market. The padding keeps its form and doesn’t clump or tear easily. The material isn’t the softest, but comparable with the Seni Super Plus. However, the belt and waistbands provide a snug comfortable fit and the design makes it highly breathable and resistant to overheating. For this reason it could be a particularly good choice for wear during warmer weather. I was expecting this diaper to be similar to the Tena Stretch Super due to a similar looking construct, but I didn’t have the same issues with tape sliding in this one; once the belt is applied it stays in place quite firmly.


Comfort Rating (wet): 9

The Tena Flex Maxi remained quite comfortable when wet. It’s not among the best diapers on the market in terms of reducing surface dampness, but I didn’t notice much in the way of surface dampness or pressout moisture after a wetting. There was a little bit of sagging at the rear when wet but the belt held up well under weight and there was no noticeable loosening at the waistband so it remained snug and comfortable. The padding remained relatively firm through testing when wet and didn’t clump or tear to any substantial degree. Aside from that, the “breathability” of this diaper when wet makes it less susceptible to skin irritation than many. All in all I have no major complaints in terms of wet comfort.

3.3 Tena PROSkin Flex Maxi Topsheet and Backsheet

Durability

Dry Padding Deterioration Proportion: 5.6% (topsheet), 3.3% (backsheet)
Shake Deterioration Test: 2 shakes to deterioration


Durability Rating (dry): 9
The Tena Flex Maxi proved highly durable during testing. At the end of the durability test there was very little padding deterioration or other visible signs of wear. This is likely partly the result of the unique design that I suspect puts less stress on the padding than the typical wing fasteners, but it’s also consistent with what was seen in the Tena Slip Active Fit Maxi. Padding aside, I found the belt held up quite well. Occasionally, a bit of the overlap past the point of attachment would shift above the belt, however, this had no effect on its ability to hold in place. The fasteners are a high quality hook & loop system that doesn’t tear any material when reapplied so there was no damage there. Perhaps the only issue I noticed was that the two fasteners holding the front of the diaper to the belt had a tendency to fold inward a little so they didn’t make complete contact with the belt. I never had them come undone but this could cause problems for some. Even so, it’s easy to correct just by pulling the folded fastener apart and re-attaching it.


Durability Rating (wet): 9

Durability of the Tena Flex Maxi when wet was very similar to its dry state with no noticeable increase in padding deterioration during regular wear (clumping or tearing). The belt design easily held up under the weight of the wet diaper, so it didn’t suffer the typical loosening seen in cloth-backed diapers like the FitRight Restore or Abena Delta-Form. On the flip side it did perform worse in the wet shake test with only 2 shakes to padding collapse, but I didn’t factor that much into my rating since it performed so well in real world testing. Aside from that, the backsheet held up without signs of perspiration and the waistbands remained snug.

3.4 Tena PROSkin Flex Maxi Dry Test Deterioration

Discretion Tests


Profile

Front Rise Above Waistline (Jeans, Sweatpants): 6.5 cm (2.6"), 6.5 cm (2.6")
Back Rise Above Waistline (Jeans, Sweatpants): 3.5 cm (1.4"), 2.5 cm (1")
Side Rise Above Waistline (Jeans, Sweatpants): 8 cm (3.2"), 3.5 cm (1.4")

Profile Discretion Rating: 8

You won’t have too much trouble hiding the Tena Flex Maxi as it has a slim profile. The profile is very similar to the Tena PROSkin Stretch Night. It does have a bit of a bulge at the rear, but one that could easily be concealed with under or meshpants. Though you may need to be mindful of the relatively high rise at the rear.

4.1 Tena PROSkin Flex Maxi Jeans Profile (left) vs Normal Underwear (right)

4.2 Tena PROSkin Flex Maxi Sweats Profile (left) vs Normal Underwear (right) 


Noise

Noise Rating: 10

The Tena Flex Maxi gets top marks when it comes to noise discretion. This diaper can easily be worn when out and about and is very unlikely to be noticed. The belted system results in less rustling than a typical diaper with tabs. Otherwise, the structure is very similar to the also quiet Tena Super Stretch.

4.3 Tena PROSkin Flex Maxi Noise Profile

Odor Reduction

Odor Reduction Rating: 9
I rate this diaper right between the Tena Slip Active Fit Maxi and Tena Super Stretch when it comes to odor reduction. It has the same great padding resistance to dampness and odors in particular. It doesn’t have a plastic-backsheet like the Tena Slip Active Fit Maxi or Ultima and won’t be quite as good as those in this regard, but it does have a great fit with a combination of leak guards and waistbands.


Want to give the Tena PROSkin Flex Maxi a try?

Help us continue to produce quality reviews by making a purchase through our Tena PROSkin Flex Maxi affiliate link. With every purchase this blog will earn a small amount of commission at no extra cost to the purchaser.


Friday, 14 October 2022

NorthShore AirSupreme Adult Diaper Review

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



Summary

The NorthShore AirSupreme is a premium line of European cloth-backed adult diapers that mirrors the plastic-backed NorthShore Supreme. There’s also a less absorbent version of this called the NorthShore AirSupreme Lite. I found this diaper to be quite absorbent, somewhere between the Seni Super Quatro and Seni Super Plus. However, compared with the plastic-backed version of this diaper I found the tapes on this diaper to be far weaker, unfortunately frequently resulting in a loose or sagging fit. For this reason I don’t believe the NorthShore AirSupreme to be a good choice for daily wear. It’s likely better suited to overnight wear, but even then I noticed a bit of looseness. Sagging aside, this diaper has a highly comfortable padding and is quite breathable and skin friendly. I prefer the NorthShore Supreme, but if the tape issue were to be corrected this diaper could be a serious contender.

Key Features:

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

Pros:

  • Breathable design
  • Resistant to surface dampness
  • Comfortable

Cons:

  • Tape weakness
  • Some backsheet perspiration
  • Loose fitting

Product Details

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


Packaging

Brand: NorthShore
Manufacturer: NorthShore Care Supply
Origin: France
Units Per Bag: 15
Cost Per Unit: $$$
Dimensions (L x W x H): 35 cm (13.8") x 15 cm (5.9") x 24 cm (9.5")
Weight: 3.9 kg (8.5 lbs)
Available Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL
Advertised Absorbency: Maximum


1.1 NorthShore AirSupreme Packaging

Diaper

Backsheet: Cloth-like (non-woven)
Wetness Indicator: Yes (yellow line and text down middle, blue when wet, text fades)
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: Yes
Folded Thickness: 2.7 cm (1.1")
Folded Length: 23.5 cm (9.3")
Dry Weight: 192 g (6.8 oz)
Fragrance: No
Diaper Dimensions (L x fW x mW x bW): 77 cm (30.3") x 66 cm (26") x 28 cm (11") x 60 cm (23.2")
Wing Shape (Front, Rear): Rectangular, Rectangular
Padding Dimensions (L x fW x mW x bW): 62 cm (24.4") x 29 cm (11.4") x 17 cm (6.7") x 28 cm (11")
Padding Wing Dimensions (fPW x fPH x bPW x bPH): 6 cm (2.4") x 12 cm (4.7") x 5.5 cm (2.2") x 13 cm (2.1")
Padding Wing Shape (Front, Rear): Semicircle, Semicircle
Total Padding Area: 1341 cm2 (208 in2)
Tape Spacing (t1 x t2): 4 cm (1.6") x 13 cm (5.1")
Tape (W x L): 3 cm (1.2") x 5 cm (2")

1.2 NorthShore AirSupreme Diaper


Laboratory Absorbency Tests

Total Absorption Volume (after press out): 1448 ml (51.1 oz)
Total Absorption Volume (before press out): 1458 ml (51.4 oz)
Time to Absorb Wettings (first to last): (59 s, 42 s, 45 s, 45 s, 49 s, 46 s)
Wet Folded Thickness: 5.5 cm (2.2")
Used to Total Padding Ratio: 95%
Total Padding to Absorbency Ratio: 1.08 ml / cm2 (0.25 oz / in2)
Press Out Volume: 10 ml (0.35 oz)

Surface Dampness Rating: 7

The NorthShore AirSupreme performed well when it came to surface dampness. There wasn’t a trace of dampness after the first wetting and only a little after the second wetting. There was a bit more by the third wetting and further wettings. In real world testing, surface dampness was never an issue after first wetting and only slightly noticeable on the third.




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: 1158 ml (41 oz)
Total Wettings: (1 standing, 2 sitting)
Leaked After Sitting: No
Used to Total Padding Ratio: 96%
Padding to Absorbency Score: 0.86 ml / cm2 (0.20 oz / in2)

Standing-Sitting Rating: 7
The NorthShore AirSupreme performed well in the standing-sitting test. The first wetting while standing was rapidly absorbed with little sign of surface dampness or leakage thereafter. There was also no sign of leakage upon sitting shortly after. The second wetting while seated was also quickly absorbed but there was a brief period of pooling before it was fully absorbed. Afterward there was very little surface dampness and no sign of leakage, the diaper remained comfortable and breathable. There was a bit more dampness on the 3rd wetting, particularly up the front of the diaper. There was no immediate leak, but shortly after there was a substantial leak through the rear leg gathers and I ended the test at that. The diaper still felt relatively dry and breathable but most of the padding was wet and it was clearly at capacity. This diaper is definitely sufficiently absorbent for daily usage, expect at least 2 wettings before leakage would be of concern.


Lying Down

Total Absorbed Volume: 1183 ml (41.7 oz)
Total Wettings: 3
Used to Total Padding Ratio: 80%
Padding to Absorbency Score: 0.88 ml / cm2 (0.20 oz / in2)

Lying Down Rating: 8

The NorthShore AirSupreme also performed well when tested while lying down and feels like it may be better suited to bedwetting on account of the tape weakness. The first wetting was quickly absorbed and there was little sense of surface dampness. The padding swelled a bit and certainly feels thicker when wet but not uncomfortable. Similarly, the second wetting was absorbed nearly as quickly and again there wasn’t too much surface dampness, though I suspect it was more susceptible to pressout at this point. Even so it didn’t leak while lying down. On the third wetting there was finally a bit of leakage and more obvious surface dampness. The leakage was relatively small in area and the diaper was still relatively comfortable, but I did notice the tapes had loosened a bit by this point. I stopped the test at that, as I believe this diaper will realistically take 2 wettings when lying down and 3 would likely push it to leak.

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


Daily Wear and Bedwetting

The NorthShore AirSupreme proved highly absorbent during testing. As mentioned previously, I found it to be somewhere between the Seni Super Plus and Seni Super Quatro in terms of capacity. This diaper is highly breathable, perhaps to a fault since it’s prone to loosening due to tape weakness. With that said, I never noticed much skin irritation during testing but did spot a few minor leaks after 1~2 wettings, perhaps partly a result of perspiration through the backsheet. I should also note that the padding in this diaper becomes somewhat firmer rather than squishy when wet, this probably makes it a little more prone to tearing but perhaps less prone to clumping; all in all I think it benefits its durability and comfort. It has a generous amount of padding coverage like the Seni diapers, but the primary difference I noticed is definitely in the tapes. While the Seni Super Quatro tapes hold up quite well for a cloth-backed diaper, that is not the case in the NorthShore AirSupreme. The tape weakness was noticeable even when not doing any refastenings, making it particularly difficult to retain a snug fit. I found this to be less a problem for bedwetting, where movement is limited. I never had any leaks overnight and feel it should be well placed to manage up to 2 wettings before leakage when worn for bedwetting. The extent of the padding coverage would be a big benefit for side sleepers, although the cloth-like wings will not prevent moisture from leaking out the sides (something I discovered in testing). As you can probably guess, this diaper is not appropriate for active daily usage. I’m not sure if I got a bad batch or if this is a regular problem, but every time I tried wearing during the day I found the diaper would come loose to the point that it sat very low on my hips. In terms of absorption it was similar during daily usage, but perhaps with a slight increased risk in leakage when seated. This diaper would be best for bedwetters, but probably also be well suited for a care facility in less active individuals as it’s quite skin friendly.


Suitability for Bowel Incontinence: 5

The NorthShore AirSupreme diaper should be alright for bowel incontinence in overnight wear. Though it has a cloth-like backsheet it also has a rear waistband. Again, the primary downside with this diaper is the weaker tapes. Weak tapes mean it won’t hold up a lot of weight without sagging and consequently it would not be good for daytime usage.


Wear & Tear Tests


Fitting

The NorthShore AirSupreme features a cloth-like backsheet with a mix of tape / hook & loop fasteners. The tapes are a decent size but don’t have a particularly good grip, particularly after refastening. I’ve found the tape part of the fastener quickly loses adhesiveness as it pulls away bits of the backsheet with refastenings, while the hook & loop sections are relatively weak on their own.

3.1 NorthShore AirSupreme Fastener

Ease-of-Use Rating: 7

The NorthShore AirSupreme is about as easy to use as any cloth-backed diaper. Initially it’s easy to get a snug fit, but it’s hard to retain it due to the tape loosening. On the plus side it does feature a rear waistband which helps with form fitting and containment. It also features a wetness indicator that isn’t sensitive to sweat/light dribbles. I rank it similar to the Nextgen Absorbent Plus with respect to ease-of-use. It will be better suited for bedwetting or non-active daytime wearers.

3.2 NorthShore AirSupreme Diaper Fit


Comfort


Comfort Rating (dry): 8

The NorthShore AirSupreme features a soft backsheet and firm but comfortable padding. With wear the padding will loosen up a bit and it's fairly resistant to clumping or tearing, though less so than the NorthShore Supreme. The feel is perhaps similar to the Seni Super Plus or Egosan Ultra, but I found the tapes to have a weaker grip. For this reason it often loosens up with wear so I can’t quite rank it among the top performing diapers for comfort even if it is super breathable and skin friendly.


Comfort Rating (wet): 6

I found the NorthShore AirSupreme to be much like the Lille SupremFit Maxi when it came to wet comfort. It has some great features like a surface-dampness resistant padding and breathable design. But the tapes are just too weak and it’s highly prone to sagging. It’s also somewhat susceptible to backsheet perspiration which can cause external dampness seemingly out of nowhere; but I didn’t find that to be as much of a problem as in some cloth-backed diapers. Sagging aside, the padding is relatively durable but not among the top performers, with some degree of padding tearing when wet but little in the way of clumping.

3.3 NorthShore AirSupreme Topsheet and Backsheet

Durability

Dry Padding Deterioration Proportion: 7.9% (topsheet), 11.1% (backsheet)
Shake Deterioration Test: 4 shakes to deterioration


Durability Rating (dry): 7
The NorthShore AirSupreme padding is very durable when dry. I never noticed much in terms of clumping or tearing, though because it’s so wide it can be expected to collapse inward between the legs with wear. That said, little core padding is affected and I don’t see dry deterioration that would create any sort of barrier to absorbency. This diaper does also feature a rear waistband, but I don’t find that contributes significantly toward durability. Instead, as is a common theme, the biggest issue is the tape looseness that over time can cause the diaper to slip or become looser. This isn’t as big a factor when dry but certainly factors in when the diaper has more weight when wet.


Durability Rating (wet): 6

Durability when wet in the NorthShore AirSupreme reflects comfort in that again it’s primarily affected by tape weakness and sagging. Moreover, the tapes tend to pull off fabric from the backsheet when refastened, contributing further to weakness and making it hard to refasten if needed. Because of this it would not be a good choice for daytime usage in active individuals. Padding durability is similar to its dry state, though perhaps with a little more tearing. Even so, it did perform reasonably well in the wet shake test, managing 4 shakes before collapse. Once again, I rank the performance of the NorthShore AirSupreme at a similar level as the Lille SupremFit Maxi. Improving the tapes could go a long way to making this a great product.

3.4 NorthShore AirSupreme Dry Test Deterioration

Discretion Tests


Profile

Front Rise Above Waistline (Jeans, Sweatpants): 4 cm (1.6"), 7 cm (2.8")
Back Rise Above Waistline (Jeans, Sweatpants): 3 cm (1.2"), 3 cm (1.2")
Side Rise Above Waistline (Jeans, Sweatpants): 2.5 cm (1"), 3.5 cm (1.4")

Profile Discretion Rating: 5

Much like the NorthShore Supreme this diaper features a noticeable bulge at the front and rear that would be difficult to conceal under all but the loosest of clothing. Aside from that, its rise above the pantline is relatively modest.

4.1 NorthShore AirSupreme Jeans Profile (left) vs Normal Underwear (right)

4.2 NorthShore AirSupreme Sweats Profile (left) vs Normal Underwear (right) 


Noise

Noise Rating:8

The NorthShore AirSupreme has a fairly quiet design and would be pretty easy to conceal under clothing with meshpants or underwear. I did notice a bit more noise in this than in the Tranquility Smartcore or Prevail Air Overnight, but it was just a soft crinkling. Some of the noise likely resulted from that sagging, which could be correct with a snugger fit.

4.3 NorthShore AirSupreme Noise Profile
 

Odor Reduction

Odor Reduction Rating: 8
The padding in the NorthShore AirSupreme does a great job at neutralizing odors. This goes some way to making up for the weakness of the looser fit, a factor that makes it more susceptible to odors. The padding is also highly resistant to surface dampness, which further benefits against the formation of odors. Overall I have no real complaints in this regard.


Want to give the NorthShore AirSupreme a try?

Help us continue to produce quality reviews by making a purchase through our NorthShore AirSupreme affiliate link. With every purchase this blog will earn a small amount of commission at no extra cost to the purchaser.