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SummaryThe Leway Tape Diaper is a plastic–backed diaper that uses a “hybrid” style fastener with a special landing zone and hook & loop fasteners. This diaper is made in Korea and is sold in many stores across the country. Like many other Korean diapers, the sizing on this seems to be a level smaller than you’ll find in other regions. This diaper only comes in a Large and X-Large size, but in reality the Large is similar to Medium in most other regions. It seems this diaper was formerly marketed under the brand “Are you Ready?” but has since been renamed to “Leway”.
In terms of absorbency, it advertises an absorbency of 1500 ml (50.7 oz) for the Large and 2100 ml (71 oz) for the Extra Large, but in reality I found the absorbency to be far lower. In my experience it would be best used for daily wear, where it should take at least one wetting before leaking, or with a sufficient booster pad to increase absorbency. The tapes and fit are highly durable and I never had any issues with sagging or loosening with wear. However, the padding can be susceptible to tearing and is rather thin. It also is a bit less capable of heat dissipation than I’d typically like, though that could be a reflection of the thin padding putting the backsheet in closer contact with the wearer’s skin. I feel that adding a bit more absorbency could go a long way to improving this diaper, but I was still impressed with its design compared to what you’ll normally find in a store-bought diaper.
- Plastic backsheet
- Patterned landing zone
- Repositionable hook & loop fasteners
- Standing inner leak barriers
- Snug fit / durable design
- Easy to use
- Strong leak guards
- Low level of absorbency
- Can feel a bit warm
- Padding susceptible to tears
For the purpose of this post I will be reviewing and referring to the large-sized Leway Tape Diaper. However, other available sizes are listed below:
Manufacturer: Dasan Hyzen Co., Ltd. (by Future Life Co. Ltd)
Units Per Bag: 10
Cost Per Unit: $
Dimensions (L x W x H): 23 cm (9.1") x 16 cm (6.3") x 24 cm (9.5")
Weight: 0.88 kg (1.9 lbs)
Available Sizes: L, XL
Advertised Absorbency: 1500 ml (50.7 oz)
|1.1 Leway Tape Diaper Packaging|
Backsheet: Plastic (poly)
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 (purple diamonds and numbers in landing zone)
Inner Color: White
Front Waistband: No
Rear Waistband: No
Folded Thickness: 2.2 cm (0.85")
Folded Length: 25 cm (9.8")
Dry Weight: 92 g (3.3 oz)
Diaper Dimensions (L x fW x mW x bW): 83 cm (32.7") x 63 cm (24.8") x 33 cm (13") x 61 cm (24")
Wing Shape (Front, Rear): Rectangular, Rectangular
Padding Dimensions (L x fW x mW x bW): 67.5 cm (26.6") x 29 cm (11.4") x 17 cm (6.7") x 34 cm (13.4")
Padding Wing Dimensions (fPW x fPH x bPW x bPH): 6 cm (2.4") x 13 cm (5.1") x 8.5 cm (3.4") x 22 cm (8.7")
Padding Wing Shape (Front, Rear): Semicircle, Semicircle
Total Padding Area: 1678 cm2 (260 in2)
Tape Spacing (t1 x t2): 5 cm (2") x 12 cm (4.7")
Tape (W x L): 4.5 cm (1.8") x 3.5 cm (1.4")
|1.2 Leway Tape 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): (65 s, 70 s, 95 s)
Wet Folded Thickness: 3 cm (1.2")
Used to Total Padding Ratio: 77%
Total Padding to Absorbency Ratio: 0.41 ml / cm2 (0.09 oz / in2)
Press Out Volume: 25 ml (0.88 oz)
Surface Dampness Rating: 3
The Leway Tape Diaper has much room for improvement when it comes to surface dampness. During the lab test it demonstrated considerable dampness after the first wetting. This was backed up during testing with initial pooling and continuing susceptibility to pressout. I rank it similar to the Attento Tape Diaper in this regard, where it is probably best designed for use with a booster pad.
|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: 533 ml (18.8 oz)
Total Wettings: (1 standing, 1 sitting)
Leaked After Sitting: Yes
Used to Total Padding Ratio: 86%
Padding to Absorbency Score: 0.32 ml / cm2 (0.07 oz / in2)
Standing-Sitting Rating: 4
The Leway diaper performed about as might be expected for a lower absorbency diaper when tested when standing and sitting. The first wetting while standing was fully absorbed without any sign of leakage, though there was a little initial pooling. After it was absorbed there was still unused padding at the front/rear and it remained reasonably comfortable. Upon sitting shortly after there was no pressout or further signs of leakage, the leg gathers and leak guards did a great job of containment. On the second wetting while seated there was a lot of initial pooling and moisture moved well up the front of the diaper. Initially there was no sign of leakage, but eventually I noticed a modest leak through the left rear leg gather. Given the amount of pooling I was surprised how well the leg gathers held up with the core padding clearly past its capacity. I’d expect this diaper to manage at least a single wetting when worn for daily wear.
Total Absorbed Volume: 533 ml (18.8 oz)
Total Wettings: 1
Used to Total Padding Ratio: 75%
Padding to Absorbency Score: 0.35 ml / cm2 (0.08 oz / in2)
Lying Down Rating: 2
The Leway diaper would best be used with a booster pad if worn when lying down. During testing it leaked on the first wetting. Initially there was a fair amount of pooling over the back padding, which eventually leaked out from the rear of the diaper. Interestingly enough, there was no obvious leakage through the leg gathers and much of the front padding remained dry. But otherwise, the diaper was completely saturated at this point and even if it had contained this wetting it likely wouldn’t have held another wetting at all. For a moderate wetting it will likely absorb a wetting without leaking but I wouldn’t expect that for a heavy wetting and don’t feel it would be well suited for bedwetting without the addition of a booster.
|2.3 Pattern of Used vs Unused Padding Test Stand/Sit (right) Lying Down (left)|
Daily Wear and BedwettingThe Leway Tape Diaper combines the benefits of a plastic-backed diaper with the convenience of the fasteners in a cloth-backed diaper. This is often termed a “hybrid” design, which is made possible by having a specialized textured landing zone for the hook & loop fasteners. What’s particularly interesting about this diaper is that it’s available from a cheaper Korean store-bought model, whereas I’ve typically seen it in expensive specialty diapers like the Rearz Barnyard. Consequently, this diaper has a level of absorbency comparable to the other lower absorbency diapers you’ll find in store like the Depend Protection with Tabs. The plastic backsheet provides the extra security in terms of leak protection compared with many cloth-backed diapers that can allow moisture perspiration. This backsheet is different from many others I’ve seen as it has a soft-textured appearance with minor indentations similar to those you might find on a wet wipe, but is still completely moisture impermeable. The advantage of the hook & loop/landing zone tape system is that it retains an excellent grip with multiple refastenings with little risk of accidental damage to the backsheet in the process. Additionally, this diaper demonstrated highly effective leg gathers and leak guards in spite of its otherwise weak absorbency. With the strength of the leak guards I feel it could make a decent daily diaper so long as you could change after a single wetting or use it with a good booster pad. The primary limitation beyond absorbency would be the issues with padding durability, but I found it didn’t affect enough of the core padding to significantly reduce absorbency. It’s harder to recommend it for bedwetting as I found the leg gathers are not so much the problem as moisture pooling and spilling toward the rear. Again, with a booster pad this will be solvable but it’s an added expense to get it to the level where it will protect against at least a single wetting while lying down. I found this diaper wasn’t the best for heat dissipation and in warm weather that could cause skin irritation. In terms of comfort I rank it near average. The materials seem good and soft but it didn’t have the “breathable” plastic feeling you’d get in some diapers and I noticed sweating a bit more in this one. All in all, this one was an interesting one to review and, to keep things in perspective, certainly ahead of most diapers you’d find available in store in North America.
Suitability for Bowel Incontinence: 8
This diaper has many of the features that should make it good for managing bowel incontinence. It has a very durable plastic backsheet with strong tapes and a generous area of rear padding. It also features good standing inner leak guards. The only downsides are that the padding is a bit thin and susceptible to dampness and it's hard to close the diaper up after use due to the hybrid fastener mechanism not clipping onto any part of the backsheet. For bowel incontinence, where quick changes are important it might still be a decent choice, but not quite at the level of one like the Forma-Care X-Plus or TotalDry X-Plus.
Wear & Tear Tests
The Leway Tape Diaper has an interesting “hybrid” design for fit. It features a plastic backsheet with the hook & loop fasteners you’d typically find in a cloth-backed diaper. It accomplishes this with a textured landing zone specially designed for the fasteners to grip on. This is similar to the design of the Rearz Barnyard or Bambino Karnevalee diapers but the plastic-backsheet is a different material and the padding is much thinner.
|3.1 Leway Tape Diaper Fastener|
Ease-of-Use Rating: 9
The Leway Tape Diaper is highly user friendly. I had no trouble applying this diaper and getting a relatively snug fit. It’s nearly full featured with standing inner leak guards and repositionable tapes, though it lacks waistbands. It features a rare “hybrid” design with hook & loop fasteners and a plastic-backsheet. This combines the benefits of the hook & loop fasteners, which are typically easy to refasten and don’t lose adhesiveness quickly, with those of the plastic-backsheet, which generally provides better protection against backsheet perspiration as well as more resistance to odors than you typically get in cloth-like bachseets. This diaper features a patterned tape landing zone to make it easy to achieve the same fit once a proper fit has been discovered with numbers and diamonds marking tape placement location. It also features a wetness indicator of blue dots running down the middle, which fades when wet, making it a decent choice for a care-giver environment. With that said, one small disadvantage of the “hybrid” design is that it makes it a bit tougher to close up the diaper after use. The issue being that the fasteners will only attach to the landing zone and won’t stick to any other part of the backsheet. Otherwise, you may also want to use this diaper with a booster for added absorbency, but I expect most will find it easy to use.
|3.2 Leway Tape Diaper Fit|
Comfort Rating (dry): 7
The Leway diaper sits snugly and is quite easy to adjust so I didn’t notice any discomfort relating to fit. The primary factor holding back comfort is the thinness of the padding, which has a tendency to separate from the backsheet. I’ve also found it’s not as good at dissipating heat as some other plastic-backed diapers, so may not be the best choice in hot weather. Otherwise, the topsheet and backsheet are both quite soft and won’t chafe against the skin. For this reason I’ve ranked it slightly toward the higher end of the rating scale, but it loses points on account of the tendency for padding tearing and struggles with heat dissipation.
Comfort Rating (wet): 6
I rank the Leway diaper at about the middle of the range for comfort when wet. Generally for a single moderate wetting it will distribute moisture effectively so as not to cause much discomfort but it does suffer from initial pooling and is susceptible to surface dampness. On the plus side, the tapes are strong and it doesn’t have much tendency for sagging. Padding deterioration was largely in the form of tearing, but there wasn’t much clumping and wasn’t a major detractor. I feel that more absorbent padding would bring significant benefits for wet comfort and perhaps even counter its issues with heat dissipation.
|3.3 Leway Tape Diaper Topsheet and Backsheet|
Dry Padding Deterioration Proportion: 21.6% (topsheet), 24% (backsheet)
Shake Deterioration Test: 9 shakes to deterioration
Durability Rating (dry): 5
The structure of the Leway diaper is clearly well made and it holds up well under activity. I never had any issues with the fasteners coming loose or any other deterioration in the backsheet. However, the padding proved fairly susceptible to deterioration. It won’t easily form clumps, but it does tear and frequently comes detached from the backsheet. This may partly reflect the thinness of the padding, and may be less of an issue if the padding were a bit thicker. If the padding were more durable this could prove an excellent diaper for active wear as far as durability goes.
Durability Rating (wet): 7
In its dry state the padding of the Leway diaper easily separates from the backsheet, and this causes issues with tearing. However, when wet I found the padding actually clips back to the backsheet and previous tearing is less of an issue. In terms of durability the padding is really the only area that takes away from durability in this diaper. Otherwise, the tapes continued to hold up very well when wet and the backsheet and form stayed strong with a snug fit and limited sagging. Consequently, I actually rank it a little better for its wet durability than I do in its dry state.
|3.4 Leway Tape Diaper Dry Test Deterioration|
Front Rise Above Waistline (Jeans, Sweatpants): 5 cm (2"), 5 cm (2")
Back Rise Above Waistline (Jeans, Sweatpants): 7 cm (2.8"), 6 cm (2.4")
Side Rise Above Waistline (Jeans, Sweatpants): 4 cm (1.6"), 5 cm (2")
Profile Discretion Rating: 7
The Leway Tape Diaper provides a reasonable level of profile discretion. The padding is pretty thin so it will easily collapse snugly with underwear or meshpants. Without these, I found it had a bit of a diaper bulge at the rear but far from that of the Trest Elite Briefs or BetterDry. Otherwise, the only other issue affecting discretion is that the backsheet rises quite high above the waistline.
|4.1 Leway Tape Diaper Jeans Profile (left) vs Normal Underwear (right)|
|4.2 Leway Tape Diaper Sweats Profile (left) vs Normal Underwear (right)|
Noise Rating: 6
The Leway diaper isn’t the loudest on the market, but not exactly silent. The plastic-backsheet and tendency for the backsheet to separate from the padding makes it quite susceptible to crinkling noises during movement. I rank it similar to the Attends Slip Regular Plus or Carnation Adult Diaper in this regard. Noise can be somewhat minimized when worn with underwear or meshpants, though you’re still likely to notice it.
|4.3 Leway Tape Diaper Noise Profile|
Odor Reduction Rating: 7
I rank the Leway Tape Diaper similar to the Tranquility ATN when it comes to resistance to odors, though for different reasons. While the Tranquility ATN has a strength in providing good protection against surface dampness, it has a looser fit that allows odors to escape more easily. The Leway diaper, on the other hand, has a design that does a good job at preventing odors from escaping, but is more susceptible to surface dampness. Overall, I rarely noticed odors from this diaper but wouldn’t rank it at the top either.