It's been awhile since my last post and I have learned much from Northshore through my own experiences with the company's products. I will be giving a detailed product review to the best of my ability. The Megamax is currently the only one I've used and their booster pads are the Eterna, medium and large.
I will say this clearly for anyone looking for a diaper that can meet their ideal long lasting diaper.
IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR AN ACTUAL 12 HOUR PROTECTION DIAPERS THESE ARE IT.
Side Note: YOU NEED TO FLUFF YOUR DIAPERS BEFORE USE. If you don't do this before use then you are throwing away your money. Fluffing in this context, is to GENTLY pull the fibers and allow for the best absorbency the product provides. All of your diapers are compressed into the packaging to allow for less mass when shipping. You have to fluff them up to get them back to what they were before compression. I usually fold my diaper completely in half length wise and gently pull as I inch my up from front to back. I'll even do around the legs during this process. Next un-fold it and again gently pull the diaper width wise. This method I got from youtube video and you can find it if you need a visual aid. It's titled Diaper Fluffing For Efficiency. You do not have to do this for booster pads but you can.
Now that that is out of the way lets break this down a bit further. I've never in all my time using diapers, which has only been about 4 months or so, found a diaper that could hold my preferred volume and still feel dry and comfortable. I can't do the diaper justice but I will try my best to. I have actually worn just one of these diapers longer then any of my diaper diapers because these are now my default go to long lasting diaper. The absorbency rate is astonishing even from a full aching bladder release. The capacity is not based on the whole of the diaper being full I'm absolutely drenched these diapers with hours of full bladder releases and I'm a serious heavy wetter there is no lie in that statement. I have over saturated many of the high capacity diapers such as Rearz and Abena L4. Some Rearz can hold well over 5000ml which is roughly 1 gallon but that's if the entire diaper is used. Abena is a great and cheap price range medical diaper that I recommend to anyone. I have also over saturated them many times without coming to the 12 hour mark. I haven't timed myself or anything it's just based on how quickly these diapers absorb before they start to over flow and then leak. I rank the megamax diapers at #1 long lasting and astonishing satisfactory level of absorption that should be in anyone's mind as to what diaper they need to get through the day without needing to change more then 1 once or 2 twice. Even though I'm sure these Megamax diapers are made internally the same but externally they feel a bit different. The softest exteriors for me judging on feel externally are the pink, blue, white and black. The tye-dyes were a bit stiff but were still comfortable. I'm mostly just referring to the plastic exterior and how to rubs smoothly against my legs back or belly if I'm sitting. Of course the thicker plastic landing strip for the tabs will still cause sweating from built up heat but the key is around the legs. Chafing is a serious issue for anyone wearing a diaper. I have to have smooth diapers to cut down on heat lock which can then cause friction burning on my inner thighs. I've used baby powders to help drop this effect when wearing plastic pants but with my Megamax diapers there has never been a problem.
Another big feature of these diapers is the simple fact that crinkling is almost none existent. Yes, you heard me crinkling is so quite with these diapers that I don't need to wear anything but my pants(usually jeans) or shorts. The elastic around the back prevents a lot of the crinkling from bending or twisting. The only real source of crinkle is from the thicker plastic landing strip for the tabs and the back of the legs. At least in my case this is where my crinkles originate. While standing and walking the crinkling is not to bad under normal clothing. Climbing stairs it's a lot more noticeable however you'd have to be paying attention to notice it. I've walked right past family members without anyone asking where the crinkling was coming from or if I heard it. Now anything over the diaper will cut down or mostly eliminate all sound. Just a pair of boxers or other clothing that covers the diaper completely will do the job.
To further explain how madly in love I am with these incontinence products (ok not madly but extremely affectionate) let me tell you what it feels like to have one of their boosters in your diaper. It's no joke hands down as if I'm wearing another diaper without the bulk of another diaper. I've actually looked inside of these, mostly by accidental tearing after it was fully saturated. I know exactly what you are thinking. “oh god, he got those gel crystals all over his bum”. NOPE. Apart from single stray crystals I got nothing all over myself. I was shocked and looked at the booster closer. Inside the crystals were held in place by either cotton or some other absorbent material. Those crystals, for the most part, were trapped in the structure of the pad. My mind was once again blown away. Most boosters I've used will explode saturated gel crystals all over your diaper. This mesh forces the fluid to flow along the length of the pad and only once it's been fully saturated will any fluid leak out. That is as far as the medium ones are. I am sold on these being my ONLY booster pads. I bought the Eterna dry boosters in a large and medium size because I didn't know which I would like best. There is a size chart on the page but I'm not the best with visualizing measurements. Just a heads up, if you buy any smaller then large the packaging is not the same but they are the same pad just different sizes. I kind of panicked when I received mine thinking I bought the wrong medium. The medium are best for me because I can't usually fill the large pads before they leak into the diaper but I will say they continue to force the fluid to absorb into the pad even as some of it will flow into the diaper. I'm currently wearing a pink diaper with two pads, one medium and one large. Positioned towards the front of my diaper but it feels like I'm not even wearing more protection. To me it just feel like it's slightly thicker and nothing more. My walking it's any less normal then not wearing a diaper at all. I know later in the say it will swell up enough to cause a slight change in stance but for the most part there isn't a huge difference or a noticeable one.
I plan on buying their Air-Flow and the Supreme disposable diapers. The Air-Flow is not plastic backed so there most likely is next to no heat lock between the legs or skin. The Supreme comes in a few colors just like the Magamax. There are purple, green, blue and default white. The colored ones have speckled dots on them. Both are rated to be high capacity so I'm really looking forward to that. On their comparison chart they rate the Megamax to be the most absorbent lasting up to or over 12 hours and I can confirm that is a fact. While the other two previously mentioned come in at 8 hours. I can't wait to test them out! I'll post an update if I do get around to trying them.