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Last Post: Feb 08 2011 10:14 AMby: GrandpaJ

John1000
John1000
Member since:
10/8/10

Depend BB guidelines

Feb 03 2011 06:12 AM

It has been noted that Depend is not a top-of-the-line diaper. While this may be an accurate sentiment, Depend has some very essential value for one who is incontinent. Depend, it must be understood, is a company in the business of making a profit at the same time as fulfilling a market need. That market is you ... us. The only way to keep us buying Depend products instead of switching to another brand is by researching ways to improve their products. Will they satisfy everyone? Unlikely. Does Kimberly-Clark, the makers of Depend, know this? Well, Depend is very nearly a mainstay in the adult diaper industry and sold in virtually every chain drug and health store globally. I'm sure that says something (beyond marketing) for Depend being a product with satisfactory results. But that will not stop someone for deciding to buy a different product because of a need they have which Depend DOES NOT fulfill. Everyone is different.

I wear Depend briefs. I like the Depend briefs. These are the reasons:

1) More underwear-like (in appearance and feel) than any other maker of briefs.
2) Discreet.
3) Has a satisfying absorbency for MY needs. My bladder does not have a big capacity and what leaks is (usually) quickly absorbed.
4) Price (especially with an in-store discount).
5) Convenience. Sold almost everywhere.

Are there reasons I may not use Depend? Of course; Depend is not the Holy Grail of diapers. I may even invest in another brand for those specific occasions during which Depend will fall short of my needs. We all know what our needs are and what is best to facilitate those needs. Kimberly-Clark would even like to hear from you. It is in business to provide you a product.

So what do you think is good about the Depend brand of diapers? What is not?
draco_americanus
draco_americanus
Member since:
3/30/09

RE: Depend BB guidelines

Feb 03 2011 09:07 AM

Well here are my reasons for using the max tape on diapers
Avalibility, allmost any drug store sells them and have them on sale from time to time
I find them very comfortable even when partly wet
They don't sag like the other higher absorbency brands
I can wear them with just about any type of clothing (A kilt may be a problem though lol )
They are not clothlike and as such they don't cause a rash on my inner legs
The tapes hold well, some times even too well though
They are white, not blue or purple..ect
The standing leakage barriers work well enough for my needs
sick of being sick
sick of being sick
Member since:
3/31/09

RE: Depend BB guidelines

Feb 03 2011 05:14 PM

At times, Depend has been an EXCELLENT product for me. The changes they have made lately have resulted in a product that does not suit me as much, and also fits my body shape far less well.

I stocked up on some of the older Protective Underwear (which works GREAT for me), and also some of the old green and first revision of white fitted briefs that I use when I am really sick or having a bowel prep or something where I am likely to lose control.

The newest revision of the Men's Protective Underwear is better than their last two and I use it sometimes...but I sure wish they would sell me the old one that fits so well. I often end up buying a store brand when I'm not sick enough to use the expensive Dutch brand pullups I use most of the time, because the store brand fits me better.

I like the printed Depends for doctor's office visits and things, where I might be slightly seen in them.

I am willing to pay more, but they don't quite make what works well for me right now.
Allgood
Allgood
Member since:
10/26/09

RE: Depend BB guidelines

Feb 05 2011 06:39 PM

I use the max fitted or what they are now calling tear away, I get a good fit, the tapes stay stuck, absorbency(while not the best does meet my needs) and the biggest is the plastic backing(I am quite active and any of the fabric back products give me wicked chaffing) also helps they are reasonably priced and readily available.
JaneF
JaneF
Member since:
11/17/10

Re: Depend BB guidelines

Feb 06 2011 06:43 AM

Hey, guys.

Just so you know. The moderators do read all of your posts and we pass along your product suggestions and feedback.

We're always glad to get as much specific information about our products from our consumers as possible. For more direct contact you can use the "Chat Online" link found at the top of the page or call us at 1-877-413-3736.

Thanks for all of your input.

JaneF
ingr848
ingr848
Member since:
3/31/09

Re: Depend BB guidelines

Feb 06 2011 10:22 AM

Jane F, if you really read these posts, then can I politely ask why you do not put the stretchy gathers on the front v part of the Depends for Men? I always felt that may hug that area better for less leakage potential.

Don't get me wrong, I love them and use them every day, and won't waste my time paying a little less money for a store brand pullup. And the pad still goes a little further back than I need and could use just a little more in front, but that maybe just me.

All in all, I think, a very good product that works well for me other that those little tweaks that would be appreciated. Thank You for listening.
Puffy Pants
Puffy Pants
Member since:
12/24/09

Re: Depend BB guidelines

Feb 06 2011 10:42 AM

Yes, I agree with you, more absorbing ability up front, where the leaky hose is kept! And leg gathers similar to the Max fitted brief would really assist with containment too, they work, but always could work better! :) Puffy
jbird
jbird
Member since:
8/9/10

Re: Depend BB guidelines

Feb 07 2011 04:18 AM

My only suggesstion is to add ptotective pants and maybe a cloth diaper to your product line. It would be great just to use one supplier. Otherwise I think what you make works okay
dustyboy
dustyboy
Member since:
11/26/10

Re: Depend BB guidelines

Feb 07 2011 04:56 PM

My recommendations:

1. Increase the thickness of the max fitted brief. The absorbency is all-right, my problem usually comes from squeeze out when I sit in a wet diaper. I think this is because there is too much polymer and not enough fluff in this diaper. The thickness could be increased by half without affecting the profile of the diaper under the clothing and this would allow for a smaller concentration of moisture per square inch.

2. Go back to the old wide style tapes that were on the original white overnight briefs. They didn't need to be as sticky because they had a larger surface area to stick to and as such didn't tear the shell of the diaper when they came off.

3. Sell the max fitted briefs by the case-lot like most other adult diaper manufacturers do. Put four bags of 20 in one box and sell it at a slightly discounted price either online or somewhere like costco.
sick of being sick
sick of being sick
Member since:
3/31/09

Re: Depend BB guidelines

Feb 07 2011 08:08 PM

I strongly disagree with some of the requests here.

I realize the majority of the men's market have urine leakage from prostate problems, but there is already a product--Depend Guards For Men--to address problems with dripping.

As they have modified the Depend Protective Underwear, most of the revisions have made it worse for me. The first few versions were great...I still have some old bags (I sometimes hunt them on ebay if they have a case of the old comfortable ones that work), but then they really decreased the pulp and increased the SAP (super-absorbent polymer), I guess in an attempt to make them thinner, but this caused them to bunch up on me and make lumps just from sweat, nothing to do with any leakage.

So I had to start changing them a couple times a day, even with no accidents, as I had a SAP rock poking out from the seat of my pants. At that point, I might as well special-order a premium product 'cause it will start to cost less with the use of fewer products per day.

Then they started modifying the product to fit women better, again making it worse for me. If I did have prostate problems, it would be useless as the product would bunch up causing my "male member" (this site considers anatomy terms to be dirty!) to fall out the side.

When they came out with the gender-specific products, they were not much better at first.

The newer revisions have been much improved. I can now wear them sometimes, but my light leakage is fecal, not urinary, so moving all of the padding to the front would totally destroy this product for me. It's a lot less useful already.

Also, about 10 months ago I had an advanced prostate infection and experienced significant problems with urgency. I was driving around an unfamiliar part of town in a residential zone. I knew there was a library, and I kept going around trying to find it as I really, severely needed to urinate.

I did not find one in time and I could not contain it anymore. I thought I would be safe as I was wearing one of the Depend Underwear for Men products (for my fecal incontince), but it was not. I think because I was sitting in my car, with too much padding at the front.

It leaked out between my legs at the back and despite the fact that I had my "kit" with me, I had to go home and change my pants before I could to back to work.

I do agree with the previous post that I wish there was less SAP and more fluff in the products, like the original Protective Underwear which were still discrete enough to wear under "scrubs", but did not bunch up like these do.

I will be happy to provide lot numbers of some of the ones that I like so much if it might help.

I would like to be able to go back to buying Depend products, one bag at a time, rather than spending $100 at a time for a case of pullups and shipping them from two states away, but I can't count on the present design. They are not "dependable" for either fecal or as I discovered urinary leakage, at least not on my body, so I only use them now when I am in remission and don't expect any problems, and they are just a final backup.
GrandpaJ
GrandpaJ
Member since:
10/15/09

Re: Depend BB guidelines

Feb 08 2011 10:14 AM

I use mostly Depend products and find no serious problem with any of the products. The pull ups are the best in my opinion and I use them every day of my life. Usually my wife picks up the supplies needed when she shops and so store brands for night time pads, diapers and such are what ever she picks up.

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