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The Tena Slip Maxi Diaper comes in three sizes:

  1. Small 22” to 31” waist or hip

  2. Medium 28” to 43” waist or hip

  3. Large 38” to 58” waist or hip

The Tena Slip Maxi is the newest offering from Europe!  This is the EUROPEAN version of the product, not a US made interpretation.  When I first saw this diaper, I was VERY skeptical of the up to 4,000 ml absorbency capacity (in size large) advertisers were touting.  The thing is thinner than an Attends Breathable Extra Absorbency Brief!  The tape tabs are tiny and the standing leakage barriers are short.  More on those things later.  Let’s just say, in this product that looks ARE deceiving!  Don’t write this product off, as I almost did based on looks or my description.  Read on!

The Fit of the Tena Slip Maxi is surprising!  I have a 38’ waist and 39” - 40” hip and in every other brand (except the DryCare Dry 24/7) I have to wear a large because there is NO WAY their medium diaper is going to fit a 38” waist and 39” or 40” hip, much less a 44” waist or hip like they all tout.  Apparently this is due to the other brands’ leg opening size and leg opening placement.  More on that later as well.  The medium on this product WILL fit me just fine and I can definitely say if you have a 43” waist or hip that the product WILL fit as noted!  If you are at the top end of the size (say a 42” inch waist or hip for medium) DON’T go up to the next size before trying the size your measurements say you should be.  What will happen is you will be very unhappy, as the next size up will be huge in the leg openings and the fit and performance will be affected greatly.  Gapping leg openings WILL leak, no matter how great the absorbency.  The fit of this product is FANTASTIC!


The Tena Slip Maxi diaper has a plastic outer backing, standing inner leak barriers, very generous padding size and shape and a deceptively thin padding, and two tiny and very thin but VERY strong refastenable tapes on each side. This diaper also has a plastic tape landing zone with markings that help you place the tapes when you refasten them right where they were so you get the same fit as when you first placed them.  We're going to cover each feature one by one here:

The trend has been toward a “cloth like” breathable outer backing on diapers nowadays. Personally I despise the cloth like backing (with the EXCEPTION of the Abena Premium Air-Plus and Attends Breathable Briefs lines).  Breathable means air flows through. What flows through with air? Odor! Also, most breathable covers feel damp or clammy on the outside to the touch when the diaper is very wet.  Anyway, I digress. The plastic backing on this product is VERY strong! I can fasten the tapes on the tape landing zone almost to the point of cutting off circulation, and the landing zone does not stretch or tear. Even though the backing is plastic, it does not make noise under everyday clothing like other brands do. I think this is due to how they have bonded the plastic to the padding. I have seen no problems with “pinholes” in the plastic backing on this product AT ALL like I have on others.

Tena did something strange with an elastic “waistband” in the back of the diaper.  There is no elastic at the front waist at all, but at the back, there is a strip of elastic that is maybe 3” long when not stretched that stretches to about 5”.  As you probably noticed, this is not an elastic “waistband” per se, but more of elastic in the back of the diaper.  Frankly, I don’t see where it has ANY effect on diaper fit or leakage containment, so Tena could save some money and charge us less by omitting it, in my opinion.

The Tena Slip Maxi does have standing inner leakage barriers on each side of the padding that extend about 2/3 of the way up the front and about 2/3 of the way up the back of the padding.  They are only about 2/3 the standing height as most products on the market.  Based on the performance of this product, I don’t think they do much and really don’t think they are needed at all.  I say this because when you open the diaper, if you don’t run your finger under the inner leakage barriers they stick to the padding surface and don’t stand up.  I did not do this on the first three diapers I wore and NONE of them even came NEAR to leaking.  In fact, I didn’t even notice the leakage barriers until I read a description on them and it said they had them.  When I found them, I had to firmly run my finger under each of them to loosen them.  Almost like they were glued down.  No biggie.  I didn’t notice a change in performance with them standing anyway.

Padding Size, Shape and Thickness

The padding of this diaper is in a “figure 8” shape with slightly wider padding in the rear.  The padding extends out into the “wings” of the diaper about 3” past the standing inner leak barriers on each side in the front and back.  I am a side sleeper and, between the speed of absorbency, the close fit to the body and the padding out toward the wings in the back and front, I have had NO leaks whatsoever with this product at night. Unlike other premium brands, I do not have to wear a large at night with this product. I can stick with the medium which I use during the day, which is much more comfortable for me and means no longer having two different size products around if I just use this diaper. Unlike other brands, this product is very wide in regards to padding between the legs. While most women do not like wide padding in the crotch area, the padding of this diaper is so thin that bulkiness becomes a non-issue.  For us guys, the width of the padding is AWESOME!  Many times, leakage happens between the legs for us guys as the padding is not wide enough to surround our genitals on each side and wetness heads for the sides where there is not enough padding or diaper and leaks there. The width is also important in cases of bowel incontinence to prevent leakage.

The padding is super thin on this product, which is deceiving for how absorbent it is!  for comparison, I can stack 12 Tena Slip Maxi Diapers beside 10 Attends Breathable Extra Absorbency Briefs and have the same size stacks!  BUT, the Tena Slip Maxi absorbs at least 10 times as much!  The padding is so thin and placed so well that the diaper completely VANISHES under everyday clothing.  The average person would never be able to tell you were wearing a diaper with this product under your everyday clothes.  If you are looking for maximum protection combined with maximum stealth, this product IS IT.  I don’t know what it is that Tena does to the padding of this product, other than it feels much more dense than other products (without being stiff and cardboard-like), but it absorbs a TON in comparison to its’ thickness. 

Strong Refastenable Tapes

Again, another great deception by this product...the awesome tapes!  The tapes consist of a SINGLE layer refastenable tape, unlike other European products that use the two layer taping system.  The other thing is these tapes are TINY.  They’re about the length of other tapes on other diapers, but they are about HALF the width.  Now, you would think this would translate to weak and hard to grasp to fasten and unfasten.  Both of those assumptions are FALSE.  The tapes are made of a thin plastic material that sticks to the tape landing zone and holds like IRON.  The tapes do stretch a bit when the diaper gets wet and heavy but they DO NOT break, and somehow they keep the diaper as tight as when you first put it on.  I don’t know how they do this since they stretch, but the fit stays the same.  At the ends of the tapes, there is a very generous folded over section that makes grasping the tape for fastening and unfastening easy.  You can refasten these tapes over and over again without any degradation in stickiness.  They hold so well that pulling them off of the tape landing zone takes a bit of force.  Truly amazing tapes for their size.


So far, having used only one bag of these briefs, I have found the quality to be quite good. I can’t say outstanding, as it seems their die that cuts the plastic backing shape is damaged or dull.  You can see spots at the bottom of the side wings that are not cut quite right...almost a ripped look.  BUT that does NOT affect the performance or rest of the quality of this product.  I have not found any loose tapes that were taped to other parts of the diapers when opened, making them useless like happens with a lot of brands, I have not found clumped up polymer in uneven areas and no matter how wet the padding gets, it does NOT break up and sag down into the crotch when you’re active like a lot of other brands!  The taping panel comes out closer to the ends of the front wings than any other brand, allowing the diaper to fit a larger size waist while still being able to utilize the tape landing zone.  Overall quality has been quite impressive!


OK, here’s the one big downside to this product, for me anyway.  If you look at the picture above, you will see the backing is white, which is good, but it is all printed up with purple printing, which is bad.  If you’re just wearing this diaper under thin white pants or shorts, it is a good chance that the purple design on the tape landing zone and the purple dot stripes on either side of the wetness indicator will show through.  The wetness indicator itself consists of two dull yellow lines next to each other, that really wouldn’t show.  Why Tena chose to put all of the printing all over the diaper and tape landing zone, I just don’t understand.  Now mind you, I much prefer an all white diaper, but I know most people don’t care, so for you this may be a non issue.  I can pretty much look over what I consider to be a detractor though, as most all the time I am wearing blue jeans anyway and the performance and stealthiness of this product is so good.  Still though, all white would have been nice....


These diapers are cut very generously as I noted previously. The waist snugs to your waist very  well, the tapes keep the diaper good and tight and it has a very generous width between the legs. For us guys, this diaper is very comfortable as it has the space we need. While dry, they are very comfortable and fit very well. Once wet, they remain very well fitting without sagging and falling apart. Skin dryness is EXCELLENT and stays that way until the product is saturated.  If you remember the inner lining Procter and Gamble used to use in Attends Briefs in the late 80s - mid 90s, you’ll be familiar with the inner lining of these.  It is not harsh against the skin, but does have that mesh-like feel that the Attends of those days had.


Like most other brands of premium adult diapers (Molicare, Abena, etc...) these are a bit on the pricey side at $1.47 - $1.65 per diaper (by the case) depending on size at XP Medical.  DO NOT let the price scare you. I will definitely keep a stock of these around for the summer when “thin is in” so to speak under shorts and the like.  My place of purchase is going to be XP Medical, who has the lowest price on them of any retailer on the Internet.  Gary has worked hard to bring it to the US market at a great price! That and outstanding customer service mean I will stick with this product. I urge you to give them a try!


Tena Slip Maxi Briefs at a Glance

Fit                                                Very Good        Good        Average        Poor

Ease of Putting it on                  Very Good        Good        Average        Poor

Comfort while dry                      Very Good        Good        Average        Poor

Absorbency                                Very Good        Good        Average        Poor

Rewet Absorbency                    Very Good        Good        Average        Poor

Comfort While wet                     Very Good        Good        Average        Poor

Keeps skin dry                           Very Good        Good        Average        Poor

Ease of Removal                        Very Good        Good        Average        Poor

Plastic backing strength           Very Good        Good        Average        Poor

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