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TRANQUILITY ATN (ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT) ADULT BRIEFS FULL REVIEW


SIZING


The Tranquility ATN Diaper comes in SEVEN sizes:


  1. X-Small 18” to 26” waist or hip*

  2. Small 24” to 32” waist or hip

  3. Medium 32” to 44” waist or hip

  4. Large 45” to 58” waist or hip

  5. X-Large 56” to 64” waist or hip

  6. XX-Large 64” to 90” waist or hip

  7. XXX-Large 70” to 106” waist or hip*


*These products come with cloth like backing and breathable sides with hook and loop tabs.


The fit of the Tranquility ATN gets an “average” rating due to the fact that they do not fit well (if at all) at the larger end of their size listing.  The medium, for example, will fit up to a 40” waist or hip at MOST and at that, the fit is quite snug.  So, if you take off 4” to 5” off the larger end of the fit specifications, you have a more accurate listing of the largest waist or hip size they will fit.


CONSTRUCTION


The Tranquility ATN has a white plastic outer covering (with the exception of the x-small and xxx-large sizes which have a cloth like outer covering).  They have a printed wetness indicator, that is printed in liquid soluble ink that disappears when the diaper gets wet to indicate a need for a change.   The wetness indicator is very faint though, so is kind of hard to see when wearing the diaper.  There are two dual layer adhesive tapes on each side.  The dual layer tapes have a blue tape that attaches to the plastic backing of the diaper with a white tape tab on top of it.  When you need to unfasten and refasten the tape, you pull up on the white tape leaving the blue one behind.  When you want to refasten the tape, you put the white tape right back on the blue tape and you have the same fit as you did when you first put them on!  The ATN has relatively inneffective standing inner leak barriers on each side of the diaper at the legs.  Thankfully though, the elastic at the legs more than makes up for the lousy standing inner leak barriers (if you want to call them that) when it comes to leakage protection.  There is no elastic waist band at all on the Tranquility ATN.


Plastic Backing

The plastic backing on these briefs is very strong.  This plastic does NOT stretch at all when you move.  The tapes will pop loose first.  This diaper has NEVER suffered with the “pinhole” issue in the plastic backing at all, at least in my experience.  The plastic backing is not very quiet, but the crinkling sound can be mostly muffled by putting a pair of underwear on over the diaper.  The underwear also helps keep the tape tabs fastened where you put them.


Elastic Leg Bands

As previously noted, this diaper does not have an elastic waist band at all.  The elastic at the leg openings is VERY effective at giving a snug fit around the legs and in the leg creases, but if the tapes are taped tight enough, it can tend to bind or cut into the skin. My experience with the elastics is they will tend to “roll up” and this leads to chafing, binding and sometimes cutting of the skin.  Usually, if this happens, you really should go to the next size up if you can not fasten the tapes on the size you usually wear any more loosely.  This is why this product received an “average” in the fit department as well.  If the lower tape is fastened comfortably snug though, the elastic will flex as you move, keeping the diaper snug against your skin without allowing leakage.


Standing Inner Leak Barriers

The standing inner leakage barriers on this product are not very effective.  Most of the time they are glued to the inner lining and you have to run your finger along them to stand them up.  they are very short in height and the elastic in them is very loose.  To me they are more like an added piece of inner lining material than standing inner leak barriers.   


Padding Size, Shape and Thickness

The padding shape on this diaper is the “figure 8” shape with good padding out toward the wings!  While the padding does not wrap all the way around the sides, it comes far enough past the elastic in the front and back to catch any wetness that might get past the standing inner leak barrier.  The padding that extends out toward the wings in the front is about 1” to 2” narrower than it is in the back.  This allows a good, less bulky fit but still gives enough padding to make this a very protective product.


The padding on this product is not all that bulky at all, as most of the absorbency comes from super absorbent polymers in the “peach mat”.  The padding is deceptively thin for as absorbent as this product is!  Under everyday clothing, this product would not be obvious, other than an occasional plastic crinkle that you might be able to muffle by wearing a pair of tight fitting underwear over the diaper.  The padding seems to absorb prett quickly, but does not wick well at all.  Usually, the front and between the legs will be soaked (and swollen up) but the back will be, for the most part, dry. 


Dual Layer Refastenable Tape Tabs

As noted above, these diapers have the two piece refastenable tape system, with the blue “under tape” that fastens to the plastic backing and the white top tape that adheres to the blue tape and is used for unfastening and refastening.  Tranquility uses a reasonably large tape tab with a good folded over end that make the tape reasonably easy to grasp when fastening and unfastening, although those with dexterity issues or arthritis may have a little difficulty.  The tapes could hold a bit better, if the manufacturer would use a different adhesive or plastic backing.  They can tend to pop off if you tape the diaper on super snug or if you are a very active person.  This can usually be minimized or eliminated by wearing a pair of underwear over the brief.  The white tape can be unfastened from the blue one and refastened on the blue tape over and over again without any noticeable degradation in stickiness.  The white tab can also be refastened on other ares of the brief where the blue tab is NOT, but then the white tab is no longer refastenable and may rip the plastic backing if unfastened.


QUALITY


The quality of the ATN is pretty decent.  The tape tabs could be a lot better for sure.  They do a reasonable job at keeping the skin dry, but if you are an active person and the diaper is really wet, the padding WILL bunch up and fall down between your legs.  As far as padding and polymer placement and plastic backing strength go, those are good!


APPEARANCE


Again, this diaper is all white, so should just look like regular underwear under a pair of thin white pants.  The wetness indicator is faint enough that you can barely see it WITHOUT anything on over the diaper.  So overall, appearance is decent.


COMFORT


If you like a super tight fitting diaper, you may find these uncomfortable due to the binding and chafing of the leg elastics as mentioned above and the (usually upper) tapes that slide and cause the product to fit much more loosely than when you put it on.  If like me, you prefer a comfortably snug but not tight fit, then this product is relatively comfortable, although the inner lining feels a little rough and “cardboard-like” when dry.  When wet they do a reasonable job of keeping the skin dry.  If the padding gets really wet and you are an active wearer though, it WILL clump and drop down in between your legs.


VALUE FOR THE PRICE


Depending on the company you buy from and the size you buy, this diaper can run anywhere from $1.20 to $1.30 per diaper.  With the padding and tape issues, if they dropped the price down by about $0.30 or so, I’d consider using them around the house as a cheaper alternative.  If you’re a wheelchair user and you are not a heavy wetter, they would be a reasonable full time brief.  Worth a try, but use caution depending on your activity level!

Tranquility ATN (All Through The Night) 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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