THIS PROTECTIVE UNDERWEAR IS SUITABLE FOR:
Men: Heavy daytime and VERY LIGHT night time dribbling urinary incontinence for some.
Women: Heavy day time and heavy night time urinary incontinence.
Men and Women: Light bowel incontinence.
The NorthShore GoSupreme Pull-Up comes in five sizes:
•Small 22” to 32” waist or hip
•Medium 30” to 40” waist or hip
•Large 36” to 48” waist or hip
•X-Large 44” to 56” waist or hip
•2X-Large 56" to 80" waist or hip
The fit of the Northshore GoSupreme Pull-Up, like their tape on briefs, will definitely fit what their sizing says. I wear a large, as I have a 40” waist, and and the large pull-up was comfortably snug but not tight. I’m sure it will stretch to fit a 48” waist/hip, but you might want to move up to the next size if you are right at the top end of the size you normally wear. We’ll cover that more later. The leg openings on these protective underwear are large enough, but not so large as to be loose if you are at the smaller end of the sizing. As with all protective underwear, while the fit is really good and they are comfortable, the wetter/heavier they get, the more they will want to slide down. This is just the “nature of the beast” when you have a product that is made to fit a wide range of sizes with no way to snug up the fit, as you would with a tape on diaper. With protective underwear, this is just normal, not a defect.
The Northshore GoSupreme Protective Underwear have a plain white cloth-like outer covering. They have no wetness indicator. The GoSupreme Protective Underwear have very effective standing inner leak barriers that do not allow wetness to pass through, to help prevent leakage at the legs. As with all other disposable protective underwear on the market, the only moisture proof area is where the padding is. If wetness runs off of the padding, it WILL come through the material of the underwear. The back of the pullup is indicated by blue lines in the waistband material of the product, as well as a tape strip that can be used to roll the protective underwear up and tape it closed for disposal. This tape tab is in the back, so if you can’t quite distinguish the blue threads in the waistband, the tape tab will help you tell which is the back.
The Northshore GoSupreme Protective Underwear, like all pull-ups on the market, have a cloth like outer covering that is breathable and allows moisture to escape all over, except where the padded area is. The center of the protective underwear (where the padding is) has a non-breathable sheet of plastic UNDER the cloth like backing, which makes NO noise whatsoever (to understand this process, see our Paper or Plastic? article) which means NO pinhole leaks and NO damp or clammy feeling on the outside of the underwear when it is very wet! This is a VERY rare thing for cloth like disposable diapers and pull-ups. This helps to contain odor too, which is usually a problem with cloth backed products as well.
The elastic at the leg openings is VERY effective at giving a snug fit around the legs and in the leg creases. The elastic is tight enough to prevent leaks for those with skinny legs, but will also stretch enough to accommodate those with larger legs.
The elastic around the waist and sides of the Northshore GoSupreme is very durable and does not tend to stay stretched out and loose of overstretched, like many other brands.
The standing inner leakage barriers on this product are incredibly effective. Really they are more for bowel containment than urine, as the padding absorbs SO fast that there is no need. They only come up all the way to the top of the padding in the front of the pullup and all the way up to the top of the padding in the back, where they are truly needed and VERY effective. I have not found any standing inner leak barriers stuck to the inside of this brand of protective underwear. Usually you have to run your finger along the leak barrier before putting different brands of protective underwear on so that the barrier stands up. No need with these!
The padding shape on this pullup is pretty much a rectangular pad down the center of the protective underwear between the standing inner leak barriers. The padding in the front flares out toward the sides about 1/8” to 1/4” past the standing inner leak barriers, presumably to give a bit better protection in the front when urine spreads out.
The padding on this product is not all that bulky at all, for as thick and heavy as it is. The padding is easily double the thickness of most all other protective underwear on the market. Under regular street clothes though, it would never be noticed, as the padding is wide enough in between the legs for men, but nowhere near as wide as your average disposable adult diaper, so the product fits close to the body and well into the leg creases. The good news with this product is that Northshore has ensured that the padding in the front and back comes up a good 2” to 3” higher than the average brand on the market. This is good news for men, as it gives better protection in the front where men wet most and good news for both men and women, because there is plenty of padding for moisture to wick to to keep the skin dry. With the higher/wider padding in the back, this pullup is also suitable for someone who may have a small bowel accident. In general I do NOT ever recommend protective underwear for bowel incontinence, as this is no the intent of the product in the marketplace, but this product may be suitable for minor/light bowel incontinence.
Now, that said, I DO NOT recommend this or any other protective underwear on the market for men who have heavy urinary incontinence at night...period. Men do not “aim” in the same direction (down between the legs) at all times, therefore, if you are a side sleeper as a man, you pretty much guaranteed to leak out of this and any other protective underwear on the market, as you likely will not be pointed into the center of the product. I have found no brand of protective underwear on the market as of yet that work for me as a man at night. It’s just the nature of the product. On the other hand, for women, this product should work perfectly for heavy incontinence at night, as women wet the center of the padding generally toward the middle. This product has plenty of padding thickness and size for a female for heavy night time use.
For those who are wondering about padding bunching up...the padding on this product DOES NOT bunch up! The construction of the padding and amount of polymer keep the padding in place and it does not even clump anywhere! I have not had padding quality problems either seated in my wheelchair or walking in my braces.
The quality of the NorthShore GoSupreme Protective Underwear is amazing so far! I have found NO quality issues...no padding outside of the are it’s supposed to be in, no pinhole issues and no elastic issues on the standing inner leak barriers OR the leg elastics. As I noted above, there was no feel of dampness or clamminess on the outside of the protective underwear, even when it was soaked! Odor was no problem either, unless like other absorbent incontinence protection products, it is worn way too long. Time will tell if this kind of quality control will hold. If it does, there are many brands that could take some notes on this kind of quality!
Again, this protective underwear is all white, so should just look like regular underwear under a pair of thin white pants. There is no wetness indicator, which lends to the white underwear appearance. Overall, appearance is excellent!
The Northshore GoSupreme Protective Underwear is comfortable when put on dry AND when extremely wet! The lining on the inside is very soft to the touch and the standing inner leak barriers, while tall and super effective are soft and pliable and do not chafe. Understand that the wetter the protective underwear get, the more they will want to slide down. Again, this is just the nature of a product that is made to fit a wide range of sizes/body shapes with no ability to adjust the tightness of fit. This is not an exclusive problem for this brand. In my experience, this problem applies to every brand of protective underwear I have tried so far. The elastic around the hips and waist is soft and comfortable against the skin and stretches to move with you to avoid chafing of the skin. The backing is not quite as soft as some other brands I have tried, but it is not like sandpaper either, like some other brands I have tried. It glides easily across the skin where it touches and is not uncomfortable. It does feel a bit “paper-like” though.
This brand of disposable protective underwear is only available at Northshore Care Supply. The prices run anywhere from $1.16 per pullup in size small, up to $1.43 per pullup in size x-large. These prices are DEFINITELY worth it for this kind of quality and performance! Northshore lists the absorbency of this product at 38 oz., which or a pullup is excellent, but understand your results may vary. Don’t believe me? order a bag first and see. Drop an email to me and let me know what you think!