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The Northshore MegaMaxl AirLock Diaper comes in four sizes:
•Small 24” to 34” waist or hip
•Medium 32” to 44” waist or hip
•Large 42” to 54” waist or hip
•X-Large 50" to 60" waist or hip
The Northshore MegaMax AirLock comes in two colors: White and Black
The fit of the NorthShore MegaMax AirLock Brief gets a “Very Good” rating due to the fact that they not only fit the size range they say, they actually leave a little EXTRA room, for if you are an inch or two larger than the stated size. In my opinion, this is one of the best fitting diapers on the market per its' stated sizes! The tape tabs are one piece and do NOT stretch at all, so when they are placed, that is the fit you have. Now, on the opposite end of the spectrum, it gets a "Good" for ease of removal, because the tapes are overly strong and rip the taping zone when being removed if you remove them the way you would remove tapes from other diapers. We'll cover this more later.
The Northshore MegaMax AirLock Brief has a white or black very heavy breathable cloth-like backing, with a clear, very thick plastic tape landing zone, that makes the tape tabs refastenable....kind of, but we'll cover that later. Off the landing zone, the cloth backing will allow you to fasten the tapes to it, but they do not hold nearly as well.. There are two single layer adhesive tabs on each side. If you need to refasten the brief, you pull up the tape tab by the blue strip on the end and place it back on the tape landing zone. This is a little easier said than done, but we'll cover that later. This is the reason they get a "good" rating for ease of removal. These briefs have VERY tall standing inner leak barriers that are quite effective at containing any kind of leakage. There is an elastic waistband in front AND back which is about 1.5” tall. The padding extends out toward the side wings in the front and back, so the padding has an hourglass shape. The padding on the whole MegaMax line is larger and longer than your average diaper, giving much better coverage and protection!
Strong WHITE Cloth-Like Backing
The all white or black cloth-like backing on these briefs very strong, with no pinhole issues that would cause leakage. The backing also does NOT pass moisture, like other cloth-like backed diapers. This leaves the outside of the diaper feeling dry. The backing is not stretchy, compared to other cloth-like briefs on the market, which leads to a nice snug fit that gives a real feeling of confidence that the diaper will not droop or sag. Even thought it is not stretchy, it moves well with your movement. The cloth-like backing makes absolutely NO noise under lightweight clothing or shorts. The plastic tape landing zone makes the faitest occasional crinkle, but this is VERY rare. Under heavy pants or jeans, this brief makes NO noise at all. There is a very light wetness indicator in the shape of the Northshore logo that fades away when the diaper is wet. This wetness indicator is NOT on the black version of this diaper. This wetness indicator will in no way show through lightweight clothing, as it is very light.
As noted above, this diaper does have an elastic waist band in the front AND back for those of you who like an elastic waist. Personally I do not find this elastic waist all that effective against wetness in the front when the diaper is saturated. I have found the rear elastic waistband very effective in incidences of bowel incontinence, along with the higher fit of the whole MegaMax diaper line the back. The elastic at the leg openings is VERY effective at giving a comfortable and snug fit around the legs and in the leg creases without binding or cutting into the skin. If the lower tape is fastened comfortably snug, the elastic will flex as you move, keeping the diaper snug against your skin without allowing leakage.
The standing inner leak barriers in this diaper are very effective! They are actually some of the tallest leak barriers I've ever seen! The nice thing is that when you stretch the diaper out to put it on, the standing inner leak barriers stand up on their own with no extra attention needed.
Padding Size, Shape and Thickness
The padding shape on this diaper, and on the entire MegaMax line, is a lot bigger than the the “figure 8” shape we’re all used to with padding out toward the wings a bit farther in the back and front than many other diapers with the “figure 8” padding shape. The padding also comes up much higher in the front and back than most diapers on the market which is great for those who sit all the time (such as wheelchair users) for wetness protection at the waist in front, and bowel protection at the waist in the back. While the padding does not wrap all the way around the sides, it comes far enough out toward the sides in the front and back to catch any wetness that may run around to the side while sitting or laying down. Even IF wetness rolls around to the side, it will NOT soak through the breathable backing on the sides, unlike other cloth backed diapers that allow the wetness to pass through. The padding that extends out toward the wings in the front is about 1” narrower than it is in the back. This allows a good fit but still gives enough padding to make this a very protective product.
The padding on this product is not very bulky at all! It is amazing that the MegaMax AirLock absorbs as much as it does! Northshore estimates it at up to about 40 oz, but realistically I think they will absorb a bit more thant that. This makes for a fantastic daytime AND night time diaper that can easily be concealed under everyday clothes or sweats. Under everyday clothing, this product nearly vanishes! The padding seems to absorb very quickly and it keeps the skin very dry! The padding does NOT bunch up or come apart when wet! This diaper is a fantastic pick for heavy incontinence during the day AND night for both men and women! Due to very large and wide padding area and a very good rear waistband, this diaper is ideal for bowel incontinence for both men AND women.
OK, here is my only real complaint about this diaper, although it's not necessarily a BAD thing. The tapes are CRAZY strong. By that I mean, if you have a weak grasp, you very likely will have trouble unfastening these tapes. There IS a solution to his issue though. If you grasp the tape tab by the top or bottom corner and peel it diagonally, instead of straight across, the tape releases easier and is far less likely to rip the tape landing zone. This is why this diaper receives the "good" rating for ease of removal. The tape tabs (two per side) are EASILY double the size of any tape on any other diaper on the market! They are clear with a blue grasping strip at the end. The tapes are strong enough that they can (and often do) rip the tape landing zone off of the diaper if you pull them straight across, and are very noisy when you pull them loose. They do leave adhesive residue behind on the tape landing zone when you unfasten them, but can be refastened over and over and over again without a problem.
Overall, the quality of the Northshore MegaMax diaper line across he board is very good, with no stray padding pieces outside of the padded area, tabs that hold very well and great absorbency. The product seems VERY consistent quality-wise. I have found that the quality consistency is EXCELLENT with all of the MegaMax diapers. You never feel clumps of padding or polymer, no polymer granules poking the backing, etc.. I have been really amazed at the consistency of the MegaMax product line. If it works well for you once, it will work well for you again and again!
The padding of these diapers does NOT break up or clump, no matter how active you are! I’m not sure how they do it, but I have never had a tape, padding or backing problem with them no matter what I'm doing!
For those who prefer an ALL WHITE diaper, this product is perfect for you! As you can see in the picture above, these diapers are ALL WHITE with a very faint Northshore logo wetness indicator. The black version of this product has NO wetness indicator at all. This product would not show through a pair of white pants, unless you are wearing the black version. Since many people also wear black underwear, this would not appear unusual under everyday clothing.
These diapers fit amazingly! They fit the sizes indicated with room to spare, if needed. They have VERY generous padding size which leaves plenty of area for absorbency and bowel protection and a secure feeling to their fit. The interior of the diaper is very soft to the touch, and the exterior is reasonably smooth for a cloth-like backing. I have had no problems with chafing of the thighs when walking in my braces. You can fasten them as snug as you like and they will hold. I give these VERY high marks in the comfort department, even when wet!
Considering the average cost of these diapers can be in the $2.49 PER DIAPER range after shipping (based on size large in case quantity), I find the cost to be a bit hard to swallow. With the quality and protection you get (not to mention discretion when wearing!), it very well may be worth the price! If you really need lighter absorbency, you might want to check out the cloth backed MegaMax AirLock LITE Brief.