In April 2013, North Shore Care began carrying Gary Wear Active Briefs. Although available through the Gary Wear website for a while, North Shore Care, a distributor of medical supplies including those for incontinence, bedwetting, and more, announced they would be carrying these waterproof protective pants designed to be worn along with disposable incontinence or bedwetting products. Made for “people of all ages” the pants are designed for those who find traditional plastic pants to be too hot, inconvenient, and noticeable.
About Gary Wear Active Briefs
Gary Wear Briefs are made from 100% PUL, or polyurethane laminate. PUL is made by taking ordinary polyester knit fabric and treating one side of the fabric with a thin film of polyurethane. The resulting fabric is still soft and supple, however the addition of the polyurethane makes the garment waterproof. The treated side is usually worn on the inside of the garment, making the outside look like it is simple the original material.
Sizes for the Gary Wear briefs fit waists 22″ – 55″, making them a good bet for children who may need extra protection while using GoodNites, or even over regular underwear. They do not absorb wetness by themselves, so they will not contain a heavy accident without additional protection such as an underpant or bedwetting diaper. They are available in a wide range of colors including white, blush, latte, gray, navy and black. More information is available at GaryWear.com.
Gary Wear Active Briefs Review
We obtained a sample of Gary Wear Active Briefs and are pleased to say they are very well-made and effective. For years, PUL has been used primarily by WAHM’s (Work at home mom’s) to make their own diaper covers and protective pants, and extending this to a mass-manufactured product is commendable. The pants are very well designed and stitched, with a single tag placed on the front of the brief to denote which is the front. Knowing which way is front or back, and if a pant is inside out or not is a common problem with traditional plastic pants.
The accompanying insert with the briefs say it can hold up through 50-100 washings, which may not sound like a lot, but we have seen numerous traditional plastic pants that develop holes in them, or lose their elastic. after only a few washings. The briefs can be dried in a normal dryer on a low setting.
After trying the brief for a few days, it is definitely quieter and softer than a traditional plastic pant. It also does not make the wearer sweat and feel hot as a normal 100% PVC pant tends to do. After following the directions in the insert, the pants came out of the dryer looking like new with no damage.
If you are looking for a low-noise, quality alternative to plastic pants, we highly recommend the Gary Wear Active Briefs.