Gary Wear Waterproof Active Briefs Review

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.

Gary Wear Active Briefs

Source: North Shore Care

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

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.

Are plastic pants ok for bedwetters?

Many people think of plastic pants with cloth diapers like parents do for babies and toddlers.  The traditional Gerber vinyl pants have been used for decades for babies through toddlers. While plastic or rubber pants are used with diapers for very young children, the use of plastic pants can be beneficial for older children as well. In fact, plastic pants or incontinence pants are made in every size from babies through very large adults.

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Gerber XXL Vinyl Pants

The toddler size vinyl pants from Gerber will fit up to a 25″ waist comfortably, depending on the thigh-size of the child. Older children with larger thighs may find the leg elastics too small. Gerber vinyl pants in the toddler size are slowly being replaced in retail outlets for XL size (4T) pants available in 3 packs in white, boys (blue designs) and girls (pink designs.)

Gerber vinyl plastic pants can be used in addition to GoodNites or a disposable undergarment, or over disposable briefs (diapers) in the case of severe incontinence. For older children, you will want to find a retail outlet that supplies reusable vinyl or plastic pants in a size small adult or a youth sizes.

Plastic pants should never be used to embarass or ashame children experiencing bedwetting. They should not be used with an alarm-training system, since changing wet sheets and bedding is a process of learning to stay dry. Bedwetting alarms and night-time training systems routinely measure progress by the size of the wet spot on your child’s bedding.

Additional manufacturers of youth-size plastic pants will be featured on in the future.

Tiger Step-Ins Plastic Pants

Plastic pants are a popular choice for use over regular underwear, cloth products, and even over disposables for extra protection. While the basic functionality of plastic pants is fairly simple, there are many different varieties of pants available ranging in gauges of plastic, colors, prints, and materials.

When most people think of plastic pants, they usually think of the plastic pant that made them popular – the Gerber plastic pant used by millions of parents using cloth diapers.  These durable vinyl pants were the staple for years and are easily found in most department stores up to toddler size.

Tiger Step-Ins plastic pants, however, are not your traditional plastic pant.

The pants come in either a milky white (with a slightly yellowish tint) or a royal blue color with white trim.  The milky white pants feel like a mix between vinyl and a more rubber-like material.  They are very soft and quiet.  They tend to run large, so ordering a size smaller than you need usually works best.

Their blue pant is made of a different material and feels almost like a heavy-gauge, embossed waterproof mattress cover material.  They too tend to run large  based on the sizing on the Tiger website.

The Tiger StepIns have testimonials from several buyers, including one from Camp Kirk, a summer camp for kids with ADD, ADHD and bed-wetting/incontinence.   The company also manufactures a four-layer pair of briefs suitable for night-time use or for kids with mild daytime wetting issues.

Like most plastic pants, it is recommended they be hand-washed and not used in a clothes dryer.

We will have a more thorough review of the Step-Ins in our product review category here soon.

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Vinyl or Plastic Pants

he term “plastic pants” is not a very accurate term anymore.  More accurately, waterproof pants are a way to protect clothing or the bed in case an absorbent or disposable product leaks.  They can come in various thickness of vinyl, plastic, rubber and other materials that have been waterproofed.  A material known as “PUL” which is a polyurethane laminated fabric that can be applied to almost any fabric.

The most common view of plastic pants are used on babies and toddlers over cloth diapers.  Gerber plastic pants are the most well-known brand, and they come in various sizes, colors and patterns.

Plastic pants are also made for older children and adults to help control leaks from bed-wetting, diapers, underpads, etc.  Traditionally, plastic pants in adult sizes are of a studier nature than their toddler counterparts, and come in two different main styles: pull-ons and snaps.

Despite their effectiveness in controlling leaks, plastic pants are generally not recommended  to be used over underpants such as GoodNites or Underjams. The reasoning behind this is kids want to feel more independent and less like they are wearing a diaper.  If the child is a heavy wetter, however, then plastic pants can obviously be used if need be.  They should not be used with a bed-wetting alarm as part of alarm training is the actual wetting sensation and alarm sounding.

There are many different manufacturers of youth and adult plastic pants.  Please see the reviews on other pages for examples of youth plastic pants and their features.