While advances in padmaking and underwear construction means that most people wear fitted underpants that pads can wrap around – not everyone wears underpants that can work with cloth pads. Some people wear things like “bloomers” or boxer short styles of underwear, which are either too loose fitting to hold a pad firmly in place or have a crotch section too wide to snap a pad around.
For some, they like the extra security of a pad that is held against the body more firmly than you might get from regular underpants and pads. For whatever reason, there are still a few people who do prefer belted pads!
A belted pad consists of some type of “belt” part that goes around the waist or hips, which holds up the pad or pad holder. Then there is the pad section that goes up between the legs – attaching at the back and front to the belt.
Belted pads are basically like any normal pad, but they are longer so that they can span the distance from the front of the belt to the back, and are wingless as they attach to the belt rather than to underwear. You can wear the belt on your waist or hips – wherever is most comfortable for you.
Obsidian Star Belted pads come in 3 varieties.
The “casing” or “Flat end” version – has a flat top that is folded over and either sewn down or snapped, creating a casing to thread your belt through. The sewn version requires you to remove the belt when you change pads, and thread the belt through the new pad. The snapped version allows pads to be removed while the belt is on.
The “snap” version (shown to the right) has a narrower pointy end that folds over with a snap. This version is designed to allow you to change pads while the belt is still on and to provide a slimmer and hopefully less obvious pad. However, if you intend to wear the belt on your hips, this shape pad may not have enough coverage at the front for you, especially if you bleed to the front.
The 3rd design has the pad attached to the belt via an extendable snapped portion. This allows the pad to be threaded onto the holder and the overall length of the pad can be adjusted as needed.
Belted pads are made to order, with a limited range of fabric print options. If you would like a belted pad, please email me for details. You can select an AIO pad style or a base& insert design and there are several lengths to choose from.