A few months ago, you couldn’t browse Facebook without seeing ads for Padkix: Periods of Happiness everywhere. They were so popular, they sent several pairs to several news outlet for review – allowing Padkix to successfully back their fifth project in late 2015 with 3,331 backers for a total of $224,104.
Here is a complete, thourough of the panties that were sent in the project Periods of Happiness and of Padkix.
Let’s get this out of the way. The panty is completely, utterly, disastrous. As a seamstress I can recognize when I am paying for quality and when I’ve been sold bullshit. Padkix is selling bullshit.
The panty that was shown in the popular Buzzfeed appeared to be a blend of cotton. Padkix stated that this version of the panty was not used in the end as it was “too silky”. While no information on the materials used was provided, my best guest is that both fabrics used for the panty are a mix of lycra and nylon… Unfortunately, it’s not as soft and comfortable as one would have hoped for.
The biggest issue hundreds backers had was with sizing. Padkix claimed that their panties were comparable in size to Hanes Hipster Panties and displayed a size chart… that was 3 size too small. In actuality, because the panties barely stretch due to the fabric layers, they are barely able to cover my butt while remaining on my hips… Rendering them very uncomfortable to wear.
On the odd day that I’m not feeling too bloated and somehow manage to wear these, I found that they are unfortunatly not as absorbant as they were hyped up to be. Even on small flow days, I found leakage on the sides, in the bias tape. The pad appears to be the same material all over, unlike your traditional pad that has various materials that trap liquid in the middle to prevent leakage. The pad on the Padkix panties feels like… you are stuffing a sponge covered in fleece down your pants and praying for the best.
Padkix: the disaster of a company
The first thing that you need to know about me is that I’m very familiar with Kickstarter. I’ve backed many project – both successes and complete flops. My biggest propblem with Padkix is that it is an established company using Kickstarter’s platform in order to avoir responsibility when their products fail. For those not familiar with Kickstarter – you are not paying for a product. You are support the launch of product that is in the prototype stages. Padkix Design Lab is an established compnay that has had numerous Kickstarters for the same product.
On all of their past kickstarters, you will find the same complaints. The panties are poorly designed, poorly packaged, no washing instructions are sent, the sizes are completely off… and Padkix stops replying to comments after a certain amount of time and moves on to another project.
This time around, Padkix did offer size exchange… however, customer had to pay for the shipping cost. After some outrage on the Kickstarter page, Padkix offered an extra panty for those who sent they package in for size exchange but many international backers as myself deemed it not fair and cost efficient to do so. Padkix also declined requests for partial refunds (no surprise there).
All in all, Padkix is a miserable company, making a defective prodcut over and over. They do not and should not get your money.
When it comes to period underwear, there are way better options out there.