Thanks everyone. I had a feeling I was reading the instructions correctly. Not sure those pouches are for me. I really do love the Coloplast velcro closures and have not had problems getting stool on them. Still, I want to try some other brands as sometimes the Coloplast wafers peel up a bit on me. I just got some samples of the Convatec Autolock series and the pouches only come in the tail clip version. Right now I am trying a Convatec Sensura Natura which has an Invisiclose Velcro tail opening. Works pretty well, but hangs down a ways compared to Coloplast and brushes against my leg when I walk.
Like 80sChick, I don't like taking a lot of time to clean the tail perfectly either. It is too time consuming and then it just gets all dirty again the next time you empty:) Also, I just got back from an overnight backpacking trip (where it snowed the entire time), and I didn't want to pack tons of toilet paper into the backcountry and back out in order to get things spotless (not to mention my hands getting cold dealing with the tail). This will be even more true as I go on longer backpacking trips in the future. The Coloplast pouches were great because even if you don't clean the tail perfectly, it folds on itself so that stool doesn't get anywhere.
Ahhh, the joys of trying to find the right system:)
-Officially diagnosed with UC in 2006, though had symptoms since 1999.
-Had mild/moderate symptoms continuously until severe flare in autumn 2010 which required 2-week hospital stay
-Took Asacol, Rowasa, Canasa and Prednisone to manage flares but meds stopped working
-Tried 1 infusion of Remicade but had excruciating joint pain and discontinued
-Had permanent ileostomy surgery 11/8/2010