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soakers are the covers shaped like underwear. They have the same shape as a closed thirsties or bummis cover... so a wrap that doesn't wrap hahaha.
Nothing goes under woolies except diapers. So a pair of longies would go right over a flat or prefold or fitted. Not that you CAN'T use them as regular clothes over pockets, disposables, or underwear on the PL'd toddler/kid but they are just fine as the only diaper cover to diapers that need covers.
The pros are that they are extremely absorbent so they work as more diaper but without the outside getting wet. It makes wool an awesome cover for nighttime with little ones who are super soakers. They are also anti bacterial which is always a good thing when we are talking bodily waste. Plus, they are breathable which helps keep rashes down since the skin can get a bit more air circulation than it would in pul.
The cons are price (although you can find decent used wool for cheaper) and they can't be used if your kid has a wool allergy, although from what I understand, this is actually pretty rare and I do know people with wool allergies who use them on their kids no problem as well. You also have to know your child's measurements to get the right fit since not everyone makes them to the same size so there is no real standard. You can find 'medium' longies with a 16 inch rise as well as an 18 inch rise and the inseam can fluctuate equally as much as well, especially if you are buying custom used wool where the person selling needed special measurements for a child who wasn't average in one area.
Mostly I feel the pros FAR outweigh the cons. It takes a bit more work and money to find what will work that you like (unless you can knit your own or sew interlock yourself) but the return can be high when you resell and they work really well making the cost worth it. Plus, you don't need pants AND longies or shorties or skirties since the cover is already clothes so you save a bit on that end helping it even out a tad.