Scent Containment – Scent Trends 2006, pt 2
By Anthony Navarroli
Jul 7, 2006 – 8:59:00 AM
We?ve covered scents and ways of dispersing scent, now the
only thing that?s left is how to contain your scent to make the other measures
you?ve taken effective. Putting down
attractant and cover scent is a wasteful activity if you are going to include
human scent in the mix. Luck for all of
us there are many companies working diligently on solving our smelly
problem. Most of the companies that make
hunting clothing have at least started to address the scent containment
issue. A few companies stand at the
forefront of the industry and have pioneered what promises to be the trend in
getting closer to game.
|Robinson Scent Blocker
Just about every hunter has tried to tip the odds in their
favor whenever in the woods and with the plethora of products available from Robinson Outdoors they can literally be
your one stop shopping destination. Still
Steamin and Almost Steamin are their natural and synthetic lines,
respectively, of attractant scent. They
have a wide variety of scents available in the market that can fulfill your
scent needs. What really put Robinson
Outdoors on the map is their line of Scent Blocker products.
Scent Blocker hunting clothing utilizes the highest quality
carbon available for this scent absorption.
Their large pore carbon soaks in more scent molecules yet remains
amazingly supple and comfortable. An
added feature to their field tested garments is ergonomically tailored
materials that allow for unrestricted movement.
Any hunter trying to step over deadfall or cross a ditch can attest to
the need for unimpeded movement. To make
their product even better they have their proprietary rain stopping material
called Rain Blocker. Rather
than spray the material for water repellency, the Rain Blocker laminate is an
actual layer that allows for moisture and perspiration to escape, yet refuses
to allow water molecules to enter.
Jackets, pants and bibs are available in this remarkable material within
their Outfitter and Prohunter series of clothing. The Prohunter products have the unique
reversible cape that goes from camouflage to blaze orange to aid in safety when
dragging out your trophy. It shares the
same articulated arms and legs with the rest of the clothing line to keep
movement as free as possible. As if all this weren?t enough reason to go out
and buy Scent Blocker clothing they offer an innovative Body Lock system that
closes the areas that permit outgas (human scented molecules) to escape. Through the use of scent proof zippers, pull
ties, and hook and loop fasteners, the Body Lock system seals snugly, but
comfortably around the neck, cuffs and waist of their coats and around the
waist and legs of their pants. The
lesser the amount of outgas, the less chance odor and human scent has a chance
of escaping into the wind and alerting game.
The Underguard XT activated carbon
undergarments are lightweight and further protect against seeping scent that
may enter the air currents. They allow
for a scent absorbing layering of clothing to keep warm and scent free or stand
alone as great warm weather hunting garments.
For more demanding situations in warm weather, you may want to look to
their trend setting Safari line that is geared toward hotter climates while still
providing the scent containment features of Scent Blocker. For the ultimate in lightweight bowhunting
stealth, the Dream Season suit is hard to beat. It has super soft and supple fleece that is
unbelievably quiet and scent free. Other
features include offset zippers for increased comfort and the exclusive Body
Lock features. Combine this or any other
clothing with the Xtreme Liner system and along with more carbon you get the added
bonus of an added antimicrobial layer to stop scent before it ever gets a
chance to start interfering with your hunt.
To further assist the hunter from being detected two
excellent spray products are available for eliminating possible contamination. Carbon Blast has activated carbon in
its solution and neutralizes scent on clothing and equipment. For those using lighter based colored
clothing and equipment the breakthrough White Lightning spray uses a
colorless synthetic carbon to mask scent without discoloring gear. The scent free Laundry Detergent and Shower
Kit will add the final details for eliminating more scent than you ever
thought possible. The Shower Kit uses
mild soaps that are unscented and work great for general use for people with highly
sensitive skin. More lightweight and
scent free items are on the horizon so keep a look out for additional Scent
Blocker products in 2006!
The trend of antimicrobial fabrics started with Contain Clothing. They originated the
antimicrobial process in hunting clothing.
Since then, they have been furthering the evolution of their
antimicrobial impregnated base layer clothing line. What makes Contain Clothing so attractive to
hunters is that because the antimicrobial component is integrated into the fibers
of the garments, there is no rejuvenation process. As long as you are wearing it, it continues
to work. Their line includes base layers
as well as some outerwear such as gloves and head covers. Another added advantage to the Contain
Clothing line is that it is easy to care for and maintain. Recently they
started to produce some Coolmax blends of clothing that
allows for greater comfort in exerting circumstances. They are currently developing some soon to be
released breakthrough products which should be unveiled by the time this
article goes to print.
Scent Lok, one of
the originators of scent control outerwear, has been busy tweaking their lines
of clothing. What makes Scent Lok
clothing so popular is the simple fact that it works. The prodigious use of activated carbon along
with smart use of wonder materials like micro fleece and W.L. Gore Industries Gore
Tex allow for garments that aren?t only quiet, but also scent free and
weather proof. With Gore Tex,
they guarantee total waterproofing and wind proofing. Spray on laminates work marginally and wear
off in time leaving you wet when you least want to be. Gore
Tex keeps your body temperature
regulated by allowing breathability through the fibers while positively
stopping wind and water from entering the garment.
The current trend in scent containment clothing is the
moving toward effective, yet lighter weight materials that allow for warm
weather hunting. The Savanna
EXT line is the latest in quiet, scent free materials. Many smart features make this line a possible
staple in any hunter?s closet. Layer it
for cold hunts or use it as is for the hotter locales.
The Dakota line of clothing offers the
hunter a mid weight option that allows for the use of quiet materials with more
substance for chilly mornings and moderate weather.
If you are seeking the ultimate in scent containment,
weather proof clothing then look no farther than the Supreme line from Scent
Lok. Gore Tex and
scent proof zippers make this line up of outerwear your best friend in all
hunting situations. Excellent movement
and functional features drip from this line.
One especially nice and unique feature of the Supreme parkas is their
ability to be worn like a backpack with internal straps. Whenever you are hiking from one location to
another and risk dangerous overheating, simply shrug the shoulders and arms off
and your jacket is held in place by the internal straps.
Walking into and out of a hunting area is the most
problematic for hunters from a noise and scent contamination perspective. Perhaps one of the most effective and most
overlooked facets of scent free hunting is footwear. Many people use lace up boots either for
ankle support or just out of tradition.
Advances in rubber boot construction have made them secure fitting and
some provide excellent traction. The
added benefits of rubber boots being totally waterproof and reduced scent is
just icing on the proverbial cake. One
misconception is that rubber boots is totally scent free. Walk into a tire store, what do you
smell? The difference between the rubber
on your boots and the rubber in tires is not as great as you think. I recently walked into a sporting goods store
and knew I was near the rubber boots section just by the smell of the rubber in
the air. Now imagine a deer with a near
bloodhound scenting ability walking near you with your rubber boots.
Traditional cures were to spray boots with either a cover
scent or scent elimination spray. The
drawback to this is that as you walk, the sole of your boots are flexing
exposing unconcealed pores and contaminating your trail with a non-natural
scent. This may or may not alert game
but add to this the leaching of outgases from the boots and you have a recipe
for spooking game. Elimitrax took an innovative approach to this problem and developed
scent free leggings that totally encompass the hunter?s boots and legs called
System. These leggings
completely encapsulate the legs and boots eliminating outgases from escaping
and allow the hunter to stealthily enter the game zone. The
newest product from Elimitrax is their line of Elimiscent Gloves. Same
principle as the Overboot System, they keep you from spreading your
scent as you touch surrounding foilage and hunting equipment such as
treestands, steps, etc. Elimitrax are constructed of a durable, 600
polyurethane engineered to be scent free, highly water resistant
waterproof) and windproof. To provide traction they scientifically
materials that did not leave a scent trail and found a very high tech
that provided the durability, traction and scent free properties they
looking for. The material used is a
durable proprietary material called Elimiscent.
Elimiscent is a soft, yet durable plastic with many rubber-like
qualities in feel and performance, but engineered and molecularly manipulated
to eliminate scent. They look and feel like rubber; provide the traction like a
rubber sole and are just as durable as rubber boots. They just happen to have an advantage when it
comes to scent control.
I know that many people reading this and never having seen
the product will starting thinking that there is no way they are going to enter
the woods with plastic boots! I first
thought that too and after getting a pair I can assure you that the plastic is
absolutely indistinguishable from rubber to everyone except chemists. As stated before, these traction soles are
designed to be scent free from a molecular level. It doesn?t wear off and it does not require
any rejuvenation process. As for
effectiveness, the folks at Elimitrax were so confident that they would work
they tested it against the best noses they could find; police trained tracking
bloodhounds! When used with scent
control clothing, these bloodhounds could not follow the track of a person
wearing the Overboot system. If they can
fool hounds trained to smell humans then they will fool deer in the woods. The Overboot System has been independently
scientifically tested and proven to be effective against scent transmittal and
has been proven successful in actual hunting applications.
A new and truly innovative technology available to the
hunting community may be the single biggest development in clothing since,
well, ever. Innovative Designs Inc.
has developed a material that is incredibly thin (a single layer is a mere
0.021 of an inch), super-lightweight, waterproof, quiet and provides a scent
barrier between the wearer and the game.
Even more remarkable is it is an effective insulator from the cold in
which many of us hunt and it is breathable!
It is so new and different it is almost impossible to imagine it being a
real product. Make no mistake about it, I.D.
Wear is here and the potential practical applications are seemingly limitless.
The component of I.D. Wear that makes it unique is their
exclusive proprietary material called Insultex.
Insultex is not revolutionary it is evolutionary in the realm of
fabrics. Innovative Designs developed a
material that is incredibly lightweight and is currently the most effective
insulation available in clothing.
According to Innovative Design, a single layer of Insultex material
weighs less than one half ounce per yard (0.42 oz.) yet is effective in keeping
a person warm in minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit!
Some of their garments are double layered and will allow you to hunt
anywhere you desire. The material is
quiet and makes for a prototypical-insulating layer. It is versatile enough to be sewn or
laminated into existing shell fabrics or it can stand alone as an outer
A unique benefit to this insulation is that it is naturally
buoyant. It is so buoyant that a mere
8.8 ounces of material can float over 280 pounds of body weight. A potentially life saving feature is that a
jacket can act as a personal floatation device that keeps you warm. This feature should be especially appealing
to those that like to hunt in remote areas or where close proximity to water
poses a potential threat to the hunter, camper, or fisherman.
As far as being a scent barrier, Insultex? has been tested
by an independent laboratory that can perform scent molecule testing. Their results showed that Insultex is an
empirically proven effective scent barrier.
Additionally, this material is very user friendly in that it requires no
activation, or rejuvenation. All you
need to do is put it on and zip it up.
Most hunters will appreciate this low maintenance feature.
Most like proven endorsements and there may be no more
stringent qualification process than getting a material accepted by the United
States Olympic Committee. Starting in
2002 and going to the current Turin Games, I.D. Wear has kept American and
Canadian athletes warm. If it worked for
them, it will work for you.
Much has been covered and the choices can seem overwhelming
at times. The most important thought to
keep in mind is that you should go to inspect as many products as
possible. Go to the websites of theses
companies, ask questions but be prepared to be your own person and purchase
what you think will work for you
based on the information available. A
lot of times the degrees of separation between products is almost
immeasurable. Do your homework, and base
your choices on information, not opinions.
Remember, everyone has an opinion, not everyone has facts. Hopefully this article has given you at least
a foundation of information and will be an asset when you make your
choices. Ultimately, the goal is to see
more game and maximize your outdoor experience.
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