The next question I get is, “How does the technology work?” If you’re curious, here’s how.
Zeolite is highly porous, enabling it to capture and hold odors. Today zeolite is used in laundry detergents, to clean aquariums and to treat nuclear waste. In its new Scent Control clothing, Under Armour (www.underarmour.com) chemically engineered synthetic zeolite to target human odors.
Encased in each Zeolite molecule is silver antimicrobial technology that stops bacteria – the cause of many human odors – from growing. Silver antimicrobials have no effect on odors. They penetrate the cells walls of bacteria and prevent reproduction.
“The result is a one-two punch against human odors,” said Eddie Stevenson, owner of Driftwood Media, Under Armour’s marketing partner. “The zeolite traps and holds human odor molecules, and silver prevents human odors from forming.”
Activated Carbon Technology
Twenty years ago, Scent-Lok Technologies (www.scentlok.com) changed the face of hunting with its carbon-based scent-control clothing. This year the company released Carbon Alloy, a technologically-advanced trifecta of odor busting science. Carbon Alloy starts with activated carbon derived from coconut shells. Through a process called adsorption, odor molecules bond to carbon particles found in hunting clothing.
“The adsorbing molecules do not change the physical properties of the odor molecules, they just bind them to the carbon,” explained Scent-Lok president Greg Sesselmann.
Zeolite is then used as a polisher to adsorb ammonia compounds found in human odors. Finally, the carbon is treated with a sodium hydroxide wash that captures sulfur compounds commonly found in human odors emanating from feet and underarms.
The result is super-charged carbon that traps a broad spectrum of human odors.
In 2011, Scentblocker (www.robinsonoutdoors.com) placed released Cold Fusion, a micro-powdered activated carbon fused onto all its hunting clothing to stop odors dead in their tracks. Developed in partnership with Freudenberg, a worldwide leader in carbon technology, Cold Fusion attracts a broad range of odors and bonds them to activated carbon. Like Carbon Alloy, throwing Cold Fusion clothing into a dryer purges trapped odors and regenerates the fabric.
Today Ozonics, Inc. (www.ozonicshunting.com) manufactures ozone generators for use while hunting. Each ozone generator changes oxygen molecules into ozone molecules and projects them downwind with a fan, where the ozone bonds with human scent molecules. When ozone comes into contact with human odors, ozone changes their chemical composition, creating molecules that no longer smell human.
“Testing has revealed that about 50 percent of all deer won’t react to ozone odors at all, while a small percentage will smell something, but not recognize it as human,” said Dennis Fink, co-owner of Ozonics, Inc.
Ozone is heavier than oxygen, so mount the generator above your head and angle it slightly downward.
Regardless of the scent-control technology you use, there’s no substitute for hunting smart.
“Play the wind as best as possible and don’t waiver, no matter how bad you want to hunt a spot,” said Ohio outfitter Dave Lusk (www.southernohiooutfitters.com).