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Re: The fight against smelly gear

Postby TheJoe » Wed Aug 19, 2020 6:19 pm

All ways dry your gear after each use. I hang up wetsuits, dry suit, impact vest, life vests. My helmet and harness goes on a box fan at low speed to dry those.
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Re: The fight against smelly gear

Postby Grizwald » Wed Aug 19, 2020 6:40 pm

I worked as a commercial diver when I was young and even more stupid than currently. I agree with Dave1986. If you are in the water long enough you will "warm" your suit. Wash it with soap and a bit of gentle scrubbing whenever you have a chance. But always always always hang it to dry with it turned inside out. On the boats we used to hang them in the engine room. It pissed off the engineer but there were more of us then there was of him. Urine is not usually the cause of the smell, it is usually the oils off your skin and the bacteria that goes with it.
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Re: The fight against smelly gear

Postby Delta99 » Wed Aug 19, 2020 9:15 pm

longwhitecloud wrote:
Wed Aug 19, 2020 1:24 pm
I have been keeping most of kite gear in the freezer for years. It keeps it in pristine condition, and low on nasty oders. A win win situation.

I tend to microwave my wetsuit in preparation for the next session, although sometime i just put it straight on, frozen, to help adjust to the cold.
:D HaHa, sure you do.

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Re: The fight against smelly gear

Postby nothing2seehere » Thu Aug 20, 2020 9:35 am

dave1986 wrote:
Wed Aug 19, 2020 5:26 pm
dice wrote:
Wed Aug 19, 2020 9:50 am
Also I never peed in my wetsuit, so I don't know if that would be a big factor.
There are 2 types of kitesurfers - Those who pee in their wetsuits, and liars. :wink:
Nah mate. No need to pee in your wetsuit when you have a shower block (with toilets) by your launch spot 8)
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Re: The fight against smelly gear

Postby sflinux » Thu Aug 20, 2020 8:55 pm

Always hang your gear, never leave in a bin. When it is cold and rainy, my gear stays damp and can get smelly. My main smell comes from booties. I rinse them with fresh water, and when they start to smell (~once a month), rinse them with vinegar. I fold the booties at the ankle, and hang from the toes. My rashguard and towels go to the washing machine when they get aromatic.
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Re: The fight against smelly gear

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Re: The fight against smelly gear

Postby iriejohn » Thu Aug 20, 2020 10:05 pm

Buy a quality wetsuit, rinse it in fresh water straight away, dry it completely inside out then reverse and completely dry the outside, and every once in a while use a splash 'n' dash of this stuff while rinsing it. Job jobbed. :thumb:

https://dirtbusters.co.uk/product/72-co ... s-5-litres

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Re: The fight against smelly gear

Postby Mossy 757 » Thu Aug 20, 2020 10:48 pm

Fresh water in a tote, dunk and rinse, hang dry.

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Re: The fight against smelly gear

Postby OzBungy » Fri Aug 21, 2020 1:55 am

I fill my gear tub with water and give the wetsuit a good rinse. I think squirting with a hose just gets it wet and doesn't actually wash anything. I hang the suit on one of these to dry.

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Stinky booties used to be a problem. Rinsing the booties in a weak solution of water and vinegar would get rid of the stink, but it would come back again. I finally solved the problem forever by simply turning the booties inside out to dry. Even hard soled booties can be inverted enough to get the inside exposed and dried.
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Re: The fight against smelly gear

Postby tswierkocki » Fri Aug 21, 2020 3:07 am

I dry my wetsuit inside out on a HangAir hanger and boots and gloves on a PEET dryer. Both work well for keeping the stink out.



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