Its seems that every piece of my Cordura gear tend to smell badly after a while of usage.
I trying to link whether if this due to the local tropics condition.However, it might not be the case as some of my Brit PLCE gear doesn't stinks.
The smell range from musky to decomposing food garbage.I have reserved doubts to purchase and upgrade surplus gear then
Appreciate ur advices on the good cleaning of Cordura gear and riding the smell.

Thanx
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There was quite a lengthy and informative discussion on LF about shoulder strap stench.
I use an enzyme pet shampoo for eliminating smells.

Is the stinky gear the stuff built of layered cordura or padded?and the non stinky a single layer?That's been my experience even before cordura, that 'laminated' or doubled fabric will deterioirate the fastest.I found it better to switch to heavier material than 'laminate'.

Prevention is what will help in the field.I try to modify or build my gear so i can access the padding cavity to let the insides air out and help the foam de-funk.I had the worst problem with LBE straps when I wore them.There was no 'enzyme' products back then I used baking soda and (diluted)vinegar dunks,sometimes the wash machine didn't cut the funk.

Bulletcatchr

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Gd suggestions though.Most of my gear are from overseas such as Israel,US,Brit, Aust, Viet, NZ,Canada.
As long as it is Cordura,it will smell after a while.

Bullet
The backpacks has the strongest stench.The smell only comes from the Cordura, the 420D nylon used in conjunction with it does not stink or at least not that bad.
Nylon webbing are mainly single layer.No padding,I air-dry them after soaking them in shampoo water,not too bad .
I think it is gd idea to have access to foam padding where possible.

Thnx
I've had some 1000d coated that had the 'stink-foot' right off the roll.I think it was the 'coating' not the nylon fibers that stunk.I won't use any more like that cause that stuff stank withiut any use.

I wonder if the coating on the heavier fabric is hosting bacteria?

I have two IBA's the one from PB is clean smelling(after hard use)and one 'knock off' I got stinks to high heaven,even after treating it pre-use with scent eliminator and laundering with scent-shield.Again I suspect the problem is in the coating material.

BulletcatchR

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I also realised that Cordura manufactured in different countries have a different smell.
I suspect is is the coating too.Whenever I re-coat the fabric with water repellant,the smell of the 'freshly' coated is quite intoxicating.
You still have the 'stink-foot' Cordura with you?PM on the details,possible to find a dealer locally.
I got some cordura pouches that smelled of ashtray. Just let the daggone things air out, my pouches have a nice "neutral" odor to them now. Or put yer shit on and roll in the dirt.

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