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Cuben off gassing?
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USA Duane Hall
(hikerduane) - F

Locale: Extreme northern Sierra Nevada
Cuben off gassing? on 03/03/2013 12:18:56 MST Print View

I just received my ZPacks Arc Blast Saturday, just before my snow camping trip. I took the time to unpack it, take a few pics and wonder how I'm gonna use such a small pack.:) It didn't take long to realize to add space, I had to open up the collar. Ah, look at all that space! Upon getting home this AM, noticed an odd smell in my home. Figured it has to be the pack as I had no chicken bones or curdled milk laying about.:) Smells like a drug lab from previous exploring where people have been picked up. I'm thinking I'll have to store the pack in the garage, in with kerosene fumes that linger after my weekly old stove fire ups. I wonder how long the pack will smell?

just Justin Whitson
Re: Cuben off gassing? on 03/03/2013 16:03:36 MST Print View

Hi Duane,

I'm just guessing, but i would think any smell is not necessarily coming from the cuben fabric itself, but from any tape, glue, and/or seem sealer possibly used in the construction of said pack.

I received a Zpacks "fanny pack" a little while back, which looks just sewn and not seem sealed, and there was no smell to it at all as far as i could tell.

Jennifer Mitol
(Jenmitol) - M

Locale: In my dreams....
Stinky hexamid on 03/03/2013 17:03:06 MST Print View

Mine smelled odd until I took it out on a trip. Of course, I kinda liked it.....

Jason Elsworth
(jephoto) - M

Locale: New Zealand
Cuben off gassing? on 03/03/2013 20:14:01 MST Print View

When I ordered my Hexamid and quilt I noticed a big stink when I opened the box. I also ordered some tape and some repair patches and the adhesive on these really stank. My quilt stank for weeks, but now smells fine.

USA Duane Hall
(hikerduane) - F

Locale: Extreme northern Sierra Nevada
Paint remover maybe on 03/04/2013 03:40:04 MST Print View

Glad to know there were some others that noticed. I finally realized late yesterday that I had thrown some paper towels with citrus paint remover in my trash, from stripping paint off an old embossed Optimus 8R stove. (single guys can do that) So I'll see if any odors remain this Friday when I get back home from work for the week. In-between the paint odors from the drying stove. Single guys can do that too.

Steven McAllister
(brooklynkayak) - MLife

Locale: Atlantic North East
Cuben Smell on 03/04/2013 15:28:23 MST Print View

Think of it like that new car smell. It won't last for long.