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Old 06-30-20, 11:33 AM
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Backpack Strap Reaks high heaven

Ok. So, I have this expensive Deuter 20L backpack that I been using since last year year.

I use it biking and hiking. The steel suspension backbone is great for air circulation.
I always wipe it down with a wet cloth after a sweaty day of usage.

Today, I came back from an epic hike. Yes, its super hot and humid. Drank 2 gallons of fluids.

I realized the backpack's straps smell very bad, like stinky socks.

The steel suspension backbone prevent the use of washing machine.

What is the best technique to wash the xtremely smelly straps?
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Old 06-30-20, 11:37 AM
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leave in the hot sun
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^^Exactly what I was going to say. Or if you're feeling lucky, douse them with isopropyl or high proof grain alcohol.
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Epic hikes require epic smells.
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You can also try soapy handwash in a basin then lots of sun.
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Old 06-30-20, 09:17 PM
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Originally Posted by ahsposo View Post
Epic hikes require epic smells.
Simple 5 hour hike turned into 8 grueling, due to hot weather and unforeable happenstance.

dangerously ran low on water, almost had to drink untreated black water.


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Old 06-30-20, 09:21 PM
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I wash my Osprey in the sink with laundry detergent and hot water. Let it soak about 30 minutes. Rinse with cold water and hang it out in the sun and breeze to dry. Smells good again... No damage or anything.
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Old 06-30-20, 10:16 PM
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Omg, I had no idea the suspension can be removed so easily. Good German engineering!


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Enzyme spray cleaner, the type sold for pet odors.

Or just hose it with Febreze. It's surprisingly good at deodorizing stuff that can't be laundered.

Either or both work for me. I have three cats.
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Originally Posted by mtb_addict View Post
Simple 5 hour hike turned into 8 grueling, due to hot weather and unforeable happenstance.

dangerously ran low on water, almost had to drink untreated black water.

At least the view wasn't stinky. So where on the globe is that?
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Old 07-01-20, 04:24 AM
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Originally Posted by ahsposo View Post
At least the view wasn't stinky. So where on the globe is that?
Hong Kong, China.

shot with iPhone SE

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Originally Posted by mtb_addict View Post
Simple 5 hour hike turned into 8 grueling, due to hot weather and unforeable happenstance.

dangerously ran low on water, almost had to drink untreated black water.

get a GRAYL >
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Originally Posted by canklecat View Post
Enzyme spray cleaner, the type sold for pet odors.

Or just hose it with Febreze. It's surprisingly good at deodorizing stuff that can't be laundered.

Either or both work for me. I have three cats.
+1 The stuff works. I prefer the heavy duty which comes in a bottle with a much better spray. I use it for my house slippers that now, as retired, get a lot of use, (No shoes in the house,)
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I am glad the backpack can be broken apart for cleaning with water and detergent.

Because the wash water turned light brown. :yuk:
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Old 07-01-20, 09:54 PM
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Originally Posted by mtb_addict View Post
Simple 5 hour hike turned into 8 grueling, due to hot weather and unforeable happenstance.

dangerously ran low on water, almost had to drink untreated black water.


Cool pic. Where is it and what is that unusual dam about?
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Cool pic. Where is it and what is that unusual dam about?
Alot of people rent bikes and ride on there. And bbq is popular.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plover_Cove_Reservoir
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Originally Posted by mtb_addict View Post
Alot of people rent bikes and ride on there. And bbq is popular.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plover_Cove_Reservoir

Thanks. It's very unusual to say part of a bay/lake dammed off like that so I was wondering why. I kind of guessed that there was a river running into it somewhere but wondered what it was about.
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