Scent Crusher Ozone Gear Bag Review

If you have ever had a deer wind you while on stand, you know how frustrating this can be.  And if you take bow hunting seriously, you’re probably a scent control freak.    However as much as we shower, wash our clothes and spray down our boots before going into the field there’s always a certain amount of odor we have a hard time eliminating.  Enter Scent Crusher.  This new company that knows or ‘nose’ a thing or to about scent control and may be able to help in your quest to go scent free. They are using a smart application for an old molecular discovery. Let’s take an in depth look at a new gear bag from Scent Crusher and how it works.

Unboxing The Scent Crusher Gear Bag

Here is everything that comes in the Scent Crusher Ozone Gear Bag. 2 power charging cords, 1 duffle bag, 1 rubber discharge hose, 1 corona Ozone generator, instructions, and a manual.

Here is everything that comes in the Scent Crusher Ozone Gear Bag. 2 power charging cords, 1 duffel bag, 1 rubber discharge hose, 1 corona discharge Ozone generator, instructions, and a manual.

In a nutshell, the Scent Crusher Gear Bag is a large duffel bag combined with an ozone generator.  The ozone generator pumps O3 into the bag containing your gear, and effectively deodorizes it for you without having to spray it or wash it.

Why Use Ozone?

Think about this; humans have about 5 million olfactory scent receptors. Deer have 297 million. Dogs by comparison have 220 million scent receptors. Point being, if you don’t pay attention to your scent control you should. Scent control or what I like to call “gear hygiene” is a process. Here, more than ever, it’s fail to plan or plan to fail.

Most of us know that we should pay more attention to reducing scent on our bodies, hunting clothes, and gear. But the problem is that it’s so darn inconvenient sometimes. Do you treat your rangefinder, cell phone, or wrist sling? Probably not.  That’s why Scent Crusher came up with a solution using an Ozone or O3 (O3 = 3 Oxygen Molecules) combined with a large 33.5”L x 15.7” W x 13.3” duffel bag for a convenient way to apply the Ozone treatment. Ozone has been used commercially for years to deodorize buildings after fire, remove smoke smell from cars and even deodorize drinking water. Now you can give your hunting gear a direct ozone odor killing application.

How Ozone Technology Works

Ozone is a naturally occurring gas produced by nature to keep Earth’s mildew and bacteria in check and also protect our Earth from getting too hot. Remember ‘Save the Ozone Layer’?. Thanks to the Scent Crusher Ozone Gear Bag, we can have Mother Nature’s glorious gift in a duffel bag.

In all seriousness Ozone is a 3-part Oxygen molecule. Normal Oxygen is a 2 part oxygen molecule (O2). When Ozone is produced, the 3rd molecule is combined onto the O2 molecule but in a loose state and looking to jump somewhere. When exposed to organic scent molecules it oxidizes (leaves the O2) and the byproduct is harmless Oxygen after it dissipates. That free Oxygen molecule then permeates the cell walls of scent causing bacteria which causes death to that cell of the living bacteria. Bacteria, as we know, is the cause of stinky odors. Why? Bacteria breaks down sweat causing an acid release. This acid STINKS. That is partially the reason why areas of the body that don’t air dry sweat quickly tend to create more odors.  The sweat on hunting clothes, boots, or other gear has proteins that bacteria love to eat an multiply on which causes them to stink.

A Look Inside The Scent Crusher Gear Bag

The bag comes with 1 wall adapter for standard AC use and 1 car adapter for use on the go. Both cords are about 5 feet in length. The bag seems like a standard duffel quality with an added clear plastic pouch to hold the Ozone unit and disperse the Ozone into the bag via a rubber hose. The Ozone producing unit is maintenance free and has a 20 year life span. There is a nice sized 12” x 12” zipper pouch on the front of the bag that won’t be handed a direct dose of O3. This pouch is handy to store the power cords so they don’t get misplaced.

A nice touch to the gear bag is a small mesh pouch on the inside to keep small items (gloves, socks, hat, release) from getting lost.

A nice touch to the gear bag is a small mesh pouch on the inside to keep small items (gloves, socks, hat, release) from getting lost.

Also having a shoulder strap with a larger bag like this certainly comes in handy. The bag isn't camouflaged which is actually a bit refreshing. The two handles have a Velcro strap and can be fastened together for easy carry.

Also having a shoulder strap with a larger bag like this certainly comes in handy. The bag isn’t camouflaged which is actually a bit refreshing. The two handles have a Velcro strap and can be fastened together for easy carry.

Setting up the bag is really simple as you can see from the image above. Here is where you attach and insert the hose into the right side of the O3 unit and feed the other end of the hose through the pre-made hole in the pouch which will disperse the O3 throughout the rest of the bag.

Setting up the bag is really simple as you can see from the image above. Here is where you attach and insert the hose into the right side of the O3 unit and feed the other end of the hose through the pre-made hole in the pouch which will disperse the O3 throughout the rest of the bag.

Now that the hose is on the inside of the bag, run it through the pre-made loops along the seam in the bottom of the bag. Simply slide the O3 unit into the clear custom end pouch and zipper it shut. That’s a very easy install. It takes less than 5 minutes.

Now that the hose is on the inside of the bag, run it through the pre-made loops along the seam in the bottom of the bag. Simply slide the O3 unit into the clear custom end pouch and zipper it shut. That’s a very easy install. It takes less than 5 minutes.

Scent Crusher gear bag instruction manual

From the Manual – Set up is a piece of cake.

Once the unit is plugged in, it takes one push on the center button to turn the unit on and then a sequence of up or down buttons to select the run time from  5 – 30 minutes. Why would you only want to run it for 5 minutes?  While Scent Crusher does recommend longer run time for stronger smells, O3 has also been known to break down rubber / elastic with prolonged use over time. So, if you want to deodorize your rubber boots (which you probably should), Scent Crusher recommends treating them for not more than 10 minutes and they do not recommend multiple cycles in an 8 hour period.

Applying Ozone directly to boot interior. Ozone can break down rubber and elastic with over use. Don't treat them for more than 10 min per application.

Applying ozone directly to boot interior. Ozone can break down rubber and elastic with over use. Don’t treat them for more than 10 min per application.

A Close Up View of the Scent Crusher Ozone Producing Unit. The Unit Measures 9.5 inches by 7.5 inches and 2.5 inches deep. Scent Crusher Ozone generator has run times from 5 to 30 minutes.

A close up view of the Scent Crusher Ozone producing unit. The unit measures 9.5 inches by 7.5 inches and 2.5 inches deep. Scent Crusher Ozone generator has run times from 5 to 30 minutes.

This Scent Crusher Gear bag was designed for the 21st century hunter to capitalize on a technology that was discovered in the early 1900’s. O3 has very unique qualities that will be explained in the next section that make it a great odor eliminator.

This Scent Crusher Gear Bag was designed for the 21st century hunter to capitalize on a technology that was discovered in the early 1900’s. Being able to deodorize your gear while on the go is a huge bonus for hunters with little time.

This product stands out in that it can remove odors from gear that can't go in the washing machine including safety harnesses, binoculars, & trail cameras etc.

This product stands out in that it can remove odors from gear that can’t go in the washing machine including safety harnesses, binoculars, & trail cameras etc.

Gear and hunting hygiene is a serious process, but it can be broken down simply. The more you smell like nothing, the better your chances of success. The human body naturally secretes chemicals that have odors called pheromones. Different factors effect them such as diet or stress levels and the body chemical releases through sweat.

The Scent Crusher unit uses what’s called a Corona discharge method to create Ozone using electricity and dielectric plates. It creates 500 mg/h of Ozone. Commercial Ozone generators used for larger applications produce Ozone at much higher levels. Also, you can see here that it has two holes on the back for mounting on a hard surface. This makes it versatile to be used with other Scent Crusher products.

The Scent Crusher unit uses what’s called a corona discharge method to create Ozone using electricity and dielectric plates. It creates 500 mg/h of Ozone. Commercial Ozone generators used for larger applications produce Ozone at much higher levels. Also, you can see here that it has two holes on the back for mounting on a hard surface. This makes it versatile to be used with other Scent Crusher products.

Safety is Essential 

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has an exposure limit of 0.1 ppm to Ozone because at high levels or prolonged exposure it can have harmful effects on the body including lung irritations and has been linked to certain types of cancer.

I did notice on 2 occasions where I didn’t let the room ventilate as recommended in the instructions, that I did smell the distinct Ozone smell strongly. I am not sure if I am overly sensitive to the smell, but I felt a bit nauseous shortly after! Please follow the directions and let it properly dissipate. The bag is not airtight, so some of the produced gas does escape. Also, friends that have used similar equipment in a hunting blind said they had the same reactions and then placed it outside the blind instead.

If you plan to drive a vehicle with the unit running in the passenger seat, I recommend making sure the windows were down with a good airflow. I think the safest option to use it while traveling to a hunting spot is to run it in the bed of truck. Unfortunately, the vehicle power cord supplied with the unit is not long enough to reach through the back window which I think would be a really nice addition. Some newer trucks may have a plug in the truck bed. If that’s the case for you, you are golden. Although, if you know you are going hunting, run the bag for 30 minutes before you leave, grab the bag when its finished and go hunting. This season I plan to wash my clothes as I normally do with scent free laundry detergent, but give all of my gear an Ozone treatment refresher every time I hunt to save time.

All of these items fit in this bag. For best application, don't stuff as much as you can in there. Ozone will only treat what it comes in contact with.

All of these items fit in this bag. For best application, don’t stuff as much as you can in there. Ozone will only treat what it comes in contact with.

If you wanted to deodorize the interior of your vehicle and the gear inside the vehicle (tree-stands, bow, etc) you could remove the machine from the bag and run it inside a vehicle for 30 minutes and then open the doors to let is dissipate. Just don’t forget about it and drain your car battery like it did. This multi functional use of the product is what I am most excited about.

Ozone Testing – Does It Really Work?

I have to be honest, the first test I performed with this bag I had little faith. I had left a towel at a friends house who are smokers and they couldn’t tell that it now smelled like cigarette smoke, but I sure could! I was about to put it in the washing machine and I thought “Hmmm I wonder if the Scent Crusher Gear Bag would get rid of the smell?”. Needless to say, I was a skeptic. I ran the bag with the towel by itself for 30 minutes and when I tell you after the first application the smoke odor was gone, it was completely gone. It literally smelled as fresh as a spring morning. I could not believe it, and a few weeks later still no smell.

While researching for this article, I discovered that Bow Hunt of Die’s very own Tyler Rector used an ozone machine a few years ago to deodorize tractor interior air filters that were permeated with a smoke smell from a field fire. He ran them through an application of Ozone and the smell was gone

Diesel Gloves and Pet Urine Test

I treated a pair of gloves that were saturated with diesel as another test. One glove came completely odor free while I think the other could have used another application. I also tested a paper towel that had dog urine on it. I ran this for a few 30 minute treatments.

Gloves in Scent Crusher bag

Treating my diesel fuel covered gloves with Ozone to see if it removed the odor.

The ozone removed the dog urine on the paper towel on the outside but didn’t work between the tight layers of the paper towel. I don’t think this is a reflection of the product as much as the layers of the paper towel were too tight together. As I mentioned earlier, for best application on you clothes and gear keep them loosely packed so the Ozone can permeate freely.

Summary

How intense you want to get eliminating odors is up to you.  I believe all hunters realize the importance of remaining as scent free as possible – although we all take it to different levels.  Eliminating scent on your gear is now as simple as throwing it in a bag. The Scent Crusher Ozone Gear bag allows us to scientifically eliminate odors by a chemical process and use it on non washable gear like releases, trail cameras, game calls, cell phones and other gear that we previously haven’t been able to properly clean. I believe deer associate the threat level of danger by the intensity of the smells they pick up on. With a strong scent of human, the deer brain triggers high alert to leave or avoid the area. The more we can reduce our smells our chances go way up. This product definitely offers a unique advantage for hunters to take their gear hygiene game to the next level.

Some people are using portable Ozone machines to de-odorize their cars by running the units with the car air circulation system on re-circulate. * Do not do this while you are in the car!

Some people are using portable Ozone machines to deodorize their cars by running the units with the car air circulation system on re-circulate. * Do not do this while you are in the car!

Scent Crusher 2.0 truck bed

The Scent Crusher gear bag is sure to be a fixture in my truck this hunting season and beyond.

Want to try one for yourself?  Our friends at Lancaster Archery have them in stock and ready to ship.  MSRP $199.99

Comments

  1. First time using ozone, I got the bag and after first try it was a very strong smell in the bag and on the hat that i put in the bag. If I can smell it why would game not smell it?

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    • it’s hard to believe, but if you really pay attention when you are in the woods, you WILL smell ozone occurring naturally. Especially in the mornings along streams here in MN, I can smell it quite frequently. It’s not that deer can’t smell it, it’s that it doesn’t alarm them

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    • by trial and error I found out you do not want to put anything in the closet and run a cycle if any item is damp or wet. bad bad bad odor. other than that best thing I bought since my first bow tag

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  2. Lynn Washuleski says:

    Just bought my scent crusher bag worked fine for 1 week. It just flat out quit working, it will not turn on

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  3. Chase Cawthon says:

    Just recently bought the scent crusher bag. A friend of mine had great success with ozone machines in a car he bought his wife with the cigarette smoke. This being said is one of the main reasons why I bought the scent crusher bag. I’m not pleased at all. I have used this bag now one time and first thing this morning I have spooked deer. Deer that were downwind. They stopped. Threw their heads in the air. Licking their noses adding moisture. Blew and hauled but. Will not be using this product again! Extremely disappointed after all the hype!!

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    • Matthew says:

      Its not going to work every time. There are so many variables that come into play right down to the weather. Scent lock suits, scent crusher bags, etc basically give you a slightly larger margin for error. They don’t completely fix the problem. If a deer is directly downwind chances are they are going to bust you. What these products do is makes the downwind side smaller. So for instance lets say you do nothing your “downwind” where a deer can smell you is 90 degree of a circle. Now lets say you shower in anti scent stuff, that sections gets 10 degrees smaller, now you wash your clothes and shower in scent free stuff and the section gets 10 degrees smaller and so on and so forth. I just used those numbers for an easy example you should get the idea. Thats all these things do is make that section smaller. If a deer is directly downwind they are still going to get you. It’s just now they have to be in a much smaller area of your downwind side in order to do that and every know and then you will fool them.

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    • where any of your items you put in to the bag damp?

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  4. Chris K says:

    I use the scentpurge 50+ by whitetailr. Put in my air tight bin with gear and it works great. At$50 it is a lot cheaper and just as effective as scent crusher.

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    • Thanks for the info on the “Scentpurge”, Chris

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  5. Jeff baker says:

    Used my bag 10 times and love it but tonight when I tuned it on to set times it cuts off?????????

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  6. What about elastic on your hunting socks??? I used a pair of Puma tub socks and the crusher CRUSHED the elastic after the 1st use… I wondering if I want to put my good Cabella’s socks in or not…

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  7. Gregory says:

    Anyone having problems with the new zippers on the bags

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