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I read a lot on how internal packs make folks perspire a lot more due to inadequate ventilation. Does this eventually cause the bag to start to smell and if so, how do you treat the bag to prevent odor? Thanks in advance. :)
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You mean internal-frame packs? I've never noticed any smell. On the other hand, mine have gotten sweat stains. But there's a fairly easy solution. Remove contents, use mild soap, hose down pack, let air dry in the shade.

As far as the amount I perspire between different-type packs, there is not that much difference. It's not the deciding factor.


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You mean internal-frame packs? I've never noticed any smell. On the other hand, mine have gotten sweat stains. But there's a fairly easy solution. Remove contents, use mild soap, hose down pack, let air dry in the shade.

As far as the amount I perspire between different-type packs, there is not that much difference. It's not the deciding factor.

That'll do it.

I haven't noticed issues with smell in my packs though.  The minimal back-padding isn't absorptive (it's not open-cell-foam).  If I do feel a need to wash it, just as Travis noted some mild soap and a hose would do it nicely.


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Nope, no smell. Salt buildup is another thing and I do make sure to wipe that off to both reduce attracting porcupines and such and for storage to reduce attracting moisture and subsequently mold.
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I've noticed no smell to my internal frame packs and I sweat a lot. I usually just wash them off like Travis said once or twice a year.
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I've never had an odor problem.  The worst I can say is that sometimes on a windy day, my back gets cold after I take my pack off.  I address this calamity by turning away from the wind, or in extreme cases, putting on a jacket.
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Hike in the rain and it will get clean. Other wise wash rinse and repeat then air dry as suggested above.

probably belongs in the gear section also


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Hike in the rain and it will get clean. Other wise wash rinse and repeat then air dry as suggested above.

probably belongs in the gear section also

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The only washing my internal frame pack gets is the occasional rain or snow storm.


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Hike in the rain and it will get clean.

I realized right after I posted, that's what I tend to do.  Even with a pack cover, the part of the pack against my back gets wet when I'm hiking all day in the rain.  Given I do that at least a few times a year, stains kinda work their way out.

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Non-issue to me.

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Not aware of any pack smell due to sweat either,  and it's  absorbed a fair whack of the stuff over the years - suspect that a DNA test on it would prove it a close relative!
Kind of like the way an internal frame pack keeps your back warm when you need it.


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Not a problem for me - my back sweats no matter what kind of pack I have on.

As for cleaning my pack - I've never cleaned one. If it stinks, it doesn't bother me  :p


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Very much appreciate the responses. Sounds like odor won't be much of an issue. Don't bother me about the sweat stains as the pack will be against my back anyway.

Sorry, if this belongs in the Gear section. Wasn't sure. :)
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Yes...It belongs in the gear section...but we'll let you live. This. Time.

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