I'm not yet convinced that carbon suits do much for scent control. I have used the military versions, which have a lot of carbon in them compared to the commercial hunting versions. I also have a few garments of the commercial versions that I bought on sale. I have been just as close to deer using any of them as I have using none of them. From what I've read, the reactivation of the carbon takes a much higher temperature to drive the scent molecules out of the carbon than any home dryer can reach. At best, my view right now is that an activated carbon suit is only slightly better than none at all, and you still need to pay attention to cleanliness, cover scents (not on you but around you), mouth odor, and especially the wind.)
I sometimes wonder if a good scent-containing or scent-controlling hat should be our main consideration. Here's why: if we lose most of the heat from our bodies from our heads, then wouldn't most of the scent we give off also come from our heads?
We need to keep our bodies clean and free of bacteria, wash and shampoo with unscented soaps, wear fresh underwear, keep our hunting clothing in a place where it can air out and not collect foreign odors, and spray down with a scent neutralizing product (especially around openings in our clothing such as neckline and sleeve cuffs.) Beyond that, we should do everything we can to minimize the exposure of the woods to our scent by doing things such as keeping our hands off trees and vegetation, and staying stay downwind of deer trails.
There are so many ways we deposit scent in the woods -- breath odor (it doesn't necessarily have to be a "bad breath"), skin cells (we shed them constantly, and you'll see the proof is you wear a black sweater), hair (just look at your bathtub drain), food (even jerky isn't offensive to deer, the smell alerts them to your presence) and many other things -- and none of these can be controlled by a carbon suit. The deer's nose beats us in many ways.
For me, the jury is still out on carbon suits, and probably will be for a long time. That doesn't mean I think they're worthless, but I doubt they're as effective as the advertisements say. I think there are too many ways we give off scent for us to "forget the wind, and just hunt."
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