There’s a ton of confusion in the hunting marketplace concerning what activated carbon is, what’s the processes to create it, exactly how porous is it, how and to what extent does it adsorb molecules, how and to what extent it can be de-adsorbed, how is it properly de-adsorbed, how are carbon lined garments properly stored, how to properly use and care for garments, how many years the garment lasts, and how you can positively identify which garment manufacturers are actually using activated carbon liners in their garments and accessories as opposed to other inferior technologies.
It will take many posts to scientifically prove and factually clarify those questions if you continue to read my posts they will each be covered in detail. Once I begin those posts, the undisputed factual science and technical information will not come from ScentLok’s website, ScentLok’s management team, or from anyone employed or associated with ScentLok.
Nothing against ScentLok but on a personal level I don’t put much trust into information from any hunting manufacturer’s website or advertisements used to promote the sales of their own goods. If there were agencies policing the validity of advertising and website information and giving stiff fines for falsely doing so, I would put some trust into believing them.
All the usage and factual information I will be using about activated carbon technology will come from large industries and worldwide governmental bodies using the exact same activated carbon technology for thousands of molecular adsorption purposes. Other industries use activated carbon because it’s the most molecular adsorptive substance known to man and they don’t advertise it because there not selling the technology just using it because it’s the most effective.
This post however will touch on the mass confusion between ScentLok the activated carbon lined garment company and the ScentLok brand company that holds the US patent on using activated carbon in hunting garments. This blog will also show how to positively identify other garment manufacturers that license the rights from ScentLok to use activated carbon technology.
ScentLok holds the United States patent on using activated carbon in hunting garments so any garments not having a ScentLok brand hang tag are not using activated carbon. Garment companies using activated carbon technology do so because ScentLok licenses them and mandates they have a ScentLok hang tag to assure to the end user they’re not purchasing an inferior technology.
To help simplify, companies such as Cabela’s and Bass Pro (Red Head) have made their own garments and accessories while using a ScentLok activated carbon liner and they had ScentLok hang tags on them.
ScentLok the garment manufacturer also makes special make-up garments for other garment companies using their design specifications. Special make-up garments will carry the licensee’s brand name, but will also have a ScentLok hang tag to verify the activated carbon technology.
So if you see a ScentLok hang tag on any garment, that garment contains the same activated carbon liner used by ScentLok (the garment company) in their garments.
ScentLok also maintains the right to approve or disapprove how the activated carbon liner is used in their licensee’s garments because ScentLok (the brand company) wants to insure to the end user that the activated carbon is evenly distributed throughout the entire garment so that the garment works as designed.
Concerning ScentLok the garment company and ScentLok the activated carbon patent holder, all ScentLok hunting garments and accessories have ScentLok’s activated carbon evenly distributed throughout them. However, because socks and beanies have a lot of stretch to them, they require a different activated carbon fiber technology.
I would like to make it perfectly clear that all hunting garment companies that do not have a ScentLok hang tag are not licensed the use of activated carbon and have no option but to use other technologies that have been proven in scientific testing in a lab at Rutgers University to be considerably inferior to activated carbon at adsorbing human odor related molecules.