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Thread: Co-Pilot shoulder strap chemical smell - your experience?

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    Co-Pilot shoulder strap chemical smell - your experience?

    Opted to give the Co-Pilot a second try but in all-Dyneema this time, since flexibility of the ballistic nylon was an issue for me the first time around. Both that time and now, I'm noticing that the bag and/or the standard shoulder strap have a strong chemical smell. Does that go away with time? I'm contemplating opening up all the zippers and off-gassing it over the weekend before I even try to load it up.

    Wow, the Dyneema makes a huge difference in flexibility of the pockets! I was tempted to go for the Pilot, but the few comments on how the back pocket sags open sometimes made me shy away for now.

    Once I hear about your experience with the chemical smell, I will figure out whether to keep the Co-Pilot.

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    I just got a new Pilot and there's a bit of an odor; it's already dissipating so I think you shouldn't worry. If you can air it out outside for a few hours I think that would do it.

    Good luck!


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    I think of my Pilot back pocket as "having enough room to actually put things in it" vs. "sagging open". Just my view

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yoda Sloth View Post
    I think of my Pilot back pocket as "having enough room to actually put things in it" vs. "sagging open". Just my view
    True - I may have been inaccurate when I paraphrased. Sorry about that! I haven't tried the Pilot myself so I have no personal experience to draw upon with regard to the back pocket.

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    No worries - we all have different views of bag "features". For some people, I am sure it feels insecure. But, for me, I like it! I will discover that I have slipped my iPad, notebook, several stacks of 3x5 cards and a bag of almonds in it w/o even thinking. I don't seem to notice until I go looking for something and find it all stashed in that back pocket...

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    Try a scented clothes dryer sheet in it. Works great for traveling and the dresser drawer at home!

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    My new Western Flyer was a little stinky when it arrived, too.

    I recommend putting your bag or strap outside in the sun for an hour or two to take care of the odor.

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    I've never had any kind of "off" smell in or on any of my bags. Could it be from shipping?
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    List exceeds allowed characters. So I'll just say I'm plum and kiwi loving FOT!

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    Tee hee- I'm embarrassed to admit that I like the smell of the standard strap. To me it smells new
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