MXA TEAM TESTED: SMELL GOOD ATHLETE LAUNDRY BAG
WHAT IS IT? No matter how breathable your gear is, how cold it is at the track or how long you ride, motocross gear always has an unpleasant stench after a day of riding. The Smell Good Athlete laundry bag was created to imprison your stinky riding gear in an airtight bag until you’re ready to wash it.
WHAT’S IT COST? $49.99.
WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that stand out with the Smell Good Athlete laundry bag.
(1) Backstory. The Smell Good Athlete brand was started by Chris Howell, a Pro Supercross and motocross racer who, while living the life of a true privateer, spent many nights in his Sprinter van traveling to races. When Chris got married, his wife joined in on the fun, only she wasn’t prepared for long drives in a van that smelled like dirty gear. This prompted Chris to come up with a product that would allow him to continue pursuing his dreams without torturing his wife in the process. Chris’ solution was a smell-less laundry
bag to store his dirty gear in between trips to the
The Smell Good bag is made of waterproof fabric and has an air-tight zipper to keep odors in.
(2) Concept. Made with a special blend of waterproof fabric and an air-tight zipper, the bag keeps odors trapped inside until you’re ready to wash your gear. Every Smell Good laundry bag comes with a scent-free bamboo-charcoal insert that is attached to the inside of the bag. The insert helps keep moisture away and absorbs some of the odors. The insert can be “recharged” by setting it in the sun for a few hours. When needed, a replaceable insert kit of four scentless bamboo-charcoal odor absorbers can be purchased for $14.99.
(3) Performance. It’s common for MXA test riders to wear multiple sets of gear during a photo shoot, and the bag easily fit four sets of gear. With the dimensions of 17.5 inches by 23.5 inches, we could fit the dirty laundry bag in an Ogio 9800 gear bag, no problem. Chris warned MXA that the insert does not prevent mildew or absorb all odors if left for an extended period, but it certainly helped. Even after holding dirty gear for multiple days, our laundry bag didn’t emit any aroma, which meant it was living up to its name.
The laundry bag comes with a scent-free bamboo-charcoal insert that is attached to the inside of the bag. The insert uses activated charcoal to bind to molecules and absorb moisture. The insert can be “recharged” by setting it in the sun.
We weren’t surprised to see charcoal listed as an ingredient on the odor-absorbing insert. Charcoal seems to be the hot new trend for all things “health” lately—and no, this isn’t the same type of charcoal used in barbecues. Activated charcoal is extremely absorbent, allowing it to bind to molecules and remove them. You can find unique concentrates of activated charcoal in skincare products, toothpaste, deodorant and even cat litter boxes. You can also find activated charcoal in pill form in the supplement aisle at your local health store, and there’s even charcoal-infused lemonade!
(4) Options. The Smell Good Athlete’s Smell Less laundry bag is available in two colors, black or grey. There is a 30-day money-back guarantee for anyone skeptical about making a purchase. Plus, they offer free shipping on orders over $75.
WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? No complaints. The bag is simple and it does its job.
MXA RATING: If you travel to distant races, this bag is for you. If you’re a recreational rider whose significant other isn’t grumbling about your smelly gear, then you probably don’t need this bag.