First Test in the Field...
- Years ago we set out to field test the copper technology, but this time as hunters. If our technology worked against a variety of odors in industrial and healthcare markets, it should have no problem concealing our scent identity in the woods. We took our copper hunting! The first formulation and test was a hunt that took place in Ross Township, Ohio. While hunting whitetail’s from the base of a tree along the Great Miami River, something unexpected happened. Two coyotes trotted in from the downwind trail, totally unaware of the presence of two hunters concealed with the new copper product. Coyotes are masters of discerning the various scents that flow through the woodlands and would most certainly be aware of our presence. We were sitting “upwind” from the coyotes and knew this would be a real test of how well our copper technology worked. The coyotes were completely unaware as they sniffed their way past where we were sitting. It was at this point we realized our copper technology would be a game changer for hunters who wanted to conceal themselves from wild game. After the hunt, on the way to the taxidermist to drop off a coyote, based on what had occurred it was decided to call our new field spray with our copper ion technology, Upwind®.
“We had proof in the back of the truck that Upwind worked. Another great hunting product was born, Hunt Upwind, Hunt Down Odors!.”
What you need to know about odor elimination!
- ODOR – An odor or fragrance is caused by one or more volatilized chemical compounds, generally at a very low concentration, that humans or other animals perceive by their sense of smell. It is how we perceive these compounds with our sense of smell that define an odor.
- ODORLESS – Chemical compounds that are not perceived as odor. The odors that hunters are concerned with can be classified into some broad categories:
- Hydrogen Sulfide / Mercaptan: The rotten egg smell. Bacteria are the main source for hydrogen sulfide odors. Bacteria liberate hydrogen sulfide from sulfur-containing amino acids. Sulfide odors can be detected at very low concentrations.
- Ammonia: Pungent strong urine smell
- Skatoles: Pungent odor with flowery hint, think of rotting garbage. The chemical structure of an odor molecule is what makes them detectable as odors.
- Odor elimination is a chemical transformation process that results in a molecule that is undetectable as odor. Upwind’s patented technology completes the transformation of odor molecules into odorless molecules rapidly and continuously.
- Human Scent Identity The human scent identity is comprised of a variety of different odor producing chemical compounds. Our skin, hair, gland secretions, nutrition, medications, clothing, genetics, gender, and what we come into contact with in our daily routines collectively define our scent identity. Odor compounds produced by bacteria present on our bodies, clothing, and everywhere around us also contribute to our scent identity. Keep in mind, bacteria themselves do not stink, however the gasses they produce do stink. Scent Detection It has been said that a human smells dinner cooking, but a dog smells every ingredient in the dinner.
- Big game can detect multiple odors simultaneously in seconds. Big game can interpret, process, and associate odors with their environment quickly and can specifically pick out a human’s scent identity. As hunters, we know the ability of big game to detect our scent is extremely sensitive, and much stronger, faster, and more accurate at scent detection than ours. Factors that influence scent detection include:
- Concentration and density of the odor
- Type and consistency of the odor
- Temperature of the air and of you
- Humidity can influence scent detection
- Elevation – thermal air currents transport odors
- Wind speed, direction, and swirls
- Age and experience of the big game animal
“The most effective way to conceal your scent is to eliminate the odor compounds that define your scent identity.”
- Here are some of the ways we can reduce big game’s ability to detect our scent.
- Target Bacteria – One approach to reduce scent is to kill, capture or encapsulate the bacteria that produce odor compounds. Many enzyme and bio-control products are designed to target bacteria. Enzymes consume bacteria, biocides and sanitizers are designed to kill bacteria. Some metal ions such as ions of copper are toxic to bacteria. In fact, copper surfaces are now being used in hospital surgery rooms to prevent the spread of infection. Copper infused textiles have also been shown to prevent bacteria from replicating. A bacterial approach effectively reduces some of the odor compounds that define our scent identity. However, the odors that define our scent go beyond bacterial odors.
- Target Odors – Another approach is target compounds that are detected as odor. Common approaches that target odor compounds include:
- Masking or covering odors: Pine, apple, and earth cover scents, coon urine, doe urine, etc.
- Encapsulate, adsorb, trap or filter odor compounds: Carbon, Zeolite, and other natural compounds
- Oxidation of odor compounds. Peroxides, baking soda, bleaches, and quite a few other oxidation technologies use oxygen to transform odor molecules into odorless molecules. These oxidation technologies are consumed in the reaction and offer limited effectiveness against large amounts of odors. So what works best for hunters?
- Consider something controversial, Hunters should not be concerned with bacterial control, we should target odors. Big game cannot detect bacteria, but they can detect their odor. Methods that target bacteria do effectively reduce bacteria and thereby reducing odor production. However, bacteria can be killed off, but they will return. Even doctors admit the use of hand sanitizer to eliminate bacteria is short lived and bacteria return often within minutes. Bacteria are smart, and they adapt quickly to what harms them. Methods to reduce bacteria do work, but to what degree is likely negligible. Don’t aim for the bacteria, target the odors they produce. So let’s move on and target odor. Johns’ ohio buck color upwind Approaches that cover, mask, encapsulate, adsorb, filter, or trap odors do not chemically change or restructure odor compounds into odorless compounds. Eventually these odor compounds will return and once again be detectable. Oxidation, which changes the chemical structure of an odor compound, is a very effective way eliminating odor. Once an odor compound is oxidized it will not return as a detectable odor.
- Consider the oxidation of an odor compound, hydrogen sulfide with a peroxide compound:
Hydrogen Sulfide(Odor) + Hydrogen Peroxide -> Elemental Sulfur(Odorless) + Water H2S + H2O2 → S0 + 2H2OThe oxidation process is similar to “airing out” your hunting gear, in doing so you are making oxygen available to complete oxidation reactions and eliminate odor. Upwind® Copper Ion Technology The core component of the Upwind system of odor elimination products is our copper ion technology. The mechanism of eliminating odor compounds is initiated by the dissociation of our copper ion complex that results in a controlled release of active copper ions. As active copper ions are released they work as a catalyst for the oxidation of odor compounds. This unique ability to dissociate and provide active copper ions to catalyze oxidation reactions with odor compounds is the key to odor elimination. The unique properties of our copper ion complex have been the basis for several patents in the United States and Worldwide. Unlike other oxidation technologies that are consumed in the oxidation reaction, our copper ion technology works as an oxidation catalyst to continuously eliminate odors. Put another way, our copper ion technology causes a continually repeating process of rapid chemical combination of oxygen molecules present in the air with odor causing molecules, changing them to odorless compounds. What separates Upwind® and provides value for Hunters? Upwind’s unique ability to target odors and accelerate oxidation reactions that eliminate odor compounds. In addition to faster more efficient oxidation, Upwind’s technology provides active copper ions to work as an oxidation catalyst long after initial application.Super-Slam-Combo Unlike other metal complexes, Upwind’s copper ion complex can dissociate and free up large amounts of active free copper ions. Other metal complexes, metal additives, and metal enhanced fabrics, often provide little if any free metal ions due to their inability to dissociate and provide a free, reactive form of metal ion.
- What do I get with Upwind® that I don’t get with others?
- Upwind goes beyond bacterial odors, we target all sources and a wide spectrum of odors
- Permanent odor elimination, odors do not return once the oxidation reaction is complete
- Fast acting, rapid oxidation, accelerated process
- Catalytic oxidation means continuous reaction long after initial application
- Odorless formula, Unscented, we are not a cover up, product has no odor of its own.
- Safe, biodegradable, Non-Toxic
- Unlike other metal complexes, Upwind’s copper ion complex is non-irritating to skin
- Unlike other metal formulas, fabrics and additives, Upwind’s copper ion technology provides copious amounts of free reactive copper ions
Trust Upwind® because we tell you what’s in the bottle!
- We knew that convincing hunters to trust Upwind Cu. O. R. E. Concealment (copper technology) wasn’t going to be an easy task because for so many years in this category many products don’t tell you what is in the bottle. The bottom line is that our copper technology built into Upwind is tested, proven, and is the basis for several patents. Testimony, not just theory! Upwind’s copper ion technology was originally developed to meet a need for industrial odor elimination. Some of the large tooling and machinery plants in the industrial Midwest had a serious issue with odors as a result of bacterial growth in the oils and grease used in production. Bacteria feed on oil, and then “off gas” a variety of odor compounds. In some cases the accumulation of odor created by bacteria would prevent plants from opening after weekend shutdowns. There was a dire need for something that would eliminate, not mask or encapsulate odor compounds, and be safe for plant workers. The need for an industrial odor elimination agent was met when our chemist developed a unique copper complex that turned out to be the key to odor elimination. In addition to providing an economical solution to treat large amounts of industrial odors, our products are classified Non-Hazardous, and safe for human exposure. Our copper technology is used in morgues to do battle with odors of decomposition, municipal waste treatment facilities, agricultural facilities where hogs, cattle, and chickens produce manure by the truckload, and oil/ gas exploration where sulfide gasses are a byproduct of drilling and transport. The mechanism of eliminating odor compounds is initiated by the dissociation of our copper complex and controlled release of active copper ions. The active copper ions act as a catalyst for the oxidation of odor compounds. The unique ability to dissociate and provide active copper ions to catalyze oxidation reactions with odor compounds continuously. 100% Money Back Guaranteed If you honestly test our products hunting and you don’t agree, then contact our team about a refund on your investment. We stand behind this product 100% and there is absolutely no risk on your end to give us a try. We guarantee our products effectiveness and are committed to your success! It’s that simple.