Hockey players are tough. They can deal with a great many things to enjoy the game they love – pain, hard work, the expense putting together an assortment of equipment & accessories, and even that signature smell that comes from our bag the day (or the week) after your last session on the ice.
Back in my college days, my beer-league buddies had one word that captured the spirit of this olfactory horror – THE STENCH.
Now, most of us players can handle The Stench, but those around us? The spouses, significant others, kids, and animals in our lives aren’t so understanding. That’s where the Odor Gladiator steps in…
See, Mike from OG recently checked out my About page here at Hockey Gear HQ and spotted the following line:
He lives in Nolensville, Tennessee, with his wife Amy, three kids, two dogs, and some really stinky hockey equipment in the garage, the remnants of a sputtering rec-league career that refuses to die!
So he reached out and graciously offered me the chance to try out an Odor Gladiator, and I have to say that I’m impressed. The basic idea is pretty simple – the Gladiator looks like a little guy in a hockey helmet, which opens up and allows you to insert one of the Scent Shields, a small plastic tray which contains the material which does all the dirty work (they explain exactly how over on the OG site).
And let me tell you, it works. Normally, that corner of the garage where I keep my hockey equipment smells like a biochemical hazard zone, even though I’ve got most of my gear hung on hooks to dry nicely. With the Odor Gladiator on the job, The Stench is simply… gone.
It’s not simply masked by some flowery perfume, it’s actually gone.
The paint no longer peels off the garage walls when I open my bag and load up for a trip to the rink. My nose hairs are actually growing into place, since they aren’t being burned off by the fumes week after week.
I’d especially recommend the Odor Gladiator for any hockey player who has to keep his or her gear in a confined space, like an apartment or condominium where friends & family have little chance to escape The Stench. Even if you have the benefit of storing your equipment outside or in a garage, however, this little wonder will make your hockey life easier.
And as a result, I’m happily updating that line on my About page…
He lives in Nolensville, Tennessee, with his wife Amy, three kids, two dogs, and some no-longer-stinky hockey equipment in the garage, the remnants of a sputtering rec-league career that refuses to die!