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Posted:Just became the proud owner of a new set of comet poi. Little problem, however. The stuff it's made of smells....weird. Not a problem if you're swinging them but since I carry them in my rucksack wherever I go, my sack and all other items (as well as my back, for that matter) has aquired this peculiar smell. I smell like a set of poi Non-Https Image Link ...heh-heh!Is there a way of getting this smell outa the poi by, say for instance, giving them a bath or sumthing? Non-Https Image Link ------------------*WC*
Posted:WildChild i know exactly what you mean!!! i have the same set and it smells a lot!!! after a while it get's better though... i have used them a few times outside when it was 'wettish' so i don't know if that helped... if it's a nylon smell then nothing will help much...try wiping them with a wet cloth with a bit of nice smelling soap or something and then wipe it off - see if it makes a difference...i can't tell you how my set smells now since i have given it to someone i know a while ago until she buys her own set - i'll check out if it still smells the next time i see it though...although now that i recall i think i managed to get some kero on it too so maybe the original smell will feel unimportant compared to kero smell...i am not studying again Non-Https Image Link , see ya in a week or so...happy swinging,Simos
Posted:i have the same problem, wildchild. i think i've identified the smell, too: rotten fish. I swear to god, both my practice and performance poi, and their little bags they came in, reek of fish. leaving them out helps, hanging them in the wind/sun, etc. And the more you spin them, the more they "air out". But the reason for their stank is a mystery. Malcolm? any ideas?Heph
Posted:Dear all,They do not smell like fish when I send them. They have a tennis ball inside and it may be the rubber in them sweating i think. The material I am sure does not have this problem. Could be the way it is transported to you in a plastic bag at high altitude on a plane (low atmospheric presure). I am sure if you air them out they will stop smelling. I shall contact the manufacturer and ask them to see if they can sort this problem out.Thanks for the feed back Non-Https Image Link Malcolm
Posted:Dear all,I hrang up one of the biggest rubber imports in our country and they said that all their rubber imports smell to some degree. This is caused by the rubber sweating in the bag and going from cold (jet-plane) to hot (airport) does not help. They import rubber shoes, mats, cord etc.They said that they sometimes get silica bags packed with some of the product and this helps to reduce the smell.They air their product after they receive it and let it "dry" out.I have ordered these silica bags that suck out moisture and some smell whilst in transit and will be packing them in with the performance and beginner poi sets. This will reduce the problem, but the product will still need to be dried out to remove any residual smell.I am also contacting Rainbow Flight Ltd to see if they can make modifications to remove the possible smell problem altogether.Please note that the Zuni poi does not have any rubber in them nor any other products that we sell.RegardsMalcolm
Posted:Hi Folks, First time chatting. Just off the phone with Malcolm, about the smell! Don't you hate having smelly balls...??!!!We are the inventors and manufacturers of "Comet Poi Aotearoa". We had a batch of tennis balls recently that were a bit smelly and had apparently been stored or packed in China in a fishing boat! We made our NZ customers aware of this and suggested airing them out for a while. Also we have found out that in the process of making the balls and curing the rubber that salt water is used. There is a smell associated with this drying out sometimes. Airing the Poi out seems to be the best solution.These Poi are not designed to be machine washed, only gentle coldwater hand wipe/wash is recommended. Washing is mainly to get marks off the fabric.Hope this helps! Sorry about the smell:IT DOES GO AWAY!Until we find a better ball, our original design will remain.REMEMBER you can always swing the smell out!!!Greetings from sunny Nelson, New Zealand