Bug Off: Gear to Keep Insects Away

Bug Off: Gear to Keep Insects Away

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Although summer always brings warmer weather, longer days, and more opportunities to be outdoors, it also marks the return of biting, stinging, and just downright annoying insects. If you find that bugs frequently ruin a perfectly good outdoor adventure, than perhaps it is time to invest in some gear that is designed to keep them at bay. There are a number of companies that make products designed to do just that, and here are a few that you might mind useful.


ExOfficio Bugsaway Ziwa Convertible Pants
ExOfficio makes a range of clothing desgined for adventure travel and outdoor activities for both men and women. Their Bugsaway Ziwa Convertible Pants not only incorporate Insect Sheild repellants to keep mosquitoes, ticks, ants, and files bugs away, but also offer UPF 30+ protection from the sun too. They are also quick drying, feature zip cargo pockets, and the have ability to quickly convert into 10″ shorts. There is even a version of the Ziwa Convertible specifically designed for women. ($100)


White Sierra Bug Free Gauze Tunic
Lightweight and highly breathable, the Gauze Tunic from White Sierra provides comfort and style, while also managing to keep pesky insects at bay. It is available in three colors – white, sky blue, and sheer lilac – and is equally at home in the backyard as it is traveling the globe. ($40)


RailRiders Journeyman Shirt
The classic RailRiders Journeyman Shirt features large buttoned front pockets, underarm and torso mesh for extra ventilation, and roll-up tabs on both sleeves. It is also quick drying, highly packable, and versatile enough to wear on the trail or around town. It features Insect Shield repellants, and comes in five different colors. ($84)


Craghoppers Nosilife Jacket
The Nosilife Jacket from Craghoppers is a truly multipurpose piece of gear that is designed to be equally adept at repelling rain showers as it is keeping mosquitoes and other annoying insects away. This lightweight and stylish jacket features an integrated hood, four pockets, and elastic hems and cuffs. It is also breathable enough to be worn even in warm weather, with a form fitting design that won’t impede motion in any way. ($75)


UV Buff Insect Shield
Everyone knows that the Buff is the most unique and versatile piece of headwear on the market, but did you also know that the company makes a version that incorporates Insect Shield as well? The Buff UV Insect Shield model is capable of blocking 90% of the suns rays while also repelling mosquitoes, chiggers, flies, ants, and a variety of other creepy crawlies. The quick-drying Buff helps the wearer to remain cool in the summer, and warmer in the winter, and is available in six different styles. ($29)