Q:

Can you recommend clothing with insect repellent in the fabric?

What are some clothing brands that make insect repellent clothing? Stewart Memphis, Tennessee

May 27, 2009
Outside
Outside Magazine
A:

ExOfficio specializes in travel gear that you can take to the inner sanctum of the Amazon. It addition to creating comfortable, light, durable, quick-dry, wrinkle-resistant, moisture-wicking travel clothing, the company's mission is to keep sun and bugs off your skin. The 100 percent nylon Women's Halo Long-Sleeve Shirt ($85, exofficio.com) is coated with bug repellent that lasts for up to 70 washings and is treated with a UPF 30-plus Sun Guard protection. Ditto for the canvas Ambush Pant ($95) the rimmed Adventure Hat ($36), and the Women's Insect Shield Barrier Long-Sleeve Hoody ($80).

Another option is to bug-proof your entire wardrobe with Repel Permanone Clothing and Gear Insect Repellent (6 oz. for $6.75; REI.com). The 0.5 percent permethin solution, which paralyzes the nervous systems of the insects it comes in contact with, is an effect killer of ticks, mosquitoes, chiggers, and mites. The odorless spray bonds to fabric and lasts for up to two weeks. Just don't spray it on your skin.

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