Although Columbia’s Bug Shield Sporty 1/2 Zip is cute enough to wear whenever you want to sport an athletic look, we recommend limiting its use to trail running, hiking and camping—when the bugs are guaranteed to be a pain—so you don’t use up all of the bug-repellent properties in the fabric.
Columbia’s Insect Blocker technology is similar to Insect Shield and works just as well—the comfortable cover-up is odorless, protects against mosquitoes, ticks and other biting bugs, and lasts for up to 70 washes. The top kept the bugs away in the evening, while also providing just a bit of warmth once the sun went down. It has UPF 50 sun protection, a specially shaped collar to protect the back of your neck from harmful rays, and longer sleeves to cover wrists as well. Although the shirt provides full coverage and protection, the material is lightweight and breathable, and the lengthy zipper yields plenty of ventilation on warmer days. ($70, columbia.com)