The best articles, videos, and photos I didn't post this week—until now. If you only have time to click on one link, make it, "Aftermath of a Tragedy," Devon O'Neil's detailed account of what happened on Manaslu.
So that you don’t have to worry about the dangers of applying potentially harmful bug spray on your skin, more and more companies are designing insect-repellent-infused clothing that effectively places bug spray near your skin. There is no odor, you never have to reapply, and the repellency will last up to 70 washings, the expected lifetime of a garment.
Insect Shield, which is the first-ever bug-repellent clothing registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is the most widely used technology behind many bug-repellent clothing and companies. Insect Shield promises to protect wearers from mosquitoes, ticks, ants, flies, chiggers, and midges. The bug-repellent gear, which has 0.52 percent permethrin, can be laundered like any other gear and is approved for both adults and children.
Although Insect Shield is used for most insect-repellent clothing, other companies, such as Columbia, Koppen, and Craghoppers’ NosiLife, have also created their own long-lasting fabric that repels insects. The main ingredient behind each of the technologies, however, is permethrin, the only pesticide approved by the EPA for pre-treated fabrics. Infusing permethrin to fabric, as opposed to spraying it on the skin, makes the bug-repellency more effective and longer-lasting.
Here are 10 of the best clothing options that mix style and function with bug-repellency—tested and proven to keep the bugs far, far away.
Instead of having to shampoo bug spray out of your hair, get wrapped up in seamless Buff headwear, specifically the unisex UV Buff with Insect Shield. The multifunctional headwear can be worn in at least 12 different ways—from a hat to a headband to a hood—and comes in eight different bright designs, as well as two camo options to stay bug-free while hunting.
The bug-repellent Buff is an easy way to ensure ticks don’t get onto you or your family’s scalps during a hike or camping trip. We really loved the option of wearing a headband instead of a hat while participating in outdoor activities, especially gardening, where bugs can be the worst. Along with keeping the pests away, Buff headwear blocks 95 percent of UV rays, uses active odor control technology to stay fresh, and wicks away the sweat you work up during a hike. ($27, buffusa.com)
Even if you lather your body with bug spray, it seems that the little critters still manage to find a way to bite up the ankles. The ExOfficio BugsAway Purdom Vented Hiker socks will keep your feet and ankles bug free around the fire, on a hike, or while backpacking.
Although the socks aren’t made with the softest material, the moisture-wicking fabric incorporates Insect Shield technology to ward off bugs and biting insects. The unisex socks are made from a recycled polyester and wool blend, and have mesh venting on top of the foot, a reinforced toe and heel, and built-in arch support. ($22, exofficio.com)