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Adventure : Oct 2012

The Best Bug-Repelling Clothing: Men’s All-Around Tee

The Haeleum Men’s Faran T-Shirt is the t-shirt of choice for the team members of the 12-month-long Amazon 5000 cancer-awareness trek through the rainforests of South America.

Haeleum uses Insect Shield technology in the t-shirt fabric and incorporates extreme moisture-wicking, fast-drying materials to keep you dry and cool while hiking or working outside. The breathable, wrinkle-free shirt is great for traveling, provides UPF 50 sun protection, and has a slight insulating quality for chillier days. And at only 4.2 ounces, we barely felt like we were wearing anything, let alone a bug shield. ($35, haeleum.com)

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The Best Bug-Repelling Clothing: Men’s Button-Up

If you have an outing to attend where you want to look your best while still keeping the bugs at bay, stay in style with Koppen’s Zuma Rocks Shirts. The button-up shirt uses the successful No Fly Zone technology, which is a permethrin-based bug repellent that protects wearers from mosquitoes, flies, ticks, chiggers, ants, and midges. The fabric is infused with the repellent, which stays effective for up to 70 washes. The shirt has a UPF protection of 30+ and also uses Koppen’s moisture control technology to wick sweat away from the skin. ($70, koppenoutdoor.com)

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The Best Bug-Repelling Clothing: Men’s Fly-Fishing Shirt

To keep your concentration on the river and not on the bugs buzzing around your head, we recommend Hook & Tackle’s Insect and Sun Shield Shirt, which has UPF 30 sun protection. The lightweight fishing shirt is quick drying and breathable, and has plenty of loops and pockets to store your supplies and lures. The sleeves can be rolled up and secured, and a large, vented back will help to keep you cool when the sun is out. ($59, insectshield.com)

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The Best Bug-Repelling Clothing: Men’s Hiking Pants

For a cooler alternative to jeans around the campfire, we recommend White Sierra’s Swamp Pants, complete with Insect Shield technology. The bottoms provide a slimming, stylish fit and have two zip-closure pockets to secure IDs and keys. Durable enough for day hikes or a few days of camping, the Swamp Pants will ensure that you stay tick and itch free. The moisture-wicking pants also have UPF 30 sun protection. ($60, whitesierra.com)

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The Best Bug-Repelling Clothing: Men’s Polo

For a day on the green or at a family barbeque, the Zorrel Sonoma Dri-Balance Polo will help you clean up your look (no, a dirty hiking shirt isn’t family-get-together appropriate) and ward off pesky bugs. The odor-free fabric, infused with Insect Shield technology, has moisture-wicking capabilities to help you stay sweat-free when hunched over the grill or while running around with the kids. The fabric is soft and comfortable—not what you might typically associate with bug-repelling clothing—but keeps the mosquitoes from biting. ($50, zorrel.com)

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