ExOfficio BugsAway Adventure Hat

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Great hiking or paddling hat when you are out in the…

Rating: rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $40


Great hiking or paddling hat when you are out in the sun. It is light and breathable but I have not had any luck with it keeping away mosquitoes and have gotten bug bites on my face while wearing it.


  • Wide brim, perfect for the sum
  • Comfortable and breathable
  • Quick drying
  • Light


  • Not actually bug resistant

I purchased this hat for a recent backpacking trip. I knew it was going to be warm with a high potential for mosquitoes. I was also in need of a new hiking and paddling hat with a wide brim to wear in the sun.

It is labeled as unisex and I was really happy with the way it fit and looked. It was fitted without being too tight or loose. I have not felt the need to use the chin strap to keep it in place and usually just take it off since it is removable.  

This hat keeps the sun out of your face and the darker brim underside reduces glare as well. I have worn it in the rain and found that it dries very quickly. It also washes well and does not dry misshapen.  

Although it claims to have built in Insect Shield, I have received a few mosquito bites on my face while wearing this hat. While this would have been a nice feature to have, I cannot say I'm disappointed because I purchased it more for its sun blocking abilities than its bug blocking features.  



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8 months ago

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Manufacturer's Description

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Retailers' Descriptions

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The packable, insect-repellent ExOfficio BugsAway Adventure Hat stows easily in a jacket pocket so it's at the ready when the sun comes out and the bugs start buzzing your head.


The Ex Officio BugsAway Adventure Hat protects you from bugs and UV rays whether you're hiking, camping, or paddling down rivers. The Insect Shield repellent provides long-lasting, effective, and convenient bug protection, and its Nycott nylon fabric protects you from the sun's harmful UV rays, dries quickly, and resists abrasion. Ex Officio also added a mesh-lined headband and crown for breathability, a removable chin strap for a snug fit, and a flexible brim with an anti-glare underbrim that packs away easily.

- Backcountry.com

ExOfficio BugsAway Adventure Hat FEATURES of the ExOfficio BugsAway Adventure Hat Flexible brim Anti-glare under brim Mesh-lined headband and crown Removable, adjustable clip-on chin strap Anti-Insect Lightweight Quick Drying Sun Guard 30+ SPECIFICATIONS of the ExOfficio BugsAway Adventure Hat Brim Width: 3 1/8in. Nycott: 100% Nylon

- Moosejaw

If you need maximum protection from the elements, look no farther than the BugsAway Adventure Hat. It provides sun and bug protection in one. The flexible brim and a UPF 30+ rating keep off harmful rays. Permethrin, the active ingredient in Insect Shield, handles the bugs, and is invisible, odorless, and tightly bonded to the fabric fibers, and lasts the expected lifetime of the garment (70 washes). It repels mosquitoes (including those carrying West Nile virus and malaria), ticks, ants, flies, chiggers and midges (no-see-ums).Insect Shield repellent lasts 70 washings.

- RockCreek