ExOfficio BugsAway Adventure Hat
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
- 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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Exofficio's Adventure Hat makes perfect packing sense. It protects from bugs, sunburns, and moisture while you experience sun-filled adventures. Insect Shield repellent lasts 70 washings.
Nothing causes more displeasure in the outdoors than bugs and sunburn. Protect yourself from both with the ExOfficio BugsAway Adventure Hat. A special anti-insect treatment keeps flies and mosquitoes from swarming around your head, and the flexible brim allows you to fold the hat up and stash it in a pocket or in your luggage.
The ExOffico BugsAway Adventure Hat provides long-lasting, effective and convenient insect protection. Permethrin, the active ingredient in Insect Shield?, 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). The Adventure Hat provides sun protection with a UPF 30+ rating, dries quickly, and wicks moisture to keep you cool. Finally, you can stop swatting bugs and start focusing on the adventure. Insect Shield repellent lasts 70 washings.
Description of Ex Officio Insect Shield Adventure HatThe Adventure Hat makes perfect packing sense. It protects you from bugs, sunburns, and moisture, all while taking in the sites. Insect Shield repellent lasts 70 washings. ExOfficio clothing field-tested and approved by the African Wildlife Foundation.FeaturesLightweight Nycott -- 100 Nylon3 ozsq yd ImportedOdorless Insect Shield garments repel biting and potentially disease-carrying insects Lasts 70 washingsUPF 30 for excellent sun protection, plus glare shielding under brimFlexible brim-stay means that your brim wont flopRemovable strap with adjustable cinch terry back elastic sweatband ventilation eyeletsSoft peach finished and quick drying for added comfortDo not dry clean
- US Outdoor Store