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Recent Sunscreen/Bug Repellent Reviews

Sea to Summit Escapist Ultra-Mesh Bug Tent

rated 2 of 5 stars Really wanted to love the large tarp + bug tent combo. Gave it 14 nights on the Tahoe Rim Trail — meadows, ridges, trees, granite, mud, wind, and rain. Sheds water like a duck. However, I'm just 5'1" and was unable to sit up under the head end except on nights where I was able to find a near perfect pitching site and didn't need to pitch low due to wind. In order to achieve full height and width at the head end of the inner tent, the front corners of the tarp have to be pitched high. This combo… Full review

Sea to Summit Escapist Ultra-Mesh Bug Tent

rated 4 of 5 stars A non-free standing shelter by design that works well with a variety of conditions and platforms. It can be pitched with a pair of trekking poles or in between two trees. It's a versatile shelter that can be used as a ground shelter or even as a hammock tarp. Since this is a modular system, the weight can be easily be distributed between two people. Best used for 3-season backpacking and can be used as a solo or 2-person shelter. Manufacturer Specs:… Full review

Sawyer Permethrin Repellent for Clothing

rated 5 of 5 stars Easy to use and long lasting this bug treatment really works. If you visit buggy areas or are concerned about ticks at home or on trail this stuff is peace of mind in a bottle Designed to be used to pretreat clothing and gear to repel ticks, chiggers, mites and mosquitoes this product works as advertised.  After one full season of use I am convinced of the effectiveness of Sawyer's permethrin and will keep using it so long as that remains the fact. Application is simply a matter of waiting for… Full review

UCO Citronella Candles

rated 5 of 5 stars Effective power in a small package! Mini and Micro Candle Lanterns offer 3-4 hours of burn time per candle. Citronella oil is mixed into the paraffin and the scent is released as the candle burns creating a natural insect repellent. This 6-pack of Citronella tealight candles will provide you with approximately 18-24 hours of light. Very effective in keeping insects away from sight for many hours. Full review

BugButton SuperBand

rated 1 of 5 stars Does not work in the least. Went camping and like an idiot I purchased 10 buttons and 8 bracelets instead of spray. Now I am paying the price and lots of itch cream. They don't work at all. I even witnessed mosquitos biting me right beside the buttons and all around the bracelets as well. Lesson learned. Full review

Duration Permethrin

rated 5 of 5 stars No more bugs...No more DEET...just that simple! So Duration is the first product I have given a 5-star review (I even went to the trouble to list it because I'm that impressed!). I try to withhold this rating for products which excel beyond all my expectations...and the Duration permethrin concentrate did just that. Put simply...this product helped me resolve my longstanding battle against insects...and given that I spend nearly my entire summers along rivers and in wetlands...that's high praise! Full review

Repel 100 Pump Spray

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Basic upper tier bug repellant that for a low price and handy size, is a must for anyone not wanting to get too many mosquito bites. I bought the Repel 100% Deet, 14 ml size as a backpacking spray while I was out in heavy mosquito territory. Now I usually wear long pants and shirts, but since it was the middle of summer, I hoped that short sleeves would be alright in usage with this repellant. At 100%, its supposed to be as good as it gets right? To sum it up, it works, but not as well as anticipated. Full review

3M Ultrathon 33 Insect Repellent Sponge Applicator

rated 2 of 5 stars A bug repellent in a little package, with a lot of promise, that ultimately turned into a lot of disappointment. If you want to lose ten bucks and gain a few dozen bug bites, this one's for you. Otherwise, stick to the spray-applicated repellents. I read a recent review of this that painted it in a pretty positive light. While stocking up on supplies at REI before a recent trip, I picked up a bottle of this and spared myself fifteen-minutes'-worth of comparison shopping in the insect repellent aisle. Full review

3M Ultrathon 33 Insect Repellent Sponge Applicator

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Most effective, longest lasting insect repellent I've ever used. Period. It says; "Lasts 8 to 12 hours." And it actually does! I've spent thousands of hours in horrifying mosquito, blackfly, and no-see-um territories, and I've used every brand, every chemical or natural concoction ever to grace a store shelf. (Literally, not figuratively; I've tried EVERYTHING.) Some stuff works for a little while, some stuff lasts a little while longer, some stuff shouldn't even be allowed to call itself "insect… Full review

Top-Rated Sun and Bug Protection

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Aloe Gator SPF 16 Lip Balm Sunscreen
Aloe Gator SPF 30 Medicated Lip Balm Sunscreen
All Terrain Lip Armor Natural Lip Balm Sunscreen
Banana Boat Sport Performance SPF 30 Lotion Sunscreen
Liberty Bottleworks Bug Head Net Bug Net
Sawyer Premium Sunblock with Insect Repellent Sunscreen
Coghlan's No-See-Um Head Net Bug Net
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
UCO Citronella Candles Insect Repellent
$3 - $4
Tender Ben’s 30 Deet Tick & Insect Repellent Insect Repellent
$3 - $7
Beyond Coastal SPF 15 Active Lip Balm Sunscreen
Coghlan's Mosquito Head Net Bug Net
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Citronella Candle Insect Repellent
$3 - $4
Sawyer 20% Picaridin Insect Repellent Spray Insect Repellent
$3 - $8
Aloe Gator Lil' Gator Kids SPF 40 Lotion Sunscreen
Aloe Gator SPF 15 Sunblock Lotion Sunscreen
REI Sunblock SPF 50 Sunscreen
Dermatone SPF 33 Fragrance Free Creme Sunscreen
Repel Lemon Eucalyptus Pen Pump Insect Repellent Insect Repellent
Dermatone SPF 23 Skin Protector Mini Tin Sunscreen
$4 - $5
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Aloe Gator SPF 40 Lotion Sunscreen
Repel Sportsmen Max Formula Pen Pump Insect Repellent Insect Repellent
Repel Sportmen Max 40 Insect Repellent
$4 - $8
Aloe Gator SPF 40+ Gel Sunscreen
$4 - $11
Kiss My Face Sun Screen SPF 30 with Oat Protein Complex Sunscreen
$4 - $12
Tender Natrapel 8-Hour Insect Repellent
$5 - $7
Repel Sportsmen Insect Repellent Wipes Insect Repellent
$5 - $6
Coghlan's Mosquito Netting Bug Net
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Repel 100 Pump Spray Insect Repellent
Repel Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent Insect Repellent
$6 - $8
Dermatone SPF 23 Spot Protection Stick Sunscreen
Tender Ben's 30% Deet Field Wipes Insect Repellent
Tender Ben's 100 Max Deet Tick & Insect Repellent Insect Repellent
Tender Ben's 30 Deet Travel Size Wipes Insect Repellent
Coghlan's Deluxe Mosquito Head Net Bug Net
Beyond Coastal Natural SPF 30 Sunscreen
Beyond Coastal Active SPF 30 Sunscreen
Banana Boat Sport Performance SPF 50 Stick Sunscreen
Sawyer Stay Put System 1 Sunscreen
$7 - $12
Sol Sunguard KinderSport SPF 45 Sunscreen
$7 - $14
Sol Sunguard BlueWater SPF 36 Sunscreen
$7 - $109
Repel Citronella Candle Insect Repellent
Sol Sunguard Altitude SPF40 Sunscreen
Tender Ben's Clothing & Gear Repellent Insect Repellent
Sawyer Stay Put System 2 Sunscreen
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Greenerways Organic Bug-it-Off Insect Repellent
Coleman Skin Smart Aerosol Insect Repellent
Sawyer Jungle Juice 100 Insect Repellent
Sawyer Family Controlled Release Insect Repellent Insect Repellent
Badger SPF 30 Zinc Oxide Face Stick Sunscreen
Kiss My Face Hot Spots Organic SPF 30 Sunscreen
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