Specs

Weight 7.2 oz / 204.2 g
UPF Rating 30
Fabric 100% polyester

Reviews

A comfortable, technical hoody that keeps you cool…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $69.95

Summary

A comfortable, technical hoody that keeps you cool and blocks biting bugs and the sun.

Pros

  • UPF 50 sun protection
  • Treated with Insect Shield bug protection
  • Comfortable hood
  • Thumb loops to keep sleeves in place
  • Great moisture-wicking performance

Cons

  • A bit spendy, but worth it.

I purchased my first Simms Bugstopper Hoody, last spring. Although I bought it specifically for fly fishing, the Bugstopper quickly became my go-to choice for sun and insect protection for all of my outdoor activities.

The Bugstopper is a technological marvel of clothing. The polyester fabric is treated with several of the latest in high tech fabric treatments.

These include; Insectshield, a process that binds the organic repellant permethrin tightly to the fabric. It is very effective in repelling almost all biting insects and Simms guarantees the treatment to last the lifetime of the garment. While I am wearing the hoody, I rarely have an insect land on me let alone bite me.

The Hoody is also rated for UPF 50 Sun protection and treated with a COR3 fabric finish that maximizes moisture-wicking performance and minimizes odors caused by microorganisms such as molds, algae, and yeast. The wicking action is superb and combined with the UPF 50 sun protection I find that I am cooler while wearing the hoody than I would be while wearing a non-UPF shirt and slathered in sunscreen. 

The hoody is very comfortable to wear and the hood is articulated and designed to move with the head. It never sinks or pulls into my field of vision, and it is thin enough that I can wear it under a hat or stretchy enough to be pulled over a hat.

There are thumb loops, at the wrist of each sleeve to prevent the sleeves from riding up or sliding down. This is a great feature during activities with very active arm motions.

The hoody is very lightweight and provides a great inner layer in any layering system. It's even comfortable to wear under fishing waders and doesn't get clammy. 

Experience

I have worn Bugstopper Hoodies for over 60 days of fly fishing in all types of weather and in temperatures ranging from 40°F-100°F+. I've also worn this shirt while hiking, biking, and even at some music festival.

Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

Thanks for the helpful review of your hoody, Jon!


12 days ago

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