Jul 15, 2011 at 1:29 am #1276738
Tim & ShellMember
I need a lightweight long sleeve shirt. One that would be ideal for 60-65 degree whether, is light, and would be hard mosquitos to bite through. Can anyone offer some suggestions. Thanks.
– TimJul 15, 2011 at 6:37 am #1759568
@mocs123Locale: Southeast Tennessee
Rail Riders Bone Flats Shirt?Jul 15, 2011 at 7:55 am #1759580
7-8 oz.,insect repellent built in to fabricJul 15, 2011 at 9:15 am #1759607
@jacobdLocale: North Bay
Would a simple windshirt (Houdini, etc…) do the trick?Jul 15, 2011 at 3:02 pm #1759746
^ that's always worked for me when the bugs get bad :)
I'm going to try pemethrin on my light longsleeve base layers (Cap 1 or Merino 1) this year and see what that does
I looked at the NosiLife ones a while back, looked like a very nice "traditional" button up shirt- they had a sale and I came close to buying one, probably will next saleJul 15, 2011 at 5:00 pm #1759786
@jdw01776Locale: Southeast Texas
Outdoor Research Echo long sleeve T-shirt treated with Permitrin — 3.8 ounces in size medium…Jul 15, 2011 at 5:53 pm #1759792
I prefer them because they usually have a tighter weave and therefore keep out the mosquitos. With the t-shirt material the weave is usually much looser and allows the proboscus to penetrate and get you. A wind shirt should also do the job much better too.Jul 17, 2011 at 1:37 am #1760144
Tim & ShellMember
The Rail Riders and Noislife are button downs and almost look like a casual office shirt. It does not appear to be too comfortable. The Outdoor Research Echo shirt looks like a Under Armor shirt. I can't say I enjoy tight elastic sucking onto my body. This basically leaves the windshirts that you speak of. Windshirts pretty much look like jackets to me. Would I be better off just wearing a Rain Jacket or do people typically find these to be more breathable? Please let me know any further thoughts anyone has on matter or other ideas. Thanks.
– TimJul 17, 2011 at 5:28 am #1760147
@jdw01776Locale: Southeast Texas
@tim – The Outdoor Research Echo shirt looks like a Under Armor shirt
It has no elastic in it, and is not a tight compression fit, just a nice fit that is not loose and baggy…Jul 17, 2011 at 6:06 am #1760156
Columbia Tamiami shirts weigh in at 6.3 oz in size small. I normally wear medium but these are big shirts. Definitely good for bug protection and they feel cool in weather around 75 to 80.Jul 17, 2011 at 7:10 am #1760161
winshirts are MUCH more breathable than rain jackets, besides beating the bugs they do a great job of regulating temps when the wind is blowing, they also shed light rain pretty well- it's the jackknife of backpacking garments imo
a long sleeve base layer treated w/ permerthin should take care of a lot of bugs, if they get really bad (typically when your stopped)- then add the windshirt
my guess is you'll use that windshirt a heck of a lot more than just for bug protectionJul 17, 2011 at 7:45 am #1760165
@fluffinreach-comLocale: no. california
peter goes with a short sleeve merino top with collar from Minus-33 layered under a nylon or polycotton long sleeve shirt. this is the lightest combination that i have found that will run cool enough on hot days, and not be all chilly and temp swinging (annoying) in cooler weather.
bug are not able to penetrate this combination. they will however eventually drill thru almost any form of single layer nylon shirt. this will be most often in the rear shoulder area.
permithrin alone on merino will be found to be partially effective. absolutely much better than untreated. but it's going to fade fast on your back. remember that one of the "pluses" to permethrin, the thing that keeps it acceptably safe, is that it neutralizes quickly when exposed to sweat. sooo .. you're right back to getting nailed right thru the merino.
you can ALWAYS use another merino wool short sleeve top. i know if i had 6 of them i could wear them dialy. so it's not really a "backpacking purchase" .. not really …
and you probably already have a long sleeve shirt of the collar and buttons variety.
so seee .. it really won't cost a anything to try this.
if bugs going to be Epic : … yes. spray everything with permethrin as suggested. do that.
(maybe not spray the tent fly. i think it wrecks them)
– sew half the cuffs closed.
– sew velcro to the remaining opening. (convenience in getting dressed in the bush i;ll tell you )
– install extra cuff buttons/snaps to close down the wrist opening even more.
that ought to do it shirt wise. shirts marketed along the lines of hiking/treking often have an additional mesh liner in the shoulder yoke. the liner adds another layer of depth. it's a good thing.Jul 17, 2011 at 9:03 am #1760180
A polyester fishing shirt. I have the Field & Stream version like the Columbia Tamiami mentioned above. Treat it and pants with permethrin before the trip. If long sleeves get too hot, there are fasteners to roll them up easily. It dries quickly, but isn't great at wicking because of the loose fit. Once it gets in the 70's, I'd probably go with a more breathable athletic material like a t-shirt.
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