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    Paul Ettestad
    BPL Member


    I'm going to be hiking the Bechler River in YNP in a couple of weeks and because of all the winter precip there the mosquitoes are likely to be numerous. Since I can't get a BPL mosquito headnet any longer I'd like to get suggestions for the best commercial mosquito headnet, hopefully one with good visibility. I'll be wearing a wide brimed Tilley hat so I want something that will fit over that.


    Link .
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    Bob Salcedo


    Locale: So Cal.

    Not being gram conscience; I got one at REI for about 5 bucks, it fit over my Tilley and tucks in my shirt easily. Has lasted for 4 years although I use it pretty rarely but, love it when I need it.


    Ryan Bressler
    BPL Member


    I have the seat to summit head net. It works, I can sea through it and it is relatively light and compact (no metal ring) and cheap.

    Rick Horne
    BPL Member


    Locale: NorCal - South Bay - Campbell

    +1 on the Sea to Summit.
    Just used it up at Tuolumne Meadows where the mosquitoes were veracious and it worked great.

    Eric Blumensaadt
    BPL Member


    Locale: Mojave Desert

    Mine has elastic to go under you arm pits. I like that because it keeps the bottom of the net nailed down.

    I'm sure you can retrofit headnets without the elastics easily.

    Chad “Stick” Poindexter
    BPL Member


    Locale: Southeast USA

    Another + 1 to the S2S head net. I am happy with mine and it only weighs in at 0.7 oz without the stuff sack.

    Justin Reigle
    BPL Member


    Locale: SF Bay area

    Yet another +1 for the sea to summit net. Fits perfect on my Tilley hat or just worn over my face sleeping out on buggy nights.

    Though… if I didn't have it I'd almost certainly be in for getting one of these lighter ones Peter is making.

    Dan Durston
    BPL Member


    Locale: Canadian Rockies

    It's not fancy or expensive, but Coghlans makes my favourite headnet. Yup Coghlins, as in the cheap brand you find at Wal-Mart and hardware stores. I picked mine up at Walmart for $1.99 (MSRP is $2.28). It weighs 15.8g. It's simple and nicely sized with a bit of elastic at the bottom. I've owned headnets that costed 10x as much, but I like this one best. I guess I'll just say it….my $25 MLD headnet with the armpit elastics (or using it without) just doesn't stay away from my face nearly as well as the coghlans one does. The MLD one is all over my face, while the Coghlans one works super nicely with my OR Seattle Sombrero hat and pretty much never touches my face.

    Coghlans sells three different headnets:
    – mosquito headnet
    – no-see-um headnet
    – fancy headnet with a metal ring

    I strongly prefer just the simple mosquito headnet unless black flies are a huge problem, then you need a no-see-um one but I really hate those so I'd probably just slather on deet. Mosquito netting is far easier to live with than no-see-um netting. It doesn't affect your vision nearly as much and it doesn't get as clammy/hot inside.


    Eli .


    I bought 4 from Peter V. In the Swap forum (linked by Anna above). They're much bigger than the coughlins and rigid enough to maintain form while moving (not stiff but not floppy). I also appreciate that they're nearly invisible (similar to S2S but bigger). They're significantly more expensive than the coughlins but they fit me better and the visibility is way better. Peter also provides a " send it back when it wears out and I'll send you another one free" warranty that is much appreciated.

    Ethan A.
    BPL Member


    Locale: SF Bay Area & New England

    Decided to administer CPR to this decade old thread. What’s the best bug headnet available now? Or, best for mosquitos, and best for no-see-ums? I’ve heard good things Peter Vacco’s Simblissity headnets, but don’t thing they’re available now, and have heard good things about S2S. I had a regular Coghlans which I misplaced but never compared it with anything else.

    Also would you suggest one that’s permethrin treated or not? S2S comes in Insect Shield and plain versions.

    Brad W
    BPL Member


    S2S Insect Shield version.

    Philip Tschersich
    BPL Member


    Locale: Kodiak Alaska

    If you can find a Simblissity, they are excellent. Delicate, yes, and the large mesh won’t stop noseeums, but that airy tulle fabric lets breezes through which normal mosquito netting definitely does not. Your vision is barely affected to boot. If you have access to a sewing machine that can do delicate fabrics, tulle mesh is very inexpensive and you could make your own.

    matthew k


    Yeah the Simblissity is the best I’ve used. I like the cut of MLD’s but I find the tulle more pleasant to see and breathe through.

    Diane “Piper” Soini
    BPL Member


    Locale: Santa Barbara

    The best head net is myog. Get some black tulle and make it yourself. Make a tube with a drawstring on top. Sew a small hair band to your hat at the top and push the cord lock of your drawstring through it to hold the net in place on your head. You can actually see through tulle. You can see the stars at night through it. You can’t see through noseeum. The sun shines on it and you’re blind. You can’t see the stars. Tulle obviously isn’t noseeum netting but it will work against flies and mosquitoes.

    AK Granola
    BPL Member


    I get the $2 versions that sell at our local grocery stores. I think they might be Coghlan’s? And probably more expensive now. I bought tons when they were cheap. They work great. Never had a problem seeing through them, and they keep out our smallest biters.

    I have a “bug shirt” too, and that’s the brand. If you’re really in thick bugs, there’s nothing better than a real Bug Shirt. When we’re picking berries in the fall, and the black flies are really chomping, netting is critical. They’ll go right under your clothes.

    BPL Member


    I have made a few with tulle and found another great use for them that I have not seen mentioned.  As a glasses wearer I hate those early morning spider webs that seem to be everywhere at certain times of the year.  Nothing worse than getting those on your glasses as they don’t just wipe off.  A bug net is just the ticket to keep the webs and their makers off your face.

    Steve Thompson
    BPL Member


    Locale: Northeast

    +1 on the Sea to Summit.  I like that the netting is soft.  The Coughlin’s (at least the one I bought) was stiff and irritated my neck if I needed it while hiking.

    Link .
    BPL Member


    Ron Bell
    BPL Member


    Locale: USA

    All depends on the size hat you may or may not be trying to cover or if you have a really big or really tiny head or a tenny tiny kitten nose.

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