How to combat the killer Mosquitoes in the North
Back in 2011 when we rode to Alaska we were fortunate to only run into the mosquito swarm once near the Atigun Pass. We were armed with two of these shirts just in case. The draw back to not being attacked by these “killer”, huge bugs was that we rode in cold rain almost the entire trip. You never know what season it will be up there if you are planning a trip. You need to prepare for HOT, warm, cold to down right freezing weather.
If you have sun and warmth on your adventure, then there is a good chance you will have mosquitoes. This shirt may seem like over kill, no pun intended but from those who have had to use it swear by them…we did not have to use ours but it will be a staple item if we venture back up-country.
The Original Bug Shirt®: Elite Edition
Microfibre – CDN $69.95
Cotton – CDN $75.95
Natural Gear® “SCII” camouflage – CDN $79.95
The “Elite Edition” Bug Shirt is our most versatile – and most popular – style. It contains all the features of the “Original”, in the same fabric and colour choices, plus these significant design enhancements:
We moved the zipper from the bottom edge of the face mesh to the top, and put two sliders on it. This way you can open it just a tiny bit (to look clearly through binoculars, take photos or eat!) without letting the biting insects get to you. Because we used one zipper with two sliders, and not two zippers, that means you get to choose where the opening will be – maybe top dead centre (great for binoculars) or on one side so you can sneak a snack into your mouth before the bugs notice!
We added an adjusting cord to the back of the hood, so you can effectively pull the hood back off your face if it falls too far forward and blocks your peripheral vision. This means we can accommodate all manner of neck lengths! By using both these features together you can wear the shirt with your face exposed but the rest of you protected, as in the picture right – added versatility!(as in the picture above)
We added a ribbed cuff, and still kept the elastic cord adjusters at the wrist. This way you get added comfort and maximum effectiveness at keeping blackflies, no-see-ums and ticks out, and still keep blood flowing to your hands!
We put an additional patch pocket with a velcro closing flap on the front of the shirt.
We modified the shape of the sleeve to wrap your elbow more completely and prevent mosquitoes from attacking at that tender spot.
We moved the location of the drawcord lock at the waist slightly to the left. This was as a result of comments from users out in the wilderness who found the old location just too centered!