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this was an EXCELLENT buy. I bought this to use paintballing at the skirmish invasion of normandy in the poconos this past weekend. Usually, i wear a ton of OFF spray and hope it works, and still get bit like crazy. i had entirely zero flies/mosquitos/ants anywhere near me during my 3-4 days at ION this year while wearing this. just washed it and will take it camping/hiking again next week. will see if it maintains usefulness, supposedly rated for usefulness to 70 washes? didnt care much about the pattern and forgot what i ordered but i got somethign that was black/gray and matched my black/blue paintball clothes well enough. very pleased.
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update: washed it and took it hiking and rafting this past weekend again. again, no bugs, but a stitch popped on both sides causing the fringey bits to fall off on both sides, which is disappointing. can update with a photo when home.
$22.04 (including shipping) below It comes in light blue and tan. They use fancier names though.
https://www.steepandcheap.com/exofficio-bugsaway-shemagh-exo009a

If you want protection for cheaper, you can save $3 + shipping. If you like black and white, this is a good deal.
Received mine today, and a little bummed that the color is off. I thought it would be black and white, or even black and off-white, but it is black and blue-gray. It almost has the appearance that it was washed and the black dye bled.

It will still do it's job of course, but I was hoping for a smart-looking black and white scarf to wear everyday (I live in a buggy place) and the color just looks off. Dingy. Oh well.

I have an older style of this that I picked up on clearance and it does what it says. I use it when I'm in the field and want to keep the sun and mosquitoes off my neck. I still get a few bites, but I'm a mosquito magnet who gets bit even when wearing lots of DEET so it's pretty good. The one I got is dirt cheap on another site, but doesn't have the fringe and is a cotton-poly blend.
I picked this up last time around, and am very happy with my purchase. I'm still waiting for June & all of its bugs (Minnesota here), so I can't speak to its performance there, but so far with the occasional mosquito it's kept them away.

A secondary use I've found is a chest modesty protector :-D (I know some women go bra-less and don't care, and I think that's awesome, but I'm way too self conscious to do so openly) Any scarf of a similar size will do the trick. This one is so light and airy, so it works in warm weather. Huzzah! Freedom!
70 washes for a cotton item that will mostly be worn in the summer. So basically, less than 2 years of life if I understand correctly? Hmmm
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Washing by hand does make more sense, thanks
indialogue
Yeah, that's normal for treated cloth like this.
It's cotton and in the summer time it's basically the worst! This would be great if it was merino wool, but it would drive the price up a bit.
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You can machine wash merino wool because the fibres are stronger and more tightly woven then regular wool. You can also machine dry it but I like saving the energy and letting them dry in the air.
ExOfficio uses InsectShield for their clothing. It is the insecticide Permethrin, but the factory treatment binds it better to the fabric than home permethrin treatments, according to what I've read (70 washes for InsectShield versus 6 washes or 6 weeks? For Sawyer permethrin home treatment)..

You can buy permethrin spray at an outdoors store or big box hardware store. Most sell Sawyer brand. It's $16 For the package that treats four "outfits." People who have large quantities of clothing to treat buy a 10% solution from farm / at stores and dilute it at home.

I prefer factory treatment, due to the longevity, but of course most of my outdoor gear doesn't come with it, so hence the need for home treatment.

If you do buy some, make sure to read about how to apply it.

Hope this helps :-)
Permethrin?
Manumit
Yes. https://www.insectshield.com/What-Is-Insect-Shield.aspx
4.41oz / 125g according to ExOfficio website, for those curious :-)

https://exofficio.com/mens-accessories-bugsaway/bugsaway-shemagh/3153-2905.html?dwvar_3153-2905_size=0071ONE&dwvar_3153-2905_color=9901&cgid=mens_accessories_bugsaway
Solid price, MD!
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