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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well Worth It This head net saved the day on my last camping trip. As soon as pulled into my campsite and got off my bike, the mosquitoes attacked! I pulled out a bottle of DEET and sprayed it all over, but that didn't stop the mosquitoes from swarming. In spite of the bug spray, they were biting my lips, going in my nose, and buzzing around my ears and neck. Only the head net kept them at bay and allowed me to enjoy life outside my tent. Only drawback--you need to use a hat. I had forgotten to pack one, so I had to use my bicycle helmet--it worked great but was a bit hot. I now consider this little piece of equipment a vital part of my gear and I'll be packing it the rest of the summer.
Date published: 2013-07-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Mosquitoes - yes; cedar gnats - no. This head net fits over my fairly wide-brimmed hat and then it just brushes my shoulders. Without a hat with a brim the fabric would lay right on your skin and the bugs would just bite right through it! It is effective against mosquitoes but I bought it to keep the cedar gnats away which can actually fit through the mesh unfortunately. It would be nice if REI could provide some measurement of mesh density in the product specs. The good news is that a coarser mesh allows more of the breeze through (as well as the gnats!).
Date published: 2010-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Saved our faces on Isle Royale I read some blogs saying that head nets were great for Isle Royale, and this was the one to have. I had no idea how helpful this little guy would be! With a stuff sack to clip on the front of your pack, we could pull it out whenever we heard the buzz. I left mine draped over my hat for most of my eight days on the island, yanking it down as needed. I just wish it was white because it does retain a bit of heat. Too bad it isn't made of repellant netting! I highly recommend if you are hiking buggy areas.
Date published: 2016-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lifesaver! I did a two day solo in Southern Yosemite, last July. Nine miles straight of Mosquito Hell. I put the net on over my cap and life was tolerable. Seriously, I would have been forced to turn around with out it. I sprayed 100% Deet everywhere and melted my sunglasses and my watch, but not my head net. Snagged it in the bushes and not a pile or a pull. Light, tiny, durable, Deet proof and indespensible when needed. That buzzing noise was ringing in my ears for days...
Date published: 2010-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Does the Job! This net is a wonderful protection from biting - and pesky - insects. I walk my dog between 3 and 6 miles a day in wooded terrain along a creek...BUG CENTRAL. It's amusing to watch a mosquito right in front of my face buzzing around trying to find a way in. No way in. I recommend the black because there is no possibility of distortion from glare.
Date published: 2013-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mosquitos be gone! This thing saved my life in the Boundary Waters three years ago! The mosquitoes up there are as big as birds when the sun goes down! But seriously, this is a great purchase. The drawstring is great and its nice that it comes with its own stuff sack. Although I think the stuff sack could even be made a little smaller. It has a little bit of a smell, almost like insect repellent, but its not bad. There is practically no weight to this thing which gives it a permanent spot on my camping trips!I bought this three years ago so I really don't remember if it was the [$] or the [$] version...
Date published: 2011-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It saved our Backpacking trip! My wife and I backpacked part of the North Country trail in Minnesota over the July 4th weekend. We ran into hordes of deer flies and mosquitos only a few yards into the start of the trail. We had used 100% Deet spray even on our face and neck areas but the only salvation of not going crazy from the swarms or going back home was to use the head nets. They were the salvation of our trip. They worked great, with no problems. After using them for the three days my wife said we would always carry them just in case we ever run into bugs like that out on the trail again. The nets did not affect our sight and were really not that hot to wear. Yes you do need a wide brimmed hat to keep the netting away from your face, but other than that it offered great protection at an affordable price. Plus they are very lightweight to carry.
Date published: 2010-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I won't leave home without it. I encountered several through hikers that were using these on the AT while I was being feasted upon by insects. Some of them had tried other brands before finally settling on these. They told me that the honeycombed shaped holes are so easy on the eyes that you forget you have the net on. They were right; I tried to shove a spoonfull of food into my mouth while wearing one. I bought mine in April 2009 and will never hike or fish in bug season without it. It's so compact and it only weighs about an ounce. I wear a Tilley style hat with a full brim to keep the net from laying against my skin so insects can't bite me through the screen holes. It's a little warm in hot weather but not bad. I spend a lot of time in buggy places and I use it all the time. I don't miss the days of putting on insect repellent one bit. I left mine with a friend in Alaska who just had to have one and ordered 4 more for myself and friends. They make great gifts.
Date published: 2010-08-17
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Questions & Answers

How many holes per square inch? (concerned re: midges in Scotland)

Asked by: blaize
The Head Net has fine, 500 hole per square inch, hexagonal mesh.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-10-30

Is this permethrin coated or just a physical barrier?

Asked by: NaplesSteve
This is just a physical barrier and it does not have any mosquito repellent. The Sea to Summit Head Net with Insect Shield can be found online here:
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-20

Does this product use a flame retardant?

Asked by: HikerTeacher
​We require all our vendors to comply with all federal regulations but do not have specific chemical information, unfortunately. We encourage you to contact Sea to Summit.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2018-01-08

Where is this MFG? Is this a product of China?

Asked by: cardgunner
Items can be sourced from multiple countries and the country of origin can change. Because of this, we are only able to state the item is imported.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-08-23
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