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  • Picaridin is an effective alternative to DEET that provides long-lasting protection and won't damage your gear
  • Application is simple with pump spray bottle; slender bottle fits easily in a pack

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Best Use Backpacking, Hiking, Camping
Active Ingredient(s) Picaridin (20%)
Effective Duration Time 8 hours
Volume 0.5 fluid ounces
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worked even in the tropics I tried this out on a trip to the South Pacific. It held up against mosquitoes and biting flies in the forests of Vanuatu and Samoa as well as a DEET spray, but without the plastic-eating and inevitable numb lips that come from accidentally getting DEET where it shouldn't be. My only complaint about this is that the 0.5 oz. size is nonrefillable and too small. For a reasonable trip, sharing with my wife, we ran out of it after only a few days of sparing use. Granted, that was in the tropics, but I don't think this tiny bottle would last any longer in Yosemite or Alaska. This size is good for lightweight contingency planning or just proving to yourself that toxic DEET sprays are unnecessary. But for a longer trip, go bigger.
Date published: 2014-01-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Effective and lacks unpleasant scent Picaridin 20% seems pretty effective in repelling mosquitoes in heavily infested areas. I had tried Natrapel 20% picaridin, but its heavy perfume scent repelled me. This Sawyer 20% picaridin product has only a faint smell, so I rate it highly superior to the Natrapel products. This 0.5 oz. container fits almost anywhere, but the tiny spray nozzel is difficult to keep aimed in the right direction. I'll be looking for a larger size of the Sawyer 20% picaridin next.
Date published: 2012-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sawyer Premium Picaridin Insect Repellent Review I tried this product for the first time while in Yosemite. The mosquitos. were swarming heavily. Did not get one bite nor any landing on me. This product does not leave an oily smelly residue. Never using DEET again. Wish I knew about it sooner.
Date published: 2016-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works as well as deet and smells better I liked this product a lot and would certainly buy it again. We tested its effectiveness: I wore deet and my husband wore picaridin and neither of us got bites. (The previous night we'd hadn't used bug spray and got covered in bites; hubby getting more than I.) I loved the 0.5 oz convenient spray. So easy to carry in purse or pocket and think the amount would last fine for two people on a two week vacation.
Date published: 2015-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I like it better than DEET I've used picaridin a few times, and found it as effective as DEET, and nicer to use: Smells better (very little scent), feels better (not greasy) and won't harm plastics. My only complaint about this particular product is the the spray comes out in a little puff that is hard to aim. The bottle is small, but that's OK on a backpacking trip where weight is an issue.
Date published: 2016-06-20
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Does there appear to be a way to open the bottle and refill it?

Asked by: markb01
No, I don't see any way to refill the bottle. Seems to be a sealed metal can.
Answered by: Daryl Lafferty
Date published: 2016-06-21

Any idea on how much the  item itself weighs?

Asked by: IHaveAQuestion
​This item weighs approximately 3 ounces.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-07-26
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