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Douglas Frick
(Otter) - MLife

Locale: Wyoming
Re: BPL Headnets on 08/14/2006 15:19:56 MDT Print View

>nor was I even aware that I was wearing it. It’s definitely a superior tool for me.

I'm definitely buying it. I carry a Coghlans headnet (bargain), but just sitting around camp last week I was sweating (but bug-free) in it; no way could I have gone down the trail with it on. It would be worth the price to have a breathable headnet. Thanks for posting a review (as opposed to the first five posts in this thread...).

Edited by Otter on 08/14/2006 15:21:05 MDT.

David Lewis
(davidlewis) - MLife

Locale: Nova Scotia, Canada
Re: Re: BPL Headnets on 08/14/2006 15:32:49 MDT Print View

Douglas... how could the first five posters have posted a review... they were written practically the day the item became available. And it is a pricey item. That's not to say it's not be worth it, but it is pricey.

I may order a pair as well. I hate using my Coglans head net. Although... the bugs have not been that bad this summer.

Mike Barney
(eaglemb) - F

Locale: AZ, the Great Southwest!
Re^4: BPL Headnets on 08/14/2006 21:21:26 MDT Print View

It's a free market: If you really need to save 8 gm's over the Walmart $2.95 head mesh, or need the better breathability or visibility, then it's a good deal. Just like a full size pickup vs. Honda Civic, they both do core functions, but also have unique qualities and capabilities.

At over $1000 / lb cost to weight ratio difference, the value isn't there for me, but it may meet the needs of all the close up snake photogs out there.


Edited by eaglemb on 08/14/2006 21:27:31 MDT.

Ross Bleakney
(rossbleakney) - MLife

Locale: Cascades
Re: BPL Headnets on 08/14/2006 23:00:55 MDT Print View

I've used a bug shirt (the Original Bug Shirt) for years but I've been looking for a way to drop a few ounces. The bug shirt weighs about 10 oz. (size large). Other than the weight, the big drawback with the shirt is looking through the headnet; it is so claustrophobic, you tend to avoid it. Once the bugs get so bad you can't stand it, you zip it up. The visibility with the BPL headnet is much, much better.

Jeffrey Kuchera

Locale: Great Lakes
Bah. on 08/14/2006 23:23:09 MDT Print View

Yo Doug. I shall scoff at the price if I want to. Hopefully a future run of this item in larger quanity will result in lower pricing as Ryan indicated. Commenting about the price did seem to spawn discussion of the headnet. Discussion and review of gear is what we are all about here right? I got my answers out of this thread. Thanks to all who posted! I will probably end up purchasing this item sooner or later. This thread is beat like a bass drum anyway. I'm out.
Cheers, jeff

Edited by frankenfeet on 08/14/2006 23:28:48 MDT.

David Bonn
(david_bonn) - F

Locale: North Cascades
that backpackinglight ultra light headnet on 08/26/2006 10:20:28 MDT Print View

Well, I've used mine for a couple of weeks now and I'm pretty happy.

There is one constructive suggestion, though.

Make a variant of this that is really large. Like long enough to go to my knees and keep both my hands inside. And put some (small) loops on the elastic at the top.


Well, I could eat and drink inside it when the bugs were really bad. And the loops at the top could be used to attac it to a tarp. So you'd have a really spiffy (and large) "headnet" that you could also use as a bugshelter under a tarp.

Just a thought.

Oh, and on the vapr bivy sack the hood tie-out should be on the main body so it would be easier to slither into the bivy.

Edited by david_bonn on 08/26/2006 12:15:45 MDT.

James E Naphas
(naphas) - F
Re: was canyoneering fishing recently on 08/27/2006 11:35:54 MDT Print View

Funny, must be a bad year for both rattlers AND bugs in the grand canyon of the tuolumne. Was there last week, a bug headnet was still almost a required item, unless you were planning to use inhaled gnats as a source of protein. Had a western diamondback go off from under an overhang about two feet from my foot in a shady section, and most of the people I spoke with going through there had had a similar encounter. Would have really appreciated the enhanced breathability over an OR version; a lot of the time your choice was to suffocate from the bugs or suffocate from the heat with the headnet on. And at the price of $14.95 I found to buy an OR springnet for my son, the cost for the BMW version doesn't sound too unreasonable to me now.

Al Shaver
(Al_T.Tude) - F - M

Locale: High Sierra and CA Central Coast
Cheaper Headnet on 10/28/2006 00:19:12 MDT Print View

I saw the Sea To Sea headnet at the Tuolumne Meadows Store for $8. S2S claims that it is 1.3 oz. The openness of the mesh is similar to the BPL product. Looks like a heavier, equally breathable, much cheaper option.


Ron Gruening
(rgruening) - F
Mosquito or insect protection - Malaria or West Nile Virus on 12/29/2006 08:33:02 MST Print View

Have any of you looked at this site I have used one for many outdoor activities and find it to be the BEST.