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Waterproof AND Mosquito proof layer?
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Simon Manka
(DenaliOutdoors) - MLife
Waterproof AND Mosquito proof layer? on 05/16/2013 07:13:37 MDT Print View

I've done a lot of reading on the threads about repelling mosquito's and being waterproof- but not sharing the same features. I want to find a combination of waterproof gear which is also mosquito proof- mainly due to a trip planned to Alaska in June. If anyone has any recommendations whether it's rain shirts, gaitors, shells please offer your thoughts. And as always, ultralight! The less expensive the better!

Charles Grier
(Rincon) - M

Locale: Desert Southwest
Waterproof AND Mosquito proof layer? on 05/16/2013 07:32:48 MDT Print View

Any poly coated nylon or silnylon fabric is going to be both mosquito and water proof. Of course a garment made of either is going to sweat up when a more breathable garment wouldn't.

Buck Nelson
(Colter) - MLife

Locale: Alaska
Re: Waterproof AND Mosquito proof layer? on 05/16/2013 08:43:53 MDT Print View

I live in Alaska and I don't think I've ever used rain gear that wasn't mosquito proof. Personally I'd be comfortable with choosing appropriate rain gear and assuming it was mosquito proof.

Bring some DEET as well. I usually just use it for the backs of my hands and a little on my face, relying on clothing (including a bandana hanging under my cap protecting the back of my neck and the sides of my face) as mosquito armor for the rest of me.

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(annapurna) - MLife
Re: Waterproof AND Mosquito proof layer? on 05/16/2013 08:55:18 MDT Print View

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Edited by annapurna on 05/16/2013 09:30:48 MDT.

Ross Bleakney
(rossbleakney) - MLife

Locale: Cascades
Re: Re: Waterproof AND Mosquito proof layer? on 05/16/2013 09:21:40 MDT Print View

I agree with Buck. Just about every waterproof garment is also bug proof. The exception would be an umbrella or poncho (not because of the fabric, but because of how it is worn). I use a Propore jacket and pants along with Event mitts, Goretex gators and a head net. It keeps the bugs out while being reasonably breathable. An Event jacket would be more breathable. I'm sure there are windshirts that are more breathable as well (but most of those aren't waterproof). So, one combination that could replace my gear is a nice light poncho or umbrella along with a windshirt.

Simon Manka
(DenaliOutdoors) - MLife
Thanks for the input! on 05/20/2013 07:26:37 MDT Print View

I appreciate the responses here- i was pretty confident that most garments that are waterproof could do the trick, but i will definitely be packing bandana's and deet. i'm thinking the bandanas will double as sun blocks when trying to sleep. We'll see if that work out. My tent certainly wont block the sun any thoughts on that?

Buck Nelson
(Colter) - MLife

Locale: Alaska
Re: Thanks for the input! on 05/20/2013 10:52:43 MDT Print View

A tent won't block the low arctic sun of "night" but it will make it a little darker which will help.

Some people have virtually no issues sleeping when it's light outside as long as their body clock says it's time to sleep. A bandana as a blindfold might work well if you find the light to be an issue. You'll likely find that you'll be tired and will sleep well regardless.

Dena Kelley

Locale: Eagle River, Alaska
Take a mosquito net. on 05/20/2013 11:39:44 MDT Print View

Agree with all that say waterproof gear is bug proof (but you may want to take some rubber bands to lock down the cuffs if they aren't elastic).

I live in Alaska, however, and highly recommend you bring a head net. They are worth their weight in gold, and will save you sanity. My preference is the Sea to Summit, because it's long (full neck coverage and tucks into your shirt) and it's black (easier to see through black netting than green or white). Comes with a little stuff sack which I recommend you use for storage (or use a zip lock) since netting has a tendency to attach itself to anything velcro and then it rips when you pull it away.

As for sleeping- nights in Alaska get cool. If you wear a hat to bed, as I do, just pull your hat down over your eyes.

Edited by EagleRiverDee on 05/20/2013 11:40:53 MDT.

Simon Manka
(DenaliOutdoors) - MLife
Thanks again- this is great insight on 05/22/2013 08:14:10 MDT Print View

I'll be trusting these responses as they sound good.