Men's ExOfficio BugsAway Halo long-sleeve shirt horseback riding apparel review

Men's ExOfficio BugsAway Halo long-sleeve shirt horseback riding apparel review

How to repel insects on a horseback riding vacation

Let’s face it. Horse and flies go together like fleas on a dog. I hate fleas, flies, chiggers, ticks and mosquitoes. But I do love horses, dogs and horseback riding vacations.  This week, I’m leaving for the high desert of Central Oregon.

I’m going on a horseback riding vacation at Sunriver Resort and the packing has begun.

ExOfficio Insect Shield Halo Shirt made to travel

The designers at ExOfficio think outside the box. I think they like a good adventure as much as I do. With shirts like the ExOfficio Halo, they have me protected from the sun and the bugs. Their clothing is made to last in a demanding outdoor environment. Permethrin, the active ingredient in Insect Shield that keeps the bugs away, is odorless and invisible.

I don’t know about you, but I have inhaled enough horse spray in my lifetime to appreciate that I don’t need to spray myself with DEET to keep the bugs away. This ExOfficio BugsAway shirt does the trick for both men and women.

BugsAway Halo shirt for horseback riding

If I’d known what I know now about the midges (no-see-ums) in Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest, I could have saved myself a lot of pain and suffering from those pesky bugs with this shirt.

On a horseback riding vacation in Bend, Oregon wearing ExOfficio BugsAway Halo shirt

On a horseback riding vacation in Bend, Oregon wearing ExOfficio BugsAway Halo shirt

Pockets for gadgets while horseback riding

I also like the ExOfficio BugsAway Halo shirt because I am a gadget girl. This shirt, with its deep front pockets and two additional Napoleon security zip pockets, is excellent for holding my camera, Flip video camera, iPhone and a hoof pick. The zip pockets keep me from jingle jangling out on the trail.

Insider Tip: Don’t take this shirt to the dry cleaner! Machine wash this 100% nylon fabric in cold water. Wash with like colors and don’t use bleach or fabric softeners, as they will defeat the purpose of the Insect Shield. You may tumble dry your shirt on low and iron, but I simply hang dry my shirt. The Permethrin is good for up to 70 washes.

For more information on ExOfficio or Insect Shield you may follow ExOfficio on Twitter, as well as Insect Shield on Twitter . Follow me on Twitter for all things travel.

Where to buy ExOfficio Insect Shield clothing

This travel shirt retails for $99.

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Top photo courtesy of ExOfficio. ExOfficio supplied me with this BugsAway Halo long-sleeve shirt for review.