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October 07, 2014



NAME: Mike Mosack
EMAIL: mosack(at)earthlink(dot)net
AGE: 50
HEIGHT: 6' 1" (1.85 m)
WEIGHT: 240 lb (109.00 kg)

I've been backpacking for over 30 years, doing solo and group trips, with and without kids. I do day trips, weekenders and week-long or longer trips throughout the year. I backpack in all climates and seasons, from summer desert trips to Spring/Winter camping in Michigan, California and Grand Canyon, Arizona and I worked in Afghanistan for 4 years & rely on my equipment constantly. I prefer to go lighter when possible and am always trying new items. Quality and reliability of items are paramount to me over price and weight.



Manufacturer: ExOfficio
Image from Mfr's website

Year of Manufacture: 2014
Manufacturer's Website:
MSRP: US $49.92 - $85.00
Listed Weight: 8.5 oz (241 g) unknown what size was measured for this listed weight
Measured Weight: 9.8 oz (278 g)
Other details:
Fabric: 100% Nylon
This product is imported and not made in the USA
Sizes available: S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL
Available colors: Algae, Bone, Cayman, and White (I should note that the color Dusty Olive is available in size 3XL at the MSRP of $49.92 and not all colors are available in all sizes.)
Actual product tested size - XXL / color - White

PLEASE NOTE: There is sizing information available on the manufacturer's website. The website states that all measurements are in inches and correspond to actual body measurements, not to the dimensions of the garment.

The BugsAway® Breez'r™ is Insect Shield® Repellent Apparel from ExOfficio and henceforth referred to as the shirt. The shirt is designed for many outdoor activities, including backpacking. It is a long sleeve, lightweight shirt that has numerous features and treatments. Some of the features include Flow Thru Ventilation on the front and back; breathable ripstop nylon rated UPF 30+ Sun Guard and it is moisture wicking and quick-drying. Permethrin, the active ingredient in Insect Shield, is invisible, odorless, and is tightly bonded to the fabric fibers and designed to repel mosquitoes, ticks, and numerous other insects. According to the manufacturer, Insect Shield repellent lasts 70 washings. There are seams that were intentionally moved off of the shoulder to prevent rubbing and a security chest pocket.


This shirt resembles a dress shirt. It is a button up, collared, long sleeve shirt. The material (ripstop nylon) is soft to the touch yet has a durable quality as well. I wear a 2XL and this is sized pretty accurately for me. There are open vents on the sides of the shirt which remain hidden unless I lift my arms. The length of the shirt allows me to tuck it in for those times when I want to look more professional yet be wearing a shirt designed for athletic wear. The funny part is that I don't know if anyone would notice it was an outdoor athletic shirt unless I told them.


The only instructions I located was the Care Instructions which state -
Machine wash cold; Wash with like colors; No bleach or fabric softeners; Tumble dry low; Iron low setting; Do not dry clean.


I tried on the shirt and it fits well. The sleeves are a good length and I am able to move around without any restriction.


I like the look and feel of the shirt and that it appears that I can wear it during outdoor activities as well as in the office. There are numerous features incorporated into this shirt and I am eager to get started on this test.



Three-day trip in the area near the Klamath River Recreational Area in Northern California USA where the conditions included clear and sunny skies with temperatures that ranged from 65 - 94 F (18 - 34 C).

Two day hikes near Twin Falls, Idaho USA where the temperatures ranged from 60 - 85 F (16 - 29 C). The conditions included clear and sunny skies.

I have also worn the shirt daily at work and around town on numerous occasions.

Setting up my tarp


Overall I've been happy with this shirt so far. I am not one who usually hikes wearing a long-sleeve shirt, preferring instead to go with short-sleeve T-shirts. This shirt is roomy and lightweight. I've worn the shirt buttoned up as well as partially or fully open; sleeves rolled up and also left all the way down for added sun protection. I do tend to sunburn easily and when I do, having a long-sleeve shirt available to wear is the only way I want to go outside. It's a very odd sensation however, to wear this shirt as it makes me feel like I am dressed up a bit too much for the trail. I'm definitely a T-shirt kind of guy when I'm backpacking. I have received numerous comments about the vents on the sides of the back of shirt from those who mistakenly thought my shirt had ripped.

I like the color of the shirt in hot sunny environments, but white does show dirt terribly well and in the field the shirt is impossible to clean that well. The white color of this shirt shows every bit of dirt especially around the neck line/collar area and cuffs. About the best I've been able to do is to rinse out some of the sweat smell and light dust but the stains stay in. White is definitely not my friend in the field. Good thing there are other colors available as I would pick one of those for backpacking.

During one of my trips I wore the shirt for about three days without having a chance to wash it and noticed a bit of a smell. I did a quick wash in the river without much improvement, but I think the river water probably added to the odor. Washing it in a washing machine is a definite improvement. I have yet to find myself in an area where bugs were an issue.


So far, some of the things I like is that this shirt is roomy and lightweight. It is definitely a good looking shirt to the level of my being able to wear it to the office or a night out. The option of wearing my sleeves rolled up or left all the way down is nice. The vents add some breathability to the shirt that I like too.

Some of the things I am not liking as much are that this shirt is white in color and hence shows dirt very well. It is impossible to wash very well in the field and shows the stains too.

I would like to thank both ExOfficio and for allowing me the opportunity to test this product. Please check back in about two months and I'll have my Long Term Report ready for your review.

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