Bugs, Bugs Stay Away: Your Guide to Insect Shield Garments

On those hot summer days and nights one might find the bugs to be a little overwhelming either in your backyard or in the backwoods. We’ve all used traditional insect repellant spray to help most of Mother Natures’ buzzing nuisances from biting us and potentially passing an insect-borne disease. Though the traditional form of insect repellant- spray- is effective; a safer and more comfortable way to protect yourself outside is to wear the repellant on your clothes and not your skin.

Insect Shield®

A proprietary formulation of the insect repellent permethrin for treating clothing used by major outdoor brands, including White Sierra and ExOficcio. Insect Shield is an odorless invisible insect repellent treated within the garments, meaning your repellant stays on your clothes, not your skin! While you’re in the back woods you’ll have Insect Protection against Mosquitoes, Flies, Chiggers, Ticks, Ants, and Midges. These insects are those who can carry Lyme disease, West Nile Virus, Malaria, and other insect-borne diseases.


Benefits & Features

  • Built in bug protection
  • Near your skin, not on it
  • Quick drying and easy care
  • Lightweight and packable

Garments treated with Insect Shield® are perfect for evening walks, hanging outside on the deck, hiking, camping out in the backwoods, traveling and safaris!

Tested & Proven

Insect Shield® technology results from years of intensive research and field study. Numerous studies have confirmed the effectiveness of permethrin-treated clothing as an insect repellent. Insect Shield®’s own testing methods follow United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) guidelines, and the results conclusively show that our unique, long-lasting insect protection works.

Care Instructions & Durability

The repellency of Insect Shield apparel is EPA-registered to last through 70 launderings—the expected lifetime of a garment. This is also well beyond the life of most performance finishes commonly used in the technical-apparel industry. Wash on its own in laundry, normal home laundering is recommended. Insect Shield repellent apparel can be bleached, starched, pressed, etc., without effect on the repellent quality; however, it should not be dry-cleaned. Eventually the garments treatment will wear out due to washing and wearing. You can discard the garment via trash.


Insect Shield is safe for the whole family. Please keep your Insect Shield® off of the floor if you own pets, to keep your pets from getting sick.


ExOficcio, a leading outdoor and traveling brand who has a BugsAway®  Collection containing accessories treated with Insect Shield® Technology. Alpine Shop carries the most popular styles such as the Paisley Bandana, Adventure Hat and the Classic Cap (Sold In-Store). All of the pieces are quick drying, 30+ SPF protection, and treated with Insect Shield®.





White Sierra®

White Sierra is another leading outdoor apparel company that has made functional, stylish and comfortable Insect Shield® treated garments in their Bugs Free Collection. Alpine Shop offers White Sierra’s wide variety of pieces at a really great price-point for Men and Women. Styles include the Men’s Swamp 1/4 Zip and Swamp Longsleeve; Women’s Gauze Tunic, Pull On Pant, Pullover Hoody, and Zip Hoody; Unisex Kool Brim Hat and Kool Sun Hat.