Rating: 9.1 / 10
Value for Money 2.2
Every so often you hike in an area that’s infested with some form of buzzing insects, be it mosquitos or flies, then this is the time that you want a bit of relief in some form of a physical barrier. In mid 2018 I hiked the Bibbulmun Track in Western Australia and because it was the end of winter/early spring I wasn’t too worried about insects. While this worked well for me for most of the trip I did have one night in one of the shelters where the mosquitos were so bad that I finally gave up after killing 20 mosquitos and dragged my tent inner out to throw over my face. This is where I wished I had brought my Sea to Summit Head Net with me.
This net sits on the outside of your hat and while it will work well with a peaked cap it works best with a broader brimmed version as it helps to keep the netting off the face. This net is about as lightweight as it gets at 11grams so unless I can be guaranteed of having an insect free hike I will throw it in my pack on nearly every hike outside of winter. The images on the Head Net packaging show it being fairly loose around the neck but if the flies are serious astray are in my local area they still managed to find their way in so the best way to prevent this is to pull the synch cord firm which keeps the little buggers out. Visibility from inside the netting is actually very good and you don’t really notice any reduction of vision. The head net folds down to the size of an egg so space is not going to be an issue and if I’m carrying mine it will live in the hip pocket of the backpack so it’s easy to drag out quickly of need be.The head net is available in two versions, an untreated versions as well as the same netting treated with permethrin (insecticide). I have used both types and don’t find there to be isn’t any great benefit one way or the other as the flies in my local area ignore insect repellant.
This little accessory is relatively cheap at under $20 and is well worth considering as a standard item in your kit in all but the coldest of temperatures.
For when insects are driving you mad and reducing the enjoyment of the hike
You can purchase the Sea to Summit Head Net from from Wild Earth
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$16.50 currently (as at 28/12/18)
Sea to Summit also produce the same Head Net which has been treated with Permethrin as an additional fly deterrent for $18.50
Sea to Summit Head Net as purchased
Sea to Summit Head Net on. Visibility from inside the net is excellent
This review was done with product purchased by Australian Hiker from a retail store