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Sea To Summit Mosquito Head Net


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    • Insect Shield, One Size

    22 Reviews


    Back off, bugs.

    From summer canoe trips in northern Minnesota to sweaty jungle treks in Costa Rica, the Sea To Summit Mosquito Head Net gives you full protection from those nasty little biters. Sea To Summit designed this head net with black mesh to give you better visibility and 500 holes per square inch to keep intrepid mosquitoes from poking through. The head net packs down into its integrated stuff sack, and features an elastic draw cord to seal insects out. This head net is available in two options: an Insect Shield treated net to actively repel insects and an untreated classic net for basic bug protection.

    • Item #STS0045

    Tech Specs

    Claimed Weight
    1.3 oz
    Recommended Use
    camping, hiking, paddling

    Tech Specs

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    Works Great!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This packs really small and doesn't weigh much. If you are going to be in a buggy area its worth taking it with you. I bought it for a trip to Sumatra and it worked great. Its really nice to be able to keep the bugs out of your face. I'm looking forward to use it this summer backpacking. If may look silly but its totally worth it.

    Would have been painful without

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    There is nothing more annoying than the sound of mosquitos buzzing around your head. There is also nothing more annoying than having mosquito bites all over your head, neck, and face. There is also nothing else to make you look like a complete goofball in the backcountry than a head net, but it is worth every penny and more. The tundra of the ANWR is a haven for these pesky creatures, big enough to carry off a small dog if the swarm all banded together. Well maybe not, but it seems that way at times. The drawstring around the neck keep them from coming up the bottom and the holes were small enough to keep them from coming in (a large hole probably would have too, these things are big up north). It didn't obscure your vision, but without a hat or helmet it was laying pretty much against you. It is super packable and light and takes up no room at all. I think mine is still in the pocket of my dry suit. If you hate mosquitos and attract them more than anyone around you, you cannot go wrong with this purchase.

    Would have been painful without

    Danielle and Bugs: The Hate Story

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    It's almost comical writing a review for this item, due to the pros being so obvious. BUGS SUCK! and what's worse than bugs? Bug bites all over your face. I purchased two of these after my last camping trip--one for me, and one for whoever brought the best food ; ) I came home with 10 bites on my face, including one of those being on one of my tear ducts. I will never put myself through that experience ever again. When I wear this I feel like I'm flipping the mosquitoes off, without having to lift a finger.

    Life saver

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Used it this summer in BWAC in Northern Minn. Kept swarms of Mosquitos and flies away. Wasn't at all hot and allowed plenty of air in. Others had net/hat combos but they were a hassle to take on and off. This was easy to put in my pocket between portages.

    Trip saver

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    My wife and I spent four nights at Wonder Lake in Denali National Park. I may be mistaken, but I am pretty sure this is where the mosquito first originated. Clearly it is the center of the mosquito gravity. There are all kinds of mosquitos there. Big ones, little ones, ones that will unzip your jacket, crawl inside, zip it back up and bit you under your layers, and my personal favorite, those that will hoard together to blow the clouds of McKinley and coax you into the open for a picture.

    We brought plenty of bug dope. 10%, 15%, 90% DEET. The kind that makes your skin melt to your clothes didn't even phase the buggers.

    But the head net held up. They couldn't get through.

    I'm giving this product only four stars though because I am now firmly convinced that InsectShield (permetrhrin treatment) is no more useful than DEET. While the bugs couldn't get through the mesh, they weren't the least bit deterred by the treatment. They crawled up on the net, built homesteads and had a little community right in front of my face. Their little shaman would gather them up to pay homage to my nose which was sure to be part of a great feast as soon as I exposed it.

    A few times, a mosquito got caught inside the next. Away from her friends, the bug would panic and try to get out. But there was no aversion to the netting, just to the loss of freedom it seemed to represent.

    Get this for protection, but don't count on InsectShield to do anything extra.

    Trip saver

    Keeps the Mosquitoes off my face!

      I don't have to use this very often but when I do I love it! Be sure to wear a hat under it though so the mesh doesn't touch your skin. If the mesh touches your skin, then the mosquitoes can get you! The Insect Shield is nice but isn't 100% effective. This is worth having with you at all times because it is so small and lightwieght you won't even remember you have it in your pack until you start cursing at the bugs!


        I recently picked one of these up and I sure am glad I did. There are others at half the weight, but also twice the price, and lets face it, this one works. I usually leave the stuff sack at home, which makes the head net alone weigh in at 0.7 oz. It is fairly durable and it fits well over my Sunday Afternoon Visor.

        The breathability on it is so-so, but obviously better when moving, or if there is a slight breeze. I have not cinched up the draw cord much so far as I like to let a little draft in, but it is good to know that if it is awfully buggy outside, I can do so if I want. (But I have contemplated cutting it out to save a little more weight...)

        Visibility is pretty good, but occasionally I have caught a glare from the sun, hard to explain, but it happens...

        Other than being great for mosquitoes and other larger bugs (this will not keep out noseeums) I have been really happy with it on morning hikes... it does a great job at catching the spider webs spun across the trail rather than my face...

        All in all, I am happy with this head net, and for the price I can't see why anyone else wouldn't be. But, in the end, I will let you decide that...

        5 stars!

        Keeps the bugs out

          I used this on a boundary waters trip. The bugs weren't as bad as I thought they would be but there were definitely times I was glad I had this bug net. I used it with a Columbia hat that has a full brim and everything worked perfectly.

          Like BWCA? Get one of these!

            If you do any kind of backcountry camping or adventuring, bugs are bound to keep you company. For those days around camp on warm, windless days these bug nets are a god send. Nothing can penetrate the fine mesh, and they barely obstruct vision. They pack wonderfully small into their included stuff sack, and work well over wide brimmed hats like a filson. Critical piece of equipment if anyone is going to the BWCA or Canada during the early summer.

            the most clear viewed mosquito head net

              i am an old bear hunter.
              over 30 years and 9 bears.
              i 'v been victimized by all kind of nasty mosquitos in US and Canada.
              i went through many head nets before included in jungle types, and military types too.
              it all worked for the purpose but this Sea To Summit has most clear view and good coverage.
              i also bought a Insect Shield net too.(i have not tried yet)
              Last year in August i backpack to JMT in high Sierra with out a tent. I had a head net on when i went to sleep. when i woke in the morning my face was swollen with pain.
              you know why.

              Good for Mosqtoes but for complete protecton look elsewhere

                This net did a fine job protecting against mosquitoes and larger bugs. Though to my displeasure in Dry Bay, AK I discovered that sworms of no see ums would fly right through unperturbed. Which was perturbing indeed!

                Would this work for gnats and black flies?...

                Would this work for gnats and black flies?

                My GS troop will be using hammocks in the...

                My GS troop will be using hammocks in the woods this summer, will this netting cover a hammock?

                What are the measurements? I'm trying to...

                What are the measurements? I'm trying to compare length with another brand to decide which to buy.

                Is this the net I want if I'm going to be...

                Is this the net I want if I'm going to be sleeping with it on?

                Best Answer

                I disagree, I have used mine countless times for sleeping. Yes there is a difference with some other models out there but honestly who is going to buy more than one. I use this one for all my needs. Especially you ultra-lighters. I hate mosquito nets in general, they all make me feel like i have something on. After getting assaulted in the Tuolumne area and in Oregon for many days and having used this repeatedly, its a function of necessity. It does the job very well, I stopped eating flying snacks.

                Would this fit over a hat with a large rim...

                Would this fit over a hat with a large rim like the Outdoor Research Oasis Sombrero Hat, or the Outdoor Research Helios Sun Hat?

                Anyone know the difference between then...

                Anyone know the difference between then insect shield and the classic version besides the $2?

                What's the difference between the Classic...

                What's the difference between the Classic and the Insect Shield? They both have the same graphic. I want to know what makes one worth $3 more...

                is it effective with a ball cap?

                is it effective with a ball cap?

                Best Answer

                Absolutely. I've always used it with a baseball cap and it's worked great. I'ge found that closing the drawstring at the bottom over a shirt collar works great to add space between the net and neck/back if using a cap.

                It's easily become a part of my essential outdoor gear; pure bliss when the bugs are out.

                Is this effective against "no-see-um" in...

                Is this effective against "no-see-um" in the desert southwest? they are TINY! with a BIG BITE.