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DEET Dissolves Breathable Fabrics

I’m a skeptic by nature and have always questioned authority, standard operating procedures, gut feel, the status quo, and institutional knowledge. In work and at play, I often put these truths to the test by doing experiments or establishing quantifiable metrics that invariably show that long-held beliefs are grossly incorrect. …

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Chemical Free Insect-Bite Prevention

Ex Officio Halo Check Shirt with Insect Shield

Last year, I used 4 squirt bottles of Ben's 100% DEET to prevent mosquito bites. I'd slather Ben's on my legs, arms, and head every time I went backpacking and hiking near my home in Boston or when I visited my favorite backpacking haunts in the Catskills, the Gunks, or …

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Black Fly Season

Black fly season occurs from mid-March to mid-July in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, north through New York and New England, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and into Southern Canada. Some backpackers, campers and fishermen avoid outdoor activities during black fly season, but the rest of us soldier on despite the …

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