On my past two backpacking trips, I’ve brought along a Gossamer Gear bug canopy to keep the bugs of my face when I sleep in open shelters. Weighing only 2.3 oz., this bug net can be hung underneath a tarp or in a shelter. Setting it up requires a little practice however and it’s best to try it at home before you leave for a trip. The netting is very fine and is sufficient to keep out black flies and mosquitoes.
The bug canopy comes with five tie outs and two pockets that hold rocks to keep the back of the bug net on the ground. Fully extended, the bug canopy will cover the upper one-third of your sleeping bag. Four of the tie outs can be staked and consist of a loop with some lightweight cord attached to them. The fifth tie-out controls the height of the canopy can be hung from a tarp pole, a tarp loop, or tied to a shelter support.
The bug canopy is designed to be used with Gossamer Gear’s Spin Shelter, so it may take a little fiddling to get it to work with other tarps. However, it works fine in a shelter, once you get used to the rock pockets on the back of the canopy, which I assume are provided to help you save the weight of two stakes.
The cost of the Gossamer Gear bug canopy is only $30. Thanks to my friend Quoddy for recommending that I try it.
Disclosure: The author owns this product and purchased it using their own funds.