Keep creepy critters off with Bugout Gaiters

Your ankles and lower legs are prime targets for ticks, ants, flies, chiggers and No-See-Ums. Why? Because as you move through the grass and woods and fields and flowers, this area of your body is the first to come in contact with that other world of creepy crawlies. As some of you may know, I am already a mess from being in the woods, with briar scratches and bug bites of all types on my appendages — even though I spray my boots, pants and waistband with Permethrin.

So, somewhere I read that adding gaiters to the mix can really help. The fine folks at Outdoor Research offered to send me a pair to review, and I just received them this week. Made of breathable eight-ounce packcloth, the khaki colored gaiters will go with me outdoors this turkey season. And that’s not all, these gaiters have been treated with Insect Shield, which is fabric treated with Inset Shield Permethrin. I can see wearing these hiking and hunting all year. I checked on the website, and it looks like the Bugout Gaiters come in a variety of lengths and in children’s sizes, too.

If you’d like to get a pair and try them out and of course, let us know what you think, check Outdoor Research’s lineup of gaiters.

These gaiters retail for $38.

  • About Barbara Baird

    Publisher/Editor Barbara Baird is a freelance writer in hunting, shooting and outdoor markets. Her bylines are found at several top hunting and shooting publications. She also is a travel writer, and you can follow her at


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