I promise, this is no April Fool’s post.


As many of us switch from winter to spring/summer activities, we find that we’re dodging insects in the outdoors. Buzzing around our ears and in our eyes. Biting our arms and our legs. Quite frankly, it bugs. Sure, there are sprays and zappers and even our palms, but when you want to keep bugs away without having to actively pursue them, it helps to have something like the Buff CoolNet UV Insect Shield.


The CoolNet Insect Shield is made with 95 percent Repreve Polyester (made from recycled water bottles) and 5 percent elastane, and treated with an odorless insect repellent formula that can last up to 70 washes. That Insect Shield repellent helps keep mosquitoes, ticks, ants, flies, chiggers, and midges at bay.


It also has Polygiene odor control so you can wear it longer before washing, and HeiQ Cooling technology that allows the fabric to dynamically respond to body heat. The cooling function is activated when you are hot and sweaty and deactivated once cooling is complete, helping to ensure optimal comfort and performance. The fabric has a four-way, seamless Ultra Stretch construction that includes UPF 50 sun protection.


Buff gives 12 great ideas for ways the lightweight piece can be worn—from neckerchief to full mask to pirate style. Ultimately, it depends on whether you need to protect skin from biting insects or the sun, keep your hair out of your face or keep from getting hat head under your helmet.


When traveling, tuck it in your bag or pocket. When washing, hand or machine wash in warm water with mild soap. Let it air dry. Don’t use bleach or fabric softeners, and don’t iron or machine dry.


The CoolNet Insect Shield is available in a wide variety of prints and colors, and lists for $28 on the Buff site.