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TickPicker
05-25-2005, 09:52
On a recent hike I encountered about 30 or more ticks :datz in a two day 18-20 mile distance. I used 100% deet to no avail :eek: (with the ticks). Hiked through a lot of low underbrush (waistlevel down).

Here's my question. Would some form of long pants have prevented the ticks/chiggers, etc.? And would the tradeoff be worth it in terms of heat (i.e. are there "cool" long hiking pants. :dance


TickPicker
the land of the dimpled chad

dougmeredith
05-25-2005, 10:01
I hike in light nylon pants all of the time. It is worth it to me to keep sun, bugs, and branches off my legs.

Doug

Alligator
05-25-2005, 10:05
Too hot for me. You must keep your socks on the outside of the pants, as the ticks crawl upwards, starting at your footware. Also, I am not sure DEET works on ticks/chiggers . We used Permetherin (sp?) in field classes. This stuff is nastier than DEET though and recommended only to spray on clothes, not skin, so pants would be necessary.

Sly
05-25-2005, 10:07
Exofficio make "buzz off" clothing treated with insect reppelant that supposed to work. I've been a convertible pants convert for several years now.

Buzz Off (http://www.exofficio.com/)

Footslogger
05-25-2005, 10:47
Here's my question. Would some form of long pants have prevented the ticks/chiggers, etc.? And would the tradeoff be worth it in terms of heat (i.e. are there "cool" long hiking pants. :dance
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1. Most likely

2. That's really up to you

I carry a pair of lightweight nylon (non zip off leg) pants with me year round when I backpack. Great for cool evenings in camp or a trip into town or just to wear while I'm doing laundry. I carry them rather than rain pants (mine weigh 8 oz). One thing you might want to consider (if you haven't already) is a pair of high gaiters. You don't need the ballistic GorTex type ...just a simple pair of water repellant nylon ones. When worn with shorts they protect your legs almost to the knee, are much cooler than the long pants and help keep debris out of your boots/shoes. If you're hiking on open trail without much brush you can loosen them at the top and push them down for better ventilation.

I hiked the entire AT in 2003 wearing shorts and gaiters (short ones in warmer months and high ones at the beginning/end of my hike) and never once had a tick issue.

'Slogger

Happypappy
05-25-2005, 11:43
On a recent hike I encountered about 30 or more ticks :datz in a two day 18-20 mile distance. I used 100% deet to no avail :eek: (with the ticks). Hiked through a lot of low underbrush (waistlevel down).

Here's my question. Would some form of long pants have prevented the ticks/chiggers, etc.? And would the tradeoff be worth it in terms of heat (i.e. are there "cool" long hiking pants. :dance


TickPicker
the land of the dimpled chad

Deet is ineffective on ticks. Permethrin, however, is deadly to them. Just be sure to treat only your clothing and not yous skin.

Crazy Larry #1
05-25-2005, 11:54
I'm with you sly on this subjusect, however I'm not sure about the insect repellant claim.........wanderer




Exofficio make "buzz off" clothing treated with insect reppelant that supposed to work. I've been a convertible pants convert for several years now.

Buzz Off (http://www.exofficio.com/)

Sly
05-25-2005, 12:10
I'm with you Sly on this subject, however I'm not sure about the insect repellant claim.........wanderer

Well, I'm one of those that have never been bothered by ticks so my opinion may not count. The Exoffico claim and FAQ.

YMMV...

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