Stetson’s “No Fly Zone” hats are designed to create a sort of invisible force between your head and the insect kingdom. Do they live up to the hype? Amanda Uechi Ronan gives one a try.
Stetson hats made with the new No Fly Zone fabric supposedly repel insects odorlessly and invisibly. According to the manufacturer, “The No Fly Zone™ nylon fabric features a patented insect repellent to drive off mosquitoes, ticks, ants, chiggers, flies and midges as soon as they land on it — and it remains effective for 70 washings.”
I decided to check out the Boonie version, which retails for around $30.
Did it work?
I’m located just north of Houston, Texas. Due to the unseasonal rains and lower than average summer temperatures, we have been completely infested with flying insects. Gnats mostly, but also mosquitoes and flies. While wearing this hat I braved those conditions without spray-on insect repellant. I received no bites above my shoulders, but plenty on my legs.
Was it comfortable?
The fabric of the hat is very light, especially since the crown is vented. My forehead didn’t get as sweaty as it does with other hats. It also features a toggle in the back so one hat can be adjusted for multiple head sizes and shapes. One hat fit me, my husband — I love him, but he has a melon for a head — and my 6-year-old daughter.
Will I continue to wear this hat?
It has easily become my go-to hat for mowing and other stable chores. That’s when I can pry it away from my daughter, of course.