As much time as I spend in the outdoors, I’ve never tried insect repellent apparel. I’ve been skeptical that clothing can actually repel mosquitos. After trying the Gleam Women’s Shirt by Haeleum, I’m no longer a skeptic.
It’s easy to keep bugs away during my morning and afternoon runs, especially if I’m not near water. However, I tried the Gleam shirt during some night runs near water so I could really tell if the mosquitos would stay away.
The Gleam style shirt by Haeleum contains the active ingredient, permethrin. This insecticide keep away ticks, mosquitos, and other pests. A downside is the chemical can also be harmful to bees. Doubtfully, a piece of apparel won’t cause harm while it’s on my body. I found the shirt works well for repelling mosquitos. Not one bug bite appeared after hiking at night around water. I usually do get a few . The shirt only protects the skin it covers, but my exposed skin on my arms stayed free of bites without bug spray.
Owning a shirt that repels insects is great but I want a shirt that breaths well when I hike or run. Since I sweat more than the average person, I like tops that will wick away sweat. Made with extreme moisture wicking fabric, The Haeleum Gleam shirt dries quickly and doesn’t feel wet on my skin. In fact, that is what I love most about the top. It also boasts a natural insulation. When the temperature drops on night runs and I have quite a bit of sweat build up, I stay warm with this top as long as I’m moving.
One more thing to love about the Haeleum Gleam shirt is the UPF sun protection which makes it perfect for sunny hikes. The only drawback I found with the shirt is that it is the type of fabric that holds sweat smell so I use a detergent made especially for sports fabrics. I also avoid using fabric softener. With the extra fabric care, I have nearly eliminated the problem.
Haeleum Gleam Apparel Pros
- Fits true to size
- Good moisture wicking
- UPF Sun Protection
- Insect Repellent Technology works well to keep mosquitos from biting
- Needs special sport detergent to keep fabric from smelling