We’ve teamed up with Craghoppers to offer one lucky reader some NosiLife travel clothing. Read on to find out how to enter.
I hate bugs. They bite, they buzz, and they feast on anyone who dares to walk into their territory. Considering we tend to spend our holidays in hot places with palm trees, we’ve become well acquainted with biting insects, despite our best efforts to avoid them. We’ve tried everything from 50% deet to natural citronella, but nothing really works. I once came away with 56 bites on my forearms alone after spending just 2 hours in the jungles of Guatemala.
That must surely be a record of some sort?
Over the years I’ve become resigned to returning home sporting dozens of unattractive red blotches rather than an alluring tan. Yet a trip to Brazil last year made me think twice about the importance of avoiding mosquito bites. We travelled to the country just as news of the Zika virus was breaking across the world. Fortunately we came away unscathed, but it made us realise that malaria isn’t the only danger. And pills can’t solve everything. So it’s better not to be bitten in the first place.
Easier said than done, right? Perhaps not…
Craghoppers NosiLife clothing – perfect for travel
We’ve been fans of the innovative NosiLife clothing range by Craghoppers for some while, and have recently discovered that their collection has increased, with lots of exciting new additions to try out. It’s the world’s only insect repellent clothing with treatment permanently woven into the fabric to protect against biting critters. Craghoppers claim that the clothing reduces bites by up to 90%, and that the protection is proven for the lifetime of the garment.
So maybe the days of bug spray could be nearing their end?
Craghoppers have always been a trusty companion on our travels. I’ve been wearing their cropped trousers for years. Whether it’s hiking in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, or scrambling up jungle waterfalls in Laos, I never travel without at least one pair. Hubbie on the other hand loves the Craghoppers travel jacket range, as they’re lightweight and look good on safaris and well as in the rainforest!
So when Craghoppers asked us to put some of their NosiLife clothing to the test on our recent trip to Sri Lanka, we agreed! We’d be hiking through tea plantations, walking through paddy fields and sharing sultry evenings with the local critters, so it would be the perfect environment to try out some gear! Sri Lanka is know for it’s palm fringed swathes of golden sand, it’s lush hillside tea plantations and it’s beautifully preserved colonial mansions.
It’s also known for it’s mosquitoes.
As we headed out to the central highlands of Sri Lanka we purposefully didn’t use insect repellent. We wanted to really put our gear to the test, although we were both rather sceptical and felt like we were offering ourselves up on a plate to all the critters out there.
NosiLife Asmina Jacket
I tried out the Craghoppers NosiLife Asmina Jacket, a top designed for hot climates with a cooling mesh construction and stretch panels to allow flexibility and movement. It’s a really lightweight jacket with moisture wicking ability which is great when travelling around the tropics. The hood keeps the sun off as well as deterring insects, and the loose fitting sleeves mean that sweating is kept to a minimum. I have both the black and the white NosiLife Asmina jacket, but found the latter to be the most suited to combating bugs and heat. It also gave me peace of mind because insects would show up better against the white (not that I actually saw any on it!), whereas the black could easily conceal the presence of a spider or two.
I like spiders even less than I like bugs!
I was a little dubious that an item of clothing alone could deter mosquitoes. I fully expected to come away with the usual assortment of bites, befitting of someone who’d been brushing up against bushes, wading through long grass and wandering around at dusk. What I wasn’t expecting was to return home almost unscathed. I only had a couple of bites, and they were on my legs. Whether that was all due to the NosiLife technology, I’ll never know for sure, but one thing I do know is that my jacket is coming with me when we explore the Amazon rainforest later this year!
I love the flexibility of the jacket stretch fabric too, so even when I’ve had an extra helping of dessert it still manages to fit perfectly. I’ve taken to wearing it as a normal lightweight summer top even when there aren’t any biting insects around, it’s great for those cooler evenings or when you just want to keep the sun at bay.
NosiLife Avila II Hooded Jacket
Hubbie already has a mesh jacket similar to mine (the NosiLife Men’s Chima Jacket, pictured in the header image), so this time decided to try out the Avila Hooded Jacket. A slightly thicker top ideal for wearing at dusk and dawn, when the mozzies are at their most active. The Avila Jacket has a relaxed and comfortable fit, whilst still being lightweight and not as thick as regular hoodies. As with all NosiLife clothing, the fabric contains permanent insect repellent, as well as anti-bacterial properties to combat odour. It is really quick drying and moisture wicking which is crucial when travelling in hot places. The stylish appearance means it can be worn as an every day top, whether deep in the rice paddies or just wandering around town.
Here’s what Hubbie had to say about his jacket…
“I loved it! Heather will be quick to confirm that I struggle when it comes to packing clothes for travel, and the one thing that always causes a headache is finding a long sleeved top suitable for the cooler parts of the day. My wardrobe is full of heavy jumpers good for UK weather (but not so great for hot places), and smart shirts for wearing to dinner (that don’t do anything to fend off the mozzies whilst I’m sitting outside, lost in another glorious sunset!). So when I tried on the NosiLife Avila Jacket I knew instantly that it would become a faithful companion on our trips. It’s lightweight, comfy, and smart, and wouldn’t be out of place in an airport business class lounge, or the plains of Africa. The balance between style and functionality is spot on!”
“The tailored fit means the jacket can be worn on it’s own next to the skin or as part of a layering system. The sleeve thumb holes are a great idea to prevent them riding up whilst active, as well as offering the hands some protection from the sun and the bugs. Something I was grateful for in the evenings (the peak time for mozzies) when I was out capturing time lapse videos of the Sri Lankan sunsets and lightning storms. I don’t usually wear hoods, but appreciated having one in Sri Lanka as it protected me from the pesky biting insects that have a tendency to aim for the ears, whilst during the day it provided relief from the sun.”
We also have some new NosiLife socks which we’re planning on using as we hike around South America later this year, to stop the biters getting at our ankles…
Craghoppers have a wide range of NosiLife clothing, so why not check it out here if you’re heading somewhere with insects on your next trip. We love Craghoppers NosiLife clothing as it’s perfect for travel, being lightweight, comfortable and insect-proof!
The brand is used by many a famous adventurer, and if it’s good enough for Benedict Allen, Levison Wood and Bear Grylls, then it’s good enough for us! Unfortunately having the clothing alone doesn’t seem to have turned us into internationally famous explorers just yet, but there’s still time!
We’ve partnered with Craghoppers to offer our readers the chance to win an item of Craghoppers NosiLife clothing for themselves. Up for grabs is either a women’s NosiLife Asmina Jacket or a men’s Avila II Hooded Jacket.
The giveaway is open to entrants worldwide.
How to enter
It couldn’t be simpler. Just use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter, completing as many of the options as you like. If you have previously completed any of the actions (for example if you already follow us on Facebook, Twitter etc) then feel free to have an entry for them!
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Terms and conditions
No purchase is necessary to enter or win. A purchase will not increase your chances of winning. The prize is provided by Craghoppers, and is a NosiLife Asmina Jacket (for women), or a Nosilife Avila II Hooded Jacket (for men) subject to availability. Should the item be unavailable, the prize winner may choose another item from the NosiLife range to the same value of the original prize.
This competition is open to a worldwide audience. Postage is included. No returns. The prize is not refundable or exchangeable for cash. The giveaway will run for 2 weeks from Monday 24th April and end at midnight on Monday 8th May 2017. The winner will be determined on or around the 9th May 2017 by a random drawing of eligible entries received. Your chances of winning are determined by the number of eligible entries. Winners must respond within a week of receiving the notification email, otherwise another winner will be chosen.
By entering the giveaway, entrants agree to their email address being added to the Craghoppers database in order to receive emails about offers and current collections. No information will be shared with third parties by either Craghoppers or Conversant Traveller. Entrants can opt out of the mailing list at any time.
Craghoppers have kindly provided the clothing for this review, as well as the giveaway prize. All opinions remain our own, and we only feature products that we know and love.
Clothing that repel insects…? never knew they existed, still new to this traveling/safari business.
This is a truly awesome review. The pictures you provided are excellent!
Thanks Agness 🙂
We’re following the South West Coast Path and camping on route!
My next trip is to devon in July 🙂 I prob wouldnt wear my craghoppers there tho – I’d save it for camping in August as we tend to do a lot of walking and rambling activities when we camp
We’re heading to Devon soon too, can’t wait to try the cream teas!
I would love to take the NosiLife Avila II Hooded Jacket on holiday to New Zealand with us!
Cornwall or the Lake District
My brother is actually going on a gap year in Oz so this would be a gift to him.
Would be a lovely present!
My next trip is a cruise/safari in South Africa. I would wear NosiLife clothing on the safari days.
Good idea – the bugs out there are HUGE! 🙂
We are off trekking in Nepal, this would be so useful!
Wow, sounds like an adventure.
we are off to somerset, my do some rambing
On our walking trip to Wales 🙂
I’d love to go on a safari – still saving up!
Go for it – it’s definitely worth the expense.
trip to Austrian Alps
We live close to Scotland, so tend to veer in that direction for convenience sake. But, this year, we have decided to spread our wings a bit, and head off to Wales, as we have never been there before. Not sure, what is on the itinerary, as we don’t know our way around yet, but I’m sure it will be a great visit and experience x
Wales is another beautiful part of the UK, don’t miss Snowdonia, and one of our favourite spots for picnics and hiking is the Llyn Peninsula (which is often sunny whilst the rest of Wales is raining). Enjoy.
Walking on our Crete holiday
I’m going to the grand canyon 🙂
Looks beautiful. Nothing better than hiking in nature.
Going walking in the lake district
There’s no better place to walk!
Walking holiday in Spain – and wherever I go I seem to be the main source of food for mosquitoes!
Ha ha, me too 🙂
Exploring the west coast of Ireland
I’m a mosquito magnet so clothing that repels them would be such a great thing. Crossing fingers!
Me too, still can’t believe I didn’t really get bitten this trip!
we are going to explore York this summer
Exploring devon x
I think it my might come in very handy for the big adventure I’m planning for later this year – a trek to Machu Picchu.
Might see you there (we’re in Peru later this year) 🙂 Have a fab time!
Love going to Dorset, Devon & Cornwall. Don’t know when we will go as unemployed at the moment. Fantastic prize, thank you x
I’m off to the Highlands of Scotland, so where better to try out the midge repellent technology?
Indeed, anywhere that has a midge forecast is a good candidate!!
We are going walking in Wales soon. Would be perfect there.
My husband and I are walking the Cominio de santiago in August
Were going to Venice in a couple of weeks for my birthday as a weekend trip. I’d wear to Bali, Indonesia though as that’s our next BIG trip 🙂
This year we have decided to stay in the UK and are going on a Scottish Highlands and Hebrides road trip for a fortnight. We have never been to Scotland and can’t wait to explore
Northern Spain (Picos de Europa) weather very unpredictable so good kit is esential
We are off exploring Cornwall soon
My next trip is to the Greek island of Rhodes so this kit would be most useful
We are off to Cuba and by the sound of it night time is the time to avoid being bitten so this would come in really handy
I’m going hiking in the US so this would be ideal!
I hope to go to the Madives
Walking the Wales coastal path
Not very exotic but me and the other half are going to visit my mum in Wales. So would be great for hiking with the dogs 🙂
Iceland next year, these would be awesome 🙂
Taking the kids to the new forest
We are off to Norway, the clothing would be great to walk in
We will be walking the Dorset coast
We are off in the campervan to sunny Norfork
Exploring Russia in the Autumn.
Next big hike is up Scafell – Next planned adventure is Yosemite
I’d wear walking the moutains of Mallorca.
Costa Rica visiting 3 national parks,lots of hiking to see wild life
Sounds fabulous 🙂
Been wanting to explore the lake district for years and finally we are in September! yay!
Brilliant! Our favourite part of the UK (but living here we’re biased), have a great time!
A trip to Anglesey
We’re off to Pembrokeshire
We’ll be vacationing in Greece at the beginning of June and in Morocco in mid-June.
Good choice with Morocco (just take your sun hat in June!).
Won’t be getting holidays this year but they would be perfect for walking our new farm in the summer months.
I am hoping to go walking in Scotland soon.
I would wear it to Walesat the end of this year
My next trip is to Edinburgh and this would be perfect for climbing Arthurs Seat.
That’s something on our list too, not been up there (to Arthurs Seat) yet. Enjoy.
I would wear them for my next strip to the Highlands, Scotland
Ideal for up there.
I would like to wear the NosiLife clothing when I go out on long walks in the Scottish Highlands.
We are going to Wales climbing – nothing too difficult as I am a beginner.
It’s a great place to learn, good luck!
I would wear this when I go walking in to the Scottish highlands this summer. Really sorry but I made a mistake in the rafflecopter, I put the wrong thing in the following on twitter bit, my twitter name is @10milewalk and I am following you.
No worries, I’ll take a look, thanks for letting me know, and have fun in Scotland.
The Lake District.
I’ve not planned anything yet but may go on a bird watching holiday later this year, to Europe somewhere, will have to get the brochures out.
Oooh, exciting times, choosing is the best bit!
We love to go walking especially along the coast (in the uk for the moment)
We may not have palm trees but we sure do have a stunning coastline. Have fun.
We are going to Wales in the summer, the clothing would be perfect for going for walks xx
We have just returned from a walking/running holiday in Malta which was amazing, Next trip is a cottage in Yorkshire and then who knows what else. I’m sure this gear would be very welcome.
Sounds very energetic 🙂 Have a great time in Yorkshire, beautiful neck of the woods isn’t it.
On my next family visit to Switzerland in summer we always do a lot of walking
We are off on a walking holiday in Cyprus, can’t wait.
My next trip will be to the beautiful highlands in Scotland
Ah, one of the most beautiful, but also most mosquito infested places on earth. Have a brilliant time.
I would give the jacket to my son who is always off on an adventure somewhere. He has got a trip planned in a couple of months but hasn’t told me where he’s going yet. I am a little worried!
Sounds intriguing! At least one of these jackets would keep him safe from critters 🙂 Hope he has fun!
Perhaps a weekend in Cornwall.
Some of our most impressive bites have been from Cornwall, good choice!
We’re thinking of visiting Thailand next year, so this jacket would come in handy!
I manage to get bitten to bits in my own back garden, the critters love to feast on me, so one of these would be a godsend, both at home and abroad!
I’m going to the Yala park in Sri Lanka next month! Mosquitoes seem to love me (I’ve heard they find paler skin easier to bite) but I swell up really badly if I get a bite! Yala is fairly desert like so hopefully there won’t be too many around but I think I’ll definitely need one of these jackets just to be safe!
We didn’t have time for Yala on our trip, fingers crossed you get to see a leopard!
Planning a trip to Tanzania
I’m currently planning a trip to South East Asia with two of my best friends taking in Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand so this gear would be amazing to travel with. We did a similar trip just after finishing school quite a few years back now and I remember the downsides were the insects and travelling between stop offs.
That sounds epic, can we stow away in your suitcases? Yeah, the bugs in that direction can be a nuisance, definitely wished we’d had some of this gear when we were out there. Have a fab trip!
The Harz mountains in what was east germany – on the border with the west – all witches and steam railways and beer and sausages
Sounds like an intriguing mix!
we are going to the Eden Valley just outside Yorkshire
Ah, our neck of the woods, good choice 🙂
I would gift this to my daughter for her festival adventures! 🙂
Walking on Mallorca.
I am going around the Mediterranean in July I would wear NosiLife clothing as I visit the various sites on my holiday
we are going walking holiday in the summer this year!
Walking trips with my mum. We haven’t decided yet where we are going to go
My next trip is to Lefkas next month, but I would really make use of the mosquito repellent clothing in the UK when I go to Port Eliot festival which is set by the river and the Mosquitos there are ferocious
I want to go walking in Switzerland in the Summer so this clothing would be very useful so I would wear it in some very scenic places!
We are off to see the fall colours in Eastern Canada – lots mosquitos there
It’s so beautiful there in the autumn, very jealous 🙂
a walking holiday in the Algarve not too stenous about 8 miles each day
We are heading off to the Isle of Arran for Whit week – a week of walking in the hillsa and valleys and along the coastline!
Sounds like the perfect way to spend Whit week!
A trip to see wildlife in Canada.