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The Original Bug Shirt Microfibre Elite Edition - Ivy Green

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The Original Bug Shirt Microfibre Elite Edition - Ivy Green


Weight: 336 g         9 reviews
The Original Bug Shirt is a lightweight, breathable smock that provides simple yet highly effective protection from mosquitoes and other biting insects. As used by Ray during his time in Canada, this reliable garment reduces the need for reliance on chemical repellents. This 'Elite Edition' is their most versatile and popular style, containing a number of significant design enhancements from their original model.

Borne from the simple desire to continue exploring the outdoors during mosquito season, the Original Bug Shirt was devised in the summer of 1989. Since then, the garment has been revised and developed into a highly effective and packable shield against biting insects, while production has remained with the same family-owned business in Canada. Of course, not only will this garment protect you from the annoyance of insects and their bites, but it will also reduce the risk of contracting the diseases these pests can carry, like Lyme Disease, West Nile Virus and Malaria.

The Original Bug Shirt is made from a lightweight yet extremely densely-woven fabric that mosquitoes and other insects simply cannot bite through. Ribbed, adjustable cuffs and a drawstring at the waist allow you to make a secure seal around your body. Where the shirt hangs away from your skin, a black no-see-um mesh is used, providing excellent visibility through the face screen and a cooling flow of air. A dual-zippered opening around the hood allows you to eat, drink or use binoculars without removing the garment. The entire shirt can be folded and packed away into its own zippered pocket, and travels easily on a belt clip.

  • Material: 100% polyester microfibre with no-see-um mesh panels
  • Provides protection from mosquitoes, black flies, deer flies, horse flies, ticks etc.
  • Lightweight and highly breathable
  • Fixed, adjustable hood
  • Ribbed cuffs
  • Elastic cord adjustments at wrists
  • Drawstring at waist
  • Patch pocket with Velcro closure
  • Provides additional protection against UVA and UVB rays
  • Can be folded and stored in its own zippered pocket
  • Machine washable
  • Made in Canada
  • Colour: Ivy Green

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  Overseas delivery times will vary depending on the destination

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  Overseas deliveries
For overseas deliveries, please refer to the following estimated delivery times:

  • Europe: 3 - 5 working days
  • Rest of the world: 5 - 7 working days


A full refund or exchange will be given provided that the items have not been worn or used, and are returned to us within 30 days of purchase, together with all relative labels and packaging. You are responsible for the cost of returning items.

Please ensure that you include a copy of your invoice, along with an explanation of why you have returned your goods. If you wish to return your goods for any reason, please do so to the following address:

Woodlore Limited
PO Box 3
East Sussex
TN19 7ZE
United Kingdom

Product Reviews

The Original Bug Shirt Microfibre Elite Edition - Ivy Green is rated 5/5 based on 9 customer reviews.

All of our product reviews are from customers with verified purchases.

Overall Rating:


  1 of 9

  Great shirt but be aware the sizing information is way off. Shirt is very oversized. Which resulted in having to return and because of Woodlore's poor service of not offering free returns meant an expensive miss advertisement.  

  Paul B
15th June, 2023

Rated: 2/5

Woodlore's Reply - 16th June, 2023
Dear Paul Thank you for your review and we are very happy you think this is a great shirt. Sorry to hear you were unhappy regarding the sizing of your Bug Shirt. By design this is a loose fitting garment enabling the user to layer up. Return garments are extremely rare but we are adding further information to the website helping customers select a suitable size. We offer free returns for any faulty products but if you are looking to return your order for any other reason the costs are payable by the customer. Thank you once again.

  2 of 9

  I use this in my line of work to protect against wasp stings. Not been stung yet.  

  Ryan Bedingfield
9th July, 2022

Rated: 5/5

  3 of 9

  Have bought to beat the midges in Scotland next year. Fits well and am sure will keep midges off. Cool and comfortable to wear, it feels better than a midge net.  

  Anne N
2nd October, 2021

Rated: 5/5

  4 of 9

  Probably the best bug shirt on market. Good piece of kit. Does the job.  

14th July, 2021

Rated: 5/5

  5 of 9

  Went on a mini adventure to the West Coast of Scotland and it worked a treat with the dreaded midgies. It is very comfortable to wear and it has plenty of room. The wrist and waist seals, keep the wee beasties out. I was sea kayaking, but it can be used for multiple activities. Wish I had bought one years ago.  

  John Aitken
6th June, 2021

Rated: 5/5

  6 of 9

  I confess that I felt that I might look like an idiot when putting it on for the first time, but it works really well. The others were convinced within minutes after sunset in the bug invested bivouac on our kayak trip in the moor. It folds nicely compact in its own pocket, this in contrast to a beekeepers jacket. The fabric, make quality and detailing is very good it also has soft cuffs. The only thing that I would improve is an elastic instead of a rope waist cord, something that is easily changed yourself. The sizing is quite spacious and is already taken clothing underneath into account, no need to size up for this.  

  Maarten Van Noorden
31st August, 2020

Rated: 5/5

  7 of 9

  Definitely the best jacket of this type I've seen and I can confirm it works against the dreaded Scottish midges, great investment.  

  Robert Boyle
17th July, 2020

Rated: 5/5

  8 of 9

  This works great, I let mosquitoes freely try to bite me for 30 minutes while sitting still, they did not bite me once. This is a very light weight breathable bug-shirt, likely the best on the market.  

15th November, 2016

Rated: 5/5

  9 of 9

  I've yet to try this jacket against the dreaded scottish midge (most formidable of all biting beasties!) but I can say it fits extremely well and seems very comfortable. Woodlore stock the Sage Green colour, but camouflage is also available direct from the manufacturer. It would be nice to see Woodlore stock this colour too.  

  John Thornhill
5th June, 2016

Rated: 5/5

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