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Keith McCord reporting The big summer outdoor retailer convention just wrapped up in Salt Lake. The show features the latest outdoor items that will be in the stores in the coming year.
We found a outdoor enthusiast who always attends the show, looking for items that will allow you to enjoy the outdoors to the fullest!
This was Brian Brawdy, a couple of weeks ago, in Everglades National Park in Florida. The park was closed to the public, because the mosquitoes were so bad.
Brian Brawdy, Outdoor Enthusiast: "The bite rate was 200 a minute. "
Perfect conditions to test out the latest in outdoor clothing that repels bugs!
Brian Brawdy, Outdoor Enthusiast: "It was the most amazing place that I'd ever been, and at the same time the most disconcerting."
Take a look at how a regular shirt gets covered with mosquitoes.
Then, Brian put on clothing treated with a mosquito repellant, that withstands dozens of washings...and the bugs stayed away!
Brian Brawdy, Outdoor Enthusiast: "And even when they do land, I could count 1-one thousand, 2-one-thousand.. And before I'd get to 3, they were off the material."
Brian Brawdy, from Chicago, comes to Salt Lake's outdoor shows to look at the latest trends in outdoor equipment.
And he's testing several brands of bug-resistant clothing.
Everything from shirts, hats, pants, shoes and socks, for men, women and children... the stuff works. Wear it while gardening; wear it hunting.
Brian Brawdy, Outdoor Enthusiast: "It works for mosquitoes, ticks, chiggers, flies, fire ants, no-see-ums... Those little things that you can't see but are irritating..."
If you'd rather just use something in a spray can, Brian found a water-based DEET spray-- that stays on longer, and doesn't smell so strong;
And something more mild for kids..
Brian Brawdy, Outdoor Enthusiast: "it's 10% citronella... Like the candles, like the candles... Though it's a topical that you can put right on."
Once you're protected from the bugs, one other important thing to remember when you're outside-- drink water constantly!
Brian Brawdy, Outdoor Enthusiast: "This is two liters. This is the amount of water that regular folk, not an olympic athlete, not a cross country skier, this is what they're going to lose in a 24-hour period."
Back to the mosquitos... if the Everglades wasn't bad enough, Brian is heading to Alaska soon, another really "buggy" area, to continue testing the special clothing that he demonstrated for us.
The bug-repellant clothing is sold in most major sporting good stores.