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    To bugnet or not to bugnet...in Colorado

    For any of you who have hung a lot in CO...is a bugnet really necessary? In all my camping experiences I haven't noticed them being a big problem. However, I normally sleep in a tent so I'm not sure if they come out late at night. Just trying to save weight when possible.

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    You'll find a few spots where the bugs can be a pain, but I have found them minimal. I hike a lot in the summer with my Traveler and I never bring the bugnet. Can only remember regretting that once.
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    I use a bugnet most of the time because the errant bug here and there is enough to bug me. Even though I haven't encountered swarms of bugs, I justified it to sleep through the night. Since I use a Ridgerunner all the time now, I have a full-time bugnet.
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    I spent a few days last summer in the Flat Tops Wilderness and I would have been miserable if I didn't have a bugnet.
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    I haven't hiked in Colorado... But to me a light weight bugnet at least like the HUG... Is good weight... It's nice to know you won't wake up covered in bugs... And that helps me sleep better...

    But I have no first hand experience on the bug situation/population of Colorado...
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    i just figure why not? it doesn't hardly weigh anything. if something happened to mine its not a big deal but might as well have it if possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmckay2 View Post
    i just figure why not? it doesn't hardly weigh anything. if something happened to mine its not a big deal but might as well have it if possible.
    In that case, why not just a headnet? Think about it. How many times do you camp in the Colorado mountains without a quilt and something on your head? 99 times out of 100, I have both in place when turning in for the night. The only thing exposed to the bugs, would be your face. A headnet would fit your bill and still save you ounces.
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    If you go to the Grand Mesa in the summer time you really need a bug net. Those little buggers are vultures!!

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    I always like to have my Bug Net

    My lightweight one weighs about 5ozs

    My heavier one that I am in the process of making should be under 1 lb.

    The heavier one will be for colder weather and for the easy ability to go to the ground

    I have not hiked or camped in Colorado but bgs are everywhere RIGHT?

    How light does something have to be for you to make yourself comfy

    That is a question only you could answer

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    As others have mentioned, it depends on 2 factors in Colorado.

    First, where are you going? Is it near a large lake, large river or on a known buggy place like Grand Mesa? If not, you should be fine. I can't remember many times I really felt annoyed by bugs when sitting around camp here in Colorado other than in a circumstance just noted.

    Second, your bug tolerance. I've been in some warmer areas where Mosquitos weren't as much an issue but the moths were ridiculous and would have made sleep tough (for me).

    I have a relatively low bug tolerance so I usually bring a bug net. I've camped dozens of times all over Colorado with several scouts that cowboy camp every single time except deep winter (and then they use snow shelters). They have a higher bug tolerance but I've never noticed them being eaten so badly I wished they would have had bug protection (excessive bites or scratching).
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