Sawyer Insect Repellent Lotion 2024 - 2023 Review by The Good Ride

Sawyer Insect Repellent Lotion Video and Written Review

This is a review on the Sawyer Insect Repellent Lotion. We tested this bug repellent lotion on multiple hikes throughout the summer.

Ethics Statement: We don’t get paid by the manufacturer to write these reviews.  We do make money from the “Where To Buy” links, but this is our best attempt at an honest and objective review from an average camper’s perspective.

How This Review Happened: Sawyer sent us this insect repellent to test out and review.

Testers: Steph

Size: 4oz


An insect repellent similar to Deet. But Picaridin is safe to use on skin and clothes. And this insect repellent lotion also doesn’t have any smell or odor either. This is probably one of my favorite things about this product

Backpacking with the bug repellentHiking conditions

Testing Conditions

I tested this Sawyer insect repellent lotion on multiple day hikes throughout the summer, as well as on a 3 day backpacking trip. We have had an unusually buggy summer due to a lot of moisture and snow melt this season. We had plenty of mosquitos to test this lotion with.

I mostly used this on just exposed skin areas, and used their bug spray on my gear/clothes.

Bug repellent lotion application


The lotion rubs in well, and leaves little to no feeling of having lotion on your hands. I didn’t feel like it affected my grip on my hiking poles or anything either. The great part about having bug repellent lotion, is coverage is guaranteed. Sometimes with spray, you may miss a spot or two. But this lotion covers really well.

Sawer bug repellent lotion


I found this bug repellent very effective. Again, I used it in combination with Sawer’s fabric treatment and bug spray depending on the situation. I felt it was just as effective, if not more effective than deet bug repellent I’ve used in the past.

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