Picaridin vs. DEET: Which is the best insect repellent?


For more than 50 years, DEET has reigned as the undisputed champion of insect repellents. No longer. There's now a potentially better alternative on the market: picaridin. Both DEET and picaridin are proven to be effective at fending off mosquitoes—and are superior to other repellents when it comes to protection time. But which one is really the best? Who will win this face-off of the buzzer beaters?...

This column originally appeared in the July/August edition of AMC Outdoors. You can read the full story here. 

“Equipped” is an AMC Outdoors blog, written by Matt Heid.

(Photograph by Ryan Smith)

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