Men's Explorer BUGTech Anti-Insect Safari Shirt

By Rufiji™


Bestselling safari shirt for men. This safari-styled safari shirt is packed with features & is made from fabric with built-in insect defence, sun protection & wicking.
Key Features: ⊙ Anti-insect ⊙ Ripstop fabric ⊙ Moisture wicking ⊙ Built-in UPF50+ ⊙ SilverPlus anti-bacterial ⊙ Zipped security pocket ⊙ Roll-up sleeve tabs ⊙ +Vent system ⊙ Quick crease release ⊙ QuickDry ⊙ Sunglasses loop ⊙ Light, strong, cool ⊙ Soft-hand feel.
Made for: ⊙ Safari ⊙ Outdoor pursuits: Fishing, Hiking, Walking ⊙ Travel ⊙ Everyday wear ⊙ Farming
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  • Men's Rufiji™ Explorer BUGTech™ Anti-Insect Safari Shirt Quantity: 2
Total price: $127.30 Would be: $134.00

This item: Men's Rufiji™ Explorer BUGTech™ Anti-Insect Safari Shirt in Katavi Khaki $63.65 each

  • Men's Rufiji™ Explorer BUGTech™ Anti-Insect Safari Shirt Quantity: 1
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Total price: $121.18 Would be: $129.00

This item: Men's Rufiji™ Explorer BUGTech™ Anti-Insect Safari Shirt in Katavi Khaki $63.65
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Quick Facts: ⊙ Weight: 240g ; ⊙ Made from 100% Rufiji™ Ripstop BUGTech™ insect defence fabric with wicking, built-in UPF50+, and anti-microbial finish with a soft hand feel

Activities: ⊙ Safari ⊙ Outdoors ⊙ Travel ⊙ Everyday ⊙ Outdoor sports and activities ⊙ Adventure ⊙ Expeditions ⊙ Farm wear and outdoor workwear ⊙ Country wear

⊙ Weight: 240g.
⊙ Made from softer than ever, strong, and cool 100% BUGTech™ polyamide ripstop fabric with built-in anti-insect treatment and moisture wicking.
⊙ Built-in UPF50+.
⊙ Anti-bacterial technology to keep your shirt smelling fresh without washing.
⊙ Quick release from creasing for travel.
⊙ Two chest pockets with Velcro closure.
⊙ +Vent hidden system along back top seam to keep you cool.
⊙ QuickDry material means you can wash and go in no time.
⊙ Double roll-up sleeve tabs on each sleeve.
⊙ Sunglasses loop to hook your sunglasses to your shirt.
⊙ Packaged in a bag made from recyclable paper as part of our 'say no to plastic' environmental philosophy.

This is the latest in our range of essential men’s long-sleeve safari shirts - with the same expedition and safari-tested insect defence, wicking, UPF50+, and design features tailored to Africa & outdoors.

Our ultimate outdoor shirt for men has evolved to combine BUGTech™ technical features with a new standard of comfort. Offering tried and trusted anti-insect defence, UPF50+ sun protection, and wicking, it is also made from the softest, lightest ripstop yet.

BUGTech™: it's in the fabric of who we are
Anti-insect clothing very rarely offers effective wicking properties, with the fabric trapping heat and sacrificing comfort for insect defence. This was one of the key issues we sought to avoid in developing our BUGTech™ range. We wanted our clients to enjoy the same features and comfort level they had come to expect from our MaraTech™ range with the added advantage of insect defence for their safaris, adventure travels, and outdoor experiences.

• As a result, BUGTech™ has been tested, refined, and re-tested on safari, but also in some rather extreme conditions on expedition around Africa. We are happy to report that the wicking properties of our fabric is unhindered by the anti-insect treatment.
• Apart from our in-house tests, we wanted to offer our clients the added assurance of independent tests. In tests conducted by the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS), BUGTech™ fabric was proven to offer defence against most biting insects. We are unaware of any other manufacturer willing to publish their results.
• The active ingredient in our BUGTech™ fabric is permethrin which is used at the ultra low dosage of 500ppm. Permethrin is a man-made version of a natural insect repellent found in certain Chrysanthemum plants. BUGTech™ utilises a proprietary permethrin formula to provide effective, odourless insect defence.
• BUGTech™ is effective against most biting insects.

If you have any questions regarding BUGTech™ and the development of the fabric, please do not hesitate to contact us.

A long-sleeve shirt is essential for all safari and warm-weather destinations. This shirt effectively wicks moisture away from the skin - with the +Vent system to promote ventilation. This assists in keeping you cool when the weather gets hot.
BUGTech™ also features built-in UPF50+ sun protection. All these fabric benefits come with an exceptionally soft hand feel, in ripstop which is feather-light for a touch of luxury in its practicality.

With sun protection in mind, keep your sleeves down to protect your forearms. Roll up and secure your sleeves with a double roll-up sleeve tab to hold them in place on each sleeve as the day heats up or according to your preference. This evolution in our shirt design is to keep your sleeves rolled up and looking neat - even on active safaris. Trust us, you will be glad to have that extra sleeve tab if your shirt gets wet on a canoe safari.

Every outdoorsman wants the benefit of travel-friendly shirts to reduce packing weight and keep him on the go. In new small ripstop, this safari shirt is ultra-lightweight and durable, releasing wrinkles quickly. Its anti-bacterial technology keeps your shirt fresh between washes. It also dries quickly, with styling that is right at home in the bush or at dinner.

If you hook your sunglasses over your shirt, the sunglasses loop on the inside of the shirt is a feature for you - helping you to hold on to your shades when you're on the move.

About Rufiji™ Outdoor Apparel: We have spent years going on safari and we know African and adventure travel conditions intimately. We know what works best in extreme climes and what we demand from the clothing we wear. Simply put, other products on the market did not perform to our standards. The next step was obvious: to design and manufacture our own safari and adventure clothing range. The Rufiji™ range was born. The result is a line of clothing that has been tailored for your travels.

*Please do not assume your size - always check the size guide below.
* The BUGtech™ fabric can be worn by all ages. The active ingredient has been approved by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for application onto textiles and clothing. It is non-leaching. I.e. it won't transfer from the fabric / garment onto the wearer's skin. Hence, even if one was to perspire heavily or lick the fabric, there is no chance of the Vital Protection transferring.
* While the sunglasses loop reduces the chances of losing your glasses, it may not prevent them falling from your shirt in every instance. Please always be vigilant when it comes to your precious eye wear.

Say no to plastic packaging
Your Rufiji™ clothing is packaged in a recyclable paper bag. At The Safari Store, we are working hard to eliminate plastic from all of our packaging. This forms part of our commitment to a green future and the preservation of the environment, so future generations can enjoy pristine natural spaces.

Explorer BUGTech™ Anti-Insect Long-Sleeved Safari Shirt – Further Information:

⊙ MATERIAL: Made from 100% tightly-woven ripstop BUGTech™ fabric. Ripstop gives the fabric strength and it is smooth to the touch. This strong, soft, light material combines the best of MaraTech™ and BUGTech™ to offer you comfort, style, and protection on safari and when travelling. Creases are quickly released after unpacking and the fabric is quick to dry for your convenience. Anti-bacterial technology also keeps your shirt smelling fresh between washes.

⊙ BUILT-IN INSECT DEFENCE: Independent testing of our BUGTech™ fabric has confirmed the effectiveness of its anti-insect properties without compromising on its moisture wicking ability, which is often the case within the industry.

⊙ WICKING: Strong, cool BUGTech™ fabric draws perspiration away from skin and promotes quick evaporation for maximum dryness and comfort.

⊙ UPF50+: The Ultraviolet Protection Factor is a measure of the amount of the sun's ultraviolet rays that reach your skin. Our BUGTech™ fabric will protect your skin from harmful sun exposure - in effect, sunblock for your clothing. This is the highest UPF rating we know of on a garment.

⊙ +VENT SYSTEM: This shirt includes our +Vent system. This system increases the flow of air around your body by including hidden vents along the seam-line of the back, top section of the shirt.

⊙ ROLL-UP SLEEVE TABS: Roll up and secure the sleeves of this long-sleeved shirt for flexibility and convenience. The double tabs on each sleeve secure the sleeves when they're rolled up but remain hidden when sleeves are down.

⊙ POCKETS: Two chest pockets with Velcro closure for easy access.

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Size chart

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Size Chart & Size Guide

Please read the instructions below this size chart before ordering. All clothing measurements are garment measurements unless otherwise indicated.

cm / inch S M L XL XXL 3XL 4XL
1/2 Chest 52 cm 56 cm 60 cm 64 cm 68 cm 72 cm 76 cm
1/2 Waist 16cm below chest 51 cm 55 cm 60 cm 64 cm 68 cm 72 cm 76 cm
Sleeve Overarm 66 cm 67 cm 68 cm 69 cm 70 cm 71 cm 72 cm
Centre Back Length 77 cm 80 cm 83 cm 86 cm 89 cm 92 cm 95 cm

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Please read the information below before selecting your size to get the best fit & save on returns costs:
The measurements shown above are garment measurements so should be compared to the measurements for a similar garment you already own, rather than your body measurements. For this shirt please select a collared long-sleeve shirt with buttons down the front - made from non-stretch fabric - which you own and which fits you comfortably. For instructions on how to measure please scroll down to see 'Three easy steps to ordering the right size' below. Once you have worked out your size please scroll back up this page to place your order for this item.
⊙ You can view the size chart in inches or centimeters by clicking on the "cm" or "inch" text on the green bar above the chart.

Three easy steps to ordering the right size:

You will need the following items:
• Measuring tape
• A flat surface (such as a table or counter)
• A notepad and pen
• An item of clothing from your wardrobe that fits comfortably and is similar to the one you wish to purchase (e.g. if you are looking at buying a long-sleeved collared shirt then use one of your own long-sleeved collared shirts to compare measurements to.)

How to measure chest/bust/arm/back

Referring to the images above, place your garment on a flat surface and record the following measurements:
A. 1/2 Bust/Chest: Measure across the front of the shirt from armpit to armpit.
B. Sleeve Overarm: Measure from the end of the cuff to the shoulder seam.
C. Centre Back Length: Measure from the nape of the neck on the back of the shirt to the bottom hem.

Compare your measurements with our size chart and order the size closest to those measurements. Chest/bust is usually the most important measurement if you are in a hurry, but checking all three will make for the most comfortable fit.

TIP: If you do not have a measuring tape, use your credit card. The long side of a credit card measures 8.5cm and the short side is 5.4cm. Simply use the centimetre measurements on our chart and divide by 8.5cm to get an idea of how many credit card lengths equals the measurement you are recording.

Customer reviews

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Alison K

4 Jan 2021

The shirt fitted perfectly

Brent Dodd, Wildlife Artist

7 Aug 2020

I got one of these shirts and found it to be durable, comfortable. Absolutely love it. So I got another one, I wear them as fast as I can wash them. Best apparel purchase in a while.


13 Jul 2020

A very well-made, loosely elegant shirt which I wear not on safari but as a super-light jacket for summer days. It is exactly what I was looking for.

Robert Piehel

8 Jun 2020

Great shirt but go one size bigger if not certain of your size.


4 Jul 2018

I bought 2 of these shirts in 2011. They are still in regular use, though coming to the end of their life. They were bought for the ease of washing/drying. I had not expected them to last this long. I use them at least twice a week every week on a ranch in Kenya.

John Berry, Zambezi Safari Co

8 Feb 2018

Uganda was outstanding. I returned on the weekend. The long-sleeved shirt was great in all respects. The zip security pocket is an excellent idea.

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⊙ MATERIAL: Made from 100% BUGTech™ ripstop (polyamide) fabric with built in anti-insect treatment, wicking, UPF50+, anti-microbial finish, and feather soft hand feel.

• 40° warm wash
• Do not bleach
• Cool iron
• Dry cleanable
• Do not tumble dry

⊙ WEIGHT: 240g
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