Women's Pioneer BUGTech™ Anti-Insect Safari Shirt

By Rufiji™


Meticulously tested to ensure both wicking and its insect defence qualities, the BUGTech™ version of our essential, stylish safari shirt offers a boost of added protection for the best of the outdoors.

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Elements and activities – the Pioneer BUGTech™ Anti-Insect Long-Sleeved Women's Safari Shirt:

Quick Facts: ⊙ Weight: 160g ; ⊙ Made from 100% Rufiji™ Ripstop BUGTech™ insect defence fabric with wicking, built-in UPF50+, anti-microbial finish, and soft hand feel

Activities: ⊙ Safari ⊙ Outdoors ⊙ Travel ⊙ Everyday ⊙ Outdoor sports and activities ⊙ Adventure ⊙ Expeditions

Features: ⊙ Made from softer than ever, strong, and cool 100% BUGTech™ 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 button 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 essential women’s long-sleeve safari shirt in our latest BUGTech™ fabric has anti-bug, SPF, & wicking properties, with a superior, soft feel to the lightweight, durable ripstop fabric.

Meticulously tested and refined for efficacy, this women's safari shirt is the latest upgrade to our BUGTech™ fabric. It has been designed to offer the same insect defence, sun protection, and wicking properties with an unparalleled soft, luxurious feel to the fabric. This technical shirt is truly a pleasure to wear.

Developed to perform in the sometimes extreme conditions on safari, this shirt boasts a range of features for Africa, outdoors, and travel. Very importantly, it is made to be as stylish as it is functional in a classic, flattering design.

BUGTech™: it's in the fabric of who we are
The wicking effect of many anti-insect clothing brands is retarded by the addition of anti-insect finish. This traps heat and can be very uncomfortable. In developing BUGTech™, we wanted to ensure our clients got the technical benefits of our highly-successful MaraTech™ fabric with added invaluable insect defence.

The mantra behind Rufiji™ clothing is "No marketing hype - just the facts" - and so we embarked on intensive in-house and independent testing to make sure BUGTech™ performed.

• BUGTech™ fabric has been proven in independent tests by the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) Pesticide Trial Section to effectively repel insects. Please view the test results in the images above. We know of no other manufacturer willing to publish their results.
• We have tested and compared BUGTech™ and MaraTech™ and concluded that the wicking has not been affected by the anti-insect treatment of our BUGTech™ shirts.
• 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.

This shirt features our new, smaller ripstop fabric, making it ultra-lightweight and durable. With built-in UPF50+, this long-sleeve shirt is a packing essential to protect your skin from the sun. The double roll-up sleeve tabs on each sleeve keeps rolled sleeves out of the way and looking good as the day heats up and during activities on safari. These are especially handy on active safaris and you will be glad to have them should your shirt get wet on a canoe safari. This shirt also has a handy sunglasses loop, so you can hook your glasses to your shirt with a little added peace of mind.

Mostly, this shirt is designed to be travel-friendly. It releases wrinkles quickly, but also dries fast for your convenience. The anti-microbial formula also keeps your shirt smelling fresh between washes. Together with its wicking properties, the +Vent system achieves optimal ventilation for warm-weather destinations and adventure travel.

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.

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.

Women’s Pioneer BUGTech™ Long-Sleeved Safari Shirt – Further Information:

⊙ MATERIAL: Made from 100% Rufiji™ ripstop BUGTech™ fabric. Ripstop gives the fabric strength and it is smooth to the touch. This strong, 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 anti-insect properties do not compromise 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 new +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.

⊙ FEMININE CUT: The shape of this shirt ensures that the days of boring, shapeless safari shirts are long gone!

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

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

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

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

⊙ WEIGHT: 160g
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Size chart
cm / inch XXS/8 XS/10 S/12 M/14 L/16 XL/18 XXL/20 3XL/22
1/2 Bust 48 cm 50 cm 52 cm 55 cm 58 cm 61 cm 64 cm 67 cm
Centre Back Length 67 cm 68 cm 69 cm 70 cm 71 cm 72 cm 73 cm 74 cm
Sleeve Overarm 62 cm 63 cm 64 cm 65 cm 66 cm 67 cm 68 cm 69 cm
The measurements shown above are garment measurements. Please read our guide below before you order.
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Three easy steps to ordering the right size:
With so many different brands from all over the world available on the high street and online, the only way to get your size right the first time round is to compare a garment you own and which fits you well with one of our garments.
STEP 1: You will need a measuring tape, a flat surface such as a table, a notepad to record your garment's measurements - and your own collared long sleeve shirt which is a 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.
How to measure chest/bust/arm/back
STEP 2: Referring to the images above, place your shirt flat on the table and record the following measurements: ⊙ 1/2 Bust/Chest - Across the front of the shirt from armpit to armpit; ⊙ Centre Back Length - From the nape of the neck on the back of shirt to the bottom hem; ⊙ Sleeve Overarm - From the top of the sleeve where it joins the shoulder to the end of the cuff.
STEP 3: Compare your measurements with our size chart and order the size closest to your 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.

Customer review

C. Jensen

23 Mar 2019

Bought two of these for my safari trip in March. These are great. Really light weight, was able to wear each two to three times before I felt they needed to be washed. They dry super fast and don't look overly creased after hand washing it on the sink. Most importantly, I did not get any mosquito bites (and I attract them!) and I did not get sun burned. I highly recommend this shirt.

Marian Unitt

6 May 2018

Just to give you feedback on your Rufji shirts we purchased for our trip to Botswana. They were excellent! Great quality, well made and extremely comfortable to wear. Looked terrific too. Couldn't find fault with anything. Would highly recommend. Dennis

Kirstin Sercombe

22 Mar 2018

I love this shirt - the fit is perfect and it is stylish and easy to wear. I am just about to buy another one!

Alexis Miller

19 Jan 2016

We spent the last week in October in the South Luangwa River Valley. These were perfect! We were cool, dry, bite and burn free. Easy to pack. And you have the BEST customer service. Really, outstanding.

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