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  • I'm still not convinced by these midge things. I'm almost looking forward to seeing how they compare to our flies and mozzies.

  • could all be away by the time you arrive - season is may to september
    https://www.smidgeup.com/midge-forecast/­

  • That's what I said to her but then I did read something else about Oct having quite a few about still.

    Is Deet any good against them? I have a bottle of Trek 50% DEET shit that I bought years ago for TransAm or something and I've never used it. I fear it will dissolve my tent though...

  • Was in Scotland 2 weeks ago, Glencoe, Lomond, Skye and some other spots. Missus had 17 bites on one arm, 19 on the other, just in one night. I had a load around my face and neck and wished I had one of the net helmets that I'd just hours previous been making fun of people for wearing

  • not sure - I use smidge. other people swear by


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  • Just ordered one of these. £11. Cant go wrong, assuming it packs up real small.

    Anything more than 7mph wind and apparently the wee pricks cant even fly.


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  • https://youtu.be/WzUlj6eTehA

    If its bad then a puncture will be bonafide torture. You'll have to fix it while sprinting in circles.

  • Was in Scotland 2 weeks ago, Glencoe, Lomond, Skye and some other spots. Missus had 17 bites on one arm, 19 on the other, just in one night. I had a load around my face and neck and wished I had one of the net helmets that I'd just hours previous been making fun of people for wearing

    I'll pass this on to her. Midge nets are her responsibility. Midgets are mine.

  • Hahaha I just showed her this and she said she's not going...

  • what was your route?

  • You're welcome ;)

  • Have slept bare face in bivi when it was really bad. Thought I could have gotten away with just pulling buff over face but they still got absolutely everywhere. Jungle formula deet works well but did melt my watch.

  • Afaik there's two numbers online - one is to a lady who is lovely despite getting barraged with misdirected calls, another is to the ferryman himself, not sure if you found any second # ?

  • Midges are the real deal. I too wasn't convinced and just thought people were hyping it up. Did NC500 last year (August) and we stopped to change into wet weather gear and it felt like a cloud had completely surrounded us. Was unbearable. Believe the hype.

  • We were on the road and without bikes I'm afraid

  • I messaged the number on the ferryman website. If that's wrong then I need to apologise to a random woman.. again.

  • I'm can't wait.

    Almost the same as fist fighting a bear during TD..

  • You can punch a bear in the face....with midges, you punch yourself in the face.

  • The grrl is looking for midget nets. Pyramid stuff any good? Same brand as the DEET that I never used...

    Can't believe I'm allowing this. HTFU.

  • I don't know what Pyramid is. Ive never used a repellent for anything since the stuff I took to Thailand stained everything it touched forever.

    I have a Smidge head net and this new cheapy hooded shirt thing thats on its way.

    I now hope the midges are out in force, I'd love your opinion on em.

  • Smidge is good. We both had cheap head nets from camping shop and worked ok. If you are camping it really helps to find somewhere with a bit of breeze, higher up and not next to water/in a forest. One night we were destroyed (July) just after rain on the edge of a forestry road. Next night we were up higher, near Loch Lyon and it was fine.

    It's worth taking repellent and a net, may be absolutely fine, but you never regret taking a spare inner tube, even if you don't use it.

  • Thanks, I'm pinging her over all these notes/suggestions.
    Tick tweezers and midge nets are pretty small and cheap so can't hurt. I don't like using chemicals if I don't have to stares at untouched DEET bottle so I'm gonna see who gets attacked first and if that stuff is needed.

  • It’s not easy to find anywhere not next to water in Scotland.

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