Thanks for the edits. I believe I have addressed them all. Below is
the new text version of the review. I have also placed an HTML version
on the owner5 review test section.
We probably cover some of the same hiking areas. I don't get to the
Monongahela as much as I would like but it is a great area. The GW
forest is closer and lots of great opportunities for me.
Owner Review Cutter Outdoorsman Stick Repellent
Review Date: July 11, 2006
Name: Pat McNeilly
Height: 5' 8" (1.7 m)
Weight: 165 lb (75 kg)
Email address: pmcneilly@...
City, State, Country: Gaithersburg, MD, USA
I have been hiking for at least 20 years but backpacking for only the
last three years. Most of my backpacking is done as overnight trips and
occasional weekend and weeklong trips. My typical packweight is
approximately 18 to 20 lb (8 to 9 kg) before food or water. Most of my
backpacking is the three season variety in the mountains of Maryland,
Virginia, and West Virginia. In addition to backpacking, I also fish,
hunt, and have been involved in disaster relief. As a result, some of
my backpacking equipment gets use in a number of different venues.
Product: Cutter Outdoorsman Stick Insect Repellent
Manufacturer: Spectrum Brands, Inc.
Year of Manufacture: 2006
MSRP: $ 5.99 US
Listed Weight: 1 oz (28 g); Measured Weight 1.6 oz (45 g)
Measured Product Dimensions: 3 in (7.6 cm) x 1.25 in (3.2 cm)
The Cutter Outdoorsman Stick Insect Repellent is a DEET containing
product designed to protect the user from mosquitoes, biting flies,
tick, chiggers, fleas and no-see-ums. The product is a pale yellow
transparent gel that comes packaged in a white and green 3 in (7.6 cm) x
1.25 in (3.2 cm) cylinder with an orange 1 in (2.5 cm) screw on cap.
The product label indicates that it contains 30% DEET as its active
ingredient. The packaging claims that this product will repel insects
for up to 8 hours. The gel is pushed up from the bottom of the
container and then rubbed on the surface of the skin.
There are a number of precautions when using this product. The labeling
indicates that it should be spread evenly over the skin and to use just
enough to cover the skin. The Cutter Stick should not be used over
broken or sunburned skin and should not be used under clothing. The
product should also be used sparingly around the eyes and ears. The
label cautions about applying the product on children and recommends
that when applying it on children it should be applied to an adult's
hands and then rubbed on the child. The label also cautions about
application of the product to children's hands. Lastly, the package
indicates that it is possible to develop skin reactions to the repellent
and that the product should be discontinued and the skin washed if a
The packaging indicates that this repellent will not damage nylon,
cotton, or wool. However, the packaging goes on to say that the product
may damage some synthetic fabrics, plastics, watch crystals, leather,
and painted or varnished surfaces.
I have used this product for the past three months on a wide range of
trips including a weekend trip to the Michaux State Forest of
Pennsylvania and dayhikes in the Shenandoah National Park and the Norvin
Green State Forest of northern New Jersey. I also took this as my bug
repellant on a week long trip in the George Washington National Forest
in central Virginia where I encountered large amounts of heavy rain
along with a fairly heavy concentration of mosquitoes. The elevation on
these trips varied from 1000 ft to 3200 ft (300 m to 900 m). The
temperatures I encountered on these trips ranged anywhere from 52 F to
87 F (11 C to 30 C).
I purchased the Cutter Outdoorsman Stick Repellent because I hate having
to deal with sprays and lotions when I am on the trail. I have found
that many liquid DEET containing products I have used seem to leak and
there are few things nastier than having DEET all over my gear. My
thinking was that I could simply rub on the product when needed, as I am
not one who likes to use DEET more than necessary. Another reason I
thought this might be useful is the small size of the container. It
easily fits into a small pocket, ready for use when I need it. The
stick also has a screw-on cap which ensures that the lid stays on. I
liked this rather insignificant feature because it helped ensure that I
would not be getting the repellent all over other things in my pack.
I have been using this particular product for the past three months and
have found that it seems to repel insects well. I can easily apply the
product to only the areas I feel need coverage. For instance, I can
focus on the back of my hands or the back of my neck. The stick glides
on smoothly and is clear and colorless. Since the product is
colorless, some care needs to be taken when covering larger areas. The
backs of the arms and legs are harder to see, making application
somewhat difficult. I also noted that bugs always seem to find an area
that I did not cover. I found that I could use my hands to spread the
gel around on larger areas but I felt that this was defeating my purpose
of using the stick product. The Cutter Outdoorsman Stick does have the
smell of DEET which I find somewhat objectionable but it is not too
During my weeklong trip, I found that the product worked fairly well. I
did have a number of insect bites primarily around my legs. I believe
that this was due to incomplete coverage of the repellent. I did not
feel that I needed to reapply the repellent more that the recommended
eight hours unless I was sweating very heavily. At those times, I was
more likely to reapply the repellent to my ears, neck and face, which
might also explain a greater number of bites on my legs. Over a
week's time I encountered only two ticks, whereas my companions
reported finding many more than I was experiencing.
I find that the Cutter Outdoorsman Stick Repellent is small enough to
easily carry on any hike and convenient to use. I was concerned that
the 1 oz (28 g) size would not last for multiple outings but there
appeared to be plenty of product for a number of trips with some to
The Cutter Outdoorsman Stick Repellent is a convenient product that can
be easily applied to exposed skin to keep insects at bay. The product
appears to be best for applying to smaller areas of exposed skin but can
be used over larger areas if care is taken to get complete coverage.
The product appears to repel insects for eight hours before
reapplication is necessary.
Things I like:
1. Convenient size
2. Good repellent qualities
3. Keeps DEET off hands
4. Screw on cap
Things I don't like:
1. Hard to cover large areas
2. DEET smell
--- In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com
, "pamwyant" <pamwyant@...>
> EDIT: Owner Review Cutter Outdoorsman Stick Repellent Pat
> Hi Pat, good review. It looks like we might hike some of the same
> areas if you hike in West Virginia. The Monongahela National Forest
> is one of my favorite backpacking areas, and I've done a little bit
> of the Shenandoah National Park and George Washington National
> Just a few edits, suggestions, and a request for a bit more
> information. When you've made the changes, please REPOST to this
> Pam Wyant
> URL: http://www.cutterinsectrepellent.com/
> MSRP: $ 5.99 US
> Weight: 1 oz (28 g)
> ### EDIT: You aren't clear whether this is the manufacturer's net
> weight, or your measured gross weight. Please clarify. It would be
> best to have both. A measured weight is required.
> Product Dimensions: 3 in (7.6 cm) x 1.25 in (3.2 cm)
> ### EDIT: I assume these are your measured dimensions, since I
> doubt the manufacturer specifies dimensions, so please
> add "Measured" to "Product Dimensions".
> There are a number of precautions when using this product. The
> indicates that it should be spread evenly over the skin and to use
> enough to cover the skin. The Cutter Stick should not be used over
> broken or sunburned skin and should not be used under clothing. The
> products should also be used sparingly around the eyes and ears.
> ### EDIT: "The *product* should also be used
(no "s" on product)
> label cautions about applying the product on children and recommends
> that when applying it on children it should be applied to your hands
> then rubbed on the child.
> ### EDIT: Avoid using the word "your". Perhaps, "applied to the
> hands of an adult and then rubbed on the child" would work.
> ### SUGGESTION: You might also describe how the packaging works.
> Is it a roll-up product or a push-up product? What do you do to put
> it on?
> Field Conditions:
> I have used this product for the past three months on a wide range of
> trips including a weekend trip to the Michaux State Forest of
> Pennsylvania and dayhikes in the Shenandoah National Park and the
> Green State Forest of northern New Jersey. I also took this as my bug
> repellant on a week long trip in the George Washington National
> in central Virginia where I encountered large amounts of heavy rain
> along with a fairly heavy concentration of mosquitoes. The elevation
> these trips varied from 1000 ft to 3200 ft (305 m to 914 m).
> ### EDIT: Since the feet are rounded to the nearest 100, the meters
> should be also, i.e. 300 m to 900 m.
> Product Review:
> I purchased the Cutter Outdoorsman Stick Repellent because I hate
> to deal with sprays and lotions when I am on the trail. I have found
> that many other liquid DEET containing products I have used seem to
> and there are few things nastier than having DEET all over your gear.
> ### EDIT: I have found that many liquid DEET containing products
> (leave out the "other", since the product you are reviewing isn't
> liquid). OR leave out "liquid" instead.
> ### EDIT: eliminate "your". I.E.
having DEET all over my gear.
> It easily fits into a small pocket, ready for use when you need it.
> ### EDIT: eliminate "you". I.E.
ready for use when *I* need it.
> At those times, I was more likely to reapply the repellent to my
> ears, neck and face which
> might also explain a greater number of bites on my legs.
> ### EDIT: insert a comma after "face"/before "which"
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