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Friday Review: Buff Headwear

December 30, 2011

Trying to describe why the Buff is one of the most versatile and useful items for my commute to friends is difficult. It’s a challenge because the Buff is so simple in its design. It’s basically a two-foot tube of wool with a diameter just smaller than your head. Besides coming in a variety of colors, that’s pretty much all there is to characterize it. So why do I rank this product on the same level as sliced bread? Here’s why:

Depending on the conditions of you ride or hike, the Buff comes in an assortment of material. The original Buff is made of polyester. They also have fleece for extreme cold, UV-protection for the sun, and others are even imbedded with insect repellant. My riding conditions can be pretty cold (but not extreme), so my Buff is 100% merino wool.

So simple, yet so awesome

Merino wool is remarkable and can go head-to-head with any synthetic fabric out there. It’s soft (the softest type of wool available), wicks away sweat while still retaining heat, and has an excellent warmth-to-weight ratio. Additionally, it even has antibacterial and anti-odor properties. It’s obvious why my ambition is to replace all my clothes with merino wool.

So now onto what the Buff actually does. Unlike a cycling cap (whose purpose I have yet to find), the Buff is remarkably multifunctional. Here are some possibilities their website offers: neckerchief, headband, wristband, mask, hair-band, balaclava, scarf, scrunchie, saharaine, pirate cap, beanie and bandana. That’s right, folks! Ever wanted to be a pirate but never had the proper headgear? Well the Buff is your solution. I appreciate that I can look like Snake Eyes from G.I. Joe with my Buff (no one ever messes with Snake-eyes).

Multiple uses for the buff (pirate cap not pictured because it's too cool)

The Buff’s simplicity, small size, and versatility make it essential gear for any touring cyclist, commuter, or hiker.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Nancy L. Seibel permalink
    January 2, 2012 12:38 pm

    Totally agree! My Buff is one of my most used accessories, year round.


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