The Original Buff is a multifunctional tubular accessory ideal for many activities. It keeps you warm in the cold, wicks away moisture and keeps you cool in warmer weather. It’s lightweight and breathable, moisture wicking fabric is wind-resistant and extremely comfortable to wear. The Buff also has the following characteristics:
There are many different types of Buffs. They include: Merio Wool, High UV Protection, Reflective, Polar, Cyclone, Typhoon, Buffs with visors, Headband Buffs, and more. Not to mention a large variety of colors and designs. The Buff can be worn as a neckerchief, headband,wristband, mask, hairband, balaclava, scarf, scrunchie, saharaine, pirate cap, beanie and bandana. ”
Interested and curious, but skeptical was my first impression when I first saw the Buff. That changed quickly when I went to the website and saw the many different ways to use utilize the Buff. The Buff is simply a thin piece of stretchy material sewn in a tube. There are no seems or hems due to Buffs “unique proprietary knitting process”. The material is very soft and comfortable and can be used in a wide variety of ways. After trying it on at home in some of the different ways it can be worn, I left it on and wore it around the whole day. I have long hair and don’t like it getting in my way and after putting the Buff on, it stayed there all day.
Since getting the Buff, I used them during the Patagonia Expedition 2010, walking the streets in Argentina, climbing and hiking in Canada, and around town doing errands. On the cold days, I put it over my ears and made it thicker to cover more of my head. On hotter days I “scrunched” or twisted it up more to make it thinner. Ordinary headbands can be too tight and become annoyingly tight after a short time. Handkerchiefs have to be tied, are difficult to adjust and don’t stretch. Neither of these is designed to be used during heavy activity.
While hiking and working up a sweat the Buff performed wonderfully. It absorbed the sweat, but it never really felt wet. I never felt like I had to turn it around or replace it with a dry one. At the end of the day, I’d hang it up and by morning it was completely dry. On cooler mornings I wore it over my ears for some warmth and as the temperature got warmer throughout the day, I’d make it thinner, by bunching it and uncovering my ears. When you’re really sweating, the Buff absorbs y0ur sweatt and keeps it out of your eyes. It also seems to work very well at not holding odors, as I used both my Buff’s for 9 days straight during the Patagonia Expedition 2010 and they did not smell.
I also like driving with the windows down when warm enough to do so, but find that my hair gets in my eyes unless it’s up in a pony-tail. The Buff solved that problem and works great. The Buffs seem to be very well constructed too. I’ve dragged it all over the place, hung it on trees and it hasn’t ripped or frayed yet. I’ve washed it a number of times, and it looks and feels as soft as new. This has become one of the most useful and versatile pieces of gear that I own. It’s easy to clean, durable, stylish, and addictive! There are so many different colors and designs; you’ll want more than one. I’ll update this review as I continue to use my Buff and get more.