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Buff UV Half Buff


    Buff UV Half Buff

    The Buff UV Half buff is shorter than the Original buff, but offers the same great style and sun protection while you're on the trail or at the yoga studio. See details

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    Item # 849398

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    The Buff UV Half buff is shorter than the Original buff, but offers the same great style and sun protection while you're on the trail or at the yoga studio.

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    The Buff UV Half buff is shorter than the Original buff, but offers the same great style and sun protection while you're on the trail or at the yoga studio.

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    The Buff UV Half buff is shorter than the Original buff, but offers the same great style and sun protection while you're on the trail or at the yoga studio.

    • Wear the versatile buff as an ear warmer, hat liner, helmet liner, mask, wristband, hair band, hair tie or headband
    • Printed in fun designs and made of 100% polyester microfiber, it's durable, soft, wind resistant, breathable and wicks away perspiration
    • Coolmax® Extreme polyester fabric on the inside pulls moisture off your skin and transports it to the outer layer of fabric where it quickly evaporates
    • Antimicrobial finish helps keep odors at bay and lasts the lifetime of the buff
    • With a UPF 20 rating, fabric provides good protection against harmful ultraviolet rays
    • The Buff UV Half buff sits comfortably under a bicycle helmet without bunching


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    Buff UV Half Buffis rated4.0out of5by7.
    Rated5out of5byfromWear almost every dayWhen I first saw these I totally skeptical because they appear cheap and I thought they were a total scam. However a good friend convinced me I had to try them. I now have four and can't get enough - I wear almost every day year round when biking, running, hiking, skiing, and even just around the house. I have a small head and it's the first headband/hat that fits. Provides just the right warmth year round in the PNW, great at wicking, and perfect for protecting from sunburns. I wore one for 2 weeks in Alaska and the smell doesn't come out anymore, which is the only downside. Can also wear as a neck gaiter.
    Date published: 2014-04-13
    Rated5out of5byfromgreat Buff qualityI have owned a regular sized buff for several years, and it still works great. I wear it running, hiking, and (the best use I think) for keeping my ears warm when I'm biking. It fits snugly under a helmet (unlike a winter hat) and doesn't move around. Since I only had one, I wanted another to switch out with so I don't have to wash/dry my only one every day. The half buff is just as great. Keeps your hair back, keeps your ears warm while running or biking, and also can be worn just as a headband, without looking too sporty. Buffs are expensive but worth it since they're high quality and great for any weather -wick away sweat in the summer and keep ears warm in the winter.
    Date published: 2014-02-19
    Rated1out of5byfromHuge DisappointmentI can't believe that anyone would pay money for this product. The Buff is possibly the most cheaply made product that I have ever purchased. It is nothing more than a cheap piece of fabric. That's it! There is no finished hem. The fabric smells of chemicals… as it is a cheap, toxic fabric. I purchased 3 buffs as I like the fabric designs however I can't tell you how disappointed I was when they arrived. Could be a decent product as the concept seems good, but the finished product is not finished at all. Someone is laughing all the way to bank.
    Date published: 2014-02-05
    Rated5out of5byfromVersatile buffThis is the second of this half buffs I've purchased. Bought the first one 8 months ago for the purpose of keeping my balding from getting streaks of sunburn thru the slots in my cycle helmet. Found it was just the right size to slide on and brush back on top to cover the top of my head. No apparent seams adding pressure points while being worn. Several months later I purchased a second so I could always find one of them. I've also discovered this is just right for pulling over my ears to keep the wind chill down ( and avoid earaches) now that the weather has cooled some. I've been out a couple hours at a time with temps in the upper thirties, and up, and been quite comfortable while running errands. Temps above forty and two hour rides are also fine. For colder climates than Seattle this probably is too light weight. I've tried a couple of the "skull cap" type liners and didn't like the pressure points created by their seams. ps: use cold water cleaner ( like woolite) and hand wash.
    Date published: 2014-01-23
    Rated5out of5byfromLove It!Have several. Great way to keep hair back without having to constantly retie. Can't ever get a bandana to stay on head all day unless I tie too tight to begin with - 1/2 buff solves the problem. Bought matching one for my niece when we ran 5K together - she now wants another to match her soccer uniform.
    Date published: 2013-12-11
    Rated5out of5byfromExcellent productI have several of these - they're among my favorite gear. They are perfect for keeping my hair out of my face during workouts of all kinds, and are the best bike helmet liner I've found. They block sun and I never get sunburns on my ears or the part in my hair when I wear them. The unfinished edges are deliberate on the part of the manufacturer - they keep the Buff from having lumps and bumps that rub and hurt. I have used full sized Buffs for years, but as a helmet liner or headband for working out, these half sized ones are much, much better. Sometimes you need the extra fabric, but the full sized ones are too bulky as a helmet liner, and too warm in summer for a headband since you have to either fold them up or scrunch them. I've never had a problem with them stretching out, fraying or falling off. If they move you just put them back - no headband will always stay put. Washing is a breeze. They seem to shed dirt. I just rinse them out in the sink and they dry super fast. They never retain stains or odor.
    Date published: 2013-05-31
    Rated2out of5byfrommiddling to sloppyWore this as a headband during a couple of training runs and while doing regular training at the gym. The material, while breathable, had some serious styling and construction issues. The fact that it had unfinished edges made the buff look cheap, as if someone just grabbed a pair of scissors and cut off every 5 inches of fabric bolt. This somewhat lame construction - and perhaps the content of the fabric and lack of any spandex or similar stretchy material - contributed to the buff slipping off my head every once in a while or developing a weird "triangle" shape that was not attractive.
    Date published: 2013-04-14

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