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  • Built-in stretch gives this gear versatility; wear it climber style or as a bandana, hairband, helmet liner, headband or scarf
  • Special knitting process yields improved UV protection, with a UPF 20+ rating
  • Highly breathable CoolMax polyester draws sweat off the skin and dries quickly; in turn, you stay dry and comfortable
  • Seam-Free™ construction means there are no irritating seams or hems, making it ideal to wear under a helmet or other headwear
  • Washable, colorfast and it dries in minutes!


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Best Use Hiking
Fabric CoolMax polyester
Sun-Protective Fabric Yes
UPF Rating 20
Gender Unisex
Dimensions 20 x 9 inches
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Indispensable Travel Wear I had two of these on my multi-month trip to Asia. They were among my best travel gears. In hot weather, it kept me cooler by keeping my hair out of my face and neck. It also helped to prevent sweat from dripping down my face. In cold weather, it acted as emergency hat/earmuff (You'd be amazed what a thin layer of fabric can do to keep you warmer!) Occasionally, I also bundled the fabric under my nose to act as a mask when the exhaust from buses and jeeps became overbearing. Lastly, I sometimes use it to wrap my hair when I am on dirt roads of Asia or dusty backpacking trips to keep my hair cleaner which helps when I don't have the facilities to wash my hair every day.
Date published: 2008-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for cancer patients! I lost my hair from chemotherapy and wanted headwear that was practical, comfortable, fun, and had some personality. The UV Buff is great! I've been wearing it daily for several months, and I love it. It breathes, is extremely comfortable to wear (I wear it as a do-rag), and it serves all my practical purposes too. Often times I forget that I am wearing it, it is so comfortable. I loved this one so much that I bought two more, one was the insect-repellent buff, and I choose which to wear each day according to which matches my clothing. I love them, highly recommend them to other cancer patients, and I've received so many compliments on them because of their fun colors and personality. They're great!
Date published: 2014-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for the temporarily hairless! Having chemotherapy for breast cancer and needing something that was comfortable but not too boring - like a scarf - the Buff proved to be totally cool. It keeps my head warm - it stays on and with a pony tail hair tie, I could dress it up. Really made me feel totally OK about going out with my bald head. Thanks.
Date published: 2012-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Provides UV protection to neck and face I bought this last month and used it last weekend during a trip to Monument Valley, Arizona. I wanted something that would cover my neck and lower face to protect from sunburn and avoid using lots of sun spray when hiking or mountain biking. It worked good, especially since the weekend was sunny and windy with sand blowing. My brimmed hat, glasses and Buff kept my eyes clear and neck protected. The temperature was 81 degrees so the Buff wasn't too hot or uncomfortable on a windy (20 mph) day. I can see using the Buff again so it will be something I pack for use as needed on future trips. Not sure how it will do on a very hot or humid day.
Date published: 2017-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very versatile I just recently graduated high school, and I'm headed to Maine in the fall for college, so I have been stocking up on gear. I bought this version and the original Buff. This version offers great protection against the sun, and it breathes really well. I've worn it while kayaking and playing beach volleyball, and it has stopped me from getting burned. I have also worn it at night around my neck, and it has kept me plenty warm. This thing is very versatile, and stylish.
Date published: 2013-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Perfect Headwear During Chemo I was elated to find this headwear while I was undergoing chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer. It is a million times better than wigs, scarves, or hats. It stays on even in a ferocious wind, it's comfortable, it's beautiful, and the UV protection is very important to those of us who have lost our hair. I highly recommend this item!
Date published: 2009-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works great in the desert! I have wanted a Buff for a long time, but hadn't found the CoolMax version in a color combo I liked, until this one. I am SO happy with it. It is just as versatile as advertised and EASY to use. I hike in Nevada and my head/hair/neck stays cool and protected from the harsh sun. I am very happy with this purchase.
Date published: 2013-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wear it all the time I like mine a whole lot. I bought one of the original Buff's and i misplaced it. I went back to REI and got the coolmax (the lotus bronze color) buff. I wear a lot of orange and red, so it goes well with a lot of what I am wearing. I always wear it as a headband. I work at a daycare, and I wear it outside when I am playing with the kids because it keeps the sweat out of my eyes. I definitely plan on wearing this at school and when I am able to go hiking and walking trails.
Date published: 2013-07-16
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Seriously, can you really breathe through this thing when you're exercising or hot? Does it feel like you're suffocating wearing this over mouth and nose? any recommendations for loose face & neck upf cover? 

Asked by: Outdoor artist
This Buff is a very lightweight material and you can breathe through it but you may find it uncomfortable when breathing heavy. If you're challenged to breathe with the Buff over your mouth and nose, we suggest removing the material from your face.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-07-31

Do you wear this on your neck or head? Thanks

Asked by: Daniel
Answered by: jenlouie
Date published: 2016-06-13

Is this made with chemicals that make the fabric UV protective?

Asked by: vynes
​We do not have specific chemical information available. We encourage you to contact Buff directly.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-11

How much does this buff weigh? 

Asked by: Trail Master Nessmuk
Buff High UV Protection Buff weighs 1.3 ounces.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-02

What exactly is a Buff? Is it a tube of fabric? I see it has multiple ways to wear it or use it. Does it come with visual instructions to show these uses?

Asked by: Atheous
Yes, it is a tube of fabric. Go to the Buff Wear web site. At the bottom of any page see their "Ways to Wear" link.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-08-02
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