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  • 100% merino wool buff has a soft hand and it wicks, insulates and resists odors naturally; wool provides excellent insulation even when wet
  • Built-in stretch gives this buff the versatility to be worn 12 different ways, including as a mask, bandana, hairband, balaclava or scarf
  • Specially treated to be machine washable


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Best Use Hiking
Fabric Merino wool
Gender Unisex
Dimensions 25.5 x 9.5 inches
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love it I bought this primarily to wear while hiking to deal with sweat getting into my eyes. I chose the wool since we are starting the fall season. I wore the buff on a 24.5 mile 2 day hike and it worked just as I hoped. I never once had an issue with sweat getting into my eyes. Also the morning of day two was cool and I was able to double over the buff keeping my head warm until the day warmed up. After the temperature got hotter I was able to convert it back to the pirate style to finish out my hike. I plan on buying another in the near future.
Date published: 2013-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from unbeatable Being wool, this is far superior to any synthetic in quality of breathing and insulating without sweat-up and overheating. I have neck pain problems, this neck warmer is top value for that. While some seem to have found it uncomfortable, I forget it's on. Weightless, comforting. Length: the fabric is so fine, it can sit low on your neck not much more than an inch in height... or you can cover whole neck, or disappear your head in it. For more formal occasions, it looks classy, like an old-fashioned cravat. Washable: this is modern wool, mine goes through the washing machine BUT NOT in the dryer. It's almost dry from the washing machine.
Date published: 2012-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Warm, versatile, and compact The versatility of this is wonderful. The overall length is a little over 24 inches. It may seem long, but in reality it's ideal and allows for so many useful options. The fabric is thin, almost sheer. This thin layer allows it to be worn under a hat or helmet. For colder days, the tube can be folder over on itself, doubling the layer, to create a warmer hat or neck scarf. The material is soft and stretches easily. All of this, the warmth of wool, and yet it folds down to something about the size of a handkerchief.
Date published: 2013-11-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Get one with no print... I have two of these, one dark blue, one the Shamir navy... I can testify that I use these daily, but that I am far more enamored with the non printed blue... The paint/whatever that is used to make the print on the shamir buff is less than soft, which, though attractive to look at, significantly reduces the comfort of the buff. I fully endorse this buff, just strongly encourage you to stick to the non printed plain ones.
Date published: 2011-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love My Buff! I received my first Buff as a gift following my diagnosis with cancer. It was the best headwear I had while undergoing chemo (I lost my hair in October and it was gone the entire winter). It was soft, warm, and versatile. I could wear it single or double layered. I could let it fall off my head so that when I spun around, it reminiscent of long hair. I now have 4 (and about to get another) and wear them almost daily in the colder months - we snowmobile, so it's great as a neck gaiter and for covering my nose & mouth with the shield open. My daughter (in grade school) loves them, as well.
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Expensive, but essential Don't remember what prompted me to buy this, but within two uses, it became essential. Sizing. I've got a big head. When I wear it as a wide headband, this things hugs it comfortably. This is perfect for me. But if you've a smaller head you might think it's a bit loose. And then the wool. Extremely comfortable. Helps with the wind and even rain can't spoil the enjoyment. Being wool it's ability to insulate just keeps going. The material is superb. It dries surprisingly well. I was out just yesterday and did 10 miles and 2,500 EG in the snow. 4 miles in I had sweated it completely through so took it off to see if it would dry. An hour later I reached for it and found it significantly dryer than when it was removed. Put it back on like an old friend. And finally, the concept of a buff. You can contort this thing into a number of variations. You can do a full head, face and neck wrap, skull cap, headband, a scarf, and so on. Like you can easily pull a single or double layer of material over your ears. I like the ability to 'fine tune' my head layering like this. Really helps in layering through out the day. It's been on my head for almost 150 miles now, and still looks like new. I expect it will last many years.
Date published: 2012-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from surprised I bought this because I was looking for something to cover my face while running outdoors. I have asthma so I need something but I did not want something over my whole head. A staff member recommended this but they were out of stock in the store so I ordered it online. I ordered it on a whim with some other items. Before the order arrived I decided I would probably not keep it. It seemed a bit expensive and I have something I thought was similar. The day of pickup I tried it on in the car and have not taken it off yet! You know what I mean, I have worn it everyday. It does stay up when I wear it outside but I do cheat and tuck it into my hairband just in case. I have worn it to work and out and about. It is thinner than I imagined, like t shirt material. It isn't itchy or too hot to wear indoors or when running. Truth be told I don't notice that it is even on.
Date published: 2014-01-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not helpful for skiing in Colorado I bought this for face/neck protection from snow/wind during skiing. After two all-day uses, I will be returning this. It did not keep my face warm for long, there was too much fabric for me (5'9 woman), and it was very slow to dry once wet. This could be more beneficial for dry hiking, but I would not recommend this for snow sports to anyone.
Date published: 2017-01-23
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how does one use a bluff?

Asked by: acapella
Go to the Buffwear website, and near the top, click on "How to wear a Buff". The video shows the different ways you can use the Buff.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-05-25

Where is the Wool Buff made?

Asked by: MSgt Mike
Because many items can be sourced from multiple countries, and because the country of origin can change, all we know for sure is that the Buff Wool Buff is imported. We cannot pinpoint which country it comes from.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-19

Does this Buff protect from UV?

Asked by: DSK33
UV protection is achieved by having a very tight weave or knit of the fabric. While this Buff would certainly provide more UV protection than nothing, it has not been tested or rated for UV protection.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-23
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