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  • EPA-registered Insect Shield® Repellent Apparel fends off mosquitoes, ticks, ants, flies, chiggers and no-see-ums
  • Insect Shield® is effective through 70 washes
  • Highly breathable CoolMax® polyester draws sweat off the skin and dries quickly so you stay dry and comfortable
  • Built-in sun protection blocks 95% of UV radiation
  • Polygiene odor control treatment inhibits the growth of odor-causing bacteria to keep the Buff smelling fresh

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Specs

Best Use Multisport
Fabric Polyester
Sun-Protective Fabric Yes
Insect Repellent Yes
Gender Unisex
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for cancer patients! This was the second Buff I purchased to wear since losing my hair to chemotherapy. I absolutely love them! I wanted something comfortable, practical, fun, and with lots of personality. The Buff delivers and then some! I have been wearing them daily for several months, and they are so comfortable that sometimes I forget that I am wearing it. I've received so many compliments on the fun colors and personality -- I have three of them. I highly recommend these to other cancer patients -- they're great!
Date published: 2014-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply effective simply a tube of cloth with unfinished edges, but it is remarkably effective with a number of uses. It cuts the wind and is warm. You can use it to cover your ears, nose, mouth, neck and/or head. I have several. Thank you.
Date published: 2014-04-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 85% Functional Originally, I bought this because it was recommended to be used to keep your hair out of your face, especially if you have long hair, and want to minimize the use of elastics while still feeling secure. Moreover, I was excited to find that there was one marketed for insect control! Ultimately, it is incredibly functional for that initial purpose (hair control), and definitely was very light and comfortable. It kept my eyebrow length bangs out of my face, and kept my hair from sticking. However, the Insect Shield or repellent element was lacking, as it repelled insects after contact, without any shield effect or increased bug-free perimeter. I purchased the Insect Shield BUFF over the cheaper general one, because I hate hearing the sounds of mosquitoes or flies buzzing around my ears when I hike and don't want to wear DEET on my face. This did keep the buzzing sounds down, but instead of my auditory irritation, it instead had a way of redirecting the insects directly in front of my face to the areas that were exposed, mainly my eyes, nose and mouth, with is just as irritating if not more so. Don't waste the extra $9 dollars on any of the gimmicks. But I would recommend buying a sale version ASAP, and I will look forward to getting a wool one for winter.
Date published: 2016-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It works! Mosquitoes won't bite through it. I've gotten to use this a few times and never been bitten where it covered, even on the mosquito infested Assateague Island. If the mosquitoes are bad they may try to bite near it, but you can cover most of your head with it. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2016-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fresh and Cozy This is a multi-purpose headband majiggy! :D I was able to wear this in multiple ways, which was awesome! It not only kept me cool and free from the sun, but it kept me warm as well. In early hikes, I'd cover my mouth/nose area, and it felt warm and cozy. In the afternoon/evening hikes, I'd use it has a headband, neckband, covered my head with my cap on, etc. Very useful and better than a regular bandana! GET ONE! :) -- and at first, I was like WHOA, THIS IS TIGHT!! haha but it's for a reason!! :)
Date published: 2016-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yes, a Buff with UV Insect Shield I really like this thing. It's going to Spain with me to walk the Camino de Santiago. I think it will be used for many things.
Date published: 2016-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Keeps sun and bugs away Bought this primarily to keep the sun off my neck, and secondly to keep the bugs from getting my neck and ears. I found that hiking and exploring in the South East US you need a good defense against mosquitoes and gnats. I have 3 of these and use them on most hikes I've 3-4 miles. In windy conditions where I am in a dusty climate (west Texas and desert southwest) I also use it to cover my airways. Very versatile product, breaths well and protects from sun and insects. I never go into the field without one.
Date published: 2017-03-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Only good for a headband apparently I bought this to keep the swarming bugs off me on my evening walks around the lake. I wore it around my neck and face. It was incredibly hot ( the package says it is for hot weather - it was low 70s and I was sweating because of it) and was not big enough to stick under the top of my tshirt. Additionally, I was bit right thru it on the face.
Date published: 2017-04-02
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Are these safe for my dog to wear when hiking?

Asked by: joaniec
Yes, the UV Insect Shield Buff will be perfectly safe for dogs to wear (even when wet). Permethrin (Insect Shield) is safe for dogs it just cannot be ingested in anyway.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-11

Is it safe to wear this over mouth/nose due to the permethrin?

Asked by: ab1219
​This is safe to wear over your nose and mouth.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-11
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for cancer patients! This was the second Buff I purchased to wear since losing my hair to chemotherapy. I absolutely love them! I wanted something comfortable, practical, fun, and with lots of personality. The Buff delivers and then some! I have been wearing them daily for several months, and they are so comfortable that sometimes I forget that I am wearing it. I've received so many compliments on the fun colors and personality -- I have three of them. I highly recommend these to other cancer patients -- they're great!
Date published: 2014-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply effective simply a tube of cloth with unfinished edges, but it is remarkably effective with a number of uses. It cuts the wind and is warm. You can use it to cover your ears, nose, mouth, neck and/or head. I have several. Thank you.
Date published: 2014-04-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 85% Functional Originally, I bought this because it was recommended to be used to keep your hair out of your face, especially if you have long hair, and want to minimize the use of elastics while still feeling secure. Moreover, I was excited to find that there was one marketed for insect control! Ultimately, it is incredibly functional for that initial purpose (hair control), and definitely was very light and comfortable. It kept my eyebrow length bangs out of my face, and kept my hair from sticking. However, the Insect Shield or repellent element was lacking, as it repelled insects after contact, without any shield effect or increased bug-free perimeter. I purchased the Insect Shield BUFF over the cheaper general one, because I hate hearing the sounds of mosquitoes or flies buzzing around my ears when I hike and don't want to wear DEET on my face. This did keep the buzzing sounds down, but instead of my auditory irritation, it instead had a way of redirecting the insects directly in front of my face to the areas that were exposed, mainly my eyes, nose and mouth, with is just as irritating if not more so. Don't waste the extra $9 dollars on any of the gimmicks. But I would recommend buying a sale version ASAP, and I will look forward to getting a wool one for winter.
Date published: 2016-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It works! Mosquitoes won't bite through it. I've gotten to use this a few times and never been bitten where it covered, even on the mosquito infested Assateague Island. If the mosquitoes are bad they may try to bite near it, but you can cover most of your head with it. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2016-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fresh and Cozy This is a multi-purpose headband majiggy! :D I was able to wear this in multiple ways, which was awesome! It not only kept me cool and free from the sun, but it kept me warm as well. In early hikes, I'd cover my mouth/nose area, and it felt warm and cozy. In the afternoon/evening hikes, I'd use it has a headband, neckband, covered my head with my cap on, etc. Very useful and better than a regular bandana! GET ONE! :) -- and at first, I was like WHOA, THIS IS TIGHT!! haha but it's for a reason!! :)
Date published: 2016-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yes, a Buff with UV Insect Shield I really like this thing. It's going to Spain with me to walk the Camino de Santiago. I think it will be used for many things.
Date published: 2016-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Keeps sun and bugs away Bought this primarily to keep the sun off my neck, and secondly to keep the bugs from getting my neck and ears. I found that hiking and exploring in the South East US you need a good defense against mosquitoes and gnats. I have 3 of these and use them on most hikes I've 3-4 miles. In windy conditions where I am in a dusty climate (west Texas and desert southwest) I also use it to cover my airways. Very versatile product, breaths well and protects from sun and insects. I never go into the field without one.
Date published: 2017-03-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Only good for a headband apparently I bought this to keep the swarming bugs off me on my evening walks around the lake. I wore it around my neck and face. It was incredibly hot ( the package says it is for hot weather - it was low 70s and I was sweating because of it) and was not big enough to stick under the top of my tshirt. Additionally, I was bit right thru it on the face.
Date published: 2017-04-02
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Questions & Answers

Are these safe for my dog to wear when hiking?

Asked by: joaniec
Yes, the UV Insect Shield Buff will be perfectly safe for dogs to wear (even when wet). Permethrin (Insect Shield) is safe for dogs it just cannot be ingested in anyway.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-11

Is it safe to wear this over mouth/nose due to the permethrin?

Asked by: ab1219
​This is safe to wear over your nose and mouth.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-11
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