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Buff?

Postby markskor » Sun Mar 20, 2016 2:51 pm

Talking with a local gear store guy - He swears that those buff things are useful... good against mosquitoes, sunburn, wind, etc.
Worthwhile piece of gear or just a fashion statement?
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Re: Buff?

Postby Teresa Gergen » Sun Mar 20, 2016 3:49 pm

They keep long hair contained nicely. They're sometimes just perfect to keep your ears or face warm when a hat or face mask is too warm. You can breathe through them when you need to cover your nose and mouth while hiking in forest fire smoke. I love them. But you can get the Wal-Mart version of the Original Buff for $2.88.

I do frequently see both men and women hiking with them.
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Re: Buff?

Postby sheperd80 » Sun Mar 20, 2016 5:41 pm

Ive been wondering the same thing. It seems fairly useful. But i tried on my girlfriends and it felt too warm around my neck for sun, too tight to wear as a balaclava, too thin as a beanie.

Maybe its just the version she had, maybe i would need a larger mens buff if they come in different sizes. But for now im content with a bandana and beanie. Both are multi functional. Beanie = head warmer and freezer bag cooking cozie, Bandana = a million uses (im sure a buff is as well).

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Re: Buff?

Postby AlmostThere » Sun Mar 20, 2016 6:11 pm

I have a wool buff and a coolmax buff. I use them as beanie hats, neck gaiters or just as a bandanna. When using it as a beanie I give it a twist and double it up over itself. As a head band, too. Great multi-use item. I wore one on my head for a weekend once after losing my hat.
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Re: Buff?

Postby gary c. » Sun Mar 20, 2016 10:43 pm

I've never wore one and don't think I could get used to it. I can't stand stuff covering up my face and ears. I'm normally more concerned with removing as much as possible trying to stay cool. Having said that I must admit that even I have started wearing long sleeve sun shirts most of the time to protect my arms from all the UV. Several of my friends have started wearing them when fly fishing. I just don't think I will ever be that guy standing out in the river on a beautiful fall afternoon wearing a long sleeve shirt, fingerless gloves, and a buff that covers everything but my eyes.
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Re: Buff?

Postby Fly Guy Dave » Mon Mar 21, 2016 6:16 am

I wear them all the time when I'm out in the wilds. Too thin to do much about mosquitoes, but they are great for keeping your neck and face protected from the sun. I've never been very good about using sunscreen, so a buff is a solid compromise. They also do keep the covered parts warmer in windy conditions. If I encounter someone on the trail, I do drag it down off my face so I don't look like some creepy bandit.
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Re: Buff?

Postby AlmostThere » Mon Mar 21, 2016 7:43 am

gary c. wrote:I've never wore one and don't think I could get used to it. I can't stand stuff covering up my face and ears. I'm normally more concerned with removing as much as possible trying to stay cool. Having said that I must admit that even I have started wearing long sleeve sun shirts most of the time to protect my arms from all the UV. Several of my friends have started wearing them when fly fishing. I just don't think I will ever be that guy standing out in the river on a beautiful fall afternoon wearing a long sleeve shirt, fingerless gloves, and a buff that covers everything but my eyes.


Then don't wear it like that. I don't. There are plenty of ways to wear it - that's kind of the point.

I like to tie a knot in it and wear it like a pirate hat, on Talk Like A Pirate Day.
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Re: Buff?

Postby Jimr » Mon Mar 21, 2016 9:01 am

I wear one in place of a hat, like a skull cap. Around my neck when it gets cold and when it gets really cold, it covers everything except the eyes for sleeping of putting a bit of wind protection on the ears and cheeks. And yes, you can breathe through them without feeling like your breathing in your last exhaled breath.

I originally got it for fly fishing in the Everglades to keep the no-see-ums at bay. When I tried it out for hiking, I immediately liked it.

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Keeping ears warmer when the wind kicks up.
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Re: Buff?

Postby markskor » Mon Mar 21, 2016 9:39 am

Thanks for all replies...may just have to grab me one.
So far, responses indicate 5 out of 6 backpackers like/use the Buff...(never been sure about that Gary...).

Anyway, buff ads (eBay) say that some use/come with something called "CoolMax"...(whatever the hell that is?)...Does it do anything special/ make a difference?
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Re: Buff?

Postby Rockyroad » Mon Mar 21, 2016 10:31 am

In addition to the uses people have mentioned, I also use it as a pillowcase for my exped pillow. It fits perfectly and doesn't slip off.
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Re: Buff?

Postby sheperd80 » Mon Mar 21, 2016 11:42 am

I guess sleeping with it over your mouth could help reduce tent condensation too.

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Re: Buff?

Postby gabe&mel » Mon Mar 21, 2016 5:06 pm

I have a buff, its coolmax with insect shield. [ https://www.rei.com/product/866014/buff ... hield-buff]

Mel loves her buff, keeps hair out of her face and also functions as an eye mask at night. I tried a smart wool balaclava for a long time but have determined that for me its not too useful: too hot to hike in (save the coldest mornings), made my head really itch, was a piss poor beanie.

Really glad I made with the switch to buff, breathes really well, can function as an actual beanie, the coolmax doesn't make my head itch, blocks sun on hot days when fishing, and keeps my head warm enough at ~ 35 degrees when sleeping [ I use a hoodless quilt and find it adequate to around 35 degrees at which point I add my hooded down jacket at night].

We treat all of our backpacking clothes with insect shield and feel there is a benefit, even if its only psychological. As poster above alluded its too thin to prevent bites, but when worn loosely around my neck it keeps them away and me warm.


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