I was a little skeptical when receiving my Buff - it seemed awfully lightweight to use while skiing. However, I was really impressed with its ability to block wind and cold while being INCREDIBLY light and easy to store.
To provide context - I generally don't like having things covering my face, and only do so when skiing to protect from wind/snow. I haven't used a fleece turtle fur or something similar in years. So, I probably have a higher tolerance than most. However, I used my Buff in heavy snow conditions at 8-15 degrees F and it was all I needed. I could pull it down while I was getting a heavier workout without wind in the trees, and pull it back over my face when I emerged onto a more open trail. Great thing, too, is that I could keep it in my coat to pull on if a nice day turned windy without adding much bulk.
It's microfiber so that helps with the smell, but after 4 days of skiing without a bath, it definitely needed it...just from the sweat, built up moisture from my breathing directly onto it for a couple days, and being taken off wet and not always fully drying.
Imagine you're sitting on the lift, it's cold and windy and all you want is some protection for your face. So you pull out your inferior neck gaiter and put it on. It works for a minute or two until you start breathing... Then your goggles fog, the thing freezes over and becomes a useless piece of cloth on your face. Making you even colder then before. Yeah, that's not the case with this thing. It's made of super thin microfiber which allows your breath to travel through the material, so you don't have to worry about your goggles fogging or it freezing. Although it is thin, it manages to keep your face warm, which is a nice. Long gone are the miserable days of continuously having to adjust to your neck gaiter.
Buffs are great for backcountry pursuits and any other outdoor activity where minimizing weight is important. I keep one stashed in my backpacking bag and another in my ski bag for when the wind picks up or when the sun gets too intense for sunscreen alone. For super cold climates, go with the fleece or merino wool version, but for temps 30F and above the thin microfiber material is plenty warm. In a pinch Buffs can be used as an emergency beanie, sweatband or mosquito barrier. All in all, I've found Buffs to be a handy, versatile backcountry essential.
the buff is the duct tape of headwear. Actually better because not only is it extremely versatile (there are a gazillion ways to wear a buff) it's stylish as well. I have numerous buffs and wear them year round. Barely takes up any space in a pack. Great for bad hair days (so everyday for me) & keeping the ears toasty in cold conditions. They make great gifts too. The pic shows a polka dot buff, wore it for a100km run in rain, snow, wind etc. It kept my head warm.
I do not leave home without my Buff and quite frankly, I can't believe it's taken Backcountry.com this long to stock them.
They work in all seasons and for all activities. If I'm not wearing my Buff then I have it in my pack, without exception. The product really is outstanding. Search YouTube for a couple of videos showing you how it works, brilliant!
The Buff is so versatile I use it to clean my sunglasses and coarse filter drinking water. Beat that!!
At this price, everyone needs a Buff in their kit.
I've got the white and primarily use it for fly fishing in Utah. Keeps the sun off my neck and face/ears on sunny days. Also serves as a great hat when the sun drops in the early spring or late fall. Soft, comfy and stays in my fly fishing pack so I don't leave home without it. Washes up well.
Used this for the first time on the mountain this weekend. First day wasn't so cold, it was great. covered the bottom half of my face and it worked perfect. The next day was much colder, and it wasn't enough. I'll definitely use it inside another neck warmer though, because its very breathable and dries quickly.
I bought both this one and the goat neck sleeve. I think I like the back country one better but this one is still great. Nice and long and thin and stretchy. No reason to use another type of neck gaiter.
I love this! I just ordered the simple black color. It is great for skiing in the winter and wearing as a headband in the summer. Really thin, breathable and stretchy.