Best invention for camping!
Ladies (and men) buy one! Dont wait. Just do it. I got mine when they were on sale on REI.com. I regret not buying more, like other reviewer's suggested.
I have the two-three inch cloth seem-less headbands and they suck in comparison. Those move all over, tug at your hair, and all you can do is hold your hair back in one style. This thing does a lot, all with a simple twist or fold.
I hate myself for not thinking of something like this. When you get it home, you'll see how easy the construction is, how soft the fabric is, and over all how easy it is to change your look. I have a horrible memory and I manage to figure out different ways of wearing it. I also have sensitive skin, and this does no irritate my skin/scalp/forehead. It would be perfect for those who are suffering from hair loss as well.
I got it just for camping. However, I havent gone camping yet and I have already warn it five out of the seven days this week! It keeps hair out of my face/make-up (great for putting on your make up in the am ladies!), and it keeps the bugs out of my face at night. Not to mention, if you have it in your hair as a headband/ sweatband, and you find your self in a situation with bugs or dust, simply pull it down around your neck, and lift a portion of it over your mouth/nose.
I purchased the UV protection since I cant be out in the sun for too long. I noticed that if you really need it (not suggested), you can pull it over your entire face and can still see through it. However, its not crystal clear. So, I suggest using it if you are in a dyer situation and need protection of your eyes.
I will be buying more. One for every outfit/day I go camping. They wash easy and fit great. Oh! it wont stretch out. That was my biggest concern. I havent washed mine in two days, worn it, moved it, twisted, pulled, and it hasnt stretched.
Men: buy one. I will be buying one for my boyfriend for xmas. I know he'll love it. He is a big time fisherman, camper, etc. and always complains about bugs, dust, and getting burned on his neck (only). This will be his camping savior. He has hinted that he wants one. He will be getting one!
Turned a skeptic into a believer
I originally thought this was just a gimmicky fashion accessory, but boy was I wrong. Having worn it for a week straight (since the day it arrived!), I have been converted into a Buff believer.
You can throw it on wet hair, dry hair, humid/sticky/gross/big hair, haven't-washed-it-for-a-couple-days hair, just about anything. It works as a bandana, headband, scarf, hat, neck gaiter, and when you don't want it around your head you can wrap it around your wrist and manually wipe sweat off your face. I am about to head to Nepal for a year where the air pollution from traffic is horrendous in Kathmandu, so I plan on using it a lot as a dust screen to make the air a bit more breathable during my commutes. I wish I had it when I went on a week-long sailing trip around a lot of cute guys when I only got to wash my sea salt-crusted hair twice. This item is functional and cute! Even at home I think it's a fun, easy, colorful way to keep my slightly-too-long bangs off my face, especially when I'm cooking or doing yoga.
I tend to get headaches when I wear headbands because of the slight pressure on my head, but I don't get those headaches with the Buff at all. Elastic hairbands (even when reinforced with anti-slip stuff) tend to slip off my hair quickly, so I was pleasantly surprised when the Buff stayed put all day. I have no idea how it stays on without putting too much pressure on my head, but I'm just glad it works. The only slight problem is that it didn't make a very good ponytail holder / scrunchie for me because I don't have a thick head of hair, but it's still good for all the other purposes I listed above.
If you are thinking about getting it, you really should give it a shot. I wish I bought more colors when it was on sale. I have the original cashmere and I love the bright red color a lot. I am a Buff believer now!
Great for Chemo Patients
I first saw Buff headwear in a cancer patient store by a hospital last year. I just started my chemo at the time and my hair started to fall. It's a hassle to have the hair all over on my bed and in the house. I got the buff at once and put that on the same day. It's much easier to wash the buff then catching all the hairs in the house. Also, the buff keep my scalp warm and it can cover my bald(ing) head. You can use it as a liner and then put a hat on as well.
Now I finished chemo and my hair started to grow, I can still use it to keep my head warm and sometimes I use it as a scarf (fold it in middle and put around my neck).
The minor drawback is it pill a little bit and look a bit worn after couple washes. I tried hand wash at first and later just put in the washer (with a laundry net) and hang dry them. I have a black one with pattern and a navy strip one. For the strip one, it's fine for me to fold it a bit and then put on my head (small head) as it doesn't matter for inside/outside pattern. For my black pattern buff, I need to spend a little bit of my time to fold it the right way as the pattern is different for outside and inside. Overall, it's great purchase.
I also got a very simliar style one (but different material of coz) from Daiso for a cheap price. Just as a backup. :)
Great Little Items
I bought this and another Merion Wool Buff this past fall and winter. I can tell you that I pretty much live with one of these on hand when I can. Even If I'm not wearing it I will keep i wrapped around my wrist in case I need it, which has come in handy from time to time. I have done everything in this buff from just wearing it at school, to backpacking, horseback riding, bike riding, and kayaking. It has held up great. Even after all the use I have put into it and multiple washings (pretty much everytime I do laundry i wash this) it is still holding up just great. The ends tend to curl under after i wear it for a short period of time but it hasn't bothered me at all. I haven't seen any indication of stree or tearing at any point, even when bushwhacking through the forest. I mostly weat it to keep sweat off my eyes and the sun off my head. Not to mention it looks great and I have fun talking to people that want to know what the ehck i'm wearing. I have also used this as a light bug guard when i am in areas where the flies and small bugs are pretty bad. I will pull this over my mouth, nose and ears and it keeps things from going where they shouldn't. Overall great product. I wish the price was lower though. Despite it's extreme versatility the price seems really high for a piece of seamless fabric.
One of the most versatile - and comfortable - pieces of gear I own. Yeah, gear. It's that indispensable. An 11th essential. It's either on my head or in a waist pack for any long distance, high-output aerobic mountain activity. It's my main lid for spring ski mountaineering, and I've used it as a skull cap for x-c ski races, a face mask/neck gaitor for lift-served skiing.
But mostly it's a headliner/skull cap for cycling. Can start out on a frosty early morning mountain ride, hit triple-digit temps in the valley bottoms, and climb back up to 50 degree temps on the passes, and Buff makes the transitions beautifully. Dip it in an icy mountain stream, put it on your noggin, and you're in business, and it's dry before you need it to keep your ears warm.
But wait, there's more.
This summer rode over a 9000' pass into the Tahoe Basin, which was still steeped in smoke haze from recent fires in South Shore. Didn't want to end my ride shy of the Lake, but didn't want to inhale particles, either. Then I remembered the transformer on my head. Buff converted from headliner to face mask in a jif, and I continued my ride without incurring lung damage.
It's one of those rare pieces of gear that make you feel smart for having bought it.
Just Buy It - You WILL be happy
Best piece of gear I have purchased in the last 3 years. For [$], it is a bargain! True, it seems like you are spending [$] on an overgrown sock with blown out toes, but in reality you are getting the most multifunctional/versatile piece of gear ever. It folds up small enough to go in most any pocket, it nice and light (good for backpacking), and it fulfills so many needs. Warm neck - check. Warm ears - check. Eye mask for sleeping - check. You get the idea.I have worn mine under my bike helmet, as a facemask for archery hunting, as a sweatband while working out, etc. I spend ALOT of time outdoors, usually alternating between rigorous activity and sitting still for extended periods. I put the Buff around my neck before I start the day, and I usually end up using it in about 5 combos throughout the day. Sometimes just over my chin, then chin and ears. Then just as a headband, then a full skull cap. It is amazing how much I can regulate my temperature with just this one simple piece of gear.And for outdoor sleepers, it works as a great eye mask to shield out the sun or excess moonlight.
Won't be without again
Bought mine in Chamonix, FR. Took it on the Haute Route in April. Subjected it to everything from 100 KPH glacial winds to bluebird glacial solar oven. Did the trick for EVERYTHING. I was wearing it as a hat/dew rag and it kept me warm until the winds got over 70 KPH. After that, I switched out for a wool cap. That was the only time I did so for the whole trip.
Also wore if for 4 days of skiing in Zermatt, CH in April. Was great and kept me warm the whole time. Also, I have a shaved head and it kept the burn away despite how thin the fabric is - these were bluebird days skiing on glaciers. Aside from residing on the sun you can't get more solar radiation than that.
I think I will buy another but it will be the UV protection one given my shaved (read: bald) melon.
NOTE: They make a polartech version of this. I don't know if I would go there. This seemed plenty warm enough for most days here in Crested Butte, CO. And to be honest, this fills the gap where traditional fleece neck gators are too hot/thick.
Indispensable for Fine Hair!
I have very fine hair and a great big head (for a woman) and it's been impossible to find ways to keep my hair out of my face. The Buff serves this purpose admirably whether I am in the gym or working outside. I also have very fair skin, and the Buff protects my scalp from sunburn and, in a pinch, can also protect my face from sudden windstorms.
I've used the Buff as a headband, hood, and helmet liner for caving and underground photography. In addition, my colleagues and I find it cleans certain camera parts quite well (no static). We've also used knotted Buffs as shopping sacs, bags to collect wild fruit, wraps to hold gauze bandaging in place over injuries, washcloths...you name it. (Tied properly, a Buff will even repair a sagging baby diaper!)
I've discovered that my Buffs sometimes develop a funk that simple machine washing doesn't quite remove. They do respond well to being soaked in a bucket with a bit of laundry soap and Borax overnight prior to washing -- the same practice we use for cleaning very stinky field gear.
It's the tops!
I was diagnosed with breast cancer in the fall of 2007. I started chemo during November of that year and planned ahead for hair loss. Nobody wants to wear a wig all the time--let's face it, they're not that comfortable. I ordered several buffs to use when I worked out at the gym, and they were perfect for that; they kept the sweat from rolling off my bald head into my eyes, and they kept me from overheating with their wicking properties. I also found these useful at bedtime when my head would get cold; the fact that these don't have any seams to put pressure on your scalp is great. The company also makes some buffs that have UV protection, and these were perfect to wear when hiking and working in the yard.
The company offers a myriad of different ways to wear your buff, so there is sure to be one that suits you. This product also comes in an array of colors and patterns. The polyester microfiber makes these easy to wash and quick to dry.
One of the great inventions
We got our first buffs years ago while hiking in the Pyrenees with French friends, and since for a long time they were unavailable in the US, we'd try to get another one each time we traveled to Europe.
They're an amazingly versatile product that can be used in literally dozens of ways, limited only by one's creativity. Being so light-weight, we always tucked them into our backpacks, but we soon realized that they're the perfect thing for running, XC, and cycling whenever the weather turns cool and/or windy. We're always impressed with how something so simple and light-weight can function so well in a wide range of temperatures and variety of conditions.
We're so happy that they're available locally--and absolutely, we do recommend them to all our friends!
By the way, a buff works just as well for a man as for a woman, and in Europe they're used perhaps even more frequently by men. It's weird and a bit surprising that REI has placed them in an online section called women's scarves.