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.
Best thing since sliced bread.
Was looking for a good skull cap or beanie for this winter and stumbled across a video for the original buff and decided I must have one! For cold weather decided on the the wool version rather than the original but thought the cyclone version was too much for the type of weather I encounter(also I'm on a budget :])
Bought one for my girlfriend and self just yesterday and though I haven't had time to twist it up and play with all the options due to an injury, I am overwhelmed by my initial reaction to the quality and versatility.
The wool is soft enough to remind you of silk. And yes there is some irritation, but nothing compared to other wool headbands and hats I've worn. I barely notice it and I have fairly sensitive skin.
It doesn't lack in usefulness either. With the use of only one hand at the moment, the ability to put my hair up and out of my face with one hand is a blessing.
I couldn't be happier and can't wait to really experiment with it. This definately will not be the last buff I purchase!
Cheap, versatile garment
I mainly use this thing when I'm riding around in cold weather (cold for Arizona, anyway). It protects well against wind so my ears, nose, neck and lips don't get cold. I wear it according to what I want to protect on my face, so it has a variety of uses and levels of wearability. I don't get too warm with it on, because it breathes well and wicks away moisture.
I keep it in my bag at all times and even if I don't use it as a face protector, I can use it to mop off my forehead after getting off my bike.
My only issue with it is it sometimes causes my glasses to fog up when I'm stopped at a light. It kind of funnels my breath upward and then I can't see, so I usually end up breathing downward as effectively as possible. But, that's not really a design flaw, that's just a hazard of wearing glasses. So if you wear glasses, heads up. That might happen.
Overall, great product though, highly recommended.
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.
2 for the price of 1
For some reason, the wool buff is considerably longer than the regular buff. Some people think that is a problem. I LOVE IT! I simply cut it in two pieces, and now I have 2 buffs for the price of 1. It is still big enough to wear as a hat, neck gaiter, full facemask, etc.
I simply have used this thing ALL the time for hiking, trail running, skiing, mountain biking, archery hunting, even napping in the woods (I pull it over my eyes to block out the light).
I have found that the wool does not cause any itchiness. In fact, I think it is extremely soft and comfortable.
Basically, I will never NOT own a buff again. I simply use this thing all the time. I keep one in my truck, one in my backpack and a 3rd as backup.
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.
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.
Best headgear so far
I usually try to carry gear that serves multiple purposes, & the available configurations of this buff sets the bar high for the head/neck category. I used this as a cap during freezing temperatures while clearing ice from a boat, while my hands & feet suffered from the cold,I never felt any chill on my head. Absolutly sold on this product & plan to get more to keep in my vehicle.
As for the texture, mine is as soft as can be without any itching. I wear a lot of wool and this by far is the smoothest, softest wool item I own.
Wanted a warmer gaiter
I own the original Buff and wanted a warmer one for the East Coast winters.
The Buff wool is almost twice as long as the original Buff but I prefer the length knowing I can pull it up to protect my face and double up the lower half to protect my neck if need be.
Quality seems as good if not better than the original. No seems or loose strings. Nothing to chafe the skin.
Only this is I find it a tad itchy. I never could wear wool sweaters/turtle necks but this isn't too bad where I can't wear it.
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.