When a product claims to do 10 different things well and suggest it will become an indispensable component of your outdoors lifestyle I cringe. I’ve been disappointed so many times, yet as gear reviewer and optimist I continue to try things out to see if I might just be wrong. Yeah that makes me a pessimistic optimist or some such non-sense!
When I heard about Buffs and read their marketing spew I was intrigued while at the same time I couldn’t believe that this product was as useful as they made it out to be. Would I really wear it as a hat?
Fast forward 3-4 years and I own 3 Buffs…most of my friends have a Buff. I take a Buff on just about ever single outdoors trip I go on – even in the summer. I’ve used it for just about every single application that appears on the packaging – all except a hair band for my pony tail and that’s mostly because I don’t have a pony tail! Heck I’ve used it for lots of other purposes the manufacturer doesn’t even mention like an eye shade when I’m trying to nap during the day on a bike tour.
What’s a Buff? It’s just a tube of stretchy microfibre that you can wear a variety of ways. I’ve used it for all of the following:
- around my neck/face to keep it warm
- as a hat
- as a head band
- around my neck only to keep me warm when it’s not cold enough to cover my face
- as an eye shade
- as a balaclava when I need to cover my neck, face and head
- as a handkerchief to blow my nose
- I use to clean my sunglasses
- wrap around my sunglasses when I need to store them in my pack
- around my mouth and nose as a dust mask
- tied around a cut until I could take care of it properly at camp
- coffee filter in camp
- to wipe down my bike saddle after it rained
I’ll be taking two with me to the desert mountain biking…love ’em!
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