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Feb 22, 2013

Buff review.....

I recently contacted the people at Buff to inquire about a review of their products.  The people at Buff were kind enough to send me two Buff's.  The first one is a wool Buff and the second one is their original Buff.  Don't know what a Buff is?  The Buff is a seamless tube of fabric that you can wear many different ways.  I say the simplest ideas are the best ones and this is no exception.  Take a look at what I received:

I think the buff is one of those running items that you never knew you needed until you tried it.  For years, I've been running without something like this but, since trying it, I cannot imagine not having these now.  Sure you can wear a balaclava, however, this is much more versatile and you can adjust it if you get too hot.  The original buff is made for use all year long.  It can be used in hot weather to keep the sweat off your eyes or you can easily use this in winter as well.  This is especially true for the wool buff that I received.
Original vs Wool
We have had some extremely cold weather here in Michigan over the last month and these have come in really handy.  Now when I run, it doesn't feel like my face is going to freeze and fall off.  Ha!  Obviously, that's one of the points to this - to keep you enjoying the outside even in frigid temperatures.

Here's all the ways you can wear the buff:
12+ ways!
As you can see, there are tons of ways to wear these.  I had some fun with this and took some pictures of some of the ways to wear it:
The wool buff
The original buff
As you can see, lots of ways to wear it.  What is really amazing is the number of choices you have from to pick the style that fits you.  Frankly, I have to say when I first received the original buff, I thought it was kind of ugly but after using it, it's grown on me and I have found that the design is actually really nice and goes really well with everything I have.  Regardless, the original buff gives you up to 125 choices of fabric to pick from so you can get exactly what you're looking for - wow!  If you can't find something you like, you're not looking hard enough.  The wool buff also comes in 16 options as well.

In regards to comfort, both the original and the wool buff are equally comfortable.  You do not need to worry about any chafing.  The first time I wore it, I ran 12 miles with it.  I would say that the wool buff is made for colder weather and is several inches longer as well.  For my personal preference, I would say the wool buff is great for temperatures from 25 degrees down to whatever you can stand to be outside too.  This makes an incredible difference in your comfort level when the wind and cold are really extreme.  I used it down to about 10 degrees with a wind chill of about minus 5 and was very warm in it - sometimes, even too warm which is surprising.

In regards to the original buff, this is great down to about 25 degrees(+- 5 degrees) and can be used all way way up to the summertime depending on how you wear it.  Obviously, you won't be making a balaclava out of it in the summer.

From now on this will remain in my running arsenal, especially for winter time, and I recommend anyone who runs to have one of these.  Surprisingly, if you needed something warmer and/or to keep out the wind, they also sell other levels of buff made for even worse weather.  I can't imagine needing anything warmer(for running) but I can understand having wind blocking qualities on the buff or if you were using it for skiing or another outdoor sport in the winter.  Or maybe because you decided to run in a Blizzard?  Seriously.

The Buff is an inexpensive option($20 for original; $27 for wool) that I think anyone who needs to keep their face/neck warm in the winter or keep their head cool in the summer should get one.  These are especially good for running but work well for any outdoor activity.  They have options for men, women, kids and even dogs!
My two favorite ways to wear the buff - on a recent trail run
After a 5am weekday run - the cold has been crazy!
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Have a great day and....Keep Running!!!!

* Note - I received two buffs in exchange for this review.  All opinions on this blog post are my own and I was not paid or required to give a particular opinion on the product.


  1. I love BUFFand have 4 or 5 of them... Now I almost never lever the house without one... I ride a motorbike and my Buff is great.

    Running on the mountian in the cape Winters (not really cold) with a cold front rolling in and the Storm warnings on the news, I will be out there in my shorts and a BUFF!!! I feel it warms the hold body...

  2. I do every run with a BUFF! Never go without it. I always wear it on my arm and wipe my face with it. I also use it to wipe off tears, mud, blud and snot. I love my BUFF!

  3. I am getting one! I need something in this crazy cold chilling weather and a scarf isn't cutting it. Thanks for the review. :)

  4. I've never heard of this product. I think I'll try one out.