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3 5

Least Favorite Buff

I've bought many buffs off of Backcountry, and this has been my least favorite. I'm not a fan of the wool. It stretches out super easily and randomly attracts hair like no other! When it stretches out, it is almost too big for my face so that when I go skiing with it, it is constantly falling down. And when I have used it to go hiking as a headband, it also falls down or just doesn't stay on well. If you want a tighter fitting buff, go with microfiber. If you like a looser fitting buff wool is for you. Also, it is very long. Once it stopped working as a ski buff for me, I used it as a head band for hiking and cut it in half.

5 5

Perfect

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 5' 8"
    Weight: 165 lbs

Used this all winter for ice climbing and chilly days at the crag. It's the perfect weight to add a little warmth under a helmet and the extra length allows you to use it as a balaclava without fussing around with the helmet straps too much.

5 5

Wool Buff

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 6' 0"
    Weight: 165 lbs
    Size Purchased: Adult

I used this only once recently, on a 40 degree day on Chicago's lakefront path. It is quite long, so I doubled it up and used it over my neck all the way to over my nose, like a mask. Performed really well, kept the chill air off my face and helped to eliminate my breathing in cold air. Seems to be well made, versatile functionality. I can see using this thing all year round, to keep my neck cool in summer as well as during winter. Recommended.

5 5

i wear it everyday

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 5' 11"
    Weight: 175 lbs
    Size Purchased: one

These things amaze. Truly one item with a thousand uses. or at least a hundred. When they came out with the wool version i was delighted, got a olive green one and wore it every day until i lost it somewhere in winter's white abyss. So i got another wool one, this time in black. It's longer than both of the others, which is a bonus, since as others have mentioned it can be doubled or tripled -up; great when temps dip down into the teens (�F) and below. When it's warm, i wear it as a do-rag, and it hangs down in the back kind of like a shemagh, giving you some sun protection. For more, you can wear a hat over it or use it as a hat/helmet liner for biking, etc. It also stays cool, so you don't have to keep taking it off and putting it back on as temperatures (inside or out) fluctuate. Really a bad-ass piece of gear that i wear nearly every day.

3 5

It's ok

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs large

Wanted a black gaiter... this is not very warm and awkwardly shaped. Its super thin , do not recommend for cold days.

5 5

Essential Ski Piece

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love my buff. I won't go skiing anymore without it. You can wear it a variety of ways to fit your needs. I don't overheat in it and it doesn't get uncomfortable.

It keeps the windchill off my neck and I loop my headphones through it to keep them in place.

I highly suggest you get one if you find yourself on the mountain often

4 5

Lighter than I expected

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I like Buffs and wanted a heavier one for the winter. This one is lighter than I expected.... pretty thin actually.

I use buffs for all the normal reasons, plus two specialized ones:

1) a very light buff is ideal for abating camera strap fatigue (and having the strap rub on a burnt neck) when traveling in off-the-grid type places. Not hot. Works wonders.

2) I find that a buff keeps the sweat from my face from dripping onto my shirt, and that keeps me much dryer overall in the heat. Seems counterintuitive to add what is essentially a neck warmer in order to stay COOLER, but there it is.

5 5

So many uses

  • Fit: True to size

This is great for just about anything. The extra length allows it to be very versatile. If I am just using it to cover my face I have tripled it up and had a nice warm gaiter. When using it as a balaclava you can double up over your mouth or pull it up from the bottom and only have a single layer over your mouth while still having a double layer over your neck. It is it not cold enough to need it over your face just leaving it bunched up on your neck helps the cold from coming down the top of your jacket. Bottom line is this thing has so many uses, way more than a traditional gaiter or balaclava.

5 5

THE baselayer for above the shoulders

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

Merino is king. I've been a fan of Buff gaiters for years, and finally opted for the wool. This thing is great weight for our Midwest winters, clearing snow, even hiking.

I saw a couple of complaints about the buff losing shape, though it sounds like it may be primarily when used as a face mask. I've only used as a neck gaiter, and I have had no issues. In combination with a wool baclava it's the perfect base layer for above the shoulders.

If Clark Griswold's cousin Eddie had opted for this instead of that black dickie and white sweater combination, how different our world might be. He would have at least been outside helping him with those lights. Th' house shur looks niiiice, Clark.

5 5

Killer Product

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a great product, keeps snow from getting down your neck on those deep days. On those real windy lift rides I fold it in half and pull it up over my nose and it keeps my face cozy and warm.

5 5

Hybrid of two great things

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

I love my original NatGeo buff. I take it every time I travel or camp or hike. I also love (may even say obsess over) wool. Can't wait to actually get this little guy out on the slopes. I appreciate that the edges are more cleanly finished than they are on my original.

2 5

Good while it lasts

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It's the perfect density/thickness, not so much so you can't breathe, but enough so you don't get cold, although it can freeze up from your breath when it's really cold. It's also longer than the too-short original buff, so I can pull it over my head without exposing my neck. The biggest issue, though, is that it gets holes in it really easily. They pop up every day and I need to keep rotating it. I've gone through two in less than a season and a half.

5 5

lovely

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have 2 regular Buffs and have been nothing but happy with them, so when I saw that there was a merino wool version available, I went crazy and bought one. I feel suffocated having a ton of things, and am now considering giving away my other Buffs in favour of this wool version, with which I am 100% in love!!! It is light, yet the fabric feels nice and strong, not at all flimsy. It keeps its shape well and is not at all bulky, despite being a bit longer than a standard Buff. I have it in the "Cedar" colour, which is a nice neutral that goes well with whatever I wear.

4 5

GOAT IS GOOD

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

Wool version of their head tube thing. I take one of these on almost every overnight outdoor adventure as well as any where I could encounter cooler temps. Its got all the versatility of the buff (hat, neck gaiter etc.,) and with the wool (non-itchy by the way) offers a level of thermal and stink protection you don?t get in the polyester version. I often put in ear plugs (or ear buds) and then pull this over my head when group camping?the ear plugs drown the snoring or chatting of others and the buff holds them in place overnight and provides instant darkness on the eyes?works for me.

4 5

Super comfy, not the warmest...

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is an incredibly comfortable piece, the wool is nice and thin and keeps your face dry. It is pretty resistant to smells thus far in its life, which is nice. It is not incredibly warm, I typically wear it folded in half so it has double the thickness on colder days. If it is a pow day or very cold at all I wear an Outdoor Research Balaclava, but for chilly park days or sunny ones when you don't want to get burned this cannot be beat.

Unanswered Question

what are the dimensions?

what are the dimensions?

5 5

Worth every penny

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I love this facemask/whole head and face cover/ hat/ scarf/ whatever you can think of. Its warm enough for any temps if temps drop I just fold it over and it's doubles up. Highly recommend I use it more then any other facemask by far. Super comfortable what more can you ask for.

3 5

Works ok, but could be better

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this mainly to use as a face covering for skiing, and it works pretty well for mild weather. The main problem I have with it in this capacity is that it stretches out and loses its shape fairly quickly, and then it won't stay on my face. The other issue is that in really cold weather, the moisture in the wool freezes solid, at which point it's useless as a facemask. So, bottom line, this buff is good when the weather is mild, but doesn't quite do the trick when it gets really cold. I'll probably still use it for the many other uses, but I'm looking elsewhere for a cold-weather facemask.

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Tobin, I'm surprised you have gotten it cold enough to freeze. I wore it as a windscreen for a Winter Mt. Washington ascent in -40F and it worked great. I have noted the tendency for it to lose shape after a while. I get around this by doubling the fabric up...Onward and upward.