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Carolyn Highland

Carolyn Highland

Denver, CO

Carolyn Highland's Passions

Hiking & Camping
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Skiing

Carolyn Highland

Carolyn Highlandwrote a review of on October 20, 2015

5 5

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

I am a huge fan of all things Buff, but for the winter activity enthusiast, the Wool Buff is absolutely the way to go. The Wool Buff is longer than the standard buff, protecting more of your poor skin from windburn and/or frostbite due to repeated face shots. It's thicker and warmer than a standard buff, so it keeps those awkward neck/underchin/sideface regions super cozy on the chairlift and in blustery/squally conditions. On the other hand, it's also less thick and gaper-y than a huge fleece neckwarmer, and there is less of that awkward breathing-onto-my-neckwarmer-makes-it-wet-and-then-freezes thing that everyone hates. The Wool Buff also comes in sweet colors and patterns to keep your steez levels high on the slopes.

Think that's all? The Wool Buff can also be used as a headband or twisted into a hat for winter hiking/climbing/running/nordic skiing, and provides a thinner, better wicking alternative than a fleece hat or headband.

Leaving the question not whether or not you will buy one of these Buffs, but rather, how many?

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Carolyn Highland

Carolyn Highlandwrote a review of on October 20, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I have the 2012 version of this jacket, but it is without question the toughest, most versatile shell you could ask for. I have used it as a rain jacket while hiking, backpacking and trail running, as a badass wind layer while nordic skiing and mountaineering, and in combination with a puffy as a full-on jacket for downhill skiing. (I bought a size up from what I normally would to be able to pack layers underneath). With 3 layers of Gore-Tex, this baby stays dry much longer and insulates better than your typical rain shell. For warm weather pursuits, this jacket breathes well, and if you need a little extra vent--pit zips to the rescue! The hood is helmet, pom-pom beanie, and top-knot compatible! I do not leave for any type of adventure, regardless of the season, without the Triolet jacket stuffed into my pack. I have used mine heavily for 3 years and it's still holding up like a champ--that's Patagonia for you. The price tag may be higher than a lighter shell, but it's worth it--you are getting a rain jacket, wind shell, and warm layer all in one--and it won't quit before you do!

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