Video Review: The Buff
It’s simple in design and it doesn’t look like much, but the Buff is one our essential bits of touring gear. The Buff, if you’re not familiar with it, is a seamless tube of cloth. However, you can wear it to cover your neck, your ears, your face, or use it as a sweat band or bandana, etc., In a pinch, you could use it to filter sediment out of water as a pre-filter, or as a towel or maybe fashion it into a sling or tourniquet (hope it never comes to that!). In this video, I review the wool Buff and their new headband Buff and show you OUR most common uses for them.
If you want to get your own, consider getting it from our Amazon affiliate store! If you liked this review, you might like my All The Small Things review, where I talk about some small handy camping and EDC (everyday carry) items.
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Russ October 31, 2011 at 9:43 pm
Yep, they’re pretty awesome! I thought they were lame at first, especially after seeing them on Survivor. But after using one through the fall/winter season, they’re pretty dang indispensable and great for temperature regulation.
John November 1, 2011 at 3:53 am
Amazon store appears to be broken.
Toby November 1, 2011 at 6:14 pm
I loop one thru my camera strap as a simple cover. I’m currently hacking one by sewing a waterproof cover onto the buff, so its repellant on the outside and soft on the inside.
Russ November 1, 2011 at 6:25 pm
Nice. Would love to see a pic of that when you’re done.
Tony Bullard November 9, 2011 at 12:58 pm
I LOVE my buff. Perfect for winter commuting to keep the face warm, and help prevent the dreaded cold air cough.
Also, much to my wife’s chagrin, I use it to keep sweat out of my eyes in the summer when I’m doing hard labor. She’s nto a fan of the do-rag look.
Dave August 14, 2013 at 4:09 pm
This looks like a great bit of kit. How does the merino hold up against stubble/beard over time?
Rojas October 8, 2013 at 12:39 pm
I wanted to buy it on your amazon store but it doesn’t seem to work well. I couldn’t preview the colors so I went straight to amazon.
Gear Review: Buff Headwear - Milestone Rides May 5, 2015 at 11:45 am
[…] yet versatile, piece of gear has been an incredible asset on my packing list when I travel. I was first introduced to it by The Path Less Pedaled. At first, I wasn’t very impressed with it until I saw how versatile this cylindrical cloth can […]
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Just shy of two years ago I got a Buff from an old girlfriend’s mother as a gift because she knew I ride my bike all the time and it’s been the best individual item I think I’ve ever owned. It destroys the cost/benefit ratio.
I even remember flying to Portland a year ago and I saw a grungy looking guy, so I sat next to him on the plane. We bonded on how awesome our Buffs were and how they saved us on multiple adventures!
Plus they’re wool, and wool rules.