I started reviewing the Buff last year and I have to say that testing their products is always fun and great. If you missed those reviews then you can still catch it on the links below:
2. Pack Run Cap
The weather here in Northern California has been iffy for the past few weeks. I’m not a big fan of the heat so I do most of my runs and cycling early in the morning. It is strange how some mornings could be so cold but not the later part. Buff sent me few of their products to test out that could be used on cold and hot weather conditions. Let’s start with the most common tubular head gear that Buff is known for, the Lightweight ¾ Merino Wool.
• 100% eco-friendly Merino wool
• ¾ length
• Semi seamless
• Soft and comfortable
• Dries quickly and breathable
• Odor resistant
• One size fits all
The construction of this Merino wool is similar with the rest of the Buff tubular products except that this one is made out of wool (polyester is the other material). It’s quite contrary to the old thinking that wool is itchy and uncomfortable to use. The technology has greatly evolved and this is one comfortable tubular headgear that you should have especially on cold days. It helps preserve the warmth when it gets wet but it doesn’t hold the moisture as much as the polyester. I have both (polyester and wool) type of Buff and the difference is the amount of moisture and the cooling effect each provides. I was completely happy and satisfied with the polyester materials that I previously tested but the wool material provides much better cooling and warmth effect on both conditions.
• Provides UPF 40+ protection
• Moisture wicking, breathable and comfortable
• Flatflock seams
• Antimicrobial fabric for odor control
• Lightweight, packable and compressible
• Reflective materials during low visibility condition
Buff has created a new line up of gears for protection under the scorching heat of the sun. This apparel may not be “news” to some since most companies have already created quite similar product. However, those arm sleeves are for compression purposes and may not be suitable to wear during hot condition. This is where the Buff UV Arm Sleeves differ, the construction of the material is not that thick in comparison with other brands and not as compressive. The material used is more subtle and lighter but provides great defense against heat and cold breeze. Though it may not be that compressive, it still provides enough compression and still aids the arm from getting tired and prevent early stage of fatigue especially during long runs. You can practically wear this to fight the morning cold breeze and even leave it on comfortably all day for a UPF 40+ protection from the sun. You can also strip it down easily or have it all the way down to your wrist when you don’t feel like wearing it for a moment. And when it’s time you need it, just pull it up and you’ll get the protection you need.
I tested it many times on trails and even on my late afternoon cycling rides and I was really impressed. There’s no reason why you would leave your arms unprotected when you can have this.
• 100% Polyester microfiber
• Provides 95% UV protection
• Polygiene fabric treatment to control odor
• Moisture wicking, breathable and quick drying
• Lightweight thermal protection
In addition to the two gears on topis theCoolMax 1 Layer Hat
I’ve been running and cycling for many years now and I have to say that proper gears (and apparels) do make a difference in performance. Buff is a brand that I was not familiar with when I started doing these endurance sports but I’m truly happy to know them not because of some athletes wearing it but by how great the quality of their products. I can honestly say that Buff is equally good and even better compared to some other known brands that could cost twice as much. Give these items a try and I hope that you’ll like them more than I do.
Thanks for reading and let me know how this works for you.