Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Buff: Pack Run Cap Review

As a runner, our head is always exposed from the elements like sun, rain and wind. How we protect it is more of a preference, and who am I to argue? But me personally I’m fond of wearing a cap or hat and I like the security it gives me especially when the weather seems unpredictable.


You may probably haven’t heard about Buff…it is founded more than 20 years ago by an avid motorcyclist named Joan Rojas. He premiered and innovated the tubular headwear in an effort to keep his neck and head protected at all times while riding his motorcycle. As the company grew, they incorporated some state of the art fabric technologies like Coolmax and Polygiene. Buff also carries different varieties of design, style, and gears for whatever type of activities you maybe into. I reviewed some of their tubular head wear from the past and you can read my review by clicking here.

  
Main Features
    Fast wick Extra Plus Fabric
    UV protection
    Moisture management
    Wind resistant
    Dries quickly
    Thermal protection
    Silver Plus Odor Control

Materials
    Bill: 90% neoprene, 10% polyester
    Hat: 100% knitted microfiber

Functionality
The Buff Pack Run Cap is a one size fits all cap that is ultra-lightweight and weighs only one ounce. It’s a close fitting that wraps around the form of your head. Made of 3-panel with a beehive cell construction that provides maximum breathability and wicks moisture fast. Instead of using the traditional plastic clip or Velcro strap for adjustment, Buff utilized the adjustable drawstring which provides a better feel and fast adjustment on the fly. Similar with most caps now a day, the Run Cap is also equipped with some reflective materials (front and back) to give you the visibility during low light conditions.


On a first glance, you would probably think that this is a cycling cap. The construction is pretty much the same like the elastic form fitting, low profile and relatively short bill. But on a closer look and comparing them side by side, the bill of the Run Cap is a bit wider and it goes much deeper around the head. Runners are not as crucial as cyclists when it comes to the weight of their gears, but you’ll surely appreciate its lightness, it only weighs one ounce…yup you read it right you weight weenies😃.


But what is the main reason for wearing a cap? Well to protect that melon from direct heat from the sun during summer; it helps maintain the warmth during colder season and lastly it helps shade our eyes. I’ve worn this cap several times and also on my marathon couple of weeks ago. The temperature was within the 30’s when we started and just below 60’s when we finished. I sweat a lot during my runs but this cap easily dissipated the moisture out faster than a regular hat. Yes, it was a little bit damp but it still provided a good warmth and it helped divert the sweat off my eyes…. the best part is that it can be rolled and stowed away easily on the go. I was really impressed with it!

Here’s a short VIDEO courtesy of vimeo.

My Verdict
The Buff Pack Run Cap is outfitted with a silver plus odor control that helps eliminate the odor from sweat. It is wind resistant with outstanding moisture management that wicks moisture fast which effectively cools your head. Additionally, this cap is ultra-lightweight that packs down into almost nothing, making it extremely portable. There’s no reason to leave the house without it.

I highly recommend that you give it a try and I can assure that you’ll definitely love it. It retails for $29 and you can purchase it directly on their website or at retail stores near you. It’s a great buy and it’s hard to go wrong with this cap.

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