Disclaimer: I was recently sent a Merino Wool Buff to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador) and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!
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I was fortunate as a BibRave Pro to test out the Buff Thermal Hoodie in January and really looking forward to another opportunity from Buff. The hoodie was great but it’s become more of a “walk the dog” or “running errands” kind of hoodie whereas the Merino Wool Buff has become a staple to my cold weather running outfits.
So what’s a Merino Wool Buff?
The Buff website describes the Merino Wool Buff as a “multifunctional, tubular accessory ideal for many activities. The Merino wool in Wool Buff keeps you warm in the cold, wicks moisture to keep you cool when its hot and being anti-microbial, does not start to smell after wear. This natural fabric is super soft and odor resistant.”
I chose the color Grana, which is a red. It wasn’t as bright as the picture online but it is a nice, darker shade of red.
While there are tons of ways to wear the Merino Wool Buff, my favorite is a scarf or headband. The day my new Buff came in the mail, I was getting ready for work and hurrying to gather all my run clothes and forgot bobby pins so I ended up wearing the Buff as a headband to keep my bangs under control. It was perfect!
Side Note: There is a really cool video (www.buffwear.com/ways-to-wear) that shows ways to wear the Merino Wool Buff. I have not gotten that creative but the guy in the video totally makes all the different styles look super easy.
Wearing the Buff as a scarf is fun—both for fashion and function. It’s pretty long (66cm or about 1/3 longer than the Original Buff) so I thought it would be floppy in my face as I was running, but it seems to always stay in place. My trouble is that the Buff is pretty loose fitting so that when the wind starts gusting and I try to pull it over my face, I have a hard time getting it to stay up. The fabric is very thin but surprisingly warm! I’ve worn it in 30 degree weather and stayed comfortable. Anything colder then that, I may have to be more creative and make the “helmet liner” version.
· Merlino wool is “warm without the itch”—really, I hate itchy material and this does not itch.
· It’s odor free! I haven’t noticed any sweaty, post-run smells lingering yet.
· If you order directly from the Buff website, 1% of the proceeds from the sale will be donated to a non-profit organization that works for the environment. Pretty cool!
· Lots of fun colors. I had a hard time choosing! In fact, I’m currently eyeing the Floki: http://www.buffwear.com/lifestyle-hats-collection-place-forward-order-here/floki-wool-buff
· I’m not sure how it would fair in freezing temperatures. I tend to hibernate if its that cold, so I guess that’s not really a problem for me!
· I want more colors to match all my running outfits. I chose the red, which doesn’t really go with any or my cold weather running gear! What was I thinking!
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P.S. Georgie gives Buff “2 paws up!”