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Merino Wool Buff

Disclaimer: I received 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!

It’s no secret that Buff has become one of my favourite products and most indispensable pieces of running gear. My Buff tags along with me to most of my races, and it’s an essential part of my running routine. You can read my previous review of the UV Buff here. When the opportunity arose to test and review the Merino Wool BUFF®, I leapt at the chance!

Initially, we weren’t certain whether or not Buff could/would deliver to Canada – but I was hopeful since they had done so previously. The outcome was still pending when I got a note from our office reception that a package had arrived. Ta-daaaa! My BUFF® headwear was safe and sound on Canadian soil!

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The first thing I want to comment on is the colour. We had quite a good selection to choose from, but I’ve been leaning towards the orange palette since embracing BibRave, so I chose the one I felt best suited: Rooibos Tea Dye. According to the packaging, it’s hand-dyed and – as such – totally unique. No other BUFF® product has the same pattern, which makes me feel pretty special.

Although merino wool is certainly not as rough as other sorts of wool, I was a bit concerned that it might be itchy or irritating. There was nothing to worry about. This is high quality material and gentle on the skin. Hooray for merino wool!

One thing I noticed right away is that the Merino Wool BUFF® is longer than my other standard ‘full BUFF®’ products by about 3 1/2 inches.

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Quick visit to the website reveals:

The classic BUFF® headwear shape, but with a few extra inches of length for cozy protection–in the fabric outdoor enthusiasts love most.

With that in mind, time to try it on!

We’ve had some pretty mild weather in Vancouver this year, so there wasn’t a lot of call to wear my BUFF®. If I’d had it in time for my Snowshoe Race, it would have been the perfect gear to wear!

When the morning of the MEC North Vancouver Trail Race dawned overcast and chilly, and I knew we’d be running in the shady forest, my Merino Wool BUFF® was the natural thing to wear. Pre-race, it kept me warm and cozy as we waited at the start. My only ‘complaint’ (and it’s barely even that) is that the longer BUFF® headgear with additional material makes it a bit bulky when doubled up as a toque. At the same time, though, it’s particularly comfortable.

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For the first half of the race, I was glad to have my BUFF® to keep my ears and head toasty (though it did nothing to help me keep my eyes open for the photo).

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Soon thereafter, when the trails became hillier and I had to exert myself considerably more…the BUFF® (as well as my jacket) were too warm. I tied the jacket around my waist, and converted the BUFF® from a toque to a neck warmer. This is what I love about BUFF® products – the versatility!

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A week later at the West Van Run, the weather was sunny and warm, so I only needed a cap during the race. However, when things cooled down afterwards, I was glad to have it stashed with my gear to keep out the chill as I cheered in other runners. Here’s me and fellow BibRavePro Brie (briehemingway.com) hanging out post-race:

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The latest adventure for my Merino Wool BUFF® took us to Pacific Spirit Regional Park, an amazing wilderness with scenic trails. Emily and I did nearly 10k and had an absolute blast. Once again, BUFF® started out on my head, and ended up around my neck once things warmed up. Had to show off my BibRave t-shirt, too!

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In short, I love BUFF® products. We all know that. About the Merino Wool BUFF® specifically – I think this is a great product, and I wish I’d had more cold weather opportunities to try it out! I’m not a skier and not hugely into winter sports, but I think this BUFF® product would be especially awesome for someone who is. Great for runners/cyclists who live in colder climates – or who spend more time in the back-country trails.

But don’t just take my word for it. You should get a BUFF® product for yourself – they have so many styles and options! Visit the US site at buffusa.com, or the Canadian site at buffcanada.com.

Have you tried the Merino Wool BUFF® or other BUFF® products? What do you think?

Disclaimer: I received a UV Full 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!

UV Buff

My social media-savvy Dad saw one of my posts about the BUFF® a couple of weeks ago. He couldn’t quite understand what it was all about, so I explained a bit about the product. Then he asked me, “Why is it called that?” I didn’t know the answer. Now I do.

The BUFF® was actually invented in Spain. The name BUFF® comes from the Spanish bufanda, which means bandana – logical enough!

Before receiving the UV BUFF® via BibRave, I was lucky enough to get an event BUFF® as swag from the Overlander Sports Half Marathon (click for race report) in Yellowknife. So I had a chance to try it out before ‘offically’ trying it on for review!

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What the heck IS a BUFF®?

In case you aren’t already familiar with the BUFF®, it’s basically a stretchy tube of material that can be worn in a variety of ways for different sporting activities. A few of the styles – like the balaclava – are more appropriate for folks using it for skiing or similar ‘helmet’ sports. Not quite my speed of things! Other styles are great for people with hair – again, not something that works for me.

The product is seamless, which amazes me – apparently using some tubular sewing technology. The UV BUFF® we got to test also blocks 95% of harmful UV rays. It’s moisture-wicking, quick-drying, and made of Coolmax Extreme fibre. It’s soft and breathable.

If you visit the Buff USA website (or the websites of BUFF® in other countries), you will find an dizzying array of colours, designs and products. Seriously, the selection is ridiculously amazing! And, like my event BUFF® mentioned above, custom styles are available.

My BUFF® Experience

Due to challenges with international shipping, a lot of other BibRavePro’s were getting their BUFF® products and showing them off online. But some very helpful folks tracked down my package, and I was pleased to see my new UV BUFF® in this amazing colour:

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Upon receipt, I did my due diligence, and researched all the different ways to wear the UV BUFF®. I found it a bit overwhelming at first, but I figured once I got the hang of things, I’d learn my favourites and become an expert. There’s a catchy ‘music-video’-type how-to video on the BUFF® website, with both male and female models demonstrating. However, I find that having an explanation makes more sense for me, so here’s the video that helped me the most:

I took my UV BUFF® out for its first trial run in Stanley Park at lunchtime. I went with the Pirate configuration. It looks a bit sloppy, but it was great on a humid, overcast day for wicking sweat and keeping it from running into my eyes.

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During a run around the Stanley Park Seawall, I decided to try the UV BUFF® under a hat. This time I use the Sahariane style, so I had the material hanging down and keeping the sun off my neck. The look is a bit too ‘layered’ for my taste, but it was effective.

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These next two photos were from the same race – the Van Race 15K. I wore the UV BUFF® as a neck gator during the race. It wasn’t a cold day, but I liked the feeling of it – honestly, once I was on the run, I barely noticed it. After the race, I changed into a clean shirt, ditched my sopping wet hat, and pulled the dry BUFF® over my head to keep off the sun. Perfect!

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And in the last week or so, the weather has cooled off. I have started wearing the BUFF® as a toque/cap – the first photo was during another lunch run, and the latter after finishing a very rainy Eastside 10K – again, stripping off my soggy racing gear and putting the BUFF® on as a warm recovery cap.

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BUFF® is honestly my new favourite brand! I have been looking for excuses to wear it on runs even when I don’t really need it (i.e. a cap would do). I’ve even taken to bringing along two – one for during the race, and one for after! If you scroll through my blog, you’ll see other photos of me rocking the BUFF® in a variety of ways!

If you love BUFF® products like me – or want to try one for yourself –  you can use code “bibrave10” for 10% off your order until the end of September! Don’t wait!!

Are you a BUFF® fan? What’s your favourite way to wear BUFF® products?