- 100% Merino Wool
- 26.5" high
- 9.5" wide
- 100% Merino wool
- Lightweight construction; 125g/m2 for versatile, all-season performance
- Dries quickly, breathable, stays warm if wet
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Buff Unisex Lightweight Merino Wool
Merino Wool headwear is a soft, warm, wind-resistant and lightweight layer made with 100% Merino wool. Several inches longer than classic Buff headwear, it features the natural moisture management and odor control properties outdoor enthusiasts love about wool.
It’s a soft, warm, wind-resistant, and lightweight layer. Wearable in 10 different ways, it’s versatile multisport headwear delivering four-season performance with natural moisture wicking and odor control properties. Buff Merino wool is sourced from humanely raised, non-mulesed sheep.
Winner of Backpacker Magazine’s Editors’ Choice Gold Award for its years of proven performance, the Lightweight Merino Wool Multifunctional Headwear delivers true four-season comfort and protection. It’s a soft, warm, wind-resistant, and lightweight layer made with 100 percent Merino wool. Wearable in 10 different ways, it’s versatile multisport headwear delivering four-season performance with natural moisture wicking and odor control properties. BUFF Merino wool is sourced from humanely raised, non-mulesed sheep.
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The product description says it has a length of 26.5" and a width of 9.5". I purchased the gray Buff and it measured 20" long x 11.5" wide. This was too wide for me to use as a cover for my face, it was too loose to stay on top of my nose and ears. Even when worn loose around the neck, the extra width allowed it to sag and not fully cover my neck, leaving skin exposed no matter how I tried to adjust it. I think if it had actually been the 9.5" wide as described, it would have worked perfectly.
What's confusing is that another reviewer mentioned that her Buff was way too tight to even pull over her head, so the opposite problem has been true for others.
It seems like there are either some quality control issues in manufacturing or different colors of Buffs are different sizes for some odd reason. Either way, I would highly recommend trying on before buying.
How I missed this cool product all these years is beyond me! I was concerned when I opened the package that this wool is so thin, almost sheer, but I've been testing it out in the house and I'm burning up. Bunching it up creates pockets of warm air, similar to the concept of how down works. I think if it's extremely windy and Polar Vortex levels of cold I'll need more for my ears. But for most days this will work just great. I don't have a large head and can see trying the Junior size in future for a closer fit, but I feel the loose bunching on this is what I need to trap warmth. Could go either way to be honest. High quality merino wool. No seam! Love the lush grey that will go with everything. This will be a practical and versatile addition to my winter accessories collection.
Now to choose an original Buff for my summer camping trips! I'm guessing these are perfect for keeping pesky no-see-ums out of my ears without drenching myself in DEET or having to wear a hoodie on hot humid days!
Please note that the wool version of the buff has extra length. The extra length is very handy for my application when I want to cover all neck and head. It might not be good for people who'll use it as headband or beanie. But I don't do that so it's fine for me. It also looks great as a scarf.
This wool will not be itchy for most people. You might feel it's itchy only if you are ultra sensitive.
I do feel that they're overpriced but I still recommend them, nothing cheaper achieves the same result. And motorcycle-specific neck gaiters are actually more expensive. Take this, stay warm, and ride safe!
Price tip: the prices keeps changing alot, try to get them for $21-24 if you can. Sometimes they sell for that price at REI during sale.
I was able to keep my face comfortable on the bicycle hour after hour with the Buff around my neck. On the cold days, I doubled it up and brought it up to the bottom of my sunglasses and over my ears. It kept my nose and mouth warm and prevented wind from getting under my helmet liner at my ears. On the warmer days, I would pull it up in a single layer when the winds were really gusting or on the cooler descents. It also protected my neck and face from the sun.
A great item. I highly recommend this. I will use it for cycling, hiking, walking, jogging, and many other activities. The merino wool was still warm even with moisture on it from me breathing, and it was also not too hot when it got warmer. The magic of merino wool. Extremely happy with this product so far!
I took mine along on my last camping trip. Fantastic! I used it as a neck gaiter when it was chilly, then over my ears & part of my head (under my hat) when it was cold. When there was a cool wind blowing off the lake, I pulled it up over my face. When it got warm during the day, I just pulled it off and shoved it in my pack or in a breast pocket. At night, in my sleeping bag, I wore it over my neck, ears, and head, instead of a cap. In warmer weather, I'll put it around my inflatable pillow, to use in lieu of the bandana that was trying, and failing, to be a pillowcase.
I'm going to take this with me when I go skiing, and wear it with, maybe even under, my neoprene face mask. I think it will also go with me the next time I fly, in case it gets a little chilly on the plane.
This is a great little multi-tasker that weighs next to nothing, is super soft and comfortable, and provides just the right amount of warmth and protection. Thumbs up!