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Backpacker Magazine – 2010 Editors' Choice/Gear Guide

Gear Review: Merino Wool Buff

A versatile head accessory that morphs from hat to gaiter to balaclava to pony-tail holder

by: BACKPACKER Editors and Contributors

Merino Wool Buff (www.SethHughes.com / Wonderful Machine)
Merino Wool Buff (www.SethHughes.com / Wonderful Machine)

Buffs are long, stretchy fabric tubes that multitask as neck gaiters and hats. And we made fun of them until our Rocky Mountain editor changed our minds. “It absorbs sweat more and dries faster than a bandanna,” he says of his CoolMax High UV Protection Buff ($21; 1 oz.), which he swears by for hot and exposed canyon hikes.

Our gear editor is another big fan. She now packs the cold-weather Merino Wool Buff ($27; 2 oz.) on every winter trek; it keeps her ears warm and even pinch-hits as a ponytail holder. buffusa.com




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Sebastian
Aug 14, 2013

Buff rules! I own winter fleece, merino, UV, and original Buffs, and each one excels in its own way. The multi-purpose nature of all Buffs is fantastic for the weight-conscious backpacker who is constantly trying to trim ounces. Also, the colors are really stylish and look great as a simple headband. Love my Buffs.

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Moondoggy
Aug 14, 2013

I love my buff and wear throughout many seasons . It's the most versitle piece of gear I own !

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Julio
Aug 14, 2013

I have one and I like it fairly well. Its ok for summer hikes (I prefer a shemagh) but it really shines in winter hikes. Stops wind burn, keeps you warm when your wet and its snowy, I can go on all day

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