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There are few products in the running world that are as versatile as BUFF USA’s Full BUFF®. I’ve seen them hanging on displays in sporting goods stores near the hunting and fishing sections, but never realized what a fabulous piece of gear it is for ALL outdoor activities. I was very excited to review the Merino Wool BUFF® and compare it to my Original Full BUFF® and Half BUFF®.
The Merino Wool BUFF® Specs:
100% natural merino wool
12+ different ways to wear
Water repellent, odor resistant, flameproof, UV protection
Durable with natural stretch and elasticity
Cool in the summer, extra layer of warmth in the winter
Thermal protection from cold and wind
Semi-seamless - small, unnoticeable seam at top and bottom of Merino Wool BUFF®
One size fits all adults
Classic BUFF® headwear shape, but with few extra inches of length for cozy protection
Benefits of the Merino Wool BUFF®
The Merino Wool BUFF® is a fantastic product for any outdoor enthusiast, male or female! While I personally use mine primarily while running, I also wear it out casually on the soccer fields to keep my ears warm and my hair out of my face while I'm watching my kids’ play. I’m a big fan of wearing caps, but on windy days, they can fly right off my head! The Merino Wool BUFF® is a perfect alternative for windy conditions.
It is also a product that is suitable for all ages. My 10 year old son liked using it to block the sun out of his eyes so he could sleep during a 9-hour road-trip in the car. We travel quite a bit so having a simple, lightweight BUFF® to make sleep a little easier on the go is a huge plus!
Caring for the Merino Wool BUFF® takes slightly more effort than the original. According to BUFF_USA’s website, here is the best way to keep your Merino Wool BUFF® in optimal condition:
Hand wash in warm water with mild soap
Lay flat to dry
Do not use fabric softeners
Do not bleach
Do not iron
In my opinion, this is the only drawback of the product. I have a difficult time with any type of “high maintenance” laundry items. No matter how hard I try, they almost always inadvertently get washed incorrectly. In fact, this actually happened with my Merino Wool BUFF®. It got mixed in with a load of laundry and even went into the dryer! The headwear was not damaged, per se, but I definitely noticed that it was slightly more stretched out than it was prior to the wash.
The Merino Wool BUFF® is a great item for any outdoor enthusiast, particularly one who might be exposed to cold conditions. The 100% Merino Wool is ideal for wicking moisture while also keeping your warm. Hikers, cyclists, fishermen, and even spectators of any outdoor event would benefit from the Merino Wool BUFF®.
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