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The Buff is one of my favorite running products of all time, so I was jumping for joy inside when I found out I’d get to test the UV Full Buff. In fact, I have been using mine nonstop since it arrived. It’s regularly in the 90’s, now that it’s almost summer, and I needed something light to keep the sweat out of my eyes. It’s no surprise to me that the UV Full Buff delivers.
Despite having a lot of fabric to work with, this Buff is lightweight and wicks moisture efficiently. You’d think it would feel bulky, but it doesn’t. Among other things, Buff is known for their fabulous fabric that does not stink, called Polygiene®, and it totally works! That’s super important going into the summer (seriously, why does my sweat smell so much worse during the summer?).
Runner friends: you won’t just use this Buff for running. The biggest benefit of the UV Full Buff is the versatility. I’ve worn it as a headband, a head wrap and on my wrist; there are more than 12 ways to wear it – plenty of options. It also keeps the hair off of your neck much better than an elastic headband, making it a smart choice for basically any workout.
And now, a story. Back in college, a friend taught me the most ingenious way to use a bandana – just wrap it up and wear it as a headband with the knot tied on top. This trick upped the look of my casual outfits, turned my bad hair days into good ones, and most importantly, kept the hair off of my neck. Whether I was walking to class, playing powderpuff football, or running around with kids at camp, I often wore my hair like this, because I needed my long locks off my neck, but I hated wearing it up… until I got a Buff! The Buff replaced my bandana, and made it though a couple of summers at camp with no stink, and it was cooler in temperature than cotton.
Recently, I’ve been wearing a Buff just like I did in college, because the Otoe print goes with so many things in my closet. I even styled it below with one of my fave casual outfits as of late – the colors pull the whole look together for me!
The moral of the story: if you are constantly running from activity to activity, the UV Buff keep your hair looking great.
Enough about style, though (this is a running blog, after all. If you live in a dusty and dry area, you can use it as a face guard (you can also use this if you’re going skiing or doing cooler activities), and it will protect your skin from harmful UV rays! And, if you’re a guy, you can use it as a cap or do-rag, to protect your head from the hot sun!
I’m also really excited to use it this summer with ICE! I got the idea from other Bib Rave-ers to put ice cubes in the fabric for an added chill. I have problems with my head getting really hot on warmer days, so I’ll definitely be trying this soon.
Any cons? For the sake of total honesty/journalistic integrity, the ivory and brown tones on the Otoe design didn’t look the same in person as on the website. Obviously, that’s really nitpicking it, and is a normal expectation when shopping online. It certainly hasn’t stopped my from wearing my UV Full Buff!
The UV Full Buff is available at www.buffusa.com for $25! The Otoe seems to be out of stock, but I’d totally wear the Starburst and Moxie prints. If flower and lace prints aren’t your cup of tea, there are a variety of other designs.
What’s your favorite use for a Buff?
Cheers to staying cool and feeling great this summer!