When you think of the word “Buff”, what crosses your mind. For many non-runners out there, they may think about muscles and weightlifting. For others, their minds may go to Duff beer, from Simpsons fame. However, for many of us runners Buff is the multifunctional headband company. Buff sent along some items for review – the Cap Pro Anton (named after Anton Krupicka) and their UV Arm Sleeves.
- Cap Pro Anton (~$20)
Specs (from website):
- Fastwick Extra Plus Fabric
- UV Protection
- Moisture Management
- Wind Resistant
- Dries Quickly
- Thermal Protection
- Silverplus® Odor Control
I love my trucker hats and utilize headwear on almost every run. I have a couple Buff headbands that I frequently use. Obviously the look of the Cap Pro Anton is quite different than my trucker hats, and looks more like a cycling hat of sorts. It is super light and simple, covering just enough of what you need (it is UV ray protected) and gets rid of as much excess as possible. The cap is moisture-wicking and is quite breathable with it’s air vents throughout the cap.
It also has a reflective Buff logo for safety, and does have the ability to adjust to headsize. As someone with longer hair, however, it just never fit quite right. The majority of men out there with shorter cuts should have no issues with this cap, but if you do have extra hair up top, you may want to try it on first.
- UV Arm Sleeves (~$25)
Specs (from website):
- UPF 40 Sun Protection
- Moisture wicking, breathable fabric
- Durable, comfortable four-way stretch for light compression
- Brushed elastic upper with engineered silicone grip holds sleeve comfortably in place
- Stretch flatlock seam eliminates chafing
- Antimicrobial fabric treatment helps control odors
- Lightweight, compressible and packable
I have never worn arm sleeves before, but was excited, especially with the chilly last couple of months. I expected them to try and was happy I did. They are pretty tight, which was a relatively new feeling for me but, as I later found out, isn’t all that odd. They didn’t feel too restrictive, and definitely added a thin layer of warmth to my arms when I needed it.
These are perfect for cooler temperatures, and should prove a solid alternative to long-sleeve shirts when the sun finally comes up, yet the temperatures stay low. We don’t always think about sun protection when it’s cold outside, but the UPF40 coverage is completely viable (and necessary) for keeping your skin safe, while not sacrificing function or comfort.
Thank you to Buff for providing us with samples. Please read our transparency page for info on how we do our reviews.