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What Run Oregon is Wearing: Buff ThermoNet Hat and Multifunction Headwear

Over the past few years, the term “buff” has become synonymous for a tube shaped piece of clothing that can be used as a neckwarmer, headband, or hat. The clothing company Buff calls it its Multifunctional Headwear. Additionally, Buff makes hats, headbands, gloves, balaclavas, bandannas, and some other similar accessories that will keep you protected during outdoor activities. There are products for every season, and I got to try out the warmest of the lineup: The ThermoNet hat and multifunctional headwear.

I tried out the Thermonet Hat at a recent race with a cold morning start. I was really happy with how warm it was keeping my head even though the material looked like it wouldn’t offer too much warmth. It is very lightweight (just 2 oz), and after I warmed up, the hat tucked into my pocket without becoming a bulky burden. Thanks to its low profile, it would work well under a ski or bike helmet as well. I look forward to using it during other winter activities.

The “Multifunctional Headwear,” otherwise known as a neckwarmer or colloquially a “buff” is one of the most versatile protective accessories. If you’ve ever watched the TV show “Survivor” you will have seen many ways in which contestants wear their tribe’s Buff’s. Most commonly, it can be used as a neckwarmer instead of a scarf, which has the big advantage that there are no scarf tails to worry about. It can be used as a headband, hat, arm warmer, and more. There are so many options that Buff made a “how to wear it” video. This buff is wonderful when I bike to work on a chilly morning, it’ll be nice during outdoor runs in the winter, and definitely during snowy weekends on the mountain.


Company: Buff

Products & Price:
Specs (from website):
When weather conditions require high-thermal insulation, the new ThermoNet™ multifunctional headwear provides maximum protection from the cold. This comfortable, thin multifunctional headwear is made with breathable, durable PrimaLoft® yarn that is four times warmer than regular microfiber. The result of years of research and testing, ThermoNet™ multifunctional headwear wicks moisture away from your skin while trapping heat inside, keeping you comfortable and dry in even the most frigid winter weather.
  • Featuring PrimaLoft® yarn
  • High-thermal insulation: mimics the warmth of down
  • 4 times warmer than microfiber
  • High warmth-to-weight ratio means you don’t need bulk to stay warm
  • Moisture management
More about Buff:

It all began in 1991 on a bike.

Charged with a passion for motorcycles, our founder, Joan Rojas, sought to find a solution to keep his neck and head protected on his cross-country rides. Plucking from his knowledge of tubular knitting, he churned out the first BUFF® headwear product, focusing on supreme craftsmanship, and tested it as he traveled the length of the Pyrenees. BUFF® , short for bufanda, which means “scarf” in Spanish, was born.

Partnering with superior manufacturers of raw materials, over the past 25 years, BUFF® has premiered and innovated the tubular headwear category. Our company-owned factory, which is located downstairs of our headquarters in Spain, allows us to ensure that, start to finish, excellence is built into every product.

Today, just as then, BUFF® headwear is a product built on this ethos of quality; it’s in the marrow of our company.


Thank you to Buff for providing us with samples. Please read our transparency page for info on how we do our reviews.
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