Ever since the TV show Survivor came on the air 20 years ago, we know about the many uses of a Buff Multifunctional Headwear piece, and the brand name Buff has become the proprietary eponym for any such piece of clothing. Buff continues to produce high quality products with new looks and new and improved materials for different uses. The latest improvement on their already great fabric choices is the DryFlx line. According to the product description, the “DryFlx Neckwarmer is lightweight warmth for cool weather activities with an articulated design to reduce bulk, 360º reflectivity for nightime visibility and a thermally efficient 4-Way ULTRA STRETCH fabric that flexes with your body’s motion.”
I had the chance to test a product that is not yet available on the website: A DryFlx multifunctional headwear piece in a silvery grey. It has the same 360º reflectivity and four way stretch as the neckwarmer, but has the rectangle (not trapezoid) shape. Wearing it on a recent run, it was nice to start it around my neck when I was still feeling chilly, then I move it up to control my hair and keep the sweat out of my eyes after I felt hotter. The buff is the right size around my neck without binding and will pull up to cover my chin and ears if I need it to. As a headband it sits firmly without slipping, despite super fine hair that will cause most headbands to slip right off. It did a good job wicking sweat away, and in summer I look forward to its UPF50+ rating to keep my scalp and ears from getting a sunburn.
- DryFlx Multifunctional Headwear (currently not available on the website)
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.