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What Run Oregon is Wearing: BUFF USA

 

You know a company is tried and true when you find their name is not only a noun to describe the company name but also a noun to describe what it is. There are lots of headwear options out on the market for running, hiking, cycling, and lots of other outdoor activities made by many fine companies. But as far as I know, headscarves are mostly called “buffs,” so when you get a buff actually made by BUFF USA, it must cut the mustard pretty well.

Though I’ve been running for almost two decades now, I’m really only starting to get into buffs and arm sleeves. I’ve always been a year round runner, but in the last couple of years, I’ve been putting in a lot more miles than I used to. This means I’m out in the cold, the wet, and the heat a lot. It’s important to have the right gear so you can prepare for anything that comes, and even better if you’re wearing something that’s easy to remove if you start to overheat. BUFF® sent me a few great options to try out as I gear up for some more trail running this season.

I recently got my hair cut for the summer and now it’s just a tad too short for a ponytail. I can’t stand running with my hair down or anything at all in my eyes. The CoolNet UV Headband is absolutely perfect for my current situation. I can comfortably pull it back from my face and eyes and it’s not too tight or loose. You don’t want a headband that cuts off your circulation, but you also don’t want something that falls off your head too easily. This headband by BUFF is the right mix of elasticity. It’s also soft, breathable, and 100% seamless, not to mention cute.

The headband has UPF 50 sun protection built into it (helpful for those llllooooonnnnggg days out in the sun running,) and it’s also made out of 95% of recycled materials. Hep yourself and the environment too! Did I mention that the Polyiene treatment will help resist odors? This is a huge plus if you sweat and have a lot of hair like I do!

Another awesome product made by BUFF® is The Coolnet UV Reflective Headwear. The difference between this and the headband above is that this one can be used in 14 different ways (which you can check out on the “ways to wear” tab of the product link on the website.)  Obviously it works great as a headband, but you could also wear it as a mask to cover part of your face, as a hood, as a “do” rag, or a balaclava among other uses.

Mine came in a coral pink color (there is a wide selection of colors available) and I love it. It’s very lightweight, which is not what you’d expect for a product that has the potential to cover so much up, but it works beautifully. The CoolNet technology (also in the headband mentioned previously) helps ensure that you won’t get hot as quickly as you might with other types of buffs. It also has the same odor control and seamless technology mentioned regarding the headband, and this one also has a reflective pattern on it which is handy if you plan to run after sundown or before sunset.

I wore arm sleeves for the first time this spring before a trail race on the coast, and it was by far the best wardrobe choice of the day. Arm sleeves are the perfect solution for standing around in a cold forest early in the morning waiting for your race to start knowing you’re going to get hot while you’re running. I personally don’t like to carry even the lightest weight jackets on my runs if I don’t have to, and the arm sleeves take up very little room in a hydration vest or fuel belt. The UV Arm Sleeves are a great option for a few reasons. The first reason is right in the title .. the UV protection is huge. I never used to worry so much about the sun but as previously mentioned, I’m running a lot and any extra protection is smart. I also got a large arm tattoo last fall, so the UPF 40+ protection helps keep it from fading. The sleeves are moisture wicking and are made for hot weather, which is great this time of year. They have a bit of elastic at the top so they will grip your upper arms, but they aren’t tight or uncomfortable. I got them in a M/L size and I think I have average arms. They don’t feel too tight or loose, and they don’t slide down. I also wore them on a warm day and didn’t feel overheated in them.

The arm sleeves have a stretch flatlock seam which really helps prevent chafing, and the antimicrobial fabric the keep odors at bay. The arm sleeves are slightly compressive which, in my opinion, really helps with blood flow.There are also some reflective marks on them which make them a great option at dusk or while everyone else is sleeping.

I wear hats a lot these days, because they help keep rain out of your eyes as well as sun, and you’ll get plenty of both here in Oregon, maybe even on the same run. As anyone who wears hats knows, they aren’t all created equally. The Run Cap is super comfortable, unlike some hats that are stiff and hurt around my ears. You can’t even feel this one on your head, and that’s really saying something, especially when you’re going to be stuck with it for hours on the trails or roads.

 

The Run Cap I received was very colorful. All these bright colors are back in style, just like fanny packs. This one has reflective elements on it, as well as an adjustable band across the back. I sweat quite a bit when I run (do you remember my mention of having a lof of hair? Yeah, hair sweats are for REAL.) No worries, as this hat has a moisture-wicking sweatband and dries quickly.

I enjoyed all of the products that BUFF® provided us. It’s clear to me that quality is important as well as functionality. The next time you’re looking to cover up and cool down, check out BUFF.


Company:

BUFF USA  Find them on facebook here.

CoolNet UV+Reflective Headwear (R-Coral Pink) ($26.00)

Specs (from website):

  • 360° Reflectivity
  • 95% recycled REPREVE® performance microfiber
  • HeiQ cooling technology
  • Polygiene® odor control
  • UPF 50+ sun protection*
  • 4-Way ULTRA STRETCH
  • 12+ ways to wear
  • 100% seamless
  • Lightweight
  • Product Dimensions: (approx.) 21 (L) x 9 (W) inches
  • Weight: 1.2 ounces

CoolNet UV+Reflective Headband (Moonbow) ($15.00)

Specs (from website):

  • 95% recycled REPREVE® performance microfiber
  • HeiQ cooling technology
  • Polygiene® odor control
  • UPF 50+ sun protection*
  • 4-Way ULTRA STRETCH
  • 100% seamless
  • Lightweight
  • Product Dimensions: (approx.) 3.75 (L) x 9 (W) inches
  • Weight: 0.5 ounce

Run Cap (R-Jayla) ($24.00)

Specs (from website):

  • Soft visor
  • Moisture-wicking sweatband
  • Breathable
  • Quick-dry
  • Adjustable elastic band closure
  • Reflective elements

UV Arm Sleeves (White) ($25.00)

Specs (from website):

  • Provides UPF 40+ protection*
  • Moisture wicking fabric is breathable and comfortable
  • Durable, comfortable four-way stretch for light compression
  • Stretch flatlock seam eliminates chafing
  • Antimicrobial fabric treatment helps control odors
  • Lightweight, compressible and packable
  • Slightly smaller elastic upper (compared to angling version) holds sleeve comfortably in place
  • Reflective elements for added low-light visibility
  • Set of 2 arm sleeves

More about 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.

Technology has progressed and the industry of textiles has moved into a new age, and we have evolved with it. While we incorporate state-of-the-art fabric technologies, like COOLMAX® and Polygeine®, into our products, we stick to our heritage of quality and reliability. It’s these time-tested qualities that athletes and outdoor enthusiasts from an array of sports depend on, and why BUFF® ® is the original multifunctional headwear.

Thank you to BUFF® for providing us with a sample pack. Please read our transparency page for info on how we do our reviews.

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About Nikki Mueller (434 Articles)
I'm the owner of Healthy Girl Fitness and I'm a personal trainer, certified AFAA group exercise instructor, and an RRCA certified running coach in SW Portland. I am also the mother of two young boys and am on the board at my youngest son's school. I led a relatively inactive life throughout my 20's until I discovered the world of fitness and running. I ran my first marathon in 2006 and haven't looked back since.

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