What Run Oregon is Wearing: Cold Weather head and neckwear from BUFF

Baby, it’s COLD outside! It’s time to gear up, and BUFF USA literally has you covered!! Their products are of great quality, the functionality for your cold weather needs is stellar, and the materials are simply the best. Even better, it’s a company worth standing behind, and their partnership with UNICEF means that they are currently donating 2% of their global yearly profits to projects helping fight COVID-19.

The Dry FLX + Neckwarmer is more than just a standard gaiter that you’ll see out and about in the cold. This neckwarmer is one single piece that goes from the bottom of your neck to the bridge of your nose, with an ergonomic fit all the way around your head. There are “technical smart zones” that help increase breathability and targeted warmth in all the right spots, with thicker material in areas where heat loss is more prevalent and lighter material in more sweat-prone areas. There’s a slight slope where the ears and nose go, and even little vent holes strategically placed where you need to breathe. Additionally, there are rubber strips on the back to keep the neckwarmer in place. This lightweight thermal grade piece is just what you’ll want on those biting cold days out in the elements. The material is what you’d expect of a high quality product from BUFF®. Thermal insulation, 100% seasmless comfort, and even some reflective elements. The 4-Way ULTRA STRETCH is nice too.

If you’re looking for some real comfort while trying to stay warm, the ThermoNet Multifunctional Headwear will not disappoint. This lightweight tube-shaped warmer also has the 4-Way ULTRA STRETCH with super soft material made from recycled materials. It wicks well to handle even the coldest, wettest, or sweatiest days. The PrimaLoft® yarn really breathes well and it wicks away from your skin, keeping you dry and warm. It is also seamless and light! I wore this on a chilly fog-filled morning out on the trails of Forest Park and it felt both sturdy as well as light, if that even makes sense.

My favorite new beanie is the DryFlx®+ Hat. It’s lightweight, super stretchy (again with the 4-Way ULTRA STRETCH fabric) and breathable. It conforms well to the shape of my head and thanks to the ergonomic fit, it covers my ears without coming into my eyes. Though it’s not intended for use as High Visibility Personal Pertection Equipment, it does have reflective elements that glow when illuminated. Also, it dries very quickly and has conveniently placed vent holes and both a high thermal and absorption zone. In other words, this hat is smart enough to know where you’ll get hot. Like the neckwarmer, there are rubber strips inside the back to keep the hat in place.

I wore this beanie on that same trail run with the ThermoNet Headwear and I forgot I even had it on. Some beanies start to itch my forehead, but this one was not at all noticeable, though it kept my ears and head warm. It felt dry even as the fog and sweat took over, and by the time I’d gotten home from the run, it was already dry. I will be reaching for this hat often.

As always, BUFF® did not disappoint. There’s a reason this is a well known name in the game, and they have a million options for all of your needs out there.



Products & Price:

DryFlx®+ Neckwarmer ($42.00)

Specs (from website):

  • Moisture-management
  • Thermal Insulation
  • 100% Seamless Woven Design
  • Reflective Elements
  • Product Dimensions: (approx.) 12.2 (L) x 10.4 (W) inches
  • Weight: 2 ounces
  • Fabric Content: 49% Polyamide, 47% Polyester, 4% Elastane

ThermoNet Multifunctional Headwear ($27.00)

Specs (from website):

  • Featuring PrimaLoft® yarn that is 70% recycled
  • 4 Way Stretch
  • High warmth-to-weight ratio means less bulk
  • Moisture management
  • Seamless with bonded ends
  • Product Dimensions: (approx.) 19.5 (L) x 9.25 (W) inches
  • Weight: 2.12 ounces
  • Fabric Content: 100% PrimaLoft® yarn – 70% recycled

DryFlx®+ Hat ($32.00)

Specs (from website):

  • Moisture-management
  • Thermal Insulation
  • 100% Seamless Woven Design
  • Reflective Elements
  • Product Dimensions: (approx.) 10.4 (L) x 9.3 (W) inches
  • Weight: 1.2 ounces
  • Fabric Content: 49% Polyamide, 47% Polyester, 4% Elastane

More about BUFF®USA:

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.

We invite you to become part of the BUFF® revolution. See for yourself why BUFF® Headwear is the perfect accessory for any outdoor activity.


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About Author

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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