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Last year, I had the opportunity to try out a BUFF® from Buff USA. You know, they make those cool buffs seen on Survivor? When I was offered the chance to try a Merino Wool BUFF (R), my first reaction is “well I live in Arizona, so there’s no way I would be able to use one”. Then I started reading up on the benefits of using them as an insulator and thought I would give it a try. It was also 95 degrees when I said yes, but as of this morning was 37 degrees. So yes, wool has a place in Arizona!
When I first received it, I loved the pattern and texture even more than I thought I would. I immediately started envisioning this as more than just a running accessory, but also a stylish fashion accessory that would keep me warm. It is REALLY soft. I wore as a scarf for a few runs, and also to work and going out with the girls!
I took it out on a chilly morning to walk the dog, using it as a head scarf. I loved how it contained all my hair, covered my ears and kept my head warm. The natural stretch in the fabric made it conform to my head and stay put!
Now it was time to put it to the running test! I wore it on 2 weekday runs plus the Hot Chocolate 5k. It was cold! I hadn’t washed it in between wearings and it didn’t’ smell!. It is supposed to provide thermal comfort between 32 and 68 degrees. The cool thing about the BUFF is how many different ways you can wear it. I wore it around my neck, but had it been any cooler, I could have easily pulled it up so that it covered my ears. Check out this diagram and video of all the ways to wear a BUFF!
Merino wool is a bit different than the standard wool you may think of. It comes from New Zealand and Australia and offers some unique properties . Not only does it provide excellent moisture management, Merino wool transfers moisture away from the body helping you keep cool and dry during exercise or hot weather. It's great for efficient temperature regulation and odor control. It has natural stretch and retains its shape.
I went on to buffusa.com to look at all the color/style options and WOW – there are so many cool ones to choose from. They range in prince from $27-$32 each. I’m going to need to add to my collection, for sure.
The verdict: I love the versatility and texture of the Merino Wool BUFF. Now I know that it can help you regulate temperature, no matter what kind of climate you live in. This will be a part of my running gear all year, not just in the winter!
Hi, I'm Emily! I'm an avid runner in Arizona with a passion for travel and racing around the country!