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I have been a fan of BUFF USA for a while now. I’ve tried out both their half buffs as well as the full merino wool buff in the winter time and haven’t been disappointed. They recently came out with UV arm sleeves and I was excited to grab a pair!
The sleeves arrived in mid-April, when it is starting to warm up in Phoenix, but the mornings are still “cool”. To me, sleeves are such a versatile option, as they can keep you cool and you can take them off when you warm up, or – you could use them to keep cool and keep from getting sunburned in full sun exposure.
Even though they come in 11 colors and wicked cool designs, I chose white. I knew I would be racing in them, and that I wanted something that would blend in and go with everything. I would have loved to pick one of the other designs though.
I wore these beauties on my birthday run, and they worked out perfectly. They stay put, don’t slide or roll down. They are a tiny bit on the long side (on me, at least). They are available in 3 sizes. I wasn’t sure how high up to yank them because they were so long. They felt cool the whole run.
I took them out on a couple more morning runs. Comfortable and kept me just the right temperature.
Another cool feature, UV Arm Sleeves have reflective elements strategically placed for better visibility in low-light conditions. Put them on in the morning to fight the chill, and comfortably leave them on all day for UPF 40+ sun protection. The highly breathable polyester material wicks moisture, is comfortable next to the skin, and blocks harmful rays.
I threw them in the washing machine, since I wanted to wear them at Rock n Roll San Diego half marathon. They washed very easily and turned out beautifully! The true test will be wearing them for 2 hours in the Rock n Roll 1/2 marathon this weekend. It will be quite humid, hopefully that won't affect their ability to stay in place.
They make 11 styles for UV protection, plus several other for us as “insect shields”. Who knew??! The one test I did not try was wearing them in very hot conditions for cooling. I've been told you could wet them and put them on to keep you cool, but that sounds a bit uncomfortable for me.
They retail for $24.99, check out all the patterns here! If you are someone who likes the versatility that arm sleeves provide, I highly recommend giving these a try!
Hi, I'm Emily! I'm an avid runner in Arizona with a passion for travel and racing around the country!