Going out in the Buff

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Going out in the Buff

Postby Stradageek » 22 Dec 2012, 7:23pm

I'm not even sure where I heard about them but I recently purchased a Buff (a very expensive polyester tube) and am amazed at the result!

I can wear one less layer on these cold winter days because my neck is cosy, but not sweaty, and if I'm on a chilly descent I can go into Western Outlaw mode and cover up the mouth and nose too.

An unexpected bonus is that I no longer have to worry about zips digging into the throat (a particular problem when riding a recumbent) as the Buff also acts as a soft 'buffer'.

Why didn't anyone tell me about these before? My standard 'saddle bag' kit (usually a gilet, arm warmers and a head band) will have to increase in weight by 30 grams

PS my wife got one too, arrived at work and thought 'this looks nice' and wore it all day, bonus!

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Re: Going out in the Buff

Postby reohn2 » 22 Dec 2012, 7:39pm

Buffs are great! :D
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Re: Going out in the Buff

Postby dodger » 22 Dec 2012, 7:53pm

I thought I was going to read about naked cycling!

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Re: Going out in the Buff

Postby gaz » 22 Dec 2012, 8:12pm

reohn2 wrote:Buffs are great! :D

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Re: Going out in the Buff

Postby gentlegreen » 22 Dec 2012, 8:33pm

I'll stick with my fleece scarf - as with poppers and zips it lets me adjust the temperature if I warm up.

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Re: Going out in the Buff

Postby Sooper8 » 23 Dec 2012, 12:14am

I got a merino wool buff in a camping shop closing down sale. Really love it and wouldn't be without it.
It really does make an amazing difference
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Re: Going out in the Buff

Postby RickH » 23 Dec 2012, 3:41pm

I wear one under my helmet nearly all the time when cycling. I have a "polar" one (with a section of fleecy material at one end) that I wear in skull cap mode for the coldest weather and the rest of the time use an ordinary one, either as a skull cap in mild weather or rolled up as a sweat band in hot weather.

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Re: Going out in the Buff

Postby Big T » 25 Dec 2012, 1:08pm

I too wear one all the time under my helmet. in summer to soak up the sweat and in winter to keep my head and ears warm. if it's cold i wear an extra one around the neck and cover my chin with it.
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Re: Going out in the Buff

Postby daveanmucker » 31 Dec 2012, 7:42pm

It surprised me just how much difference a Buff made to the comfort factor on't bike and out on't t hill we have or should I say t' wife has a regular Buff but after reading t' thread I ordered a merino one.

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Re: Going out in the Buff

Postby Sweep » 10 Mar 2013, 8:14pm

I too have a polar one. Only started using it this winter - yes it makes a big difference - i was surprised - often allows me to get away with using my lighter top.
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Re: Going out in the Buff

Postby Redvee » 10 Mar 2013, 11:50pm

I've got 5 now I think. One is used in work, for when I'm in the +2c warehouse and the others are there if I need them for the colder rides.

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Re: Going out in the Buff

Postby al_yrpal » 10 Mar 2013, 11:57pm

Aldi have Buffs today £2.99

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Re: Going out in the Buff

Postby Tigger » 11 Mar 2013, 8:27am

Stradageek wrote:...and if I'm on a chilly descent I can go into Western Outlaw mode and cover up the mouth and nose too

+1

I wear mine like this most of the time atm :( Have to take my glasses off tho otherwise they steam up :lol:

I'd been meaning to buy one for ages (as recommended here) and then got one as a surprise xmas pressie :grin: Now I could do with a second one for when it's in the wash.

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Re: Going out in the Buff

Postby gentlegreen » 11 Mar 2013, 9:25am

I've bought an Aldi one - looks interesting - gives six "wearing suggestions" and intriguingly suggests I can "create my own style" - though I'm stuck for ideas there..
We shall see.
It should at least bridge the gap between fleece cap and nothing.

Being a hairy ex-biker who at one stage had planned to be riding a Harley by now, perhaps I should eventually go for something a bit more colourful. :wink:

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Re: Going out in the Buff

Postby Redvee » 11 Mar 2013, 9:58am

Tigger wrote: Have to take my glasses off tho otherwise they steam up :lol:


That is one downside to wearing a buff, though when I stop at traffic lights etc then I do drop the buff down to my chin(s) :lol: to prevent this.