Here is the FR for the Wool Buff. HTml can be found here:
January 2nd, 2010
I have so far used this Wool Buff on about three day trips and one
overnight trip. I have also used it several times around town and to
My first trip out with the Wool Buff was a day hike up in the Brighton
Lakes area in Utah. The hike was about 2-3 mi (3-5 km) with an
elevation gain of about 1000 ft (305 m). Temperatures were around 50 F
(10 C). I initially wore the Buff around my head as a head band but as
the cool weather started to chill my ears, I shifted the Buff to cover
by head and ears more fully.
Keeping my head and ears warm while eating
My next trip out was in the Shenandoah NP in Virginia. I again used
the Wool Buff as a head wrap but later in the evening I switched over
to a hat to keep my head and ears warm. I have started to notice that
after some use, the Buff seems to lose some of its tightness and seems
to sag with continued use.
My next trip out was another hiking trip in the Shenandoah NP area.
This was to hike the White Oak canyon trail. The temperatures were
actually up in teh high 60's (20 C). I wore the Buff around my head
mostly to keep my hair out of my face.
The last trip out was a snowboarding trip and I ended up wearing the
Buff around my neck to both keep my neck warm and to help keep the
snow out of my jacket. The ski trip was out at Brighton Resort in
Utah. Weather was warm, around 40 F (4 C) and I was snowboarding for
the first time, which meant falling down most of the morning. The Buff
did a great job of keeping the snow from entering my jacket. I was
also able to pull the buff up over my face when I was on the ski lift
to keep my face from chilling on the way up.
Impressions and Comments:
So far I really like the Wool Buff. The material is nice and soft,
which feels great against the skin. I am not a big fan of the extra
length and would rather have a slightly thicker material then more
length. I tend to double the Buff up to take up the slack from the
extra length. I also find that after wear, the Buff isn't as tight as
it was when fresh from the wash. I find that because of the looser
fit, I don't use it as much as a hair wrap, rather I use it as a head
covering or neck covering.
Pros so far: easy to use, and nice skin feel. Cons so far: gets loose
with use (between washes).
This concludes my field report on the Buff Natural Merino Wool
Headwear. The long term report will be appended onto this report in
two months time (around December) and will include more field testing
and any long term wear issues. Please check back then for further
information on the Wool Buff.