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My newest piece of hiking gear is Buff Headwear. I know it's been around for a while but I just bought one recently and put it to use this morning. I did a 10 mile day hike and when I started out this morning it was a sunny 19 degrees but very windy. I wore the Buff like a balaclava with a wool hat over it for good measure. The Buff kept my head, ears, neck and face very comfortable and this was the not even the cold weather Buff. At certain points during the hike the wind was directly in my face so I pulled the Buff up over my mouth and nose. No problem with breathing at all and the moisture from my breath seemed to be wicked away. I can see this being very versatile, it can be configured into a balaclava, a headband, a face mask, a hat etc etc. we'll see how it does with bugs when I'm swamp stomping this Spring/Summer.

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That's a scarf right?

Every other corner of Manhattan sells them.

I have an old one i bought from Patagonia of all companies. Better than a dedicated insulated hood on a parka IMHO.
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Not a scarf, just a poly tube. Overpriced for what it is, priceless for what it does. Works great in multiple configurations. I have half a dozen, as they see daily use. I wear them as a beanie under a hardhat from around freezing up, for hiking from teens to 100+, and for mountain biking above ~40. In cold weather it can also be a neck gaiter or face mask.
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Not really a scarf, more like an elastic like cloth tube that can be configured in several different ways. Very versatile.

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And the you tube video on different ways to use them is pretty good too. I own 3 of them. Love em.

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For swamp use, dip it in permethrin and let it dry.

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I have a couple, but I'll admit that I haven't seen the second one in years.  not sure where it is.

I tend to use it more when mountain biking, and usually in the 20-30 temp range.  I have gone lower adding a smartwool beanie under my helmet, but the buff is getting to be insufficient for my face at that temp.  freezing breath condensation in 'clava mode makes it really uncomfortable for very long.

for the summer, I break out the wide brimmed hat.  shade from the hat is more valuable to me than wicking from the buff.  I might use it as a handkerchief to wipe sweat from my brow, but that's about it.  I can't double up in the heat.  my hair is too thick and I cook.


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I like mine a lot.  Often in the summer it is just a headband or ponytail holder.

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Overpriced for what it is, priceless for what it does.

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Ya know, I have one.  I bought it several years ago thinking it was a pretty practical   item.  Seemed like it would be. But, I've never actually used it.  I find it scant proctection in the wint when a neck gaiter serves me better and I've never had the occasion to use it in the summer.  I often carry it though.  Perhpas one day it'll come in real handy.

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My wife loves all of hers  asshe had multiple of them in different colors  to match up with her bping or canoeing outfits. Me I have a black one and an orange one plus a couple  I've won as door prizes ( Nat Geo one and a Gear Junkie one) I like it as it's  lt wt to use as a neck gaiter and  to use to sleep  with at night  when  cooler out.
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Is it worth the extra 10 bucks to get the wool version?

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