Gear Review: Merino Wool Buff

buff copenhagenDisclaimer: I received the Merino Wool Buff to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review find and write race reviews!

buff packageThis Buff arrived in the mail at the perfect time. I had just returned from a trip to Florida, it was cold in Toronto and I was not looking forward to going out running. Once I found the Buff in the mail, I was super excited to try it in the wintery weather!

The first time I used it, I folded it in half and used it as a neck warmer. It worked great and was long enough that I could cover my face if needed with it, especially when the wind picked up. I used it for all my runs for the few days that I was home before I left to go away for work. I love how warm it is and that it is wool without being itchy at all.


IMG_2747While I was away, my knee started to hurt so I decided to take a break from running to hopefully give my injury a chance to heal. But even during my break from running while I’ve been travelling, this Buff has become an essential part of my winter and every day apparel.

I went for a walk in -20C in Moncton, NB with it over head and face because I forgot to bring a hat on my trip. Forgetting my hat made me realize how versatile and generally useful the Buff is.

One of my favourite parts of this Buff is how long it is and therefore how many different ways you can wear it from hat to headband to neck warmer.

I had optimistically thought that going to Germany and Denmark in March would be warm. Ha! I was really wrong and I have been so glad to have this Buff to use as a hat, ear warmer and/or neck warmer. I have brought it with me everywhere and have been using it non-stop!

IMG_2849Besides using it for outdoor uses, I have also used the Buff as an eye cover on the plane and for naps. The below picture is a nap after 12+ hours of working, it worked great to block out the light! It’s actually my favourite thing that I brought on my transatlantic flight because I could cover my eyes while I was trying to sleep and it was cozy to have it around my neck the rest of the time.

long day buff eye coverOverall, I just love this merino wool Buff! I love that it’s really warm even with the fabric being thin and breathable. It bunches down to being really small and portable but is also long enough to be used as a hat and neck warmer at the same time. It’s really easy to fold into a hat too!

IMG_2797As much as I am excited for spring and the end of cold weather, I am really happy to have found something makes the winter more bearable. This Buff has quickly become a go to for me!

Have you found a new go to piece of gear this winter? Are you excited for spring running?


7 thoughts on “Gear Review: Merino Wool Buff

  1. adamhaesler March 10, 2016 / 11:12 pm

    Hey Katherine,
    Sounds like you have been traveling a lot, I am curious how that affects your ability to get back to training once home, or even stay in training when on the road. Obviously, trying to both is difficult logistically as you have to do, but I would imagine emotionally, physically, and mentally it must play a toll.

    I would say the piece of clothing I love the most are the plethora of sock options I have in multiple different colours.

    Although, I also really like my puffy jacket and puffy vest as they keep me warm when needed, which is a lot less than you! Cold weather on the west coast is 10C, lol.

    Have a wonderful day!

    • KatherineRunsUltras March 12, 2016 / 11:19 am

      It’s definitely tricky to train while away but thankfully my bosses are really supportive and understand my need to run. It is also mentally exhausting to run new places all the time. This is a great idea for a blog post!
      Nothing better than great socks! I wish that was our cold weather too, thankfully it’s been a warm winter. Hope you’re having a great weekend 🙂

  2. 50in50marathonquest March 14, 2016 / 1:29 pm

    I’ve seen a couple of reviews for these lately and they are all positive…going to have to look into picking one up as they seem quite versatile which is handy in the PNW when any given run can be unpredictable. Best new gear I found over the winter though was gadget related and finally found a pair of bluetooth running headsphones that will actually work for me! Look forward to following your blog!

    • KatherineRunsUltras March 14, 2016 / 3:02 pm

      Thanks for reading! It would definitely be great in PNW weather! Finding good headphones is really hard and makes such a difference.

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