The Beloved Buff®
So what’s the big deal about Buff?
Besides that it was responsible for my big travel ideas, It’s just a tubular piece of material…..
But don’t be fooled by its benign appearance. Buffs have a devoted following of travel freaks, adventure nuts and all people backpackery.
Once you’ve been wooed by its soft microfibres you’ll be sucked in by its breathable, moisture wicking and thermal properties which make it cool in hot weather and warm in cool weather.
I wore mine as a bandana in the Amazon to keep the crawlies out of my hair. I turned it into an emergency beanie to keep my head warm when I got caught out by the weather on a day hike in the lake district, UK, and it became a face mask in Patagonia when the famous winds whipped up a howling dust storm through the Straight of Magellan.
Nowadays, whether I’m up a mountain or down at the local shops, I always have a Buff from my growing collection handy - usually wrapped around my wrist like an adult version of a comfort blanket.
Origins of Buff®
Buff was born in 2002. It was the invention of an off-road trials motorcyclist who realized the need for a multi-functional garment to be worn on and around his head while out riding in all conditions. Armed with 25 years experience in manufacturing garments for European football brands, Juan Rojas set about experimenting with different designs and knitting processes until he found a high performance micro fibre and developed his seamless Buff on a specially developed tubular loom.
The Original Buff®
Buffs have come a long way since that first original design. There is now a whole range of polar fleece Buffs, Buffs with visors, Hoodie Buffs, Cyclone Buffs and Buffs for Babies, Juniors – even a Doggie Buff.
But my favourite is still the original Buff – the simple seamless tube. My eight-year-old Buff has been used, abused and besides a few minute micro fibre bobbles, it still hasn’t faded, worn out or lost its shape.
Find out the multiple ways to wear the mighty Buff in this piece of Buff action.
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