Monday, December 16, 2013

Buff or Balaclava

 On a cold day I frequently fight a cold neck. I have a balaclava that I have frequently used to protect my head from cold winds. At times I have also used a bandanna.

But now I have a new weapon. It's called a buff. They come in a wide variety of colors, styles and materials. I got a couple from REI and tried one out this morning.

Cold weather weapons laid out on Max as he warmed up this morning.

The buff is quite versatile. It can be worn in various ways and has many uses. 

This is how I wore it this morning. Keeps the ears and neck nice and warm. I discovered that the chin was slightly exposed, but only slightly

I pronounce the Buff as one of my newest favorite accessories.

Ride On and Carpe Diem, my friends


  1. Jimbo:

    I have a fleece neck warmer which I use instead of a scarf. I used to leave my scarves behind everywhere I went and lost a few. I think I also have a buff but it is more suited for hot weather when you are sweating in your helmet

    Riding the Wet Coast

    1. I agree that the Buff is probably better designed for hot weather, but I found it to be surprisingly warm in cold weather. I have become a Buff fan.

  2. I have a few buff's of my own and love them. I particularly like the merino wool ones for winter, they are still light weight and warm. I usually pull mine up over my chin and then its all secure in my fullface helmet and I am warm as toast.

  3. I really didn't think I would like it as much as I did. And I didn't buy it just for riding. They are very versatile!

  4. I simply use a hooded sweatshirt. I can fold the hold around the back of the helmet or wear it under the helmet. Either way I find that I'm nice and toasty and it protects my neck as well.

    Sadly my chin does get a bit cold.