High UV Buff with Insect Shield
I’ll start like I start all of my reviews; with a disclaimer. That way you can decide if you want to read on or not. This High UV Buff with Insect Shield was sent to me by Anth at Kitshack to review. Anth contacted me. I was given the choice of Buffs that I could have to review. Kitshack were kind enough to send me the High UV Buff with Insect Shield and I get to keep it. I have no vested interest in Kitshack who make this Buff other than to share my views and opinions; good, bad or otherwise. The High UV Buff with Insect Shield is new for this year. What's new? Compared to your normal everyday Buff, it's got insect shield. This invisible and odourless protection helps against mosquitoes, ticks, ants, flies, chiggers and the dreaded midge. I like the sound of that, protection against the midge. Always a winner in Scotland. This should last for up to 70 washes. It doesn't stop there either. The fabric also offers high UV protection against the sun's harmful rays blocking 95% of them. Another winner, especially for me and my pastey white Scottish skin. The fabric is a one piece tubular construction and no seems as standard on all Buffs. It's made with 100% Coolmax Extreme which is a special 4 channel fibre that wicks sweat away from your body fast and help it to thermo regulate better. It is also treated with Polygiene which helps to keep the bacteria away and the Buff smelling fresher longer. The fabric is also colour fast so won't fade and it shouldn't loose it's elasticity.
Tookie Indoor Gear Test™
I put it through the Tookie Indoor Gear Test™. Not that I really need to seeing as I already own two Buffs and know what they're like. This basically consisted of sticking it on my digital scales which weighed it at 38g which is right on the money compared to the website figure. It also got a good old poking, stretching and look over. I'm happy to say that it's all good. Well made as is to be expected. Not a loose fibre or any fraying in sight. The fabric is soft and comfortable to wear next to the skin which is really helped because it doesn't have any hems or seems. It gets to the stage where you don't know it's on when wearing the Buff around the house. Lounging on the couch watching the television. Lying on the floor. Doing the dishes. You know the type of thing. It's also probably the only time I've tried to make any of the other head coverings that you can. Other than the neckerchief or hat. You have to make sure that the gear is comfortable. If doesn't work around the house it won't work outside. Passed with flying colours.
Out and About
I never go for walk without wearing or carrying a Buff at the very least. I think they are excellent bits of kit. I've even been known to go out on the town with a Buff on. There's colour and patterns galore and one to suit every out fit. Helps keeps the neck nice and snug on the walk to the pub and no where near as bulky as a scarf but has all the benefits and more.
This one has worked well on many occasions and there's not too much I can say about it. The Buff did it's job unnoticed. Just got on with it. It was never a distraction. Personally that gets top marks. Something that I keep noticing or fidgeting with is no good. I'm in the outdoors to enjoy myself, hopefully with no hassles.
I admit that I did go out my road in trying to test the insect repelling properties. I was a bit sceptical so I would go stand in the middle of the wood on warm and muggy days. Searching out the midge in it's usual haunts which isn't too hard in the west of Scotland. I could sometimes just go and stand outside my back door. Just to see if it would live up to the claim. I was impressed and it worked really well and work even better when the Buff was worn like a face mask.
One thing they don't advertise about the Buff is hope much it stops your stubble catching on a zip. Yep, you know what I'm talking about, you and your hispter beard or designer stubble know well. It's doesn't get along with a high collars and zips. The Buff helps that.
Me, I love a Buff. They may not be for you but everyone is different. I never go out with out one. Like I've said previously I've only ever worn them as a scarf or a hat. Versatile and multifunctional which is always good. Can't fault them. Well made and comfortable. If you don't have one get one and remember a Buff is not just for the hills.
You can see the full gallery of photographs here on flickr at Buff headwear. More will be added as and when I find them.