Buff Seamless Headband Review

by Brian Mullin on March 28, 2011

I have enjoyed the Buff Seamless Headband, as it’s comfortable, light, thin, soft, and warm enough to keep your head and ears insulated and covered when it gets chilly or windy out.

Original Buff S.A. is headquartered in Igualada, Spain, just outside of Barcelona, where they design and manufacture their line of multi-functional, seamless, and tubular headgear. Buff is derived from the word ‘bufanda’, which means ‘scarf’ in Spanish. The Headband Buff can be used for multiple sports and functions, and can insulate your head and ears for warmth and wind protection, or keep sweat and hair out of your face and eyes. It is made of 100% polyester with UV protection and is impregnated with odor control technology. They come in one size, are about 8 inches long (half the length of the Original Buff), and are available in a multitude of patterns and colors.

Impressions
From a biking standpoint, the best part of the headband is that it fits so nicely under a helmet, with no bind spots due to the seamless design, nor does it bunch up on the top or crown. It wasn’t tight on your head, and has a good amount of stretchiness, so it was just quite comfy, and the lack of constriction didn’t cause any ear aches or discomfort. It conformed to the contours of your head, and it managed to stay in place, even with the high degree stretch.

When worn over the head, you can move it up or down over the ears, making it act as a temperature regulator, allowing a subtle degree of micro adjustment. On really brutal days, you can use it as a face mask, though I usually preferred a balaclava or the Original Buff set up in that matter. When not in use you can bring it down over your neck, though I found it easier to stash in a pocket, and the small size meant it even fit nicely in your pant pockets. The instructions show eight different ways that the headband can be worn (Helmet Liner, Headband, Hairband, Mask, Foulard, Neckerchief, Scrunchy, Wristband), but since I keep my head cleanly shaven or cut short, most of them aren’t very useful and are more appropriate for non-biking activities.

It’s made from 100 percent CoolMax polyester fabric, which does an excellent job of wicking moisture, due to superb moisture management and high breathability properties. It has 95 percent protection against UV rays, offering a reduction in the detrimental effects of sun exposure. The fabric is also treated with Polygiene, which uses natural silver salt as an antimicrobial, inhibiting the growth of odor-causing bacteria. It’s machine washable, and even when wet will air dry in a short period. The fabric has been pretty tough after lot’s of usage, and hasn’t torn, frayed or gotten any holes as yet.

Bottom Line
The Buff Seamless Headband is a great product, and that is inexpensive, simple, and highly functional. You can wear it under a helmet to keep your head and ears warm, and then pop it off to cool down, and place it in a pocket until it’s needed again. The headband is comfortable, soft and stretchy, and the seamless design causes no binding nor constrictions underneath a helmet, and it’s thin enough that you can wear a skull cap along with it. It provides sun and wind protection, and wicks extremely well, so you don’t become wet nor have sweat dribbling into your eyes.

Strengths

  • Inexpensive
  • Seamless Design
  • UV Protection
  • Comfortable, thin and stretchy
  • Excellent moisture management properties
  • Headband or facemask

Weaknesses

  • Might be too warm as a helmet liner/skull cap for hot weather

MSRP: $13

Made with CoolMax® Extreme, the Seamless Headband Buff® blocks 95% UV rays, wicks sweat with its four-channel fibers, keeps athletes cool in hotter months and provides an extra layer of warmth to slide over their ears on cold days. Cyclists, climbers, and kayakers love its size and functionality as a helmet liner is worn as a headband or skullcap under the helmet. Its Polygiene® silver-ion treatment prevents odor-causing bacteria and keeps the helmet and headband smelling fresh no matter how hard you sweat.

The Seamless Headband Buff is unisex and available in colors and styles ranging from subdued black to vibrant colors and brilliant patterns.

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