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Buff Headwear - Headband at Torres del Paine

Why carry loads of travel gear when you can just hike in the BUFF? This isn’t going where you think it might. I’m not trying to be like those girls who got deported from Cambodia for bearing their bums at Angkor Wat. Rather than stripping down for my hike in Torres del Paine, I put on an extra bit of clothing that hikers swear by. I got myself some BUFF headwear.

This is not even a sponsored post. What started as a just-in-case item quickly became part of my daily hiking kit. And when you’re wearing the same socks and underwear for a week straight to save on pack weight, anything you love to wear is kind of a big deal.

Want to know more about BUFF Headwear, the gear commonly referred to as “The BUFF”? Here’s my opinion on my newest piece of travel gear.

About the BUFF

BUFF identifies their products as “multifunctional headwear”. The polyester, tubular band takes the place of a hat, a headband, a bandana, a scarf, a face cover, etc. so you can save time getting in and out of your pack. It is best for outdoor ventures, but it can also be used for yoga, running, sports, or just kicking around.

At first glance, the Original BUFF looks like a cutoff shirt sleeve. Thrifty types might consider making it as a DIY project, but after a full week of use and abuse, I can attest it is so much more.

How to Wear the BUFF Headwear

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The Good: 

  • You can wear the BUFF in 12+ ways. It’s perfect for unpredictable climates, and it will save you time digging through your bag when the weather changes. I won’t say that I’ve ever personally needed 12 different types of headwear on one trip, but it’s pretty cool to have options.
  • The BUFF comes in a variety of fabrics. Most models are 100% microfiber polyester so you’ll have breathable, moisture-wicking protection while you hike. If you’re going to greater extremes, you can also get BUFFs made of specialized fabric for UV protection, repelling insects, and more serious weather.
  • The BUFF comes in tons of prints and styles, so you can find one that fits you.

The Drawbacks:

  • The BUFF may stretch or pill after continued use.
  • It’s not the cheapest of similar products on the market, but the quality justifies the cost.

How much does the BUFF cost? A BUFF will run you $19.99 + shipping, but you can always find certain colors on sale.

Hiking Torres del Paine in the BUFF

The O Circuit - Day 2

Buff Headwear - Headband at Torres del Paine

Buff Headwear - Headband at Torres del Paine

Buff Headwear - Ear Cover at John Garner Pass
The O Circuit - Day 3
Buff Headwear - Torres del Paine

Grab some BUFF Headwear of your own


Shop on REI: The BUFF

Looking for some multipurpose travel gear to add to your hiking kit? More information about the BUFF and why we love it.


What’s one piece of hiking gear you’d never leave home without? Love travel gear? Be sure to also check out The Travel Scarf with Hidden Pocket and The Best Backpack for RTW Travel.



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    July 18, 2017 at 2:22 pm

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    November 27, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    I always bring extra fully-charged cell phone batteries- won’t help iPhone users, but those with Samsungs and others can bring a few extra charged batteries on a multi-day or just long hike and never worry about losing use of your GPS or camera. Best part is they’re extremely light… more so than a solar charger or other backup devices., not to mention pretty inexpensive.

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      Taylor Record
      November 27, 2017 at 7:25 pm

      Good call, JD! I sometimes travel with backup camera batteries, and it certainly takes the stress out of having to ration battery life.

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