Product Review: BuffUSA UV Full Buff

Disclaimer: I received a BuffUSA UV Full BUFF® as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review find and write race reviews! 

My first product review as a Bibrave Pro was for the Buff USA UV Half Buff. I loved it so much that I even bought another to rotate into regular use. It’s still pretty hot here in Oklahoma, but it certainly can get downright frigid in the winter. I was interested to know what benefits a UV Full Buff might offer that I could not get with a Half Buff. So when the opportunity arose to review the UV Full Buff, I was eager to do so.

I went to the Official Site of Buff® USA to learn more about the Women’s Full Buff. There, I found the following description of the UV Full Buff:

“No more excuses for sunburns. No more hiding in the shade. UV BUFF® headwear keeps the sun fun while blocking 95% of harmful UV rays*. Like our Original BUFF® product, the UV BUFF® can be worn more than 12 different ways, from a headband to a cap to a balaclava, for a personalized style and perfect fit.”

More than 12 different ways?? I had no idea one product could be that versatile! With more than 160 design options from which to choose, it certainly seems personalized to me. I really wanted to know if all 12 ways of wearing the Full Buff would actually be useful to me. I was determined to wear it in as many ways as possible. But before I could do this…


NeckerchiefSun GuardFace MaskHoodBalaclavaCapNeck GaitorDo RagPirateFoulardHairbandHeadband

BUFF® is a registered trademark of Original Buff®, S.A. Spain. The “Ways to wear” icon symbols are copyrighted.

… I needed to watch this:

Bright orange is the official color of Bibrave, so each Bibrave Pro testing this product received a BRIGHT ORANGE UV Full Buff.

I knew my UV Half Buff made a great headband, so I really wanted to challenge myself to wear my UV Full Buff differently. Keep in mind that it’s still pretty hot in Oklahoma right now, so some of the cold weather suggestions will have to wait a bit.

First up, the beanie:

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I was dying to try this since the first time I watched the “How To Wear” video! It was super easy and comfortable. I will definitely be using this function of my UV Full Buff come winter.

Next, I tried the foulard:

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I forgot to bring a ponytail holder with me when I went to use my spin bike. It was the perfect chance to try the foulard style. I got through my entire 1 hour workout without a bother. It stayed in place and wicked the sweat off my forehead.

It also makes an awesome wristband:


IMG_3433There was a day that the only time I could sneak away for a run was during my son’s soccer practice. It was 90F – not the best conditions for running. I put the neckerchief to the test. I dipped my UV Full Buff into some icy, cold water and wore it around my neck. The material absorbed the liquid but stayed cool and lightweight. It didn’t bother me a bit as I ran and I think it helped me not overheat that day.

On another hot and windy afternoon, I was able to fit in some miles before dinner. I decided to wear the traditional headband so I could compare it to the way the UV Half Buff fit. I had to fold it over a bit since it has more material than the Half Buff. (I think I prefer the Half Buff in this mode.) It was much windier than I had realized once I got going, 25 mph headwinds! If that’s not hard enough, there was a landscaping crew on my route cutting grass that was flying right into my face! So I stopped and adjusted my UV Full Buff to cover my nose and mouth as a balaclava to avoid inhaling more pollen than I would like. It was an absolute life-saver!


After all these uses, my 6 year old wanted to try it too. He wore it in pirate mode:

As versatile as the UV Full Buff is, I think I prefer my UV Half Buff for warmer weather runs. I look forward to using my UV Full Buff when the weather starts getting cooler and calls for more layers while running. If you’re interested in trying out any Buff USA®  product, now is the time! You can save 10% off your purchase with code BIBRAVE10 until September 30, 2015. These make great gifts for any runner friends as well.

Wonder what the other Bibrave Pros thought of the Buff USA® UV Full Buff? Check out their reviews by clicking on their names below.

Kim             Elizabeth          Chad          Angie

Jenny         Laura B.           Rachel       Christine

About presentlyrunning

I am a teacher, mother, runner and friend. I am the director of the Norman chapter of RunHers, an organization that encourages women to pursue their own version of health and happiness. Follow me @presentlyrun!
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3 Responses to Product Review: BuffUSA UV Full Buff

  1. Gail says:

    BUFF- another use – I was on a bike Fondo and crashed while headed downhill on a freshly graveled BLM road. Another rider stopped and offered me his buff from around his neck. Two turns around my knee kept a huge open flap of skin closed, stopped the bleeding, and kept me on the bike the last 5 miles of the ride until I could get to onsite temp medical and later 10 stitches to put my knee back together. Much better than an ace bandage would have been, I could not have made it on my own power without that Buff. I only wish I had been able to replace the Buff for that kind rider.


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