Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Winter Cycling Don't let snow and ice discourage you this winter. The key element to year-round cycling is proper attire! Check out this winter cycling forum to chat with other ice bike fanatics.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 12-28-06, 05:10 AM   #1
firemaplegirl
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 8
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Does anyone use a Buff?

Are they really as versatile as they claim? They look like they might be a neat solution to cope with Oregon's ever changing weather.

How is the sizing? My head is on the smallish size for an adult and the pattern that I really want is only available in juniors. They say juniors is for heads 19" and 22" and the originals are for 21" and 25". If I'm measuring correctly I'm about 22.3". I would think with as stretchy as they claim to be it would be okay, but don't want to push my luck. Do you think I can still squeeze into the junior comfortably?
firemaplegirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-06, 05:33 AM   #2
MichaelW
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: England
Bikes:
Posts: 12,920
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
The "headover" is a longer version of the buff that can be doubled over for neck-warming or using single-thickness pulled up as an ear warmer or balaclava. One size fits all and it is one of the best value and most versatile bits of kit for cycling. I always wear one in cold weather.
MichaelW is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-06, 05:49 AM   #3
j3ns
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Iceland
Bikes:
Posts: 273
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I use one every day for 9-10 months of the year. I love them.
About the size, I would guess that the "original" would be better, but perhaps that is just because I don't like to have my buff's too tight fitting.
__________________
My advice is free of charge and of respective quality.
1982 Miyata 912
1998 Wheeler 5900 with front and rear air cushion suspension
2015 Canyon Spectral 7.0 EX
j3ns is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-06, 09:22 AM   #4
donnamb 
tired
 
donnamb's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Portland, OR
Bikes: Breezer Uptown 8, U frame
Posts: 5,652
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
They sell them at the REI in Portland. You could try one on.

I use one in the summer, as I have to keep my ears covered when I ride. It works well. I've got the one made with the coolmax fabric. In the winter, I use these flaps that velcro onto my helmet straps.
donnamb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-06, 11:44 AM   #5
vrkelley
Enjoy
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Seattle metro
Bikes: Trek 5200
Posts: 6,164
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
what is a buff
vrkelley is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-06, 03:32 PM   #6
chainzawz
~! LIVESTRONG !~
 
chainzawz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Southern NH
Bikes:
Posts: 609
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
a bandana I believe unless they are refering to somthing else
chainzawz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-06, 10:28 PM   #7
donnamb 
tired
 
donnamb's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Portland, OR
Bikes: Breezer Uptown 8, U frame
Posts: 5,652
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
http://www.buff.es/newen.htm
donnamb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-06, 12:06 AM   #8
Bekologist
totally louche
 
Bekologist's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: A land that time forgot
Bikes: the ever shifting stable loaded with comfortable road bikes and city and winter bikes
Posts: 18,025
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Buff- stretchy, seamless tube of synthetic fabric. multipurpose head and neck gear.

not really warm enough as a hat when its cold, but Buff's are a great neck warmer/wind blocker/ nose and face warmer.

Nice as a helmet liner if it isn't very cold, but not much warmer than a cotton cycling cap. better as a neck thingie.
Bekologist is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-06, 02:17 PM   #9
JudyO
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Toronto, ON
Bikes:
Posts: 45
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I've been using mine quite often for cycling. I can use it folded over 2-3 times as a head band/hat thing under my helmet, as a neck warmer, as a balaclava, etc. I find it works quite well, but it's too thin for really cold weather.
JudyO is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-06, 07:04 PM   #10
Hezz
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 1,649
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
It doesn't seem that a buff would work very well for the head for cycling. Too much material to deal with under the helmet. But as a neck gaitor it would be very useful.

I think it's better to utilize the helmet as an insulator since it's already there. To do that in the cold all you need is a helmet cover and a thin scull cap.

Or I also use a freeride bike helmet in winter which has less ventilation holes and comes down in the back. Very warm with thin scull cap underneath even without a cover.

If you happen to ride without a helmet in winter a multi layered buff wrapped around the head and ears with the top open to breath may work well. But then you haven't got the protection of the helmet.

However, if you are a woman with very thick long hair it may be a good method of head covering. Very popular among woman skiers.

Last edited by Hezz; 12-30-06 at 07:09 PM.
Hezz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-03-07, 08:17 AM   #11
Makoa
I run real far
 
Makoa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Virginia
Bikes: Lemond Poprad, Gary Fisher Marlin, homegrown fixie
Posts: 278
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hezz
It doesn't seem that a buff would work very well for the head for cycling. Too much material to deal with under the helmet. But as a neck gaitor it would be very useful.
Not true, in my experience. The material is very thin and fits as nicely under a helmet as a bandana. My buff is my #1 favorite article of winter clothing.
Makoa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-07, 12:00 PM   #12
cccorlew
Erect member since 1953
 
cccorlew's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Antioch, CA (SF Bay Area)
Bikes: Roubaix Expert, Motobecane Ti Century Elite turned commuter, Cannondale F500 Mtn bike, Some old French thing gone fixie
Posts: 6,769
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Morning commute: I use it over my chin and mouth if it's really cold. On the way home when it's warmer I ditch my turtle fur skull cap and and use it on my head. I also use it what I ski.
cccorlew is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:56 PM.