A few years ago on the flats we started seeing people with these funny stretch things wrapped around their heads, and we wondered what the deal was. It turns out they were wearing Buffs, and that Buffs are a great way to protect yourself from the sun in warm places like South Andros.
Buffs are pretty simple – they’re just stretchy tubes that go over your head in any one of a bunch of different configurations. Recently we’ve found that Buffs are a great piece of gear even if there’s no searing Bahamian sun overhead.
Here’s why we like these funny, stretchy, tubular wonders.
- They keep the sun off. Yeah, that’s obvious when you’re on the flats in the Keys or the Bahamas, but you can get yourself a pretty mean sunburn in Alaska in June. Cover up – it’s just smart.
- They keep the bugs off. OK, now we’re talking Western Alaska where our buzzing little buddies can be quite a distraction. Wrapping your neck and ears in a little Coolmax Extreme goodness can make all the difference in the world.
- They’re cozy when it’s cold out. If it’s late August on the Kanektok or February on the Skagit, staying just a little bit wrapped up can help keep the chill off.
Here’s one other use for your Buff – not applicable to most, but you’ll know if you’re in the club.