I was given this one by KITSHACK nearly a year ago to review.
Ok.. sorry added this later (It needed a bit of music)
Brian Tarquin - Black RoseAnd back to the review
A review on a BUFF is not a big thing.
I mean there isn't a lot to go wrong is there, and they are not exactly a complicated bit of gear.
In fact, A TUBE for the most part.
But, I would say, that if you want a buff, they do have IMHO a very very extensive selection that pretty much caters for ALL requirements.
Prices appear reasonably competitive but not at the cheaper end.
I can't really comment on that.
The last 4 buffs I had before this came from the TGOC.
My one has the UV & bug coating, and as I was off on several walks, and also Australia, I thought I would take a while doing the review.
In fact it has been a year.
In that time I have used it on local walks, many in the Dales and Peaks, and also as I said in Australia.
Mine was the UV and Bug Proof Craig
The info off the site
This review is not about sartorial elegance, many would not wear the colour schemes I do.
Some say I shouldn't :-)
But that said, I was impressed with the variety and colour combinations available on the site.
|When I got it|
Well, it's a BUFF.
Basically a Tube
What more do you need to know.
Mine was UV and bug proof.
It certainly seemed to work well.
In Australia I was not troubled with bugs, and I was up in the rain forest by rivers.
OK, it was their early spring.
When I first got it, I used it by the rivers in the Fens whilst dog walking, and it kept a majority away.
It was on my head, it isn't going to stop them flying in your eyes or mouth.
I have used it running and also quite a lot under my bike helmet when out cycling.
So, it has been out on and off every week since I got it.
The only time it failed big time, was in the Dales by a river on a hot stormy evening when the MIDGES were epidemic.
|It doesn't look midgy here, but trust me, when they came at ya, they had intent....|
TBH I doubt anything would have worked.
I had bug spray, the buff and a midge hat that evening, and when they came at ya, they came at ya.
I doubt a flame thrower would have kept them off.
Other than that it has worked well.
I have used it as a neck warmer, hat, bandanna, balaclava.
A year on it has maintained it's colour well (so far), and its stretch.
In fact I will be using it next weekend in Wales and the following weekend in the Lakes.
As to how much the UV and bug protection work I year on, I will have to test once the cold weather moves away and we get to the insect time again.
I suspect it is not as effective as it was.
I have noticed at the end of last year, that it no longer deterred them from nibbling the nape of the neck, but by then it had been used a lot. Maybe I can treat it in something.
Below are some pictures of it in use, in the Peaks, Dales and a couple from Australia, which also show where it was worn.
Around the Peaks last year and recently.
|Peaks Wild Camp, North Edge last year|
As it is now just under a year on...
I cannot notice any fading yet of the colours from the original.
I think the UV and Bug protection in particular are not as functional though.
Maybe I am wrong, I am not sure what sort of longevity the treatments give.
It has kept its shape well and still fits as new in any worn variation, despite a lot of use and washing.
I will be using this more again this year.
It is currently my go to buff.
It is off to wales and then the Lakes a few times, before it heads across Scotland for 2 weeks in May.
It will continue it's travels that's for sure.
Value for Money
As I said, about the same.
You can shop around and get cheaper ones.
Maybe they will be as durable, I am not sure...
This one has been used a lot and is still going strong.
Personally, if I wanted another (which I don't at the moment),
I would have a look at the Kitshack site.
Especially because they have such an extensive and multi-functional range, and this one has not disappointed.
I will do an update at the end of this summer to see how it fairs.