Merino Wool BUFF Product Review

By Janelle @ Run With No Regrets | review

Mar 10

Disclaimer: I received a Merino Wool BUFF to review 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!

What do you wear on your head when you work out, if anything at all?

There are hats, head bands, and visors out there specifically for runners….I’ve tried so many different types of products but usually end up wearing a satin scarf on my head.  It gets the job done, but they aren’t the most exciting thing in the world.

So I was really excited to get the opportunity from BibRave to try a Buff, and not just a regular Buff but their merino wool line!  And I have a review to share with you!

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I had the opportunity to try out the Merino Wool Buff! It is so versatile, sweat proof and odor cute! Check out my review and more running tips on

What’s a BUFF?

A Buff is a piece of headgear that is EXTREMELY versatile as it can be worn in a variety of different ways:  scarf, hood, headband, scrunchie. You can even use it as a sweat band on your wrist!  It can be worn for style or for function when you’re out and about or working hard in the gym.  I was able to receive a plum Merino Wool Buff to try, but hey have so many different colors to choose from, even tie-dye!  There is also the Original Buff, UV Buff, and Professional Buff product lines.

Features of the Merino Wool Buff

  • 100% natural merino wool
  • 12+ different ways to wear
  • Water repellent, odor resistant, flameproof, UV protection
  • Durable with natural stretch and elasticity
  • Cool in the summer, extra layer of warmth in the winter
  • Thermal protection from cold and wind
  • Quick drying
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Using the Merino Wool BUFF For My Workouts


First time wearing the Buff!

I have always struggled with protecting my hair while working out, especially when running – that’s when I sweat the most!  You have probably seen various pictures of me running with a shabby scarf on my head.

The great thing about the Merino Wool BUFF is that it’s made for me!  I can wear something on my head and not have to worry about fabric rubbing against my hair too harshly.  Best of all, the Buff absorbs sweat and resists odor!



Wearing the Buff as a hood

I tried wearing my merino wool Buff a couple of different ways.  Since this winter has been so crazy, we have had very warm days and very cold days, often in the same week!  The first time I wore the Buff, I basically wore it as a head scarf.  Since it’s long, I slid it over my head and tucked my large bun in so that my hair wasn’t exposed to the elements.  It worked really nicely!  The only problem I had was that when I tried to wear it in the same way on other runs, the Buff wasn’t as tight as that first fit.

Last weekend it was pretty cold out so I decided to wear the Buff as a hood.  I thought I looked a little silly wearing it this way, but it did a great job of keeping my ears, head, and neck warm.  On the other hand, I was also wearing capris and bright green compression socks.  Clearly I don’t mind looking crazy!

And just earlier this week, we reached temperatures in the 70’s!  I went for an evening run and wore the Buff like a headband at first, but then pulled it back a little because it felt pretty warm on my head!  This was the only time that I felt the merino wool Buff was the least effective for me.


Me posing after my yoga class at work

Me posing after my yoga class at work

This week at yoga class I decided to give the Buff a try.  I was a little bit worried that wearing it as a headband would cause it to slip off my head during more inverted poses, but the Buff stayed in place.  I tend to get pretty warm in yoga, so the Buff was put to the test for absorbing sweat.  Once again, it did great!

Weight Training

I also wore the Buff at my boot camp and weight training classes as a replacement for my head scarf and it worked well in those situations too.  I’m still getting used to using it for all my workouts since I’m so used to grabbing my satin scarves!  But the odor resistance is a huge bonus with the merino wool Buff.



Super hot evening run, but still smiling!

I really like the Merino Wool BUFF because it does a great job of absorbing sweat, there’s no odor, and with different ways to wear it and a variety of styles and colors, it can be pretty fashionable too!

I will definitely wear this Buff in the winter time to keep my ears and neck protected on the run.  On more moderate weather days, it works great as a head scarf for me.  It was a bit too long and heavy for me to wear in the more spring-like weather, so I’m sure it would kill me in the summer since I sweat so easily (and quickly)!  Still, this is a great product and I’m almost kicking myself that I didn’t know about it sooner!

I’m glad to add the Merino Wool Buff as part of my routine running gear!  Now I need to get some different colors!

We’ll be having a #BibChat Twitter Chat next Tuesday, March 15 at 9:00 pm EST with BUFF, so I hope you join us…there may be some giveaways involved!

Have you tried a BUFF?  In what style would you wear it? 

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