Disclaimer: I received the BUFF® DryFlx neck warmer and headband to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews!
Temperatures are dropping and winter is coming and for many runners, this is the most miserable time of the year to train for a race or run for fun. While running on the treadmill is a great backup when it’s too treacherous to hit the trails, there’s nothing like running out in nature!
While it’s easy to just grab shorts and a tank top in warmer weather, figuring out the best accessories to wear in the cold can be really tricky. You don’t want anything too heavy that will cause you to overheat, but you don’t want it to be so thin that you can feel the worst of the cold. That’s why I was excited for the opportunity to test out the new BUFF® DryFlx neck warmer and headband. I’m excited to share my review – you just might want to add this to your running gear collection and have a little more motivation to run out in the cold!
I’m linking up with Marcia, Patty, and Erika for Tuesdays on the Run, Debbie, Lora, and Rachel for the Running Coaches Corner and Annmarie and Nicole for Wild Workout Wednesday!Check out my review of the @buff_usa DryFlx neck warmer and headband! #buffbr #bibchat Click To Tweet
I’ve been a fan of the BUFF® brand for a while, and I’ve previously reviewed their Pack Run Cap and UV Reflective Half products, so I was really looking forward to adding to my collection! Now that the weather is getting MUCH colder, I’m all about finding the right gear that will prevent me from making excuses to get out on the run!
Here are the features of the BUFF DryFlx:
The DryFlx Headband is ultralight and designed for any activity. Its 360º reflective design is perfect for outdoor action from dusk to dawn. The DryFlx Headband is highly breathable, with quick-drying fabric, and offers increased moisture-management.
The DryFlx Neckwarmer is lightweight warmth for cool weather activities with an articulated design to reduce bulk, 360º reflectivity for nightime visibility and a thermally efficient 4-Way ULTRA STRETCH fabric that flexes with your body’s motion.
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Very excited to wear the new @buff_usa Dry Fly neck warmer and headband on my runs out in the cold! They are reflective, protect from the sun’s rays, and keep you warm and dry! Now if I could stop wimping put and get out in the elements to test it out! #buffbr #bibchat #coldweatherrunning #sweatpink #fitbloggroup
The DryFlx series also includes a hat for even more coverage!
Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been testing out the BUFF DryFlx. While I am still building up my running mileage these days, I had a couple of outdoor runs – one that was warm, but damp and rainy, and another that was super, super cold! First, I’ll say that I am absolutely in love with the neckwarmer! Before having a neckwarmer, I’d use an old scarf for my colder runs, and then at the end of a run, it would be so wet and gross! I love that the DryFlx absorbs moisture so effectively and dries easily at the end of my runs to be used again. I was also able to pull up the neckwarmer and use it to protect my face from the wind and bitter cold. Overall, the DryFlx neckwarmer does what the name implies and is simply comfortable to wear and provides great coverage! It’s pretty much my favorite thing right now, lol!
I wore the DryFlx headband on both runs and I had little bit more trouble. On the first run, I was also wearing my Aftershokz headphones, so it was a little awkward getting everything to fit properly, but then I had no issues during those 3 miles. Unfortunately, on the second run when I ran without the headphones on a really cold morning in Brooklyn, the headband kept riding up on my head and not covering my ears. To be fair, I have a pretty big head (lol), so sometimes I have issues with headbands…but I have to admit it was awkward because I had to adjust the headband several times during my 4-mile run. It absolutely works great with absorbing sweat, but just be mindful that one size doesn’t always fit all!
Last, I wore the DryFlx headband to barre class. In this instance, it worked great! I always like to have a little color and style at barre and it was the perfect complement to my outfit (take my word for it)! The class was actually really intense so I sweated a LOT…the headband did a great job of keeping me from looking like a complete mess, lol!
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Better late than never! I can’t tell you the last time I ran on a Sunday night, but it felt great to do 3 miles (the 50 degree weather didn’t hurt 😉)! Here are just 5 fundamental tips for running solo in the dark: ✔Be alert at all times! If you need music, keep it super low. ✔Wear reflective clothing so people can see YOU! ✔Run with an actual light! I use @knuckle.lights and they are amazing! Headlamps are great too! ✔NEVER wear dark clothing! This is my biggest pet peeve. The brighter, the better (and safer)! ✔No new routes! Stay in familiar territory! ✔BONUS: keep a phone on you in case of an emergency! I’m grateful to hit the pavement though it’s still a challenge! And I did it in style with the @buff_usa Dry Fly headband and neck warmer, so comfy! #buffbr #bibchat #fitbloggroup #roadtorecovery #runchat #runnersofinstagram #blkrunners
Once again, BUFF® has created some very reliable gear with the new DryFlx line! The neckwarmer is great for workouts, but could even be worn while shoveling snow outside or doing some other physical activity in the cold. The headband can be used any time and I will probably use it more often for my spin, barre, or yoga classes. While it didn’t work as well for me for running, don’t let that deter you! Your head can’t be as big as mine! 😛
Check out the BUFF® DryFlx hat, neck warmer, and/or headband – they come in great colors! I highly recommend takng a look…also a great stocking stuffer for the runner in your life this holiday season!
What types of headwear/neckwear do you like to wear in the winter? Have you tried any of the BUFF® products?