Saturday, August 8, 2015

how i buff: uv half buff review + discount

Disclaimer: I received the UV Half 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!

Wearing the Buff and visor for lots of sweat absorption
and sun protection.

Once again, it's clear that being a BibRave Pro is awesome. We were all told that we'd have a chance to test out the UV Half Buff - whoo! I had seen such products before, but never had a chance to test one out. I know a lot of people use the full Buff (Original) for winter (which I'll be doing come winter, so I'll let you know how that goes), so I figured it would be interesting to use the Half during the summer. The half is, you guessed it, half the size of the Original Buff.

I chose Stadi Fuchsia  one of my favorite colors, and I figured I could pretty much use it/wear it whenever, because it would pretty much match anything I wore. Although now that I have it, I wish I would have chosen a more fun pattern haha. Guess I'll need to add a few more to my collection ;)

I first used my Buff on a 10 mile train run. It was hot and sunny, so I put the Buff on like a headband (though it sat farther on my forehead than most of the headbands I wear) and then put my visor over it. It absorbed the sweat a bit more than my visor normally does, so less sweat dripping down into my eyes. Win #1.

Before and After.

Buff went on its first race for Burgers and Beer 5k, which was a very hot and humid Monday evening race. This time, I wore it more like a sweatband and I called the look 'Warrior'. Ha - seriously though, it worked well as a sweatband absorbing the sweat, and honestly, stayed on better than it does for me as a headband. I have a strange shaped head, and most headbands I wear ride up in the back (I think I'm missing the roundedness back there that most people have). With the visor, I don't notice any issues because the visor keeps it in place. I digress.

I call this 'The Warrior'.

I went on another trail run (remember, I'm training for The North Face Endurance Series 10k in Wisconsin) and this time put Buff wrapped on my wrist. I don't know if it's just me, but I sweat right below my eyes, and after a while, it really stings (my eyes). Buff was a great way to dab at the delicate skin below my eyes to absorb the sweat without making my eyes burn. Plus, it's quick drying, so I don't have to worry about it running out of room to absorb all the sweat ;) I'm also pretty thankful for the odor control aspect. 

Soaked in water and cooling off post-run on the bottom left.

On another really hot run, I decided to dump some of my water on it and wipe my face with the wet Buff. THIS IS MY FAVORITE USE so far. It feels SO amazing to have something for my neck and face to help cool me down. Even though the water had gotten pretty warm, the Buff felt cold on my skin. It even stayed that way the whole run. So refreshing and just gave me a relaxing feeling during the long, hot, sweaty, tiring runs. You could also soak it in water and then put it on as a headband to cool you down.

My pal Julia and I before Burgers and Beer 5k. 

I used it during Rock n Roll 5k and Half Marathon Chicago as well. It was in the high 80s and sunny, so you know I was a hot sweaty mess for this race. I dumped water on it, then put it on my neck, face, legs, arms, and squeezed out excess water on my head. Ahhhhh relief. After another long run, I put it on around my neck for cool down while I sat in the car with the air blasting. It felt great.

There are still a bunch of other ways to wear Buff that I plan on trying, but I haven't gotten to them yet. It's also a great way to protect your skin from the harmful UV rays – I generally try to run where I'll have lots of shade, but it's nice to know if I'm out in the sun, Buff helps keep me protected. I'm also going to mention that I use sunscreen too – I'm so pale, that sun protection is extra important for me (and really, for everyone). 

Materials & washing instructions.

Oh, and another thing - it has a reflective logo on there to add an aspect of safety. That's always a good thing for us runners (or anyone that is active outside).

I also really enjoy whoever is in control of their social media accounts (especially twitter). Whether it was one person, or a bunch, they were aways on point. I would ask a question or mention Buff, and they would like/favorite/respond in less than 60 seconds most times. Talk about fast response time. Not to mention that I find it to be in good form to be active on social media if you have an account for a product or race, and to engage with your consumers. Five stars for Buff on social media!

Some specs from Buff's website:
• Blocks approximately 95% of UV rays 
• Multifunctional
• Exceptional Moisture-wicking with its 4-channel fibers
• Soft, breathable Coolmax Extreme fabric
• Cool in the summer, extra layer of warmth in the winter
• Polygiene Active Odor Control
• Quick drying
• Machine wash (no fabric softeners and air dry - no dryers!)

They have a lot of products that I'm looking into buying, plus, most of their items come in so many color and pattern options. Like, too many – I can't choose! 

Just a few of the options...

And here's something special for you - a 10% discount code! Use BIBRAVE10 for 10% off all orders :) Get yourself a Buff or two (or three, or four... you get the point).

If you go with an Original Buff, here's a video on how you can wear it:

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1 comment:

  1. The buff is SO awesome, and I love all the ways you've been able to use it!


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