Monday, September 21, 2015

the original buff: review + discount code

Disclaimer: I received an Original 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!

Hunter Orange Buff. Or what I like to call BibRave Orange.

Testing gear is one of the perks of being a BibRave Pro. Some of you may have already read my UV Half Buff review, but if not, take a quick look.

I love the Half Buff, and still use it on my Chicago Marathon training runs - especially the long ones. I use it to wipe the sweat off my brow, and cheeks, and under eyes ;) In fact, I just used it yesterday for my last long long run (20 miles) until the big day.

This time around, the good folks at Buff gave us the opportunity to test out the full, Original Buff. It's much larger than the half, and is a bit thicker of material. I received a bright orange guy in the mail (name: Hunter Orange). I am a HUGE fan of neon/bright colors, not only because they are fun, but for their added safety value. I think someone would see you coming from a mile away with this color on.

The size difference in the UV Half and the Full Buff.
Photo credit: Angie

Just a FEW of their fun color/pattern options.
Which one would you choose?!

I have to be honest with you - I haven't worn it on any runs yet. The weather here in Chicago is still summer (a few fall-like days have come and gone), but that is still too warm for me to wear the Full Buff. There's just too much fabric. Even at 50 degrees, you'll find me in a tank top, shorts, and a visor. I overheat super quickly, and I can't even stand to have a hat on because I get too warm. So that extra fabric, which is thicker than the Half Buff, just won't do for this time of year. 

A few ways to wear it.

I can tell you that it's fun to wear around the house while I clean to keep my hair out of getting into the toilet or other gross things. It's also helpful for this asthmatic girl to use when dusting so that all of the dog hair doesn't go into my nostrils. 

I'm SUPER excited to test it out once winter arrives. I like to use gaiters to help keep me warm and breathing in warmer air when outside running on those cold, frosty days. I'll be writing another review when that day comes so you know how I liked it for running when it's more useful to me. Promise :)

Some specs for you:
• 95% UV Protection
• CoolMax® Extreme Performance fabric (moves perspiration from the body and through the fabric, where it can evaporate quickly, which in turn helps keep the skin temperature low.)
• Soft, breathable 100% microfiber polyester
• 100% seamless
• 12+ ways to wear
• Polygiens® Active Odor Control
• Moisture-wicking
• Thermal protection from cold & wind
• Quick-drying
• 2-way lateral stretch
• One size fits all adults
• 20.8" h x 9.75" w
• 2.9 oz

MORE ways to wear it.

Washing Instructions:
• Hand or machine wash in warm water with mild soap
• Do not use fabric softeners
• Do not bleach
• Do not machine dry (I put mine on the drying rack with the rest of my running clothes)
• Do not iron

I know a lot of my other Pros were able to wear it running and loved it. Check out their reviews:

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You have until 9/30 to get your own Buff products - stock up for winter (they also have some super cute hats and scarves) or, maybe you live somewhere warm all year round - get yourself the Half to protect from the sun or use it as a sweatband like me. Code BIBRAVE10 gets your 10% off your order.

A fun collage I made with all the Pros wearing their Half Buffs.

I love this hat.

Join us for #BibChat tomorrow evening where Buff is sponsoring. It starts at 8pm CT and lasts an hour. Always a fun time, plus some cool prizes to be won by a lucky runner or two. Don't miss out!


  1. It's always fun to try out different products. It doesn't look thick enough to be very warm over the winter. I'll be looking forward to your review when you try it out this winter.


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