Buff With UV Protection – Review


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In my (somewhat large) running kit-bag, there are few items which are as versatile as a Buff – something I wear on pretty much all my runs without exception.

I first picked up my Buff with UV protection while training for the Transgrancanaria marathon, so would definitely benefit from some UV protection when running in the Canary Islands’ intense sun for 8+ hours – not just for exposed head and neck, but also hair.

New Buff with UV protection. Versatile and comfortable
New Buff with UV protection. Versatile and comfortable

The great thing about Buffs, which in my view puts them well ahead of similar headwear, is their versatility. Here are my favourite ways to wear mine:


I need something to hold my fringe back so would have to wear some sort of headband anyway, and the Buff wicks sweat from my hairline/forehead and covers my ears.

Usually it is the cold wind that makes my ears freeze on winter runs, so the Buff covers them and stops the wind sufficiently without making my ears too hot or limiting my hearing, as most hats do.

This is really important for me, particularly when I am running on country lanes or out alone, I want to be confident I can hear someone coming.

The other great thing about this item compared to other headbands I have worn, is that it does not budge once on my head, and equally does not feel too tight once it’s on.


While I mostly wear my Buff as a headband (I get a hot head when running), when it has been freezing cold, I have converted it into a hat.

You can do this by extending the tube of fabric while worn as a headband and tucking it in at the back, or taking it off, twisting the tube in the middle and folding it back on itself… best to watch this video for a demonstration.


My husband was concerned when I opted to wear my Buff around my neck for the Transgrancanaria marathon – he thought I would get hot wearing it.

The opposite was true… I wore it around my neck as I needed a cap on my head to keep the sun off my face, and the Buff’s UV protection stopped the sun hitting my (already slightly red) upper chest and back of my neck, and kept me cool throughout the race.

I didn’t notice I had it on as it is pretty lightweight. If I had been hotter on the day, I had also planned to soak it in water and put it back on to keep me cool – but this wasn’t necessary. Top tip for future hotter runs.

My Buff stayed around my neck keeping me cool for most of Transgrancanaria Marathon, until I started wearing it on my head, soaked in water to keep me cool in the later stages of the race
My Buff stayed around my neck keeping me cool during Transgrancanaria Marathon
Colours and styles

I went for a bright yellow/green colour (as you have probably gathered, I love brightly coloured kit), which is actually part of the ‘Angler Collection’ (this particular style is called ‘Dorado’,) – however there are literally hundreds of styles to choose from.

A Buff – especially one with UV protection, is a versatile piece of kit, whether you are running or tackling other outdoor pursuits – highly recommended.

Read next: The best running hats buyer’s guide, which features Buff’s awesome Pack Run Cap.

One of Trail & Kale's co-founders, a mom, and guardian of our resident trail dog, Kepler, Helen can be found trail running with Kepler and enjoying road runs with her mini in a jogging stroller, all while testing out the latest running gear for our readers.


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