I have really enjoyed the Buff Seamless Headband, as it’s comfortable, light, thin, soft, and warm enough to keep your head and ears insulated and covered when it gets chilly or windy out.
Original Buff S.A. is headquartered in Igualada, Spain, just outside of Barcelona, where they design and manufacture their line of multi-functional, seamless, and tubular headgear. Buff is derived from the word ‘bufanda’, which means ‘scarf’ in Spanish. The Headband Buff can be used for multiple sports and functions, and can insulate your head and ears for warmth and wind protection, or keep sweat and hair out of your face and eyes. It is made with 100% polyester with UV protection, and is impregnated with odor control technology. They come in one size, are about 8 inches long (half the length of the Original Buff), and are available in a multitude of patterns and colors.
From a biking standpoint, the best part of the headband is that it fits so nicely under a helmet, with no bind spots due to the seamless design, nor does it bunch up on the top or crown. It wasn’t tight on your head, and has a good amount of stretchiness, so it was just quite comfy, and the lack of constriction didn’t cause any ear aches or discomfort. It conformed to the contours of your head, and it managed to stay in place, even with the high degree stretch.
When worn over the head, you can move it up or down over the ears, making it act as a temperature regulator, allowing a nice degree of micro adjustment. On really brutal days, you can use it as a face mask, though I usually preferred a balaclava or the Original Buff set up in that matter. When not in use you can bring it down over your neck, though I found it easier to stash in a pocket, and the small size meant it even fit nicely in your pant pockets. The instructions show eight different ways that the headband can be worn (Helmet Liner, Headband, Hairband, Mask, Foulard, Neckerchief, Scrunchy, Wristband), but since I keep my head cleanly shaven or cut short, most of them aren’t very useful, and are more appropriate for non-biking activities.
It’s made from 100 percent CoolMax polyester fabric, which does an excellent job of wicking moisture, due to superb moisture management and high breathability properties. It has 95 percent protection against UV rays, offering a reduction in the detrimental effects of sun exposure. The fabric is also treated with Polygiene, which uses natural silver salt as an antimicrobial, inhibiting the growth of odor-causing bacteria. It’s machine washable, and even when wet will air dry in a short period of time. The fabric has been pretty tough after lot’s of usage, and hasn’t torn, frayed or gotten any holes as yet.