|Rating:||9 / 10|
|Value for Money||2.3 / 2.5|
|Durability||2.2 / 2.5|
|Comfort||2.2 / 2.5|
|Weight||2.3 / 2.5|
And now for something a little bit different! Australian Hiker has teamed with BUFF® and have produced the first of our custom buffs, using a uniquely Australian wattle image. The Australian Hiker Wattle Buff is the first in what is planned to be an annual release and can be purchased through the Australian Hiker Shop. So what’s so special about Buffs?
There are two types of hikers in this world; those who wear buffs and those who don’t. I fall into the former category and unless it’s a short day hike I will carry two Buffs on every hike, one Merino Wool Buff and one Original Buff.
BUFF®, is short for bufanda, which means ‘scarf’ in Spanish – who knew? This is one of those products that is manufactured by different companies and goes by a number of names but whoever produces it, people tend to default to the name ‘Buff’ which is produced by the company of that name.
My Buffs form a number of functions – this is not just a piece of clothing – and it has a variety of uses:
My main use for the Buff Original is as a sun hat. I will use this through all but the coldest winters when I will change over to the Buff Merino Wool. During really hot conditions, I will often wear my Buff in conjunction with a peaked cap to provide that extra sun protection which is crucial to those of us who are ‘follicle-y’ challenged (i.e. bald). If you’re hiking in really dusty conditions, it also makes a great dust mask. If it is really hot, you can soak the Buff in water and it will help cool you down around your neck or over your head.
There is no end to the uses for this handy little item and for a total weight of 38 grams this is one of the most versatile pieces of equipment I own.
I am in the minority as a male Buff wearer, at least in Australia. While we who wear them on our heads exist, we are a rarity with most wearers using them as neck protection. I really don’t care what it looks like and will wear my Buff to work (it looks great with a suit). For me its all about function and the Buff has that in spades and at a relatively cheap price!
Australian Hiker Wattle Buff showing design image prior too printing. The wattle featured on this buff is Acacia kybeanensis, Kybeyan Wattle. Understandably the image isn’t as sharp when printed onto cloth
Tim wearing an Australian Hiker Wattle Buff front view
Tim wearing an Australian Hiker Wattle Buff side view
Australian Hiker Wattle Buff close up as printed
Tim with Australian Hiker Wattle Buff close up
How to Wear BUFF® Original Multifunctional Headwear
You can purchase the Australian Hiker Wattle Buff online from Australian Hiker
AUD $32.99 RRP
This review was done with product manufactured on behalf of Australian Hiker