Gracie helping me test the Merino Wool Buff

Running in the Buff: Merino Wool Buff Product Review

Disclaimer: I received a Merino Wool Buff® to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

The Buff® is the original seamless, multifunctional head and neckwear designed to morph into a multitude of different garments in seconds. It allows a wearer to change their headwear on the fly while offering protection from the elements during a wide range of outdoor activities and sports. I recently had the opportunity to test the Merino Wool Buff® – a soft, warm, wind-resistant and lightweight layer made with 100% merino wool.

Merino Wool Buff

Ways to wear the Buff

The specs:

  • Semi-seamless, featuring a small, unnoticeable seam on top and bottom of Merino Wool Buff®
  • 100% merino wool sourced from Australia
  • Moisture wicking developing specifically to channel perspiration away from skin, keeping you dry and comfortable while active
  • Maintains shape due to two-way lateral stretch
  • Microclimate control and wind-resistant designed to be comfortable between 32° F and 68° F
  • Antibacterial and UPF20+ sun protection
  • Meets OEKO-TEX standard 100 (Category I and II), certifying it meets the human-ecological requirements of the standard for products with direct contact to skin.
  • Prices range from $27 – $32

Buff specs

The test:

Unfortunately the Dallas weather didn’t quite cooperate with the time period to test the Merino Wool Buff®. I thought surely we would get at least one good cold snap and ice storm this winter, but unfortunately that passed right over us! There were still a few chilly days I was able to test the Buff®, but I wish I was in a colder environment to really enjoy its warmth and breathability.

I tested the original size, which measures 25.5” long x 9.5” wide when laid flat. They also come in 3/4 length and neckwarmer sizes.

Testing the Wool Merino Buff on a run

Versatility: Hands down, the Merino Wool Buff® shines for its versatility. Check out their video on all of the different ways you can wear a Buff®.


I tested the Buff® as a scarf to keep me warm and dry during a cold rain storm.

Wearing the Merino Wool Buff as a scarf to keep warm and dry

I wore it as an earband during the continued cold rain storms that were persistent a few weeks ago.It took just a few seconds to scrunch it up from a scarf and pull up onto my head, and it kept my ears toasty.

Merino Wool Buff keeping me warm and dry

I tried it as a wristband during a trainer ride so I could wipe the sweat from my face. This was where the moisture-wicking shined.

Merino Wool Buff keeping me dry during an indoor trainer bike ride

I rolled it above my ears and wore it as a headband while out for a run with my favorite running partner, Gracie. Even though it is semi-seamless, I never noticed a seam and didn’t experience any rubbing from the end seams. I felt it was a bit bulky as headband due to the amount of fabric. I think the shorter ones would work better rolled all the way back as a headband, and I much prefer to wear this one as an earband covering my ears.

Afternoon jog with Gracie


Warmth:  I wore the Merino Wool Buff® between 45° F and 70° F. I found it to be warm and breathable during the colder weather. Once it got above the 60s, it was too hot to continue wearing as a scarf or earband.

Keeping warm in the Wool Merino Buff

Fellow BibRave Pro Bradley tested his in the Vancouver weather and it seems much more suitable for colder climates.


The bottom line:

I liked using the Merino Wool Buff® as a scarf and earband, and will continue to use it when the weather permits. It is so easy to scrunch around your neck and quickly pull up on your head to cover your ears. I’m looking forward to bringing it with me on some upcoming trips to Colorado, Oregon and Alaska so I can use it in colder weather. I plan on trying it as a mask while spring skiing in Colorado in a few weeks, and I also want to try it underneath my bicycle helmet when temperatures drop next winter.

The full line of Merino Wool Buffs® can be found on Buff’s® website. I love the french blue color of mine, and it comes in a wide range of color options! Join me with BibRave and Buff® on Twitter for #BibChat on Tuesday, February 15 at 8 pm CT for a chance to win your very own Buff®!