Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens… no, I’m just kidding (although I do like kittens!) This time I’m talking about Buffs. Buffs are multifunctional headwear that are indispensable for runners, hikers, and anyone engaging in physical activity. A Buff is made of a moisture-managing microfiber fabric that is wind resistant and controls odor. Buffs can be worn more than 12 different ways from a cap to a balaclava to a hair tie and can also be used as a scarf and a towel. Here are some pictures of me wearing a Buff as a balaclava at the start of the Lake Tahoe Triple (when it was a mere 18 degrees Fahrenheit!) and as a scarf later in the day when it warmed up. Yes, that’s me under all those layers with the headlamp!
As you can see from the photo…you can use a Buff to cover your nose and mouth. And it is SO much more comfortable than an N95 mask or surgical mask. The government is currently suggesting people wear homemade masks, scarves, or cut up t-shirts over their noses and mouths when they are out for necessities such as groceries. The Buff is such a better option than a cut up t-shirt and provides better coverage than a regular scarf. And it is much easier than making your own mask. It is machine washable, so you can easily disinfect it. And even more good news: it is readily available at almost any running or sporting goods store. You can order one online, but I have one more suggestion.
Another one of my favorite things is the Healdsburg Running Company. If you are local to Sonoma County, I hope you are already aware of HRC. If you aren’t, you are missing out. Not only do they have the best products, they are awesome people who support runners in a variety of ways every day. If you are local, consider purchasing your Buff from HRC by emailing Skip Brand at firstname.lastname@example.org. He may even be willing to ship if you don’t live here in Sonoma County. And, once this all this is over, I guarantee you will find a multitude of uses for your Buff aside from using it as a face mask. It truly is one of my favorite running accessories. So, please stay safe, stay home, and please support a small business!