Product Review: BuffUSA UV Half Buff

Disclaimer: I received a Buff USA UV Half 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!

I’ve been a Buff fan for a while. One of my wedding gifts from Ben was a wool Buff that served me super well during my frigid Valentine’s Day run–it was below freezing and spitting snow, but my face stayed warm and my lungs weren’t ripped up by the cold air. Unfortunately, the Buff hasn’t been getting as much use now that it’s summer. But when the folks at BibRave Pro contacted me about trying the new UV Half Buff, I was very intrigued.

About the UV Half Buff (Courtesy of the Buff USA Website):

Shorter than the Original Buff, the UV Half Buff offers style and sun protection without weighing you down. It wicks away perspiration to keep you comfortable in the gym, on the road, at the yoga studio, or on the trails.

There are several different suggestions for how to use/wear the Half Buff, which are demonstrated in the (only slightly cheesy) video below.

My Experience with the UV Half Buff

UV Half Buff 3My first run with the Buff, I just folded it in half to form a wide headband, and kept it relatively low on my forehead and over my ears. It was soft and comfortable, and didn’t slip around at all, which surprised the heck out of me. I’d never yet met a headband that didn’t migrate at least a little bit, until the Buff.

On subsequent runs, I doubled it up again to make a narrower headband, and this has become my default style for wearing it. It stays where it’s supposed to and keeps all the shorter hairs out of my face while I’m running. It doesn’t squeeze my head at all, so I don’t get headaches like I do with some headbands.UV Half Buff 2

I also was able to use my Half Buff on a 25 mile bike ride. For this, I just slipped it up onto my head full length, so that it acted almost as a bandana or head scarf. This kept my hair in check under my bike helmet, and helped to wick away the sweat, so my head stayed cool and dry the entire afternoon. I did this another time as well. I had just blow-dried my hair and we were about to ride our bikes to a BBQ. I was worried that my hair would get all sweaty and frizzy, but with the Buff between my helmet and my hair, I avoided the frizz.

UV Half Buff

I am also not ashamed to say that after a particularly hot and humid hill run, I whipped that sucker off my head and used it to mop the copious amounts of sweat from my face. Worked like a charm.

Overall

I’m in love with the Half Buff. I’ve shunned all of my other headbands since I’ve gotten it, and I want it in every color. They’re quite affordable, and they’re incredibly comfortable and practical. If you’d like to purchase one for yourself, use the code BIBRAVE10 for 10% off your order!

If you’d like to read more about the UV Half Buff, check out some more reviews by my fellow BibRave Pros:

Jessica | Caroline | Amy | Samantha | Laura | Emily | Jenny

Also, don’t forget that BuffUSA will be sponsoring our Twitter #BibChat on Tuesday, August 12 at 9pm EST.

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Manic Monday – 06/15/15

Manic

Monday 06/08/15:  Rest Day

Since I raced on Sunday, I figured a rest day was in order. I had rehearsal in the evening, which was a vocal workout, but otherwise all I did was walk to and from work (about 3/4 mile).

Tuesday 06/09/15:  Rest Day

I intended to get up and run, but I haven’t been sleeping well at the new apartment and just didn’t have the energy. However, I did walk to and from work.

Wednesday 06/10/15:  3.1 mile run; 45 second plank; 30 squats; 5 reverse pull-ups

I’m trying REALLY hard to actually do some strength exercises, because the Spartan Race is slowly but surely sneaking up on me, and I don’t want to look like a doofus. We have a pull-up bar at the apartment, and I can do lots of other stuff without a gym, so it’s time to cut the excuses and just do it. I also rode my bike to and from work.

Thursday 06/11/15:  Active Rest Day

I got home from rehearsal late on Wednesday night, so I slept in today. I walked to and from work, and Ben and I took a nice long walk after work, but that’s it.

Friday 06/12/15:  Active Rest Day

I walked to and from work and also to and from a lunch date with my friend Emily, for about a total of 2 miles.

Saturday 06/13/15:  3.2 Mile Run Club Run; 2.25 mile walk

The first meeting of my run club was awesome. I ran with a couple of really cool people, and they helped me push my pace a bit faster than I normally would on a short training run. I’m sad I have to miss the next few runs for our Prague trip! Ben and I also walked down to our friends’ house and back for margarita night, so it was a nice, active day.

Sunday 06/14/15:  9.7 mile bike ride; 3.72 mile walk

Ben and I went for a glorious bike ride in the morning before rehearsal, and after dinner we went for a super long walk, looking for a beach we’d both heard of but had never been to. We got all turned around and went the wrong way, which is why it ended up being such a long walk, but it was a beautiful evening, so we didn’t mind too much.

This is going to be a busy, short week before we leave for Prague on Friday (!!!). I’m going to try to cram in a few runs, but my first priority is making sure I get packed and organized. We’re going to be gone for 10 days, and we’re only taking carry-on luggage, so I need to be on top of my ish. Here’s a VERY tentative plan for the week.

  • Monday: Rest
  • Tuesday: 30 minute run/walk intervals with Emily (I’m trying to convince her that running is fun!)
  • Wednesday: 3 mile run before work
  • Thursday: 3 mile run before work
  • Friday: Rest–off to Prague!
  • Saturday June 19-Sunday June 29: PRAGUE ADVENTURES!!!

Do you ever skip morning workouts to get more sleep?

Manic Monday – 06/02/14

Welcome to another edition of Manic Monday, where I recap the previous week, and lay out goals for the upcoming week.

Overall I feel really good about this week.  Now that my bike is back on the road, I’m incorporating a lot more cross-training without even really trying, and I did all of my scheduled runs, including an 8 mile long run in the summer-y heat.

Monday (Scheduled cross-training day)
We were still in MA for Memorial Day weekend, and this is the day I did my kick-butt track intervals, for a total of 3.2 miles.

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Tuesday (Scheduled run day)
Since I ran on Monday, I took Tuesday as a rest day, other than walking to and from work (~4 miles).

Wednesday (Scheduled cross-training day)
Ben and I got up early and did 3.2 miles before work, and I biked to and from work (~7.4 miles).

Thursday (Scheduled run day)
I decided to just bike to and from work (~7.4 miles).

Friday (Scheduled rest day)
We were house-sitting for Ben’s parents for the weekend.  Ben and I spent the evening hanging out and drinking a few beers while I prepped for my friend Aimee’s baby shower on Saturday.  We may or may not have had a German techno dance party in his parents’ kitchen…

Saturday (Scheduled long run)
I threw a baby shower for my friend Aimee.  The theme was orange and gray and foxes.  It was a nice, small gathering with good food and good people.  I felt really great about doing something nice for my friend.  I intended to run after the shower, but since I had nothing but soda and sangria to drink for about 5 hours, I decided it wasn’t a good idea.

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Sunday (Scheduled rest day)
After a delicious home-made omelet with mozzarella, tomatoes, peppers and onions, I headed into town to babysit my friend Emily’s daughter, Molly, while she and her hubby Scott did some home improvement projects.  It was a beautiful day, so Molly and I took a long walk along the bike path, and then hung out outside.  Unfortunately, I got a bit of a sunburn, and a huge spider bite on my back 😦

And then I went for an 8 miler in the sunny, summery heat.  I was supposed to do 10, but I wasn’t sure I was well hydrated or fueled enough for that (one glass of water and a handful of Cheeze-Its over the course of 5 hours doesn’t really do much).  It was about 77 degrees for the duration of my run, so I made sure to just take it slow.  I ran about a minute per mile slower than my usual long run pace, but I never felt dehydrated or nauseous at all, so I feel pretty good about it.  I’m trying to acclimate myself to running in warmer weather since there’s no predicting what the day of the half will be like.  In Vermont, it could be 50 and overcast, or 80, sunny and humid.

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Goals for this week:

  • Keep riding to and from work (weather permitting)
  • Exercise moderation while on vacation next week.  My family is headed to Cape Cod starting Friday, and it’s usually a week of excess.  I need to get in a long run on Saturday (hopefully double digits), and at least one other short run, in addition to some walking.  I’m hoping to enjoy myself while not going totally overboard on the food and booze.

How do you stay on track while on vacation?

Have you been to a baby shower recently?