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High UV BUFF® Guide

The High-UV Buff® in a Nutshell

The High UV Buff® was replaced by the Coolnet UV+ Buff® in 2019. The High Buff® was designed for high-impact activity in the heat and sun. So running or cycling in the summer heat for example. It’s also became really popular as a cooling face mask with fishing pro’s.

It set benchmarks for performance headwear with it’s introduction in 2006.

The High Buff® is a 51 cm (20 inch) long tube knitted out of 100% Coolmax. It stretches to fit adults with a head circumference of 53-62 cm
  • A 51 cm long, knitted tube of 100% Coolmax Yarn
  • Popular in high intensity activities & skin cancer protection
  • Replaces 10 different types of head wear
  • Cooling – Created the Coolmax® Extreme Rating
  • Odour & Germs – Premium Polygiene™ Technology kills both
  • Skin Cancer Protection – 95% UV blockage
  • Ultra thin – Fits nicely under any helmet
  • Chill Protection – Can keep the chill away
  • Free of Harmful Substances – Certified
  • Lasts several years of daily use
  • Fits Adults with a head circumference 53-62 cm
  • Weighs 43 gr (1.517 oz)

The most popular ways of using a High-UV Buff®

There are a lot of  ways to wear a High-UV Buff®.

Most people find ways to make it cool or give sun protection or both.

I hope you find some inspiration in the listing below.

A side landscape shot of a woman and a man in front of a 4WD. The woman is wearing a High Uv Buff® as alice band. The man is wearing a Cap Buff®. It looks as if they are travelling and on an adventure. Photoshoot for Buff® summer catalogue with models. Source: © Distributed for the promotion of the High UV Buff® in outdoor / adventure

Heat Relief for Long Hair

It’s hot & you’ve got long hair. Especially your neck starts sweating. Here you use the High UV Buff® as headband / alice band. You pull the back up to get your hair off your neck. You pull the front

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Man driving a car. Photo is taken from behind. It shows the left arm holding the steering wheel. A High Uv Buff® as wristband is the main element. Photoshoot for Buff® summer catalogue with models. © Original Buff S.A

A Wristband

You don’t really have a use for your Buff® at the moment. Why not wear it as wristband. This way nobody can nick it. Tutorials Coming. Recommended Product The Buff® shown is a High UV Buff® in a camo pattern.

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Key Features a High-UV Buff®

It’s technical features that make a Original Buff® so popular and set it apart from other head or neckwear.

Here are the most important ones.

Photomontage: Left image Cutout of a man with a severely sunburned face. © Jonny Hunter, Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0), Right image A flyfisher proudly displaying his catch. He is standing waist deep in salt water and he is wearing a High Uv Buff® as face mask. © Pat Ford

UV/Sun Protection

Sunburns hurt. Skin cancer can kill. The Original EcoStretch and the Coolnet UV fabric give you UPF50 excellent protection (98% UV/Sun protection). This is an example of a UPF report. It was performed by the founders of the UPF rating

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Photomontage Left image Stock photo. A grey t-shirt with sweat stains under sleeves and through the torso. Copyright: mjdphotography / 123RF Stock Photo Right Image A participant of an Adventure Race in Patagonia hikes up a mountain in full alpine gear. He is wearing an Original Buff® as beanie. You can see sweat on his face but the Buff® looks dry. © Unknown. Released by Original Buff S.A for the promotion of Buff® products.

Moisture Management

A wet T-shirt in the cold is so nasty. Moisture managed fabrics like Buff® keep you comfortable ( / Cotton is horrible when wet. It gets heavy, feels wet and clings. Add cold weather and your wellbeing goes south.

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Photomontage Left image: Stock photo - A woman in a desert looking overheated, thirsty and close to a heat stroke. Copyright: maridav / 123RF Stock Photo Right image A participant of the Marathon Des Sables running through the desert. He is wearing a custom made High UV Buff® as face mask. Copyright is unknown. Distributed by Original Buff® S.A. for the promotion of Buff® products


It’s hot. So hot that heat exhaustion or stroke are a real danger. Add some activity and you need some serious cooling. The head is a great place to cool. That’s why you sweat so much there. The High UV

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Photomontage Left image. Stock photo. Exhausted sweaty young woman after a long run. Peter Bernik © Right image. Photoshoot. A male and a female model jogging. They are wearing Buff® headbands. © Original Buff® S.A. Released for the promotion of Buff® products


Imagine having something smelly around your face. Buff® fabrics prevents this. Permanently. The smell of your T-shirt is caused by bacteria. The better the living conditions the quicker it starts smelling. That’s why it’s always your armpits that smell first. Wonderful warm

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Photomontage: Front left image This 2009 photograph captured a sneeze in progress, revealing the plume of salivary droplets as they are expelled in a large cone-shaped array from this mans open mouth, thereby, dramatically illustrating the reason one needs to cover his/her mouth when coughing, or sneezing, in order to protect others from germ exposure. 2009 Brian Judd source: James Gathany / CDC Public Health Image library ID 11162 / public domain Front right image This is a "How-to-wear" image for the official 2011 Buff® catalogue 2011 Original Buff, S.A. Spain source: / copyrighted - only to be used for the promotion of Original Buff® products Background image Crowded marketplace 2006 James Creegan source: / Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)


You are in a crowd and people are coughing and sneezing around you. Didn’t used to be a big thing. Now Drug-resistant germs are on the rise International travel is spreading infectious diseases worldwide really fast There are more people

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Product Details of a High-UV Buff®

Want more details? Just post a comment and I will answer.

It's not for you if...

The Original Buff® is designed to smoothen the edges of the cold and the heat. This makes it great if you don’t know what weather to expect.

But then of course there are reasons to go for a different fabric. Here are reasons to have a look at different products.

You expect to get hot & cold weather. The Original Buff® will suit you better.

You feel cold most of the time. The Wool Buff® will suit you better.

Design Collection

There are no High-UV Buff® available any more. Below are the 6 most popular Coolnet UV+ Buff® designs since 2019. For all designs click here


  1. G’day buff do you do a extra large in the high uv INSECT

    1. Hi Paul,

      Unfortunately not. We only have the XL in the Original Buff® in stock.


  2. Hi do you do custom prints for businesses?

    1. Yes, that is possible. A minimum run is 25 pcs and the lead-time for delivery to your door is on average 8 weeks. I’ll send you some details via email.

  3. I recently bought a national geographic UPF 50+ buff headgear. It does not say UV high under the buff logo, however, printed at the side says@ 2019 National Geographic Partners LLC. All rights reserved. On on of the tags has TEST NO:HL
    Please are you able to tell me if this is a genuine buff headgear?
    Many Thanks

    1. Dear Phyllis,
      If there is a Buff® logo on the fabric, you can be assured that it is a genuine Buff®.

      They just come in many variations.

      The High-UV Buff® is now discontinued and replaced by the Coolnet UV+ Buff®.

      I assume that you bought an Original Buff® as they come in a National Geographic Design Collection.


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