BUFF® Merino Lightweight Product Guide

The BUFF® Merino Lightweight Multifunctional Headwear/Neckwear in a Nutshell

The BUFF® Merino Lightweight Is Designed For The Cold. It’s formely known as the Wool BUFF®.

100% Merino Wool & more length give you more warmth.

The BUFF® Merino Lightweight is a 68 cm (26.77 inch) long tube knitted out of 100% Merino Wool. It stretches to fit adults with a head circumference of 53-62 cm
  • A 68 cm long tube made out of 100% Merino Wool
  • Designed for Cool to Cold weather
  • Popular for low to medium intensity activities
  • Replaces 10 different types of head wear
  • Warming – The extra length allows for more layers & warmth
  • Ultra thin – Fits nicely under any helmet
  • Excellent moisture management
  • Natural Odour prevention
  • Free of harmful substances – Certified
  • Fits Adults with a head circumference 53-62 cm
  • Weighs 48 gr (1.693 oz)

The most popular ways of using a BUFF® Merino Leightweight

The most popular way to wear a it is as scarf / chin-warmer / face-mask combination. Of course there are other ways you can wear it so here they are.

A couple in outdoor clothing during a hike. It looks cold and they are both wearing BUFF® Merino Lightweight multifunctional headwear as scarves. Source: buff.eu

A warm scarf on your weekend hike

A BUFF® Merino Lightweight Wool tube makes a very comfortable scarf It’s a wonderful winter day. You’re out in the country site for a hike. The Wool Buff® as a scarf is one of the most popular ways to wear

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A landscape selfie showing a young man and woman smiling in the camera. They are sitting on top of a mountain peak. Their faces reveal exhaustion and happiness. They are both wearing Wool Buff® as beanies. Source: Gettingnowhere.net © Permission to use on our websites

A Beanie on top of the mountain

You’ve made it to the top of the mountain. You’re so happy. But you’re also exhausted & sweaty. Now that you’re standing on the peak you’re exposed to the winds & cooling down. Great to have a Wool Buff® as

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Key Features a BUFF® Merino Leightweight

The Wool Buff® is popular for being a natural product with all the benefits of 100% good quality merino wool.

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 (123rf.com / buff.eu) Cotton is horrible when wet. It gets heavy, feels wet and clings. Add cold weather and your wellbeing goes south.

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Warming is the easiest of all functions. A tube in layers creates a warming zone between the layers. More layers create more warmth What it needs A long tube. The longer the tube the more layers you can create A

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Chill Protection

Tubes allow the fabric to be worn in “wrinkles”. This way the cooling effect is diverted away from the skin. What it needs A thin fabric. Too thick and it will be warming A breathable fabric. Without that you have warming again

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Product Details of a BUFF® Merino Leightweight

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It's not for you if...

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

You want lots of warmth out in the snow? Better have a look at the Polar Buff®.

You need additional wind protection?
Better have a look at the Windproof Buff®.

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  1. How wide are the Buffs when not worn?

    1. Hi Nina,

      the Wool Buff® is about 24 cm (9.45 inch) wide when not worn.

  2. Would this garment provide some degree of UV protection? I need something that’s made out of natural fibres (fire retardent) and ideally something that provides a high level of protection from the sun. Thanks.

    1. Wool, in general, doesn’t burn and in 2 layers is UPF50+. Having said that, hardly anyone tests Wool products for sun protection as it’s not the best material for the heat.

      In your case, I suggest the Nomex® Fire Resistant BUFF®. It is made for rural fire fighting and the specification, therefore, ticks all your boxes.

  3. Are merino buffs available in slim fit? I absolutely love mine but i have a little knot at one end to make it smaller 🙂 I’d love to get another slightly tighter one for my next trip.

    1. Not at the moment, Colleen.

      Have you tried stretching them? You can decrease the diameter of tubes by pulling them. It’s a bit of a fitness activity because it’s not easy but it works.
      Just grab the tube at both ends and keep pulling it and relaxing it again. Just like a rubber band expanding exercise. Best is to do it while your watching TV or so because you have to do it a lot.


  4. I would like to try one for bush firefighting, are there any synthetics in the material.

    1. Hi Marco,

      There are no synthetics in the material. It’s 100% Merino Wool.
      Have you seen the Fire Resistant Buff® made out of Nomex™?
      It might suit you better.

  5. Christine

    Is this the lightweight, midweight, or heavyweight wool merino Buff?

    1. It’s the lightweight Wool Buff®. Mid and Heavy were added later and are currently not available in Australia.

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