Heat, Sun & Sand Protection in the Marathon Des Sables

A side shot landscape photo of two people walking in the desert. They are participants of the Marathon Des Sables. A man in the centre is wearing a Original Buff® as face mask. A woman in the back is wearing a Original Buff® as neck cooler. It looks as if it is the end of the race and everybody is tired. The woman in the back is looking weak. The man in font still seems to have energy left. The photo was taken in 2003. Today the correct product for this race is the High UV Buff®. Source: buff.eu © Distributed for the promotion of the Original Buff® in outdoor / adventure

Your face gets burned and you’ve got sand on your lips? The High UV Buff as face mask is a favourite around Ultra Marathon runners

A desert is super hot & dry. On top there is no shade from the sun relentlessly frying you. Add some possible sandstorm and you get a feel what a desert marathon puts up on challenges.

Participants of the Marathon Des Sables have been using the Original & the High UV Buff® to cope with these challenges in various ways.

The most popular is the face mask.
Sun burning your skin away. 95% UV blockage gives you additional skin cancer protection.
Sweat running down your head and into your eyes. The fabric turns that sweat into heat relief.
Sand blowing around. The fabric can filter sand out whilst staying fully breathable.

This photo was taken during the 2003 Marathon des Sables. The Buff® shown is the Original Buff®. Today I strongly recommend the High UV Buff® for this event. More cooling and the UV protection that the Original Buff® misses.



Recommend Designs

The design pictured is a custom run for the Marathon Des Sables. Look for similar colours. Not too light. If you are a heavy sweater I recommend going darker with the colour. The darker the more evaporates.

For all available High UV Buff® designs click here.

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A side landscape selfie of two men smiling in the camera. They are high up in the mountains nearly in the clouds. The right person Rian Cope sports lots of facial hair and a big scarf. The left person is using a Original Buff® to entirely cover his head. Only the eyes are uncovered. Source: Rian Cope www.EatSleepSurf.com.au © Allowed to use on our websiteThis landscape selfie shows Roger Chao holding up the Australia Geographic Society Flag in the middle of the Greenland ice sheet. He is wearing specialist expedition gear. He later told me that he was wearing a Original Buff® as liner and he loved it. Soure: Roger Chao www.steppebysteppe.com.au © Permission to use on our websites