Buff or a better bandana?

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  1. Natch

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    I've tried to buy a nicer bandana on Amazon, but they all seem to be the same cheap material. Does anyone make a better one? Would I be better off buying a UV Buff to keep the sun off my head hiking or rock climbing?
     
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    I have 6 buffs and probably a dozen bandanas (36''x36'' or larger). Depending on what I am doing, I wear one or the other or both. If doing something (like climbing, cooking, using a tool) where a dangling bandana is a hazard, I use a Buff. In the late fall and early winter, I use both. From a DIYer standpoint, I go to places that sell fabric (Joanne's, Hobby Lobby, WalMart, etc) and walk through feeling and looking at 100% cotton or linen fabrics. With a coupon, you can get a large piece (normally up to 60" by 60") for what most retailers on Amazon charge for a 20" by 20". If you get real industrious, you can buy quilt backing (100% cotton) that is 120" wide. Normally, it is either white or off white and you would have to dye it. Also look through the remnants. Last year, I found a piece of 100% wool 28" by 54" for less than $10.00.

    Bob

    edited to add - If you've not bought fabric before and don't know how much to get. Look at the end of the cardboard bolt the fabric is on. It should tell you the width of the fabric (example - 52 inches). The figure out how many bandanas you want. If one, tell the width (example - 52 inches) . If two, then two times the width (example 52 + 52 = 104). They will then use a calculator to determine how many yards or portions of yards.
     
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    +1 on Buffs. I have one and love it .
     
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    Some of the EDC fans favor Hanks by Hank. I've not looked into the brand at all, but some of the pocket dump pics I've seen, they look pretty okay.
     
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    (Cravat) Triangular Muslin Bandage, NSN 6510-00-201-1755

    works as a sunscreen, dew rag, Ranger rag and in a pinch can be used (in a pair) as a bathing suit.....

    Cheap enough....works much like a Buff -

    OTOH, the buff is multitasking...
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  6. hlydon

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    I buy fabric and use buffs. I tend to use jersey cotton fabric for bandanas. It is soft and stretches. Cotton probably isn't as good as polyester since it doesn't wick away sweat.

    Buffs are usually polyester. They tend to be light weight and are super easy to pack. They easily fit in a pocket.
     
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    Bandanas from Tractor Supply are excellent and made in the USA!
     
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    No affiliation or anything but check out SA FISHING. UV face mask/bandanas they have deals all time usualy buy one for $20 get 4 free.
     
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    I have several from Buff Canada including a couple in Merino Wool. Good stuff. I still carry a bandana but it's hard to beat the functionality of a Buff.
     
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    I use a buff, a bandana from Fleet Farm, & a Hobo Hanky depending on the weather & what I'm doing. They all have their place outdoors. The Hobo Hanky is a monster bandana @ 42" x 42".
     
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    I guess I'll be getting a few different types of things. Thank you for the replies. Does the color of the buff make a difference in the summer in terms of heat or is it just preference? I have a military green and a grey one in my cart. I like the green, but thought it might draw more heat than the grey.
     
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    I have several Buffs. OD, black and some mixed colors. I notice no difference in the color as far as heat. They are my go to head gear for any warm weather activities. I have found that a hat traps too much heat on my head. The Buff keeps the sun off my bald head and wicks the sweat, without trapping all the heat.
     
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    A triangular bandage will do things a Buff can only dream about :D Like become a tourniquet, a sling, a swath, provide additional body warmth (when pinned together in pairs.) sun shade, water filter etc. A Buff makes great head and face gear, but fails at many other tasks.

    That said I like both, and usually have the triangular around my neck with an antler slide, the Buff in a pocket if I’m not wearing it.
     
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    Any color except black, hot in the sun and you wouldn't want to be mistaken for a lone wolf ISIS reject at a distance especially in the woods.
     
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    I'm partial to silk wild rags, but I also own and use neck gaiters.
    With a wild rag you can loosen it up to ventilate if need be.
     
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    How is that bandage different from a shemagh?
     
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    Buff UV and bug protection on top of multiple use
     
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    It's a triangle, not a square
     
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    I have a merino buff for fall early spring, warm the carotid blood rest of u is warm, buff and a good wool toquebdoes wonders for warmth. I personally haven't messed with the uv stuff, I'm still looking for a quality shemagh..
     
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    i like buffs but i also like hobo hanky's. the customer service is outstanding and the products are pretty great as well. haven't used them much but do like them!
     
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    try a hobo hanky, made in usa
     
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    I have (and use) two Buffs, one in black and the other in coyote. Good gear and am hoping to add a Merino to my tiny collection.

    I make my own bandannas in various sizes and shapes. Best source I have found for fabric is jersey knit 100% cotton bed sheet sets (queen or king size if possible), either from WalMart or Target. Almost any color, even camo, is available. I usually buy them on sale. You get a flat sheet, fitted sheet, and 2 pillowcases. Lots of options for all sizes. And because they are jersey knit (like a t-shirt) the cut edges usually do not fray or unravel. They are thicker than a regular bandanna but thinner than a shemagh.
     
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    I use both and have a couple of triangular bandages in my bag when I am out.
     
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    I've got a wool Buff and two cheap generics -one poly and the other cotton. I like them all for times when the sun is low, and my "boonie" for when the sun is above or rain is falling.
     
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    Please excuse my ignorance but what is a buff? The best I can find is a tube of cloth.
     
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    i just wish they would make a larger diameter Buff. I've got a 17.5 to 18 inch neck and they are a little tight. Also +1 on the Wild Rags or silk bandanas.
     
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    It often depends, but I actually like both. For lightweight, I like the silk cowboy scarves (mine are 34x34"), but the synthetic (polyester microfiber) buffs are really light and quite versatile in a different way from a regular square bandana. For colder temps, the merino wool buff is mandatory for my kit.

    I've spend the last few decades always carrying around a couple cotton military cravats; very handy for numerous tasks, but I still prefer the square cut bandana. The Shemagh are nice, but large and much heavier; excellent for hot and dry climates. Another option is the awesome (but expensive) merino wool kerchief from northxnorth: https://www.northxnorth.co/shop/merino-wool-kerchief This is really an amazing product; 42x42", it's basically a cold-weather Shemagh with all the same versatility.

    ROCK6
     
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    Since the subject of buffs got brought up, I have a buff that just has the buff logo and another that has "Buff UV". I thought they all had UV protection so what's the difference?
     
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    I live in Buffs....it is the second thing I pick up in the morning after my wallet. I probably have 40.
     

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