With every year, new fads come in and out of my life. In fly fishing, usually it’s a certain piece of gear. With each fad, comes it followers and its haters. Recently, a new product has arrived on the fishing scene and has a lot of people on the fence. BUFFs are a fabric product specifically made to protect your face and ears from windburn and sunburn, pretty good things to protect your skin from right? Well I’ve had a BUFF for about 2 years now, and in Canada we rarely have the type of climate where it’s required to wear one. When I got a pair to review, I made sure I was going to really give them a test and give a complete honest opinion and review.
The wide arrange of colors BUFFs come in are pretty cool. You can get pretty much any color specific to species of fish, a couple of BUFFs have advertising on them for production companies, and others have just simple patterns that appeal to the average person. The color I chose to review was the Dolphin Fish or otherwise known as Mahi Mahi; it appealed to me more than having a certain brand advertised all over my face. I spent some solid days with the BUFF, a couple in some pretty cold, and dry wind, and in some blazing sun, and couple days in some average weather conditions.
I’ll start off with the good things I have learned about them. If you don’t like the super greasy sun screen in tropical temperatures (25+ Degrees Celsius), then a BUFF may be a good investment for you. If you’re consistently fishing during the summer months, or traveling to tropical locations I would definitely recommend picking one of these up. Also, another great use for them is if you spend a lot of time fishing with extreme 25km/h+ wind speeds, or cold weather, in both of those types of weather a BUFF is a great thing to have on your face.
BUFFs can be converted into pretty cool things, toques, wrist bands, head bands, scarfs, pretty much any sort of garment you can create if you wanted to. Yes I am sure you could figure out a way to make an under garment out of one. Ladies can also use them as bandos (probably the best use for them in my mind… but I am just an 18 year old punk so what do I know…), they’re versatile, but the most common uses are used as entire facemasks. I find this something that is useful, but at the same time ridiculous looking in the wrong conditions.
Now the negatives, they scream out right at you. You get people wearing these things in weather they are not needed. They wear them up around their entire faces, trying to look as cool as they possibly can. If you’re one of those people that do this, and you see people looking at you and staring at you, you need to realize, no it’s not because they admire you, it’s because you look like a bank robber, and it’s abnormal.
Your ego has possibly managed to keep you from realizing this. It is becoming extremely popular in fly fishing social media for these people to wear a BUFF covering their entire face. Trying to look cool, when in fact, they look ridiculous. No, you’re not going to rob a bank; No, you aren’t the gangster on the water; you really just look like a try hard.
BUFFs were intended for use the flats in the tropics originally as sun protection, not for our everyday mountain cutthroat streams, or casual jaunts out to our prairie pothole lakes. I wish people would use them for the intended uses, but since when has the general populous used common sense.