Portland had unheard of amounts of snow and winter weather this year. Of all the winter clothing in our house, the most argued-over piece was the Buff Polar Reversible headband / neck warmer. In fact, we ended up having to purchase two more to keep everyone warm and happy.
The Buff Polar Reversible headwear is similar to most Buffs in that it’s a tube-fit that you stretch and pull over or onto your head and neck. Like other Buffs, it can be worn sort of like a balaclava, like a scarf, or as a headband alone. It stretches easily yet retains its shape once relaxed. Even after a day of getting wrapped, re-wrapped and wet, it never sags or loses its original design.
Unlike its kin, though, the Buff Polar Reversible has a polar fleece interior that sits against your skin. It is by far the softest fleece I have ever owned, and it’s a delight to wear. The outside of the buff is a microfiber material that has more of a smooth feel, much like you’d find in other Buffs.
Softness aside, the feature of the Buff Polar Reversible that caused so much arguing among our family was the extra warmth it provides. Even with coats, hats, sweaters and thermals, the neck often still gets cold. I’ve worn scarves to try to keep the cold out, but I find these Buffs far superior. They stay put on your neck, and no wind or cold get through as they might with a scarf. There’s also the added benefit that if your face or head needs protection, you can just pull the Buff up over your mouth, nose or both. Meanwhile, your neck is still toasty-warm.
The moisture-wicking qualities of fleece are good when you wear these over your mouth and nose. Anyone who has worn a dust mask knows the amount of moisture that accumulates when you breathe. The fleece wicks away the moisture from sweat, but more important is that it wicks away condensation from your breath. Fleece can also be odor-resistant, which is also a plus.
Like other products from Buff, the Polar Reversible ones come in many fabrics and styles. With tons of different fabric and color options, there’s no question you can find one to suit your tastes. Once you’ve found a pattern you like, you can then don it in eight ways: mask, hood, balaclava, ‘do rag, neckerchief, headband, cap and scarf. I was content to wear the buff as a scarf and mask, but I was surprised to see my son trying out many of the different styles with very little effort to learn how to do it.
I know Buff has many different types and styles, but as far as I am concerned, this is the one for me in winter. I think Buff did it right with the Polar Reversible design. The main reason to look into other options would be if you needed a cooler-weather option to protect you from sun or light winds. The fleece would be too warm for summer conditions. But that’s why there are hundreds of non cold-weather clothing Buffs to choose from.
The Buff Polar Reversible was provided for review. All opinions and words are my own and honest, and the article above contains no affiliate links.
Buff Polar Reversible
- Outstanding warmth, and from a Buff, no less!
- Diverse usage makes it a catch-all warmer
- Wicks all types of moisture
- Lots of styles from which to choose
- Packs down small
- Over time the fleece will wear down
- Quilting mid-Buff would help it keep form longer
- Unless you have one for everyone, you will end up having to share