Buff merino neckwarmer review

We've been testing the Buff merino neckwarmer this winter. What are the advantages of the merino version over standard polyester?

Cycling Weekly Verdict

A step up in luxury and comfort from the standard Buff, this merino version is warm, itch-free and very versatile. It’s a bit more expensive and needs more careful washing, but should last and last.

Reasons to buy
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    Simple, light, packable

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    Comfortably warm

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    Very versatile

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    Lots of colour options

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Reasons to avoid
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    A bit more expensive than the polyester version

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    Hand wash only

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Like Hoover, Buff has become synonymous with the product it makes (although also like Hoover it makes other items too). It’s a Spanish company, having been founded in 1992 by Juan Rojas, taking its name from the Spanish word bufanda, meaning scarf.

A buff has become pretty much an essential item for many people participating in outdoor activities in cooler weather in a broad range of disciplines. The original product was polyester and we’ve tested the Tour de France collection made of this material.

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Paul Norman

Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.

He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.