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Lovely gaiter style mask to wear while active, its a bit long and not very elastic so only stays up when I have a head band on but it does filter the air well for me as I find the other masks really hard to breath in while walking and talking. This is my fav to walk in even though it doesn't stay up 100% of the time its definitely do-able!
I don't know who this 'one size' was made for, maybe a morbidly obese male? It's ridiculously loose and doesn't provide any neck protection with it sitting below my face. It barely stays up over my face it's THAT big. (I'm 180cm, 71kg)
Very disappointing. Buff came highly recommended but this is a waste of money.
If you're trying to decide between the Coolnet or the Merino Wool versions to use as a mask i bought both at the same time so i could compare for myself...
For context i have a large beard so a standard face mask was not the best option for me as i work in a place that requires me by law to wear a mask for 6 hours straight due to the recent change in rules in the UK... it should also be noted that using either of these products as masks will most likely NOT protect you from Covid-19 as well as something like an N95 mask may do.
Breathability: They are both quite easy to breath through as the material on both versions is quite thin, but the Coolnet version is just slightly easier (by maybe 10%) also depending on how much you talk the merino wool one can collect a little bit of moisture where your mouth is again making it just a that little bit more difficult to breath through, but the Coolnet version is "moisture wicking" so this doesn't happen when talking a lot.
Heat: The Coolnet version stays true to it's name and is definitely cooler than the Merino Wool version, you can kind of feel the cooling sensation as you breath, perhaps that's why it feels slightly easier to breath through, however as i write this review winter is approaching so if you are planning on being outside a lot maybe the Merino Wool would be better suited for you.
Comfort: The Merino Wool version is definitely more comfortable for me, softer on the skin around your face and neck, the Coolnet version isn't uncomfortable by any means but certainly is not as soft, but this could be due to the fact that despite both versions being "One Size Fits All" The Coolnet version is slightly smaller (tighter around your face) this could also be an attributing factor to why it's slightly easier to breathe through, that being said there are some negative reviews on the Merino Wool version saying it's too big & baggy for some people on the smaller side so buyer beware.
Looks: Obviously this is subjective but to me the Merino Wool version definitely looks the best, it looks the most natural with clothing, that being said there's nothing really natural about wearing a mask in public so it's moot, but the Coolnet version can have a slight "shine" to it in some lighting and you can tell it's a synthetic fabric, also since it's slightly tighter on your face you are able to see through it very slightly in some lighting & it is easier to see the shape of your face and even some lip movements.
Overall Quality: The Merino Wool version has a stitched lining around both ends which gives it a nice edge in quality over the Coolnet version which has no stitched lining or seam of any kind the fabric simply ends, also by default due to the nature of the material the coolnet looks and feels cheaper
My Personal Recommendation: Function Over Form... Despite the Merino Wool version being "better" in many ways i would pick the Coolnet version every time mainly because it is easier to breath through, it doesn't get too hot & it wicks moisture (spit, sweat & rain) it may not feel as soft or look as nice but you can definitely breath through it & talk through it for a longer period of time.
This is the second Buff I own. Initially I brought the cotton version as I was afraid of wool because it’s itchy... After I tried a merino item I immediately went and brought the Buff Merino version. I must say that if you are a outdoor person this item is a must have on your kit. Also you must’ve it from Buff as it’s made in Spain. Also you must have it from merino as it’s the best fabric, net superior to cotton. The reason for that is , the merino dry faster than cotton, doesn’t need frequent washing, keep warm even when wet and.... doesn’t smell. If I have to compare it with the cotton one also it’s a bit longer,or, it’s just my optical illusion. I love this simple piece of kit as it’s simple and efficient. This is what you need in a SHTF situation: simplicity and efficiency. Also you need a strong built and Buff is a Spain company with a superior quality control who is not messing around with the costumers than also the price I paid is affordable. You may found something cheaper, like next to nothing but: how often you must spend your time and money buying again the same product after a year or less? I’m a professional outdoor survivalist and a professional PSD and my Buff cotton has been with me for the last six or seven years and looks like new. Show me another one to last that long! Can be used literally for everything you need: from mouth filter in a dessert mission to a hat, washing cloth, bandana, hand warmer, water filter, first Aid sling, ice pouch when injured, electronics protective sleeve, polishing my boots with it, xtender for my assault rifle sling... name it and that Buff has been always in my pocket together with a pair of tactical gloves and it has never let me down. I genuinely hope that the merino one will last as long as the cotton one . The price and the delivery from Alloutdoor UK was superb considering the quality of the product so I strongly recommend it from this guys. They also send me a £60 wine voucher with it! Can you believe that? Thank you guys and a prosperous 2020 new year! Stay safe, Pablo G
The fabric is thin (semi-transparent with just a little stretch), and not very warm - it just about copes with a mild winter's day. I also found the fabric a little rough and scratchy, especially at first, and then it started to lose elasticity. All in all, not the best!
Far too loose to be used as a mask in shops. Want to keep it round your neck and just pop it up when you're in the shops? Think again. It constantly falls down as it lacks the tightness that a synthetic buff has. You really have to double up the fabric but then it's far too thick a layer so it's too warm and breathing through it is much more of an effort compared to a mask because it's so hot and stuffy.
What a godsend this is for any with long unruly hair. I have found d this endlessly useful,just as a hair band that's not overnight and doesn't ruin curly hair. I would have never believed it could keep its hold for so long!
Very versatile, offering so many styles, even just as a gentle snood type affair when out in windy weather to keep your hair from continually getting in mouth and eyes and slapping across your face.
The diameter/circumference is too large, so it is useless because it doesn't stay put. Given also that this is wool and will inevitably get even baggier. The weave is too open and cycling it leaches heat quickly. I own 3-other Buff's, all synthetics and none of them are as ineffective as this sadly. One positive is that it is very long (top-to-bottom) so you can gather it up around your neck, but it doesn't stop it sliding down. Sadly, though, I can't really recommend this and I will have to return it for a refund.
I use this along with the Buff merino skull cap. They are a perfect match since they’re the same wool (125g/m2) and colour. This combination beats the (Merino Buff) balaclava I was used to, allowing extra combinations. Great quality & performance as always from Buff (as long as you get the merino stuff). This is 125g/m2 wool which may seem very thin (IT IS, you can actually see-thru) but does its job even in North EU winters AND being merino and thin it’s perfectly wearable all year round. Unfortunately the fit is very loose (unless you have a really big neck, I am a medium size man) hence 4 stars instead of 5.