BUFF DryFlx+ Product Review

Disclaimer: I received an BUFF DryFlx+ Hat and Neckwarmer to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews!

What can I say? I love love love BUFF products and am a believer in how effective they are for all my outdoor activities. The new DryFlx+ collection is no different. Its tech specifications are really impressive for wearable technology and the colors mesh really well.

So let’s begin with the great technology the hat contains. It’s extremely light, just over an ounce in weight, so it doesn’t feel heavy on your head during a run. Also, it uses 4-way ULTRA STRETCH material which adds to the comfort; it never feels tight or constrictive. There is a seamless woven design so nothing is scratching at your scalp when in movement. The hat has thermal insulation to keep your head warm but also moisture management so you’re not sweating buckets down your face. (I’ll get more into that down in the review) And one of the most important features is it contains reflective elements so if you’re running at dusk or dawn, you be sure you’ll be spotted by any motorists or bicyclists.

Now let’s talk neckwarmer features! As you can see in the previous two photos, it can be worn up to cover the nose or just below it and it doesn’t wiggle or shake down your face; it stays pretty snug. Similar to the hat, this also has the 4-way ULTRA STRETCH and seamless woven design for comfort and flexibility so constrictions are not a problem. It only weight two ounces so, once again, it isn’t weighing down on your body. Along with the reflective elements, the BUFF DryFlx+ neckwarmer provides thermal insulation and moisture management. Now to explain how both items manage to perform this great feature.

The above photos show exactly how they provide breathability. The hat and neckwarmer both have engineered holes, marked on my gear with the lime green lines, to allow air to flow through and out, allowing you to not sweat but still keep warm for the hat and allowing you to breathe through your mouth and nose with the neckwarmer all the way up on your face. It really is the best feature of this product! It just makes wearing them outside in nasty cold temperatures a whole lot better. I’ve already worn them in 25 degree weather with a wind chill factor that brought it down to 16 degrees. And, since I live in Wisconsin, you can bet that I will be wearing this when I head out in those below 10 degree days!

Another good reason to love this product, and BUFF in general, is that as an engaged partner of UNICEF, the company has committed to donating 2% of their global yearly profits to projects helping combat COVID-19.

I invite you to take a look at some other reviews from my BibRavePro companions to see what they thought of the BUFF DryFlx+ collection! As always, any comments or questions can be left below if you like and Happy Running!





Product Review: BUFF Pack Run Cap

Disclaimer: I received a BUFF Pack Run Cap to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews!

I’m not the biggest fan of wearing hats while running and typically prefer BUFF’s other headwear options. The reason why: it never fails that while wearing a hat, like a trucker hat, sweat manages to drip down into my eyes and down my face. Not a fan of that at all, so I avoid wearing hats. I’m starting with this point because the Pack Run Cap NEVER allowed any sweat into my face on the days I wore it running and there were some incredibly humid and nasty hot days I that I chose to wear it. How does it do this? It has a reliable and low profile sweatband wrapped around the inner part that does its job and then some.

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Now, you might think if the cap is absorbing all that sweat then it must be getting damp, heavy and not pleasant to wear anymore. Not so! I’ve never had a hat breathe as well as the Pack Run Cap when I know I’ve been sweating in sweltering heat and it remains light as can be. Again, how? Fastwick fabric side panels wick the moisture away and your head can breathe.

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These two features have impressed me the most with the BUFF Pack Run Cap but they’re obviously not the only features of this cap. The upper panel provides up to 98% protection from UV rays. There is an elastic cord at the back for a surprisingly secure fit that never loosened while running outdoors. It also has a reflective tab on the back and reflective logo on the front that adds low-light visibility.

My experience using the BUFF Pack Run Cap was a positive one. I have to say that since I am anti-hat for the most part. For me, it was just so lightweight and it was as if I didn’t even have something on my head. That’s how light it really is! I loved that it was easy to fold up and simply slide into my pocket if necessary. I liked that the material was soft and had 4-way stretch ability so it didn’t tighten too much on one side over another.

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Now, if you don’t like the color of mine, BUFF has other options for you to peruse through. Also, if a full cap is not your cup of tea, they had the same material in a visor too. You can’t lose with the Pack Run Cap. Whether you like it hats or not, this is a nice option! Bonus, if you want 15% off your BUFF purchase, simply go to https://buffusa.com/bibrave and sign up for the BUFF newsletter and, boom, a discount for you! I highly recommend this product!

Any questions or comments, please feel free to drop a note below!

And, as always, happy running!

2019 Samson Stomp n Romp 5K Review: Better Late than Never

Another year of running the Samson Stomp n Romp 5K and another year where Mother Nature decided to show off who’s the boss in winter time. Two weeks prior to this race, the temperatures were in the 40s and there was sunshine. The morning before the race, there was a snow storm that brought in 7 inches of snow and then a freeze blew into the area. Race start temperatures? 3 degrees. With a breeze. Ugh!!

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This year I had to give the race management a five star rating. Why? Sure, there were plenty of reminders to sign up for the race via e-mail and all social media channels as well as the necessary information for packet pickup. But more importantly, the zoo grounds crew staff had this course almost spotless for a hug stretch of it. If I didn’t live nearby, I wouldn’t have guessed that it had snowed so much the day before. Amazing work! Also, with your registration you received free parking and free access to the zoo for the day, so go run and then have some fun!
I give five stars to the aid stations not because I needed to use it, but, because they were out there, offering water and cheering runners on. That is some incredible volunteer work. Standing, not running, around and cheering. Brave souls to do that in three degree weather.
The swag was the customary t-shirt that they have every year but this year it was a bit underwhelming with a weak front design and nothing on the back. The gorilla overall and age-place awards are cool (my yet to be achieved goal) but not everyone gets one of those so I can’t include that in my opinion of the swag.
Nothing for the expo because there isn’t one; just packet pickup.

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The course scenery was fun as usual but was a little sparse compared to normal. I imagine the ice cold temps kept some of the animals inside, but there were still enough of them outside to look at while running by. Also, this course, for just being a 5K, always challenges me with the various elevation changes from going up to down and then the finish which goes uphill as well. A challenge that is always fun to take on.

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All in all, it was another chilly Samson Stomp but I will crazily be back next year, I am sure. I mean, I need another chance to get one of those gorilla trophies!

Air, Trekz Air, Headphone Extraordinaire

Disclaimer: I received an AfterShokz Trekz Air to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

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Another great piece of technology put out by AfterShokz. They took the great bone conduction technology with the original and brought back with a slight difference: it’s lighter on the head. Amazingly lighter. As in you might not realize it is on your head. Or you might think that you have lost it while running because it feels like it’s gone.And nothing was lost with the quality by making it lighter. At least nothing that I noticed. I have read from others that they felt a loss of bass occurred with the change but I haven’t been able to hear a difference or a loss. You still get the great safety factor with the headphones resting next to your ear freeing you up to hear outside noises like cars or people making it a sage run ALL the time.

AfterShokz also kept the overall appearance similar, just thinner, if you will, around the back but the bone conduction headphone remained the same.

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I have to admit on my first couple of runs with the Trekz Air, the thinner wrap around was causing some trouble for me in its placement because it was now lighter and smaller. But a couple of adjustments (along with wearing a hat or headwear wrap) and I finally found a comfortable spot where it lays and doesn’t bother me. Comfort is big with all runners so I believe once you find a spot that suits you, you will be a happy customer!

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And now about that customer part! Place your order now at  http://bibrave.aftershokz.com/ now and, when checking out, put in the code “TRUCKER” and you will get a free hat! I highly advise you to visit their site, check out their products and made a choice! YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!

If you have any questions or comments, please contact me and I would be happy to answer them for you.


Happy Running!

Review of the BUFF USA ThermoNet Headwear

Disclaimer: I received a BUFF ThermoNet hat and ThermoNet multifunctional headwear to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

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I received both of these items quite a while ago, but found them to be very difficult to use and review. Because they are bad products you may ask? No, of course not! Oddly, living in a climate like Wisconsin, you would think the weather would cooperate quite well but we went through a warm spell late in the fall and then just as the temps dropped, I was on vacation in a much warmer climate. Augh!! was my initial reaction but I did the best I could with the limited time (cold weather time) that I had. I DID use it in all weather though so this will be quite the thorough analysis of this product.

First, it is a soft material that is breathable called PrimaLoft yarn. It is four times warmer than microfiber and uses technology to wick moisture away from your head but keeps your head warm and dry even in crazy cold temps. I was able to test out is multiple uses in both climates. When in the warmer climate, I used the multifunctional headwear both on my head and around my neck (two different runs) and it performed rather well. Yes, when on my head, it provided some warmth that maybe wasn’t needed but there also wasn’t a drip of sweat that came down into my face. On the other run I wore it around my neck, raising it once or twice to block my mouth as I was on/near a beach and was avoiding sand blowing into my mouth. I liked the effectiveness and usefulness of the product.

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When I returned just this past week to the chilly and windy weather of Wisconsin, I was able to give these items the REAL test of how well PrimaLoft would protect my head and skin. It passed! The day I went out on a 13 mile run it was 30 degrees but damp out and breezy/chilly and not pleasant. My head never felt cold, damp, anything. It was cozy. So much so that, along with wearing the headwear around my neck, I was almost too warm in those areas. (My fingers were another story…) I loved the headwear because I was, once again, able to selectively choose when to pull it over my mouth, (this time for warmth) and when to drop it down. Very breathable, as the product promised it would be. And the colors are pretty sweet too! But these items are not for fashion, IMO, but for pure awesome value and usage.

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The BUFF ThermoNet hat and multifunctional headwear are two products you should seriously think about acquiring for your running/outdoor adventures if you live in a cold climate for winter/fall. And it doesn’t even have to be for recreational purposes. Use it while raking the yard on a harsh day or while cross country skiing. MULTIFUNCTIONAL means exactly that. Plus, should you check these out now and want to get one for yourself, I have a present for you.

Receive 20% off your entire order at www.buffusa.com when you purchase at least one product from the ThermoNet™ collection. Includes ThermoNet™ Multifunctional Headwear, Hats or Balaclavas. Enter code: *BIBRAVETHERMONET20* at checkout. Expires: 11/17/2017

What more could you ask for? A great product with a deal included to pay less. And it will make you and your body much happier on those chilly mornings. Or afternoons. Or evenings. Whenever you run. Workout. Whatever your heart desires.

Any questions or comments, please feel free to toss them my way below. I highly encourage it! And, as always, happy running!

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