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Title: Good alternatives to buffs?
Post by: Twiggy2 on 18:28:26, 04/04/19
Any suggestions that don't cost in the region of £20 for a tiny scrap of material?
Title: Re: Good alternatives to buffs?
Post by: gunwharfman on 18:41:04, 04/04/19
I bought one a few years ago but have never worn it. It's in my garage somewhere? I can look for it tomorrow and if I find it and if you want it, it's yours for free.
Title: Re: Good alternaItives to buffs?
Post by: Twiggy2 on 19:03:23, 04/04/19
That would be lovely, what a nice offer, thank-you.

Title: Re: Good alternatives to buffs?
Post by: fernman on 19:41:22, 04/04/19
Without GWM's generous offer, you could have looked on Amazon or eBay. Lots of cheap Chinese ones there, which you'd wait 10-12 days for.
Title: Re: Good alternatives to buffs?
Post by: BuzyG on 22:27:12, 04/04/19
Still take my scalf. When it's really cold. O0
Sometimes I just wrap it around my hands.
Title: Re: Good alternatives to buffs?
Post by: Ridge on 22:44:03, 04/04/19
Fakes from £2.50 on ebay or real from £6.00 both from UK sellers.
Title: Re: Good alternatives to buffs?
Post by: zuludog on 23:30:24, 04/04/19
Go to a charity shop and have a poke around in their displays & bins of scarves &  accessories; there are all sorts of things. I got an excellent scarf that was obviously a lady's headscarf, in some sort of fine, smooth material, for 50p


Title: Re: Good alternatives to buffs?
Post by: gunwharfman on 11:40:33, 05/04/19
twiggy - I found the buff in my garage. If you want it it's yours. Just sent me a private 'My messages' of where to post it to.
Title: Re: Good alternatives to buffs?
Post by: gunwharfman on 11:45:10, 05/04/19
I'm sure that I have loads of stuff in my garage that I could give away, for example, I bought a small gas cooker for backpacking about 10 years ago and I have never used it once. I'm betting now that most of us have such stuff hanging around just waiting for a new home?
Title: Re: Good alternatives to buffs?
Post by: Twiggy2 on 14:42:31, 05/04/19
I'm sure that I have loads of stuff in my garage that I could give away, for example, I bought a small gas cooker for backpacking about 10 years ago and I have never used it once. I'm betting now that most of us have such stuff hanging around just waiting for a new home?
I have moved far to many times for old stuff to be kicking about...
Title: Re: Good alternatives to buffs?
Post by: Twiggy2 on 14:45:53, 05/04/19
twiggy - I found the buff in my garage. If you want it it's yours. Just sent me a private 'My messages' of where to post it to.
Message sent, thank-you
Title: Re: Good alternatives to buffs?
Post by: Snowman on 12:10:49, 06/04/19
I agree that the branded buffs are rather overpriced (although I've not seen them as high as £20), but as has been noted you can get them very cheap from places like Amazon.   I use them instead of a hat, because I kept on losing hats which are quite expensive.    Since I've reached the point in life where my natural head covering is moving off somewhere, it helps to be able to cover said parts when the sun shines as it has recently.   I tend to use it as a headband to stop the sweat getting into my eyes, and then as the sort of pirate hat when I need the aforementioned protection.   At the end of the walk I remove it and wrap it around my wrist so I don't put it down while having a pint and then go leaving it behind (as happened to hats).   In fact wrapped around your wrist can be useful for wiping your brow if it's really hot.


In winter I tend to use it as a scarf, and again, when I get to the pub or similar I just wrap it around my wrist so again, I don't forget it.   If the weather is particularly inclement, it can again be used as a headband, but covering my ears, and also as a cowboy bandit type mask if it's really cold.   


Just one thing, the cheap ones do tend to be tighter than the branded ones, and probably don't use material of the same quality, but if you can wait you often see the branded items reduced in outdoor shops.
Title: Re: Good alternatives to buffs?
Post by: richardh1905 on 13:10:48, 06/04/19

Bought no less than SIX imitations for my son for about £7 from Amazon - do the job just fine. (edit - that's £7 for 6)


And a year ago back I bought an imitation from Millets for £3 - again, no difference in practice to the branded 'Bealach na Ba' buff that I have.
Title: Re: Good alternatives to buffs?
Post by: Jac on 13:25:29, 06/04/19
And a year ago back I bought an imitation from Millets for £3 - again, no difference in practice to the branded 'Bealach na Ba' buff that I have.



branded 'Bealach na Ba'  buff? I only know Bealach na Ba as the proper name for the Applecross pass road, though I'm sure there are probably other 'passes of the cattle'. 
Title: Re: Good alternatives to buffs?
Post by: taxino8 on 13:38:44, 06/04/19
I donít use one but have a Headover which is very handy.
Title: Re: Good alternatives to buffs?
Post by: richardh1905 on 17:27:45, 06/04/19
branded 'Bealach na Ba'  buff? I only know Bealach na Ba as the proper name for the Applecross pass road, though I'm sure there are probably other 'passes of the cattle'.

A specially produced buff that I picked up when I completed the Bealach na Ba cyclosportive many years ago. Still in use to keep out the Orkney wind and rain.

I came 7th from last out of 550 starters - but 70 did not finish!
Title: Re: Good alternatives to buffs?
Post by: Bigfoot_Mike on 17:35:55, 06/04/19
Rather you tha me cycling over the Bealach na Ba.
Title: Re: Good alternatives to buffs?
Post by: richardh1905 on 18:03:33, 06/04/19
Rather you tha me cycling over the Bealach na Ba.


Not something that I will be doing again.

Actually, the big climb wasn't the worst of it - the coast road from Applecross to Shieldaig was the real killer; the route profile for this section looked like the edge of a saw, and I was nearly swept up by the Broom Wagon.
Title: Re: Good alternatives to buffs?
Post by: Bigfoot_Mike on 18:17:11, 06/04/19
Yes, the coast road to Shieldaig is long, winding and steep in places. You also need to avoid the highland cows on the road. We go across to Shieldaig most years.
Title: Re: Good alternatives to buffs?
Post by: Jac on 09:20:08, 07/04/19
A specially produced buff that I picked up when I completed the Bealach na Ba cyclosportive many years ago. Still in use to keep out the Orkney wind and rain.

I came 7th from last out of 550 starters - but 70 did not finish!



Respect O0


My sister lives across the glen nr Tornapress. When we used to go up for Christmas it was a tradition to get, if possible, to the top of the Bealach and build a snowman. One year the lovely children decided to make it more interesting by building a huge hermaphrodite snowman with all the necessary parts larger than life and heather stuck on the appropriate hairy bits. It was masterpiece ^-^ 
Title: Re: Good alternatives to buffs?
Post by: richardh1905 on 09:33:41, 07/04/19
... a huge hermaphrodite snowman with all the necessary parts larger than life and heather stuck on the appropriate hairy bits. It was masterpiece ^-^


 ;D ;D ;D 


It was the first running of the Bealach na Ba cyclosportive, and BBC Scotland's Adventure Show were covering it. They ambushed me at the top of the climb, thrust a camera in my face and asked "What was it like?" - "It was murder", I replied in my dishevelled state, and I was both mortified and delighted to see myself utter those words on the telly a few days later - my 5 seconds of fame!
Title: Re: Good alternatives to buffs?
Post by: Bigfoot_Mike on 14:04:06, 07/04/19
It you can cycle up the Bealach, then perhaps you should look into taking part in the Celtman. Just a swim in Loch Shieldaig to Shieldaig, followed by a 200 mile cycle along the coast and back and then the small matter of a marathon including 2 Munros, before ending in Torridon village. My bad back isnít suited to cycling, otherwise I would be doing this my self, of course.  :D