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Confession: I Have a Buff, And I Like It

Second cousin to balaclavas and neck gaiters, the Buff has dork in its DNA.
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Sweet Buff

Sold at most ski shops, the Buff is a colorful, seamless scrap of fabric that looks like a tube top for children. Second cousin to balaclavas and neck gaiters, it’s got dork in its DNA. You can wear it countless ways: scarf, face mask, skullcap, bonnet, headband, ’80s hair scrunchie, pirate cap. You can even make what looks like a chicken with it. But it’s practical too. Wipe snot from your nose or ice off your goggles and windshield. Wear it over your chin and cheeks to prevent wind- or sunburn. Wrap your goggles or sunglasses in it to avoid scratching lenses. Make a tourniquet. Use it as a hand towel at a hostel. Wrap leftover pizza in it and stash it in your pack. See? You want one now. [from $20;]


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