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Polar Buff Camo "Multifunctional Headwear" Review

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Polar Buff in Mossy Oak Breakup Infinity Camo

Polar Buff in Mossy Oak Breakup Infinity Camo

Image courtesy of Original Buff, S.A.

The Bottom Line

The Polar Buff does a better job of insulating my head than the original Buff, and it's very similar. It's basically an original Buff with a nine-inch-long tube of Polartec® fleece added to one end. It can be worn in a variety of ways to keep your head, neck, and/or face warm. I expect to keep my Polar Buff handy whenever I'm hunting in cold or cool weather. Sometimes it will be all I'll need... and when I mess up and forget to bring a warm hat or cap, I'll call on the Polar Buff to save my hunt by keeping me warm so I can stay in the woods longer, and stay comfortable and still while I wait for the big one to show itself
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  • Lightweight and compact - easily stuffs into pocket or pack.
  • Keeps me warm in the woods.
  • Camouflage helps keep you from "standing out" too much while hunting.
  • Blocks wind much better than a knitted stocking cap.


  • Plan on washing it to keep it odor-free (Buff's claims of "odor control" seem exaggerated).


  • This is a flexible, seamless tube of "Buff" fabric stitched to a tube of Polartec® Classic 100™ microfleece.
  • Can be worn in a variety of ways - the package illustrates ten (but some are redundant).
  • Functions: cap, face mask, hood, balaclava, neck warmer/gaiter, neck gaiter, do rag, and more.
  • Available in Mossy Oak Treestand camouflage (that's what mine is) and other camo patterns.
  • The Polartec® portion has camo on both sides; the Buff portion does not.

Guide Review - Polar Buff Camo "Multifunctional Headwear" Review

I've enjoyed using a Polar Buff for a while now. At first, I just tried it out on cooler mornings rather than wearing my usual furry cap, but on one frosty hunt when I left my cap at home, the Polar Buff was my lifeline, and it did a great job of keeping my head warm.

I generally wear mine in the form of a cap, and put on a lighter baseball-type cap over it, to shade my eyes. My only complaints are that, after a while, the tightness of the Buff can start to hurt my ears a bit... and the buildup of material that naturally occurs on top of the head when you wear a Buff as a cap prevented my ball cap from fitting down onto my head very well.

The Buff did its job well and kept my head warm, and that's a wonderful thing. It can also be worn as a neck warmer, balaclava, face mask, or "do rag." It's a flexible product that can help keep you warm in a number of ways, and when not in use it crams easily into a pocket or pack.

The Polar Buff is much like the standard Buff, but an additional tube of Polartec® fleece (about nine inches long) is stitched to the Buff's seamless tube, to increase its warmth-preserving qualities. The Polartec® portion does have a seam, but it's well-stitched and unobtrusive.

The camo pattern on the original Buff material is printed on just one side (the Polartec® portion is camo on both sides), so if you're hunting you'll want to make sure you have the camo side turned outward when wearing it. You probably won't want any white showing when you're in the deer woods.

- Russ Chastain

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