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BUFF UV Insect Shield


The Buff – that brilliant and ubiquitous neck/head tube that can famously be worn “13 different ways” – is back with another innovation: in this case an edition that claims to repel “mosquitoes, ticks, ants, flies, fleas, chiggers and midges”. To anyone that’s been swarmed by a hungry cloud of the latter on a balmy Scottish eve, this comes as exciting news. The repellency comes from an odourless treatment that will last “up to 50 washes” and shares its active ingredient with the chrysanthemum plant. In use I found that, although flies and midges still landed on the material, they did tend to take off again swiftly. It wasn’t truly dramatic to witness, but was preferable enough to the use of a standard buff to justify the purchase – particularly as it’s slightly longer than the older models I still use on every outdoor trip, which makes achieving total head and neck coverage easier. It also claims to repel “93 per cent of harmful UV rays” – a claim that I’ve found perfectly well-founded in alpine and glacial environments throughout the summer of 2016. DA


Review by Dan Aspel @danaspel