GearJunkie Buffs Are Here. (And you can win one!)

Contest Update (02/17/12): See below (bottom of post) for winners!

Anyone who has read GearJunkie for years knows of our affinity toward the Buff. These hard-to-categorize “headwear” pieces have garnered mucho props from the publication’s founder, Stephen Regenold, who once noted in a story called “Greatest Gear of Five Years” that “Nothing else I’ve tested over the past five years has stuck with me as much as the Original Buff.”

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Box full of Buffs

All that praise for a do-rag? Oh, but wait. . . Regenold and many of the GearJunkie staff and race team members almost live in their Buffs year-round when active, including using them as headbands in the summer to wick sweat and block sun, as beanie-type hats in the spring and fall for warmth, and as balaclavas during the wintertime tucked in underneath helmets or insulated hats. The thin fabric hugs the head and neck and can be configured into a dozen shapes depending on the venue and the temp outdoors.

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Ways to wear a Buff

This week, we received a crate of Original Buffs made custom for For now, the box of Buffs is untouched and safe in the office here. But wait, you want one for your own? OK, as the first of a few Buff-themed contests we’re running this month we’ll award five readers their own GJ do-rag. Just follow these instructions. . .

1) Click the “Like” button on this article (this lets your Facebook connections see your affinity toward the Buff, and GearJunkie, too!)

2) Enter in the comments below a response to “Why I desperately need a custom Buff mailed to my home this month!”

We’ll pick the five most fun, creative, or true (desperate?) answers and ship out a Buff to each winner. Simple. Watch for more contests on GearJunkie over the coming month, too. You might win a Buff. And you might just become an adherent to the “do-all do-rag” in the end after all!

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Custom GearJunkie Buff!

Contest Update (02/17/12): Hard choices! But after 125+ comments we had to pick some winners. So many good responses. Thanks to all who chimed in. A few stood above the fray, and we need you guys below to email us asap to claim your prizes. So, we picked seven readers as winners, and there were so many more good ones, but. . .

  • Jennifer Dengler, who will wear a GJ Buff while giving birth (!) was a winner, hands down
  • Reader Tabea Bruce wrote a poem, and “Tim” wrote a haiku, both of which will not win any literary prizes, though we did appreciate the effort
  • Next was a “we felt sorry for him” case with reader “John” (He posted: “I have never won anything in any kind of contest. Everybody says I’m a born loser. Please save me from this horrible fate by sending me a GJBuff.”) Desperation works some times!
  • Next up, Tamera is thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, and she is getting a “Buddhist Nun” haircut, and thus NEEDS a Buff. (We understand, sort of.)
  • Another long-journey reader, James Moss is cycling from England to China. Yeah, he deserves a Buff for the trip.
  • Finally, on the humor front we laughed hard at Chris Duerkop’s unique Buff-inspired story: “I actually already have [a Buff]. But it was given to me by a Taiwanese businessman after a bad karaoke performance, so every time I wear it I’m reminded of that pitchy rendition of ‘Careless Whisper.’ Now it just sits in the bottom of a Rubbermaid tub. But sometimes I can still hear that melancholy sax solo in the distance….”

Nice, Mr. Duerkop. Send us your address and we’ll get you a new Buff without the karaoke vibes. Again, thanks to all who contributed. We’ll run another GJ Buff contest next month. Stay tuned, and keep your Buff on!

Posted by Kyle Baker - 02/07/2012 01:23 PM

I NEED a Gear Junkie Buff as i am a die hard cyclist who rides every day no matter what weather has to throw at me and the buff would be a great addition to my gear that would be useful in a wide range of temperatures.

Posted by Alex Flamm - 02/07/2012 01:25 PM

I would love to rock a Gear Junkie Buff! I have one but it is old and some people say it looks like there is a sexual(anatomy)picture in the pattern so I don’t wear it anymore. Plus it would look good matching the gear junkie sticker I have on my van!

Posted by Kevin Mar - 02/07/2012 01:27 PM

I need control. My short hair is growing out and is starting to look like a mushroom.

Posted by Matthew - 02/07/2012 01:28 PM

I’ll be honest, the only that could possibly be buff on me is wearing a Buff. These keep my neck warm in winter and my head cool in the summer. Who doesn’t need that! (Most of all, I’m desperate to have one so that I can rub in my free schwag to my friends. I mean really, who doesn’t?)

Posted by Val - 02/07/2012 01:28 PM

My buff when received will provide you with FREE advertising up here in Canada. I will wear it – mtn biking, snowboarding, hiking, walking the dogs, playing disc golf….well you get the idea. Make me a walking advertisement for Gear Junkie.

Posted by Jennifer Dengler - 02/07/2012 01:34 PM

These are RAD! I desperately need a new GJ buff since it would be the coolest labor accessory. Anyone can wear a buff hiking, skiing, rock climbing (which our new buff will also enjoy the luxury of) but only a select few buffs can make it to labor and delivery the ultimate endurance test for us ladies. Furthermore while hiking and running with the new babe it would work as an emergency burp rag, sweat band for momma, or most importantly sun protection for our little one’s head. Yes our kids wear buffs too :-). Just think of the nastiness your GJ buff will endure!

Posted by Kristian Skovby Vind - 02/07/2012 01:41 PM

Because we have the Sibirian Winter in denmark, and its damn cold running here…

Posted by Fletcher - 02/07/2012 01:41 PM

I neeeeeeeeeed this! It is key for my Survivor audition video…

Posted by Ivan - 02/07/2012 01:42 PM

I am just about to ZERO my hair. I desperately pine for the warm covering, nay, the faux hair that the Gear Junkie Buff will be. Grant me this wish so that my bald pate will be toasty these next five weeks!

Posted by Paulo - 02/07/2012 01:43 PM

I can’t promise nude photos (believe me, you wouldn’t want to see me naked), but I really need one this month. Next month would be too late.

Posted by Erich (KiltedHiker) Rainville - 02/07/2012 01:45 PM

I need a Gear Junkie buff to properly profess my addiction to gear of all kinds as well as having proper head accessory for all of the varying conditions that I’ll encounter on my upcoming JMT thru-hike!

Posted by Bill - 02/07/2012 01:47 PM

Because I took your advice about that “Hunted” show, and got a call from a producer today. I want to try to wear it on national TV for you ;)
Plus, I’ve always wanted one of these things to try out.

Posted by Amber Hampton - 02/07/2012 01:50 PM

Well simple I am girl all the hiking and walking on the trail cause me to have a curly poof halo and I don’t look great with the great sky mountain trees view. I have a ear band warmer but its for the winter! And I live in GA its never really cold. I’m a college student help a college student out! I need something who knows what could happen to me out in those woods. Might mistake me for a colorful bear with that poof curly halo! I’d be representing gear junkie for life. Imagine all the people I will run into and the fun conversation I could tell them about gear junkie. Hey, I’m mixed how many mixed people you see on the trail a few I’ll those credit but not a lot! I’d be representing the mixed people gear junkie fans out there. I’d be on of your colorful mixed gear junkie peeps! JUST SAYING

Posted by Charles Miske - 02/07/2012 01:51 PM

I am so totally getting too old for the

Posted by Niels - 02/07/2012 01:51 PM

I need it as a willy warmer while running in the freezing conditions we are experiencing here in Europe.

Posted by Tabea Bruce - 02/07/2012 01:52 PM

My husband needs this GJ Buff,
he covets mine but I’ve had enough.
I think he’ll steal mine while I sleep,
as I lay peaceful counting sheep.
If he does he won’t get away,
as I wear it every day.
Hiking, Biking, Facebook “Liking”,
I wear it even as I’m typing.
I can see why he’s jealous,
as for my Buff I am zealous.
I know my rhymes are getting lame,
but if I don’t win it’d be a shame!

Posted by Josh - 02/07/2012 01:57 PM

I am a bicycle commuter, no matter the rain, wind, or cold. This will help keep my ears warm during these winter rides.

I am a backpacker, and the only thing more useful than a bandana is a bandana you can wear.

I am a rock climber. There’s no extra reason I’d use a buff climbing, but I thought you’d like to know.

But above all, I teach others about the wilderness, and the best way I know to make others comfortable in the woods is to appear comfortable myself, and then share my tricks. A buff is an integral piece of gear that I can use to consolidate the size of the pack I bring and help others learn about the woods.

Posted by Ross - 02/07/2012 01:58 PM

It is almost certain my face will fall off without this buff. That is a horror I know you do not want on your conscious and a face I know I don’t want on my desk. Furthermore—I find my head constantly sweaty throughout various outdoorfuntime activities in the summertime, my face consistently combats the sting of the biting Cleveland cold atop my bicycle in the wintertime and in the fall, I am left helpless between a chilly noggin and the itchy over-warmth of a beanie. These trials haunt me. Only you, Gear Junkie in collaboration with Buff can save me from this nightmare. Please, have mercy on me….and my face.

Posted by steven thurlow - 02/07/2012 02:04 PM

because I want to see my wifes face when she gets the mail and starts bitchin’ at me about buying stuff on-line again and saying “we dont have any money” and “blah blah blah” like a broken record player…………I can shove it right back at her and tell her it was a freebie,only after I let her look stupid for a little while though!

Posted by carl ward - 02/07/2012 02:11 PM

Why i desperately need a GJ buff: With my DofE Gold exped on bikes this year i need something inobtrusive yet extremely effective. I can’t exactly wear a ‘beardo’ with my helmet :-\

Posted by Sarah Spang - 02/07/2012 02:11 PM

I need a Gear Junkie Buff because I am a real gear junkie and my collection of gear wouldn’t be the same without this buff :D

Posted by jason heflin - 02/07/2012 02:15 PM

“Why I desperately need a custom Buff mailed to my home this month!”

My hair is thinning and I feel a Buff could improve my confidence. I may even run for office if my self esteem is bolstered enough. Once in office I promise to do away with daylight savings time, not to mention metered parking. This could create a ripple effect of “common sense” through the political psyche of the world and thus propel us into the dawn of a new era for humanity… all from this one little Buff.

Posted by John - 02/07/2012 02:15 PM

I have never won anything in any kind of contest. Everybody says I’m a born loser. Please save me from this horrible fate by sending me a GJBuff.

Posted by Mia Lykkegaard - 02/07/2012 02:30 PM

I dont have a buff, but i steal my boyfreinds… He is not that happy, so i need one myself and that hopefully save the relationsship:-)

Posted by ryball - 02/07/2012 02:34 PM

I must have one of these awesome buffs to keep my nasty ass, sweaty hair from pouring sweat down on my face making my glasses slippy and causing them to fall off my head. PUUUULEASE!

Posted by Chris - 02/07/2012 02:48 PM

I need one of these Buffs to keep my massive shaved head from getting burned to a crisp during surface intervals while diving this summer.

Posted by victor - 02/07/2012 03:04 PM

Wearing a buff, I will be stylish and attractive when I volunteer later this year at the Buff Betty women’s adventure race, which is returning to the scene this fall.

Posted by Kristy - 02/07/2012 03:08 PM

I need a gear junkie buff for me and my beagle mutt to sport around the trails!

Posted by Dave - 02/07/2012 03:20 PM

Very Simple: My ears get too damn hot in a toque/beanie and my baldspot gets too damn cold with thin ear warmers! The Perfect Middle -> Buff Me, Gear Junkie!

Posted by Uldis - 02/07/2012 03:34 PM

Without the Buff, there is no training in the -30 Latvian winter. Can’t afford to miss any more days of pre-season training… need a buff right now!

Posted by Kris - 02/07/2012 03:39 PM

I just need a way for my teamates to spot me easier (they tend to be up front and I tend to be near the rear) and what better way than with the GJ Buff. :)

Posted by Melinda - 02/07/2012 03:39 PM

This awesome GJ buff will match my wedding dress perfectly.

Posted by Minor Baker - 02/07/2012 03:44 PM

The Texas sun is hot….and I am from MN, need I say more

Posted by Fuddam - 02/07/2012 03:47 PM

One day, when explorers discover my bare skeleton on the slopes of Mt Fitzroy, they’ll know 1) I got a little lost on the Patagonia Race, and 2) I was a man of style, substance and sartorial elegance – the GJ Buff still around my neck will tell all.

Posted by Marcelo Catalan - 02/07/2012 05:19 PM

Because we want GEAR JUNKIE adventure racing around BRAZIL!!!!

Posted by jason - 02/07/2012 05:41 PM

i wanna wear one when i jump out of a plane at work!

Posted by David - 02/07/2012 05:43 PM

She will only marry me if she has one of these to wear with her wedding dress!

Posted by Norm - 02/07/2012 06:26 PM

I REALLY need this buff, being both bald and overweight, I have nothing to catch the sweat dropping down off of my brow as I walk/run/jog/workout my way from over 300 pounds down to a good solid fighting weight of 250.

Posted by John - 02/07/2012 07:16 PM

I would wear it 24/7!!!

Posted by Rick - 02/07/2012 07:59 PM

I’ve been a Buff wearer for years. From atop a forteener in CO, to Death Valley.
Now I’m active in Scouting and the boys would get a kick out of me wearing a Buff from GearJunkie, straight out of Boys Life magazine.

Posted by SheilaP - 02/07/2012 08:50 PM

I NEED a Gear Junkie Buff for a multitude of reasons! I am a kayak guide and instructor and sport a salt water hair-do all year round! The matts and messes look great while on the sea, but when I come back to town (or campground as the case may be) I don’t want to frighten my students and my guests. AND the Gear Junkie Buff could be pulled over my face when I work on my ninja rolls to boot!

Posted by Tamera - 02/07/2012 09:15 PM

I must have a Gear Junkie buff because I am leaving to thruhike the Appalachian Trail next month. I’m getting my hair cut down to the “Buddhist Nun” look and need to keep my head warm. Additionally, I will be the envy of all other thru-hikers sporting your buff.

Posted by Paul - 02/07/2012 11:23 PM

I NEED a buff cause I live out in the desert of Israel where it gets SUPER-hot during the summer and quite chilly at night. Exercising outside requires some serious gear and what better way to introduce the gearjunkie to the Israeli population than with the buff!

Posted by Ellen - 02/07/2012 11:29 PM

I must have this Gear Junkie buff! Not only do I need to show off my love for GJ, but in wearing my lime green buff jogging, mt biking, snowboarding and backpacking it is often diry and drying so I could use a backup one. I can’t train for Tough Mudder with cold ears!

Posted by per bjerregaard - 02/08/2012 03:57 AM

Cos’ there ain’t nothin’ better for skiing. Whether it’s head, neck, chin, nose or ears, it’s my best companion

Posted by Tiny - 02/08/2012 05:29 AM

I desperately need a GJ buff as I am ginger, and need to hide it…

Posted by Jay L - 02/08/2012 06:01 AM

I need a GJ Buff to use as a prize for the “lightest pack” challenge I’ve given to my 2012 Philmont Crew. Im trying to get them all under 25 pounds base weight.

Posted by Randy "OPIE" Taylor - 02/08/2012 08:43 AM

We all dream about handing down gear to our kids….

Mine has passed to my 15 mo. son sooner than expected. He has taken it as his “blankey”. He even has a stuffed black bear he puts it on. I tried sneaking it away for my thru-hike of the AT through the GSMNP last month….monumental meltdown!!! I like to think he likes it so much, because it was mine and he can sense the miles, blood, sweat and tears it’s been through!

So Gear Junkie, I need a replacement for my favorite piece of gear that won’t cause loss of sleep or a 15mo kid to cry for hours!

Posted by Chris Duerkop - 02/08/2012 08:49 AM

Sheeeeeit, I actually already have one. But it was given to me by a Taiwanese businessman after a bad karaoke performance, so every time I wear it I’m reminded of that pitchy rendition of “Careless Whisper.” Now it just sits in the bottom of a Rubbermaid tub. But sometimes I can still hear that melancholy sax solo in the distance…

Posted by Scott Stoll - 02/08/2012 08:49 AM

I’m the proud owner of a Gear Junkie buff and wished I would have had that for my long rides through deserts.

Posted by Matt Ragland - 02/08/2012 08:52 AM

I don’t “need” a Buff, but I would very much like one. I run trail ultras, and being out in the wilderness with minimal gear, the weather can change in an instant. A piece of gear that wicks the sweat, then covers the ears would be a welcome addition. Plus I will take lots of pictures and show it off to the 20 people who follow my blog! Who can say no to that kind of publicity?! Thanks for giving them away to us.

Posted by Jesse Ogren - 02/08/2012 08:59 AM

I recently read that you don’t actually lose 90% percent of your body heat out of the top of your head, and running in stocking caps in the winter gets too hot. I think this might be the perfect level of coverage and thermal protection to keep me running in this tundra like minnesota winter. Also shipping will be incredibly easy and cheap.

Posted by Rick Clanton - 02/08/2012 09:08 AM

I need one. Everyone else just wants one. There’s a difference. Everyone else (probably) has hair for warmth in the winter and shade in the summer, so the buff is merely for cosmetic effect. Only you, Gear Junkie buff, can prevent excessive heat loss and/or painful (and dangerous) sunburn.

Posted by Michael Roberts - 02/08/2012 09:13 AM

I want a Gear Junkie Buff so i can be the first here in the UK to have one!.. and to keep the frost off my head!

Posted by chris easter - 02/08/2012 09:15 AM

That gear junkie buff sure would look good when I take my first hang gliding trip. Especially when I mix it with my GoPro camera

Posted by Joboo - 02/08/2012 09:33 AM

I don’t want a GJ buff; I NEED ONE!!!
I’m seriously lacking hair on my head, (see bald), I have more than enough on the rest of my body; be alas the comb-over from my back to my head just plain gets in the way of my helmet; hence my need for the GJ dew-rag/buff!!! ;)

Posted by Greg Friese - 02/08/2012 09:48 AM

I am a rapidly balding 40 year old male. I run out of doors and need something to protect my head from the cold temps of living in Central Wisconsin. Plus as the roads begin to dry and de-ice I need to hammer some miles on my bike and GJ buff would fit perfectly under my helmet. Thanks.

Posted by Bill Snow - 02/08/2012 10:53 AM

I really want this so I can be a hero, of sorts, to my daughters when skiing. Every time we head out skiing I remind them to bring a scarf or bandana and they don’t. But guess who’s there with an old, blue bandana in his ski coat when they start complaining about the wind and cold? Why dad of course!! How cool would I be when I pull out a GJ buff and hand it to one of them? Help me be cool!

Posted by Steve Spaulding - 02/08/2012 11:16 AM

Why I want one?
Why not?
I mean look at where I live. Minneostoa. Its either brutally cold in the winter, or hot and jungle like in the summer. Either way I need a versatile and stylish accessorie like the gear junkie buff.

Posted by Jody Ferrell - 02/08/2012 01:34 PM

I need it because it says Gear Junkie on it. Heck, I’d wear a pair of pink tights if they said Gear Junkie on them.

Posted by Troy - 02/08/2012 01:53 PM

I need a buff so I’m not left in the buff, as although I’m quite pretty, it’s just not enough!

Posted by Sherry Jennette - 02/08/2012 02:00 PM

I need one of your’s to go with the other 5 that I have. I like you, absolutely LOVE MY BUFF’S!!! Been wearing them for years. I’m a backpacker and I never hit the trail without one. One love to have one of your’s for my trip ne t week to MT.LeConte. I live in the Smoky Mountains & would love to sport your BUFF!!!!!!

Posted by Magic - 02/08/2012 09:18 PM

I am just having a shitty week. I need a BUFF! I have had to teach 7th graders how to use an ! mark. And have had to work to make our school better and some of my friends may lose their jobs. Some think it is my fault. Hi ho off to work I go. But it would be better if I was warmer.

Posted by corey brower - 02/08/2012 10:22 PM

I totally need this. My co-workers and i are always one upping each other with the latest and greatest. I would totally win if I had this rad buff.

Posted by B - 02/08/2012 10:53 PM

I need one to wear in the upcoming “obstacle race series” here in new england. weather changes fast here and I would love to be prepared and pimp out GJ throughout 2012

Posted by Gecko Paddler - 02/08/2012 11:31 PM

I have always said if you can’t be the greatest at what you’re doing then at least look the best at what you’re doing! I’m a newbie “GearJunkie” kayaker with all the latest toys so the GearJunkie Buff makes total sense to be part of my personal swag.

Posted by brian p. bulag - 02/08/2012 11:40 PM

commuting by bus or jeepneys here in the philippines makes you sleepy and i tend to open my mouth when sleeping. so in order not to be always the laughing stock of my wife and son, and also my hiking friends. i need the buff to cover my mouth and face while sleeping before climbing the mountains here.

Posted by James Moss - 02/09/2012 09:28 AM

I’m cycling from England to China which quite frankly is a little intimidating to me still, but if I had a GJ buff it would be as if the whole of the GJ team were giving my head a big warm hug – so when I eventually get captured by land pirates I need not worry I will feel safe and secure, and if I go insane I will be able to talk to it.

Just so you know this is true, you will be able to see me and said buff at, I’ll pose with the pirates for you.

Posted by Jason Leach - 02/09/2012 03:04 PM

Why…Because (self-explanatory to anyone who does anything in the outdoors, if you don’t get the answer, get outside more :-) )

Posted by Tim - 02/09/2012 03:16 PM

A Haiku

Old bandannas slip
Off my enormous noggin
Sunshine beats me down

Posted by Johnny V - 02/09/2012 03:29 PM

I gotta cover my junk with your buff. Enough said.

Posted by ignacio cuesta atienza - 02/09/2012 04:36 PM

i need buff because i am going to live in zurich

Posted by Brian Davenport - 02/09/2012 09:07 PM

Having just moved to Denver to pursue my career in the outdoor industry, I need a Gear Junkie Buff to help on my afternoon and nightly commute to and from work. Also, it would be a HUGE help on the trail runs in the mountains!

Posted by Todd - 02/09/2012 09:25 PM

because I’m sooooooo broke.

Posted by Kimberly Ciesla - 02/09/2012 10:47 PM

I DESPERATELY need a custom Buff mailed to my home this month! Why do you ask?! Because I am an outdoors adventure loving gal that loves her long hair (so does hubby;) but the Northern Michigan winds keep blowing my long locks into my face, eyes, mouth (not good!) Plus! I am totally a GEAR JUNKIE and want every one know it where ever the trail takes me :)

Posted by Christopher Sorel - 02/10/2012 07:33 AM

I need to cover this balding head with a sweet cool buff. My dome is too shiny and prone to sunburn now. Help

Posted by Jim Mahaney - 02/10/2012 07:40 AM

I live in Michigan where there weather changes multiple times a day. I need custom Buff to be able to adjust to these changing conditions. Plus all my friends might really believe me then that is the place to go for good info and stories.

Posted by Thad Sweet - 02/10/2012 07:42 AM

I’ve loved Buffs for a long long time now. Back in 2010, I went to South Africa with Team World Vision to run Comrades Marathon. While there I was able to meet one of the two children that my family sponsor through their child sponsorship program. Ner name is Nomonde, and I gave her one of my buffs as a gift. So I need to replace that one, and would love to replace it with a Gear Junkie buff!

Posted by Joe Jacobs - 02/10/2012 07:44 AM

The only part of me that gets cold on winter rides is my ears. BUFFs are perfect for taking care of that problem, lightweight, adjustable and yes, I am a GearJunkie!

Posted by Eric Seberg - 02/10/2012 07:44 AM

You kidding, I live in Nebraska where we can run our furnace and air conditioner on the same day. I need one bad!!!

Posted by R.Neil Arsenault - 02/10/2012 07:47 AM

I’m meeting 20 other ice climbers next week for 6 days climbing in the Adirondacks.
I need credibility.

Posted by Isaac Stephenson - 02/10/2012 08:01 AM

I live in Maine in the farthest east town. You want to be able to say I know someone who lives farthest east in the USA!

Posted by Jason - 02/10/2012 08:15 AM

Because your current Gear Junkie Buff seems to give you super speed and endurance, and orienteering prowess. I’m getting old and chubby and need every advantage I can get.

Posted by John Patrick Riley - 02/10/2012 08:27 AM

I live in downtown South Bend, IN, a run down, rustbelt urban nightmare. I just “celebrated” my 55th birthday and can feel every one of these years getting up every morning, like the Tinman without his oil can. It’s February (again!), the sun is a no-show (again!!), and the weekend forecast is for snow and bitter cold (again!!!). Who couldn’t use a little something to cover one’s aging head, warm one’s troubled soul, and lift one’s sagging spirit under these circumstances?
Give me hope Gear Junkie!!!!

Posted by Chris - 02/10/2012 08:33 AM

I need a buff because I am not. Hopefully this will distract others away from this fact. Plus, I won’t have to buff my balding head – I can just don the buff instead. Please don’t rebuff my request. I promise not to take any photos of myself wearing the buff in the buff.

Posted by Kristen Greenaway - 02/10/2012 08:51 AM

I need a Gear Junkie buff because I have a 300+ mile WaterTribe sea kayak race starting March 3, and I’m just so darn ugly that if I don’t cover up that ugly mug, I am convinced a Tarpon or Manatee will jump out of the water and flatten me, just for the good of society. Help me, please!

Posted by Jason Goray - 02/10/2012 08:54 AM

I have a buff which, as a year round cyclist, I use daily.

However, whenever my family is camping or traveling, it keeps getting “borrowed” by others leaving me un-buffed. Clearly, we need another!

Posted by Allen - 02/10/2012 08:55 AM

I need to show off to all my friends that I am a true Gear Junkie!

Posted by Rick - 02/10/2012 09:07 AM

I desperately need a custom Buff mailed to my home this month (preferably next week) because I don’t have anything else for my wife for Valentine’s Day and she loves both Buff’s and Gear Junkie.

Posted by wildpixi - 02/10/2012 09:46 AM

OMG!? These buffs are AWESOME!!! and as much as I would LOVE to have one…I have a friend who is a true GearJunkie and Buff lover…Gear is all he talks about..he is always forwarding your emails to me so i can see the latest GearJunkie news…and he is always in a Buff! I would love to surprise him with a GearJunkie Buff! Best of both worlds!!! :) Thanks!

Posted by Paul - 02/10/2012 09:51 AM

I don’t need one…. I would love one simply because its FREAKIN AWESOME! Nothing else needs to be said!

Posted by Gabrielle Renner - 02/10/2012 09:55 AM

I need Gear Junkie buff this month so I stop rocking out the stellar bike helmet Mohawk after playing in the woods. It will keep my chin from freezing off while I petal in the winter and of course keep that sweat from dripping in my eyes while I think it is cool to ride in 100 degree weather in the summer. I am as versatile on my bike as the bluff is at keeping my head and face happy all year long.

Posted by brian - 02/10/2012 09:55 AM

Who can’t live without the buff!! I use mine for mt biking and hiking in the rain forest of hawaii to keep the bugs and grit off my teeth. It really helps keeping mosquitoes out your nose, ears and mouth … but then again what’s a little protein I would love another!

Posted by Kev - 02/10/2012 09:55 AM

I NEED one of these amazing new GJ buffs for my upcoming backpacking trip to Chile and Argentina! I can hardly fathom going on that trip and trekking through both the Torre del Paines and Los Glaciares national parks down there without being able to rep GJ AND keep my head warm.

Posted by locorunner3 - 02/10/2012 10:20 AM

Being a “loco” runner in the cold Midwest, I need a buff to keep my neck, chin, face, head warm. I run outside all Winter and sometimes am found on my bike “out there”. It can get really cold and blustery here! P.l.e.a.s.e send me a buff!!!

Posted by Lyle Wilkinson - 02/10/2012 10:22 AM

I need a GJ buff, my ears are cold.

Posted by Steve Holland - 02/10/2012 10:37 AM

As relatively new 57 yr old runner, anything that can make me appear even slightly less geeky would be extremely helpful. Can you imagine what it’s like to run past the school, and have all the girls teasing me about my spandex. The boys chasing me and pelting me with snow balls. “ I get no respect”. Besides I’ve always wanted to run in the buff!!!

Posted by Yannis Bakeas - 02/10/2012 10:41 AM

I need the buff because here on Greece there is going to be lot of chemicals and I could not breathe during the riots!!

Posted by Jerry Sullivan - 02/10/2012 10:52 AM

I’m a ski patroller and the buff would look great under my helmet on those cold mornings.

Posted by Brian - 02/10/2012 10:55 AM

I need one because like the little girl said in “Willy Wonka”, I WANT IT NOW!

C’mon please. Do it for the children.

Posted by Chuck - 02/10/2012 11:44 AM

I need a Buff to wear while adventure racing. It looks like an amazing multi-functional piece of gear!
ROCK Racing

Posted by Lori - 02/10/2012 11:59 AM

I desperately need one of these to torment my husband with! He loves gear and always gets the new stuff, I always get the hand me downs… Hopefully not this time!!

Posted by Mike - 02/10/2012 12:15 PM

I really need one ‘cause I want to be the first one on my block to have the famous GJ Buff. Oh wait, I’m the only one on my block ‘cause I live in the woods in the Adirondacks. Oh well, I want to be the first one in the Adirondacks with a GJ Buff!

Posted by Matt - 02/10/2012 12:40 PM

I need a Buff because I just got laid off and a give-away is the only way I’ll ever get to experience this awesome piece of gear.

Posted by Martin - 02/10/2012 01:03 PM

I need a Buff because my wife has discovered the wonders of my Buff and refuses to give it back. In a nutshell I only get to use it when she’s not home. Sad but true.

Posted by Lane - 02/10/2012 01:06 PM

I’ve had a Buff for about five years now…probably my most favorite piece of gear. However my boys LOVE to wear MY Buff. How about helping a Dad rock the GJ Buff? It’ll go to Scout campouts, hike the AT and summit some CO 14ers if plans work out. Talk about spreading the knowledge.

Posted by Chris - 02/10/2012 01:28 PM

I really need a buff, having just moved from Boston to Seattle for work. The rain fall is constant and the commute to work is dire without proper face protection due to the cross winds from the local puget sound area. Oh, and my dog recently ripped apart my old buff.

On another note, I NEED a new dog too… bad fido.

Posted by Alex - 02/10/2012 01:43 PM

I need me a Gear Junkie Buff because as my hair grows longer, I need something to keep my golden locks under control while I run.

Posted by Lee - 02/10/2012 01:59 PM

Very simple – I have no hair, and my head gets cold. My favorite buff has llamas on it… but a Gear Junkie buff would be even cooler (of course!).

Posted by Alex - 02/10/2012 03:29 PM

I need a Gear Junkie buff so I can give it to my wife for Valentine’s Day and tell her to stop using mine. I love running with her, but damn! Get your own buff!

Posted by Deborah Pesa - 02/10/2012 06:29 PM

I desperately need a custom buff to keep me warm as I run the mean streets of NYC.

Posted by Moshe K - 02/10/2012 06:31 PM

Simple. My jealous ex-girlfriend burned all of my clothes. I need a buff to cover “the boys” until I raise enough funds to stock up on some new sweater vests.

Posted by Bruce Anderson - 02/10/2012 06:35 PM

This summer I’m going with my two sons to Tennessee as volunteers for the Appalachian Service Project (ASP) rehabilitating low income housing. Tennessee in the summertime is HOT. I’ve gone on ASP twice before in Kentucky and the Buff has been a requisite part of my working attire. As a matter of fact, my facebook profile picture shows me on a roof in Kentucky wearing my Buff sahariane style as to provide maximum sun protection for my neck! It would be an honor for me to sport the Gear Junkie Buff on ASP, with me having my two sons wearing the well-worn Buffs I already own.

Posted by Doug - 02/10/2012 06:44 PM

It’s for my dog.. She wants one bad.

Posted by Erin Haugen-Jackson - 02/10/2012 08:44 PM

Because I live in Grand Forks, ND, and it’s FREAKING cold here right now. Well, it’s only -15 below, so maybe not freaking cold…yet.

Posted by Reggie Crawford - 02/11/2012 07:53 AM

WOW! a custom Gear Junkie Buff, great idea. My wife turned me onto them a few years back and I don’t leave the house without one. Very versatile and handier than a scarf and using two I haven’t experienced the goggle fog up that happens with some traditional balaclava’s

Posted by Shane Lee - 02/11/2012 10:58 AM

I desperately need a custom Buff mailed to my home this month, to defeat the evil army of hot-dog wielding behemoths that inhabit the land of Rochestifaria. With this buff under my helmet, I shall ride victoriously across the rusted hulks of the enemies’ SUVs, averting their shards of glass, which with the power of the buff, will render my slicks impenetrable to their caltrops. I shall dodge all car doors recklessly flung open in my path, while increasing my personal best time in the daily commute, all through the power of the custom Buff mailed to my home this month!

Posted by Larry - 02/11/2012 01:09 PM

The Trifecta of hideous! Balding, a bad hair day (every day), and a horrible $7 hair cut!!! Help me please! Something cool’s gotta cover this knob!

Posted by RANDY J HARKINS - 02/11/2012 05:36 PM

Because then I can “gift” my current buff to a needy non-buff having gearhead.

Posted by Dan McCallum - 02/11/2012 10:48 PM

I desperately need a gear junkie buff because March 3rd I am donating my hair to St. Baldricks day to raise money for children’s cancer. I need the buff to protect my virgin scalp from the harsh las vegas sun when out hitting the trails.

Posted by Benjamin Kendall - 02/12/2012 01:50 AM

I would like a Buff. An Alternative to a hat

Posted by Dennis Nicholson - 02/12/2012 08:21 AM

I will never be the Gearjunkie stalker that I know I can be without a Gearjunkie buff… Come on & help a freak out.

Posted by vince Mirigliano - 02/12/2012 09:03 PM

why do i desperately need a gear junkie buff, i am backpacking through philmont new mexico and i will be sweating a lot and i need it to keep sweat out of my eyes

Posted by Josh Nelson - 02/13/2012 11:17 AM

It’s the perfect addition to my EDC. It’s multi-purpose & if I carry it with me all the time I’ll be able to let other people use it when they need it, spreading the GearJunkie love.

Posted by Curt Keester (USMC) - 02/14/2012 10:29 AM

Because I’m a Gear Junkie damn it! What else needs to be said?

Posted by Brandon - 02/15/2012 04:07 PM

Why? Because I have a crap-ton of hair and this would look way cooler than my usual bandana when on the trail.

Posted by roger - 02/15/2012 07:26 PM

why !!! why !!! , why wouldn’t i need one now…

Posted by Gary - 02/17/2012 02:35 PM

Yo quiero uno, ojalas sea uno de los elegidos

Posted by John Cochran - 02/17/2012 05:00 PM

I was invited to Farmville and I don’t know what I should wear. I think a GearJunkie Buff would look darn handsome for my visit.

Posted by Little Liam - 02/18/2012 01:13 AM

I’m a big boy. I need mine own buff!!!

Posted by ironbrian - 02/22/2012 03:08 PM

the buff works great as a tourniquet and gun polisher, grit blocker and cooliest headband ever ! if i get one i will use during the reebok crossfit games!


Posted by anthony Eversole - 07/17/2012 05:40 PM

I am a bald adventure nut . The sun shows no mercy on my bare head.Please can I have one before my skull burns !

Posted by Jake Deardorff - 08/08/2012 02:33 PM

I could use a buff….My noggin gets ultra hot when we go hiking here in Socal. It would be awesome to have a head cover to soak in some water and put on to keep my brain cool in the 100 degree weather we are having. My dog likes them too. she just has a bandana at the moment but would think Im so much cooler if I had a buff to wear along side her on the trail. It’s really important to me that my dog thinks I’m cool.

Posted by Tony - 02/16/2013 09:20 AM

Do you guys still have some? That looks like a big box, and you only gave a few away for this contest.

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