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Apparel Review


Taking Sun Protection to another Level – Buff CoolNet UV+


Date: 5/2/19
Tackle type: Apparel
Manufacturer: Buff
Reviewer: Zander

Total Score: 8.58 - EDITOR'S CHOICE AWARD

Introduction: There was once a time in the early days of “Survivor” that Buff was the only game in town when it came to multi-functional headwear, and as the garments gained popularity so did the number of copycat products that started to appear on the market. Anglers were one of the first groups of outdoor enthusiasts to embrace Buffs, and appreciated the garment’s ability to be worn a wide variety of ways, and effectively shielding them from a wide range of elements. Last ICAST Buff introduced a new version of their popular tubular garments, the new CoolNet UV+ Series, which are designed to be their most technically advanced, and environmentally friendly, multifunctional headwear to date.


Buff CoolNet UV+ Specifications

Material 95% recycled REPREVE® performance microfiber, 5% Elastane
Weight 1.2oz.
Dimensions 21" x 9"
Sizing Standard, fits most adults with ultra stretch design
Colors/Patterns 90+
Features UPF 50+, No irritating seams or hems, HeiQ cooling technology, Polygiene odor control, machine washable, artist versions, Realtree camo patterns, 
MSRP $24.00 MSRP ($21.99 at Tackle Warehouse)


Buff's newest multi-functional headwear garment is the CoolNet UV+ Series

Impressions: The Buff brand is pretty much synonymous with the multi-functional headwear garment today, and even when anglers wear competing offerings they often refer to them as “buffs.” Building on their existing robust following the company has engineered a new take on their seamless garment, utilizing 95% REPREVE performance microfiber that is made from recycled bottles. The CoolNet UV+ Buffs still deliver the same 4-way seamless design, but are now even more elastic, and also come equipped Polygiene® odor control, and an advanced cooling technology called HeiQ.

While comfort is a key element to the new garment’s design there are absolutely no sacrifices in terms of protection, and each CoolNet UV+ is rated at UPF 50+ sun protection.


CoolNet UV+ makes use of 95% recycled REPREVE performance microfiber material

Like the Buffs that came before the CoolNet UV+ these garments feature a range of new patterns, including attractive styles that showcase the work of talented outdoor inspired artists including Guy Harvey, DeYoung, and A.D. Maddox. Staying protected in style has never been easier!


Time to put the CoolNet UV+ Buffs to the test

Real World Tests: Sometimes our tests require a lot of measurements in the lab, breaking down tackle, and logging performance across various applications, so it is extremely refreshing when tests primarily consist of just going out and hitting the water as much as possible. Since last ICAST I have been fishing with the CoolNet UV+ Buffs, as well as face masks from other brands, to compare them in terms of performance, comfort, and durability.


The CoolNet UV+ Buffs are exceptionally comfortable on bright sunny days

Operation: I spend a lot of time on the water which doesn’t really bode well for my skin considering I also burn relatively easily, which is why I have been obsessed with facemasks for years. Buff’s UPF 50+ rating is very high, in fact it is the highest possible rating a garment can receive. All clothing offers some sun UPF protection and Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) is measured by the amount of UV radiation that penetrates a fabric and reaches your skin. A fabric rated with a UPF of 50 will allow only 1/50th of the sun’s UV rays to pass through. In other words, it blocks 49/50ths or 98% of the UV radiation.


The CoolNet UV+ Buffs make use of 4-way stretch material and are still 100% seamless

While that is a lot of protection it doesn’t guarantee that you still won’t be burned so I personally still apply plenty of sunblock even when I use a Buff as an extra layer of protection if I planned on fishing in bright sunlight for longer than a few hours at a time. Armed with the CoolNet UV+ Buffs I never experienced any sun rash or sun burns. There is a reason why CoolNet UV+ is approved and recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation.


Making fast motions is no issue with the excellent face hugging fit

One of the things that I like best about Buff garments is that they are completely seamless. This may sound simple but there are many competitors out there that are stitching different panels together to create their face masks and not only can you feel the stitching rubbing against your neck or face when fishing but these stitches are also a point of failure and I have experienced competing garments start to come apart after as little as a single wash cycle.


The CoolNet UV+ Buffs make great neck gaiters, there are so many ways to wear these Buffs

In terms of overall comfort Buff garments are hard to beat, and while everyone’s head and face are different, the high amount of “ultra-stretch” fabric’s elasticity in these garments helps make them a conformable fit for most. Buff achieves this by weaving in 5% Elastane with the 95% REPREVE recycled material, and while I found the original Buffs a bit softer than the new CoolNet UV+ Buffs, the new garments definitely feel lighter and more breathable, making them ideal for hot and humid conditions.


The HeiQ cooling helps move sweat away to evaporate quickly


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