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Recently I bought a cheapo £2 neckwarmer to try this garment type out,  and Instantly fell in love with it ( well with the idea/function of one ,not the crap synthetic one I bought).

Can you suggest which one is a really nice one, MUST BE Merino or Cashmere,
I looked at the Original Buff one http://www.wiggle.co.uk/buff-merino-wool/ 
however seems like its really really thin from the reviews online , my current cheapo is also really thin and it just lets the wind through... Must be something that is at least 55cm+ long, The Originall BUFF one is 65cm which would be ideal however not really sure if its suitable for any colder/windier days due to how thin it is.

I'm also playing around with the idea of just getting some cashmere jumper from thriftshop and making one myself as you can't really buy cashmere ones due to how expensive/rare they are, I have a few merino and a few cashmere jumpers, the cashmere is so so much warmer/better than merino when cycling even tho merino already is very gut material.

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sergius [549 posts] 7 months ago
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Can't comment on any others, I've a Castelli "Neck Thingy" which certain works well for me.  Keeps the wind out and your neck nice and warm.  It's quite long, so I tend to double it up before putting it on.

I can't recall  wearing it in actual heavy rain, but I suspect it's not waterproof.

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chrismayoh [44 posts] 7 months ago
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I have a merino Buff and am a little disappointed with it as it's not that warm.  I have a Polar Buff which is much longer and very warm.  Its only downside is that it's a bit more bulky than the original ones

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SteveAustin [137 posts] 7 months ago
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a buff isnt really designed to keep wind out. i got many, including a merino, fleece and they all keep me warm, too warm to be honest.

you need a windproof buff if you want to stop wind £34.95. ~No idea if they work, not got one of them. i suspect youll be able to find motorbike or generic brand for cheaper than £35

fwiw i only use my merino buff for hill walking when its really cold, and to keep warm. a cheap fleece scarf does the same thing and is cheaper

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peted76 [1105 posts] 7 months ago
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I've collected a few buffs along the way, they aren't something I spend much time thinking about, they get quite a bit of abuse, being pushed and pulled about and dribbled on when riding... However I do have one buff in particular which is my go to buff when it's cold. A galibier buff - http://galibier.cc/product-tag/buff/ there's something a little thicker and softer about it, over the 'Buff' branded one (or two I have), or the multitude of other freebie ones I've gathered.

It doesn't meet your very particular specifications, but it's my best buff. 

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peted76 [1105 posts] 7 months ago
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The issue with 'keeping wind out' is linked intrinsically with 'letting you breathe through it'.

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ClubSmed [692 posts] 7 months ago
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If you want something to keep the wind out you probably don't want a buff type neckwear, you may need a cycling mask like this:

 http://amzn.eu/bptjJXf

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sergius [549 posts] 7 months ago
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ClubSmed wrote:

If you want something to keep the wind out you don't want a buff type neckwear, you need a cycling mask like this:

 

With added ninja cyborg credentials  1

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asdfqwerty [41 posts] 7 months ago
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I have a few, from fleecy thick ones to super thin ones. Anything substantial enough to block the wind will be less comfortable and less flexible. Plus there's not much difference between them all anyway. Even the thin ones do a good job at this time of year - they help trap warm air as it escapes from the neck of your jacket, rather than stop the cold getting in. My favourite is the dhb merino neck warmer.

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hawkinspeter [2006 posts] 7 months ago
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I prefer the super-thin type e.g. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Buff-Merino-Multi-Functional-Headwear/dp/B002PH...
I don't notice any wind getting through it, but then they're quite long so they end up all bunched up around my neck.

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antigee [470 posts] 7 months ago
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the one you remembered to put in your pocket is always better than the best one you couldn't find before leaving homesmiley

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Grahamd [956 posts] 7 months ago
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sergius wrote:

Can't comment on any others, I've a Castelli "Neck Thingy" which certain works well for me.  Keeps the wind out and your neck nice and warm.  It's quite long, so I tend to double it up before putting it on.

I can't recall  wearing it in actual heavy rain, but I suspect it's not waterproof.

+ 1. Would doubt many people would need anything warmer. To put into context, on a bitterly cold ride last winter when ears and forehead froze, neck was fine. (Subsequently bought skull cap).

 

 

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Bikebikebike [387 posts] 7 months ago
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asdfqwerty wrote:

I have a few, from fleecy thick ones to super thin ones. Anything substantial enough to block the wind will be less comfortable and less flexible. Plus there's not much difference between them all anyway. Even the thin ones do a good job at this time of year - they help trap warm air as it escapes from the neck of your jacket, rather than stop the cold getting in. My favourite is the dhb merino neck warmer.

+1 for dhb merino

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kevvjj [384 posts] 7 months ago
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I've got two of the standard stretchy fabric type. When it gets really cold I simply wear both of them at the same time as a double layer - warm and pretty windproof.

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ped [297 posts] 7 months ago
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Airhole's kit may be worth considering too. When it's really wintery I use one of their 2 layer ones which is pretty weather resistant if a bit bulky compare to a Buff. Plus I get to look like a skelington which can only be a good thing. 

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The _Kaner [1166 posts] 7 months ago
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Polar buff, for that all important winter ninja look

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Eton Rifle [88 posts] 7 months ago
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I'm à big fan of Buffs and own several for walking/camping. I have a Merino buff for my (short) daily commute and it is great for that; not windproof but keeps me warm. It's also quite long so can be drawn over the back of the head. If it's really cold, I'll have a skull cap on as well and the two work well together.

I did try a silk balaclava for a while instead. Apart from making me look like the fattest Special Forces operator ever, the fact that it covered my mouth and nose meant that my breath condensed in the fabric, making it horribly damp.

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gonedownhill [193 posts] 7 months ago
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I've got a vulpine one which is thick kinda like a scarf sort of material. Not sure if they still do them. Not super long but bunches up less than my merino Buff ©

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gunswick [131 posts] 7 months ago
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I actually find fleece based buffs are better (and cheaper) than merino in this use case, because they are more wind proof and water resistant and have inherently the right thickness.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B01CELMYFQ/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1...

£5 and can cover neck with the fleece, chin/face as desired with the head tube material. I like wearing it under my helmet to cover my ears and forehead; turn inside out, fleece bit on like a beanie hat and then fold down the head tube coloured section over it so you get a double lined beanie hat. Warm, wind proof, warm when wet and water resistant anyway, dries quick, does not smell with commuting repeated use and is low cost.

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bigfatron [32 posts] 7 months ago
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Rapha Winter Collar.

Not cheap but perfect.  It is probably the best piece of winter kit I've ever purchased, 4 years of use and machine washed after every use, it's still in excellent condition.

Is that Marty Feldman in the Polar buff......?!

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jacknorell [994 posts] 7 months ago
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gonedownhill wrote:

I've got a vulpine one which is thick kinda like a scarf sort of material. Not sure if they still do them. Not super long but bunches up less than my merino Buff ©

Had a chance to use mine lately, surprisingly good