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29 November 2010

what's better than a Snuggie? [More:]

dear Northern Hemisphere bunnies, on this shivery cold late November day, I bring you the Buff. It's kind of like the Snuggie's skinny fitness-crazed cousin or something.

I recently picked up the same red merino one as is in the title link.

I have a lot of outdoor gear. Like, really a lot. Nordic ski gear, alpine ski gear, running gear, hiking gear and a double metric shitload of cycling gear. On any given laundry day, our utility room resembles the aftermath of an orgy between an REI and a pro cycling team bus.

That plain old red merino wool tube is quite possibly the single best piece of allpurpose outdoor gear I've bought in 2 decades of being a crunchy granola funhog.

even if the only outdoor activity you ever do is smoke, wait for the bus, or scrape off your car, I guarantee you'll appreciate having one of these things if you live anywhere there's cold wind. better than a scarf because it won't come untied, tangle in your shoulder bag, or dangle in your latte.

They apparenly come in coolmax too if you can't wear wool, although merino is amazingly non-itchy (I refuse to wear wear wool sweaters). The wool one is slightly longer than the coolmax variety and a perfect weight for 3 seasons; it's easy to double over for colder temps. It's nice and thin so it doesn't add any bulk under my ski or bike helmets. Also, regardless of how cold it is, I tend to sweat waterfalls at the slightest exertion, and this thing does a great job of staying just-the-right-level of warm and not-soggy whilst preventing the flood from running down my face / the insides of my sunglasses, etc.

Bonus for trail running on cold, windy days is that it works as a combo sort of turban-scarf / ear warmer device to keep my snarly, grouchy, frizzy, static-filled, feral mane of hair under control better than any combination of pomades, bandannas, ponytails, clips or related bondage gear ever managed to. Yea okay so it looks like hippie ass, but when I'm out on the trail I'm past caring about that.

disclaimer: I have no ties to the manufacturer, and expect no kickbacks from posting this here. I simply think these are awesome. I also get that they're expensive for what they are, however I don't personally know anyone with the skill or patience to hand knit something seamless in that fine of a yarn.
I've seen similar things advertised on TV here, but called Polopancho. I wish I had one, it's hellishly cold here with winds coming down from Siberia (truly) and snow forecast for tomorrow, when I have to be in the office.
posted by Senyar 29 November | 14:58
I thought that was just called a snood, but I'm possibly confusing it with something else.
posted by TheophileEscargot 29 November | 15:03
a snood is specifically a hairnet device, generally not used for warmth, and is usually a very loosely-knitted weave or net-like thing. Ballerinas and equestriennes often use them to capture short hair or a ponytail into a neat loop that doesn't tangle. The ones commonly used these days are generally so finely knit of lightweight monofilament type thread as to be practically invisible.
posted by lonefrontranger 29 November | 15:08
Maybe there's a European or UK snood that's warmer than a US snood?
posted by TheophileEscargot 29 November | 15:30
nope, that's merely translation FAIL or some inexplicable language drift perversity. A snood is, and always has been, a "bag", not a "tube". What's pictured there in your link is what we USians call a gaiter or dickie.

from my memory of Old English, the word "snood" originally meant "sack" or "bag". Indicating that one end is intended to be closed, forsooth. A hat, perhaps. A hair containment device, specifically.

The Buff product I linked up there happens to be a Spanish origin product, actually. So Senyar, you should be able to procure one rather easily, though maybe not in time for the current deep freeze, alas.
posted by lonefrontranger 29 November | 16:27
Yeah, snood. (well, excepting all the images of that addictive little game)
posted by gaspode 29 November | 17:01
Thanks lfr! I bought this one for a Christmas present. I don't think that's a bad price at all. Plus shipping was only $2.27 to Canada! I understand they'll just toss it in an envelope, but shipping is often so overpriced that it makes the purchase ridiculously expensive. I'm happy you posted this - thanks!
posted by nelvana 30 November | 00:09
BBC News today:

Footballers have started insulating their necks. Are these so-called snoods a fashion statement or a reasonable attempt to stay warm in freezing temperatures?

...The term most commonly settled on seems to be snood although snood purists would argue the type adorning the multimillionaires at the weekend resemble only a miniature version of the the chunky, knitted, scarf-cum-hoods which have returned to high street fashion shops after being a big hit in the 1980s.

...Given the view many fans have about the appetite of high-earning players, they may respond to the irony that the word "snood" originally applied to the hairnet worn by single women in the Middle Ages.
posted by TheophileEscargot 30 November | 09:04
yes ALL RIGHT it's language drift. I don't call a "cracker" a "biscuit either. geesh.
posted by lonefrontranger 30 November | 15:57
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