July 5, 2022

Gear Review: BUFF® UV Arm Sleeves

Disclaimer: I received an pair of BUFF® UV Arm Sleeves to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!”

Weather in Vancouver has been so weird lately. It’s cold, hot, windy, warm.. a whole mishmash of temperatures. That’s why I love arm sleeves. I can wear them when it’s cool and take them off easily when it’s warm. It’s one of my favourite running accessories.

As it turns out, BUFF® doesn’t just make awesome multifunctional headwear. New for 2017 is their line of UV arm sleeves. When the opportunity arose for me to test them out, I jumped at the chance.

About the BUFF® UV Arm Sleeves

  • Made of breathable, sweat-wicking polyester fabric with anti-microbial treatment to prevent odours
  • Provides UPF 40+ sun protection
  • Maintains form when wet
  • Silicone grip prevents it from sliding down your arm
  • Has reflective elements
  • Comes in 3 colours: Interference (pictured above), White and Akira

What I Like

  • Kept me cool – These are designed to be worn in hot weather, not just in cooler temperatures. I noticed that when my arms sweat and a breeze blows, a cooling effect is created as the sweat evaporates from the fabric. You can also soak or sprinkle it with cold water on hotter days and it will act like a personal air conditioner for your arms.
  • Lightweight – Pack it in a bag and you can hardly notice it there. You can roll it up or tie them together and they don’t lose its shape.
  • Wear it for multiple days – the anti-microbial treatment works well. I don’t have to wash them right away which bodes well for when I have to travel. A rinse in the sink should suffice until I have access to a washing machine. It’s also light enough that it’ll quickly dry. Just don’t put them in the dryer.
  • Stays in place – These didn’t move… not even after my marathon.
  • I love the colour (Interference) – It’s neutral but it has a pattern and goes with everything. I love the other 2 colours too though. Hopefully there will be more options available.

Since it is really light, I wouldn’t wear this on cold days (10 degrees or less). I wouldn’t wear them on extremely hot days either, as I don’t like tight fabric on my skin when the temperature is up. I realize I can just wet them but I am just too sensitive to it. I know it would bug me during the whole run. I did wear them at the BMO Vancouver Marathon. It was around 16 degrees that day, with hot areas and breezy at some parts. It was fine then, no problems. However if the temperature is above 20 degrees, that’s another story.

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