How to choose the best bandana for outdoor activities? – Bandana Zone

How to choose the best bandana for outdoor activities?

How to choose the best bandana for outdoor activities?

How to choose the best bandana for outdoor activities?

Finding the right bandana buff or bandana scarf for any other outdoor activities can be a difficult job with so many different choices available on the market. After all, you need a bandana that feels comfortable on your skin, wicks water, dries quickly, and is lightweight and compact.

Once you've decided on the budget you have, you need to look at a few important factors before picking the best bandana for hiking, hunting, backpacking or other outdoor adventures. These main considerations are summarised below. Considering that bandanas are not very expensive, you can buy a bunch of them and use them as you prefer.

  1. Fabric Material

The bandana's manufacturing material is an important consideration as it controls the softness, wicking capability and sunlight protection. Why else do you think the price of those basic goods varies so much?

While some advanced bandanas do use poly-cotton (50/50 polyester-cotton blend), the best bandana scarf is made of high-quality 100% natural cotton fabric. Cotton helps to provide the bandana with excellent softness and wicking properties and allows them to be used for a variety of purposes. In general, the printing and colour colouring used on the cloth is lead-free and colorcast to prevent bleeding.

A tubular bandana or buff, on the other hand, is made of 100% polyester-based microfiber blend. The blend uses are typically 80% polyester and 20% polyamide (nylon) – offering a good compromise between weight and comfort. The material also makes sure the towel doesn't easily absorb sand and grime. Anti-microbial and odour-prevention coating such as Polygiene also helps if you are going to put the buff to any intensive outdoor use.

  1. Size of the bandana or buff

The size, weight and packability of the bandana is also something to factor in before choosing the best bandana or buff, especially if you have a larger than normal head or body size.

A typical bandana scarf size-20-21′′ is possibly the most suitable size for all kinds of outdoor adventures. While bandana buff is made of stretchable cloth, you should still avoid any alternative that is less than 19 inches as uncomfortable as that may be. With the length 18.9", width 9.45" and thickness 0.4mm, our bandana buff is suitable for everyone (head circumference 21.25 to 25 inch).

  1. UPF Rating

UPF stands for Ultraviolet Protection Factor. This means it refers to the blocking provided for both UVA and UVB rays. A UPF is a measurement that indicates how much of the sun’s UV rays is absorbed by the fabric. If a fabric is rated UPF 50, it allows only 1/50th of the UVA and UVB rays to reach your skin.

So, if you are looking for a bandana that can prevent you from harmful rays in sunlight, you should check the UPF rating of the fabric. Microfiber bandana buff on Bandana Zone have a UPF rating ranging from 15 up to 50 are our best choice.

Cotton bandanas do not have a UPF rating because they provide protection less than a UPF-15 rated fabric (typically white shirts have UPF rating of around 5). That does not mean that these products are not very useful, it’s just that they do not provide extensive UV-protection. And they make excellent face masks.

A bandana is much more than a fashion accessory, for outdoor exploration. It is a versatile, ultralight piece of cloth that can be used among other things, for protecting against the sun and wind, protecting the mouth and nose as a face mask, wiping the body after a bath, filtering water and even as a sling in case of emergencies. But the main challenge is to select a proper form, size and style bandana.

We hope you find this article useful and it will help you choose the best bandana for hiking or some other outdoor excursions, including for daily use.

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