When I first saw the Buff Hood I thought it was a pretty cool idea, then as I thought about I changed my mind to “Why would you buy a softshell jacket without a hood if you wanted a hood?”. I’ve got one in to test over winter and now having tried it on a couple of times I can see the possibilities.
It’s more complex than it looks. There’s the hood part which is a sturdy-ish variety of Gore Windstopper with a soft inner face and it’s adjustable with drawcord loops and cordlocks at the chin. The neck is regular Buff skin, just doubled back on itself and inside the hood is a shortened regular Buff which you can slip up over your nose and ears.
All this kinda replicates what I have in winter anyway, so it should work fine on the coldest of days. I was worried about not being able to expose my neck for quick cooling, but then I don’t actually do that on snowy Munro tops anyway. When the temperature gets back up down at lower levels I’ll just pull this off and stow it.
The fit is quite neat which is good, if it was baggy it would be a real pain. The hood part pulls on and off your head easy and the inner Buff work independantly just fine.
Taking it out this winter will be the proof of the pudding. I like pudding.