What should I wear over my Buffalo Shirt?
If the weather, or your activity, demands a higher level of insulation or extra protection from e.g. heavy rain, you can wear any Buffalo Jacket over your Shirt. This will ensure you remain at a comfortable temperature with the ability to vent the shirt underneath if necessary. In almost all cases* we do not recommend you wear a ‘waterproof’ over any Buffalo garment. Generic waterproofs are not sufficiently breathable to allow moisture to leave the skin, and the retained moisture will leave you feeling chilly. In Spring, Summer and Autumn a Windshirt can be worn over a Teclite insulated product (e.g. the ActiveLite Shirt or Teclite Shirt) to provide additional insulation when a Buffalo Jacket would be too warm. The Windshirt can also be worn over a Shirt in the winter as an additional windproof layer which will keep out the rain without affecting breathability.
*exceptions to this are instances when you require a waterproof layer but are not producing sufficient body heat to perspire e.g. sitting on a cold wet belay waiting for your friend to stop faffing around.
Can I use my usual sleeping bag and my Buffalo sleeping bag together to increase the warmth?
Yes, you can. Putting a Buffalo Sleeping Bag over the top of your regular sleeping bag will keep external moisture away from your usual insulation, making it more effective though take care not to compress your sleeping bag’s insulation or any advantage you have gained will be lost. Even inside a tent when there is a very heavy dew, a Buffalo bag over a down bag will be more comfortable. The dew will be absorbed by the Buffalo bag but, using the same principle as our jackets, repels the moisture without affecting the performance of your inner bag.
In high moisture conditions, Buffalo bags work supremely well as they remain warm whether wet or dry. They can also dry your wet Buffalo clothing if you climb straight in.
Can I wear Buffalo clothing inside my Buffalo sleeping bag?
Buffalo clothing works perfectly inside any Buffalo bag to increase the insulation. Why remove most of your regular clothing at night (insulation) to get into a heavy sleeping bag to keep you warm when you can use the insulation you are already wearing inside a lighter weight Buffalo bag.
If you sleep dressed in a regular waterproof layered system, you will probably have a cold night as your body heat cannot reach the insulation of your sleeping bag. With the Buffalo System the insulation materials are generally the same as our clothing so you are effectively adding another layer at night to keep you warm. You can, therefore, use a lighter sleeping bag as you are wearing the majority of your night time insulation during the day.