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Buffs, Balaclavas, and Vests

These extras are the key to fine tuning comfort. Keeping the head and neck warm makes a big difference to overall comfort, while keeping the blood warm as it passes near the surface in the radial artery is the way to keep hands warm. For this reason we put neoprene cuffs in this section. Best of all, these are small items that can be added or removed over the course of a caving trip; as a rule, on a longer trip it's worth keeping one or two of these as spares for stops (planned or otherwise). Also worth considering are those cold waits by the big entrance shafts of Derbyshire, and the long winter walks back in the Dales! A big thick pair of mitts, a woolly hat, and a belay jacket can be worth their weight in gold if left in a waterproof bag just around the entrance...

Starless River Genuine Buff 
£15.00

Starless River Genuine Buff

The Starless River Buff is a *real* Buff...therefore it has the full flexibility, longevity, and ability to wick and insulate that you would expect from such a well known product. The ideal present, even if it's for yourself! A headover; a hat; a sweat band; a neck tube. Not just warm, but also a good way of ensuring a good fit with most helmets, whatever the shape of your head. The only thing better than one Buff, is two Buffs of course. Our Starless River Buff has a classic image of Bakerloo Straight in Dan-yr-Ogof, taken by Robbie Shone. So it's practically a work of art.
Petzl Beanie 
£21.00

Petzl Beanie

A close fitting, breathable and wicking piece of headgear. Effectively wearable all the time for comfort, sweat-catching, reducing smelliness of your caving helmet... made to fit neatly under a helmet without getting in the way. Machine washable at 40C, made of polyester and spandex. Available in black and yellow, as shown. Weight 15g
Buff Windproof Helmet Liner 
£22.50

Buff Windproof Helmet Liner

Very warm, windproof helmet liner. Unlike in the picture, ours are dark blue. It is a truth universally acknowledged that *at least* 217% of body heat is left through the head... Well, not really. But a warm head is a big part of comfort and safety; cold often makes for bad judgement, not a good thing in a cave - or navigating off the Allotment in winter, for that matter. A low volume hat that is made to fit neatly under a helmet without getting in the way, and also small enough to stow neatly when the going gets hotter. It will keep your ears warm - it is sized to cover these completely; it is *very* comfortable in the cold, doesn't ruck, or get in the way. Good for digs, camping, or just chilly caves in general.
Powerstretch Balaclava 
£18.00
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Powerstretch Balaclava

Warm, flexible, comfortable and quick draining, Powerstretch is an excellent material for caving, as those who own an Illamina undersuit know well. In the cave environment where wind-chill is much less of an issue than in the mountains, it is possibly the best for warm head wear. Our balaclavas are made by Meander to a very high standard. Ours is a single hole version, available in black. A must for winter cavers, and always a potentially vital piece of safety kit.
Buff Windproof Neck and Face Warmer 
£21.00

Buff Windproof Neck and Face Warmer

Neck tube made of Windstopper fabric, plus normal Buff stretch fabric.. Increase comfort immediately in cold conditions with this windstopper neck tube and face protector. As with all items in this section it can easily be added or removed to fine - regulate temperature. Protects the major blood vessels of the back of the neck, while allowing the wearer to keep fully aware and able to hear (or add to a balaclava to feel in your own little snug world). Teams up well with the helmet liner for lots of warmth and flexibility. Very useful for general surface use in the winter, too.
Powerstretch Vest 
£36.00
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Powerstretch Vest

Meander make a vest out of f Polartec Powerstretch, a very flexible and warm technical fabric. A versatile and useful piece of clothing for both cold caves and also general surface work, especially on expeditions. This *long* vest-cut garment is very fast-wicking and quick draining, allowing a caver to increase comfort on slow moving trips, or as a general heat-upgrade in colder caves or as part of bivouac kit. Particularly effective worn next to the skin, but may be layered (most effectively with other technical fabrics. Black only.



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