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Is a Buffalo going to be warm enough when I go walking in winter?

Buffalo is definitely going to keep you warm and comfortable for winter walking, whatever the conditions. By using one of our DP System Shirts, legwear from either the DP System or Teclite Trousers or Salopettes, and one of our Jackets as an over layer for very harsh conditions or times of lower activity, Buffalo will be all you need.

I measure a 41” chest. Should I go for a 40” or a 42” Shirt?

We usually suggest going for a 42” as a 40” could be slightly tight across the shoulders.

What are the side zips for?

The side zips are designed for venting the garment if you start to feel too warm. Opening the zips from the armpits downwards (rather than from the bottom up) will allow a flow of air round the body without leaving you exposed to the elements.

Do the arm sizes change as the garments get bigger or smaller?

The arm lengths of our garments remain in proportion throughout the size range. We do, however offer a Specials service if you need any of our garments with longer or shorter arms or legs.

Can I layer up different Buffalo Shirts and Jackets from different Buffalo systems?

Yes. The Buffalo systems are highly versatile and all systems can be combined. Adding a Windshirt or ActiveLite Shirt to a Mountain or Special 6 Shirt can be beneficial in heavy rain if you are not moving particularly fast at the time.

What happens if it rains when I am wearing my Buffalo?

Buffalo loves the rain!  Wear your Buffalo Shirt correctly, i.e. next to your skin and the correct size, and you will remain comfortable as long as you maintain gentle activity. Your body will heat the pile and any water that permeates the outer will be deflected by the pile layer. The more heat you produce, the more effective this process. In particularly heavy rain or during low activity we would suggest adding a Buffalo Jacket to keep the weather out, but as soon as activity recommences, or the rain reduces, you will be able to remove the outer layer and continue.

What’s the best jacket for winter walking?

A Special 6 Shirt or a Mountain Shirt worn next to the skin will give optimum performance, with the option of adding an extra layer if conditions take a turn for the worse or you need a break. For less challenging conditions, the Alpine Jacket combined with regular layers underneath offers a more casual alternative to our next-to-the-skin Shirts.

I’m used to wearing layers. Is a Buffalo shirt really warm enough for e.g. Winter walking?

Absolutely. We understand that the idea of wearing a single garment over bare skin, rather than multiple layers, can be difficult to accept. Our loyal customer base suggests that once converted, few people go back to their previous base/mid/outer/waterproof combination and are relieved to be free of the “waterproof tied round waist or stuffed in rucksack” dilemma.

What are the best Buffalo garments for Skiing and Snowboarding?

Any Buffalo garment can be used for Winter sports. The Fell and Alpine Jackets look stylish on the slopes and give you full winter mountain performance, as does the Hooded Belay Jacket. Our Salopettes can be worn to ski or ride in but they do not have any type of snow gaiter fitted. You should also check that they will fit over your boots as they are designed to wear over climbing/ walking boots, not ski boots.

I love my Buffalo Shirt in winter, but what can I wear in the Spring, Summer and Autumn to get the same comfort?

When you find your Winter-weight Buffalo too warm, lightweight products, such as the Men’s and Women’s Teclite and ActiveLite Shirts, and the Fell, Teclite and Teclite Belay Jackets, will be suitable.

What size hood should I buy for my Buffalo?

We have produced a size guide which shows what size Hood pairs with which Shirt. This can be found in the product details section on the product pages.

I need a hood to fit over my climbing helmet. What should I choose?

The Expedition Hood fits over most modern climbing helmets.

My Buffalo is damaged and is over 1 year old. What shall I do?

You may contact us directly and we can give you a quote for your repair.

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.

I really want a Buffalo but they don’t quite fit me. Can you make one for me with longer arms and body?

We offer a Specials service at an extra charge where we can make the body or arms longer or shorter.  There are some limitations, and this is not a tailoring service to get a custom fit garment.  If you would like further information or advice on your specific requirements, please contact us.

My Buffalo is damaged and is under 1 year old. What shall I do?

Return your Buffalo to the point of purchase if you feel it is a warranty repair.  If it has been damaged by yourself, e.g. you fell and tore it, you may return it direct to us to get a quote for repair.

Can I wash my Buffalo?

Absolutely.  Regular washing helps to maintain the performance of Buffalo products and helps you keep your friends.  Washing helps restores the loft of the pile fabric and separates the fibres, revitalising performance.  Should the pile be excessively matted, even after washing, gentle brushing with a soft brush will separate the fibres.  Please follow our washing instructions.

What is the best way to wash my Buffalo product?

  • Do NOT dry clean
  • Do NOT tumble dry
  • Do NOT use Fabric conditioner
  • Do NOT use a wash in waterproofing agent
  • Maximum washing temperature is 30°c.
  • Ideally wash in Nikwax Tech Wash.  Follow washing instructions.
  • Use only a small amount of detergent and no fabric conditioner.  Too much detergent can leave a residue.  Rinse well.
  • Do not use 'Biological' detergents, as they can shorten the lifespan of the proofing and affect colour.  If worried that too much detergent or 'Biological' has been used rinse thoroughly in clear water.
  • Always close touch and close fasteners.
  • All Texturised products (Travelite trousers etc) should be turned inside out before washing to reduce pilling.
  • Nikwax TX Direct SPRAY ON can be applied to the Pertex outer only after washing. Follow instructions on the bottle.

Sleeping bags are best washed in an industrial-sized machine such as in a laundrette.  A large domestic washing machine will suffice.

The pile in my Buffalo has gone flat over many years of use. Is there anything I can do to loft it back up again?

Depending on the age of your garment, loss of loft should not affect performance.  Short term fixes to increase the loft (e.g. gently brushing) may help, but pile flattened over many years cannot really be rescued and, although your garment will be as breathable as it was on day one, you may need to relegate it to the next season down.

How do your sizes work when choosing a Buffalo garment as some are chest sized and some are S, M, L and XL?

Our more technical pieces offer chest-sizing as fit is critical to performance.  Less technical garments are in sizes S, M, L and XL – the regular sizing method will still give you a great fit without any loss of performance.

What size Jacket should I wear over my Buffalo Shirt?

For Buffalo Jackets that come in chest sizes, i.e.  40” 42” 44” etc, we always recommend going one size up from your Shirt size if you are going to wear it over one of our Shirts. If you are wearing a Jacket over conventional clothing you will normally buy a Jacket in your regular chest size, but please give us a call for advice.

What is the best clothing to wear for High Altitude Mountaineering or very cold weather conditions?

If you are going to be travelling to ‘extreme’ conditions, please call us for specific advice on your requirements. As a general rule a Shirt from the DP Range, combined with a Jacket, the Parka, a pair of Salopettes, Hood and Mitts including an XXL Overmitt should keep you warm to about -40°C, depending on the level of activity.  This system has been used to 7400m altitude and in the Antarctic by the British Antarctic Survey among others. Any higher or colder than this may require an all-in-one Down suit.

What should I wear under my Buffalo Shirt?

Ideally, nothing. A base layer will trap perspiration and the resulting dampness will reduce your body temperature and make you feel cold.  In extreme conditions this could lead to hypothermia.