30 years ago when I started fly fishing, I never thought about sun protection and COVID-19 didn’t exist. But things have obviously changed since then. With the virus and global warming ramping up, it’s especially important to protect yourself (and others) from such things. I always look to finding simple solutions to complicated problems and I think the Hoo Rag is a good one.
The Hoo Rag is basically a tubular bandana that can be used exactly like a traditional bandanna, but is more versatile. For example …
It can be worn like a neck gaiter to protect you from the sun …
It can be worn as a mask to help protect you from COVID-19 …
Or you can wear it on your head to tell people you’re a pirate. YARRRRRH!
Anyway you want to wear it or use it, the Hoo Rag is a good dish. And it comes in an impressive variety of prints and colors. It’s polyester, washable,quick-drying, and comfortable against the skin, AND 30 SPF.. I give it my full recommendation. Check it out here and while you’re at it, look at their other products. They have some pretty cool stuff.
In a pinch, the Hoo Rag can also be used just like a traditional cotton bandana–to clean pots while backpacking, to wipe sweat from your brow, a lens cloth, etc. But for me, it’s best as a neck gaiter. It’s a versatile piece of gear that takes up no space but has 100 uses. It’s hard to beat that!
This looks very similar to the very popular Buff.
Hi Sev, it is but I feel like the Hoo Rag is longer than the Buff.
Jason, on your recommendation, I ordered one, and I can tell you, it’s all you said it is! Love it. Hope this note finds you well. Take care, Gene
Thanks Gene! Glad you like it. I like the patterns and colors they have too!