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Buffalo outdoor clothing is for the user. For hikers, skiers, hunters, fishers, dog mushers, mountaineers, backpackers, cyclists, canoers. In short, for all kinds of active people loving the great outdoors. Sorry, it is not for fashionistas… Although very stylish and contemporate Buffalo does not create for design addicted couch potatoes. All focus is set on durability and function. Into protection. Into keeping you comfortable during your wilderness adventures. Last but not least Buffalo invests in saving you money.
Sounds good, huh? On top of that Buffalo contributes to social welfare by having all items produced solely in its base town Sheffield (England), not compromising on fair wages, excellent working conditions and the protection of a vast UK textile heritage. The only effort Buffalo sometimes has to ask customers to maintain this precious value is to have some patience when a product is not in stock. The production team consists of skilled and motivated seamstresses, but capacity is limited and may result in a delivery time for out-of-stock or tailor-to-order products of approximately four weeks. But then again...what is 4 weeks if it brings you a great comfy garment that may well last you over a decade?
Being discontented with the bags and clothing he had been using in winter in the Scottish highlands, he became intrigued by how the Inuit kept warm, utilising animal hide with the fur on the inside. By reversing the hide so that the tips of the fur were in contact with the skin, the Inuit found that moisture laden air was able to circulate and escape through the porous hide. Even in heavy rain, and after vigorous exercise, their skin remained dry and safe from freezing as the fur’s properties ensured water was removed quickly from the garment. This interested Hamish as unlike other outdoor designers, Hamish was concerned with comfort from the inside rather than waterproofness from the outside.
Hamish had been working with pile fabrics and was impressed with their performance and durability, now he needed a really superior shell fabric. There are many stories of how Hamish went on to design Pertex which became the shell fabric for his sleeping bags. Our favourite is the one involving the typewriter ribbon; Hamish became interested in how the finely woven ribbon moved the ink across its fibres. With this in mind he visited many textile factories before eventually arriving at Perseverance Mills in Padiham, Lancashire where Pertex was eventually developed and produced.
Hamish formed Buffalo in a small workshop in Sheffield and began manufacturing a sleeping bag system. By adding layers, this system could be used all year round, from casual camping to Scottish winter conditions. Buffalo Sleeping bags were the very first sleeping bags to be made from Pertex, and combined with fibre pile they proved unbeatable for performance in wet and extreme conditions, and for durability; some of our original bags are still in regular use today.
The team Hamish gathered at Buffalo all had serious outdoor interests, from cycling, climbing, caving and walking to paragliding and cross country skiing. This led to the original patented concept of Pertex and Pile sleeping bags being developed to include Pertex and Pile clothing for serious outdoor people. Hence, all the designs were those specifically needed for various pursuits, not just conceptual design.
Buffalo originated the first single-layer clothing system, which we called the DP System. DP stands for Double P as in Pertex and Pile. The iconic Buffalo Mountain shirt won the Outdoor Writers Guild Golden Boot award in 1986.
Over the years the Buffalo team worked with outdoor professionals around the world to ensure their requirements were met and the clothing and sleeping bags were put to the most rigorous tests.
Through word of mouth, we rapidly gained a reputation as designers and manufacturers of exceptionally effective, durable garments and to this day, have a loyal customer base who come back to us time after time. We confidently state that our products do what they claim, and are proud to have been “Between you and the Wilderness” for over 30 years.
A design classic developed with the Special Forces. Tested over 30 years in the most hostile conditions. Used by Military, Police, Mountain Rescue Teams. Features: Classic Pertex® shell AquaTherm pile lining Windproof to 50mph Weight 675 gram Available colours: Red, Black and Olive Green
The Tecmax shirt is used by instructors, mountain guides and outdoor professionals. It is ideal for any activity that involves being stationary for long periods. Features: Classic Pertex® shell Tecmax Acrylic pile Windproof to 50mph Weight 940 gram Colour: Black/Red
The high performance denier gradient shell is soft and quiet and gives very high breathabilty and rapid moisture dispersal, ideal for cold hard walk-ins. Used by Military, Police, Mountain Rescue Teams and outdoor professionals
The Tecmax shirt is used by instructors, mountain guides and outdoor professionals. It is ideal for any activity that involves being stationary for long periods. Features: Classic Pertex® shell Tecmax Acrylic pile Windproof to 50mph Weight 850 gram Available colours: Black/Red and Olive Green
A design classic developed with the Special Forces. Tested over 30 years in the most hostile conditions. Used by Military, Police, Mountain Rescue Teams. Features: Classic Pertex® shell AquaTherm pile lining Windproof to 50mph Weight 765 gram Colour: Red
The longer length Ladies Parka has been designed to meet the high standards set by Buffalo using our PForm shell fabric and lined with the renowned Buffalo Aquatherm Pile, this robust jacket will perform in the harshest conditions. Features Classic Pertex® shell AquaTherm pile lining Windproof to 50mph Available colours: Slate and Bark
The warmest garment we make. This jacket is at home on ice covered spray lashed decks in the South Atlantic with round-the-world yachtsmen, or in Antarctica with the British Antarctic Survey staff for whom it was developed Features Classic Pertex® shell PolarTherm pile lining Windproof to 60mph Available colours: Royal, Black and Nato
A Milder weather alternative to the Mountain Shirt, when less insulation but maximum wicking is required. Ideal for low level hill walking and trekking, climbing, mountain biking, running and general outdoor activities. Features PForm high performance mini ripstop outer shell Fast wicking Teclite micro-pile lining Available colours: Slate, Deep Russet, Bark
The Buffalo Mountain Shirt is an award winning design classic.Tested for over 30 years in the most hostile conditions it is highly respected by all that use it. Features: Classic Pertex® shell AquaTherm pile lining Windproof to 50mph Weight 560 gram Available colours: Purple, Charcoal, Olive Green
The Buffalo Expedition Hood has been designed to fit over most climbing helmets to continue providing Buffalo performace to your head. Features Wired Hood Volume adjuster Fixed face piece Available colours Black and Nato