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Apparel Review


The Hoo-Rag Offers Quality Face Protection at a Great Price (continued)

Price and Applications: This is where Hoo-Rag separates itself from the pack. The Hoo-Rag retails for $15.99 each, which is significantly cheaper than the Original Buff which retails for $20 dollars and the UV Buffs which are $27 dollars each. I would also argue that Hoo-Rag knows their demographic very well and offers more edgy, and some very cool, patterns that end-users will be proud to wear not just for fishing but for a wide range of outdoor activities.


Not just for fishing the Hoo-Rag is great for a wide range of outdoor sports where sun, dust, and wind are a factor

Features Ratings for Hoo-Rag

Convertible(1-5)

Fastened
Pocket
(1-5)

Waterproof
or Fast Drying
(1-3)

Adjustable
Cuffs
(1-3)

Insulation or UPF Rating
(1-5)

Total

Possible

Rating
(= Tot/Pos
*10)

5

N/A

2

N/A

4

11

13

8.4


While shooting archery in the woods I found the Hoo-Rag excellent for keeping bugs at bay

I like the Hoo-Rags so much that I now routinely wear them when I go mountain biking, hiking, shooting archery, and snowboarding. There have been times when I didnít wear the garment for protection from the sun or wind but rather from bugs, wherever and whenever you need that added protection the Hoo-Rag is a very affordable garment that helps make that valuable time spent outdoors just a little more enjoyable.

Design & Ergonomics Ratings for Hoo-Rag

Aesthetic (1-5)

Oversized
Sizing
(1-3)

Available Colors (1-3)

All Day Garment (1-3)

Packable
(1-3)

Total

Possible

Rating (= Tot/Pos *10)

4

3

3

3

3

16

17

9.41


The Hoo-Rag provides excellent neck protection as well

While most anglers will just need one or two rags there are times when teams or companies will need a whole lot more. For these instances Hoo-Rag offers a custom made option where they basically takes your pattern and brand and puts it on their rags. They print small batches of only 24 units all the way up to 10,000 units, and can turn them pretty quickly. We know because we decided to test their capabilities and printed a few hundred TackleTour branded Hoo-Rags, and they were able to complete our order in just under three weeks.

Application Ratings for Hoo-Rag

Top Layer (1-5)

Mid Layer (1-5)

Bottom
Layer
(1-5)

 Casual
Wear
(1-5)

Other
Outdoor
Pursuits
(1-5)

Total

Possible

Rating (= Tot/Pos *10)

4

N/A

N/A

5

5

14

15

9.3


While the garment does act as a good sun shield I still recommend applying some sunscreen for double protection

Ratings: (We've re-calibrated our ratings standard for 2008 and have included a key at the bottom of the following matrix as a guide)

Hoo-Rag Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Good overall build quality. Not as soft and refined as the Buff but very functional and built well from woven polyester microfiber 8.0
Performance Helps protect anglers and general outdoor enthusiasts from the elements 8.4
Price Here is where the Hoo-Rag absolutely shines. It is a great price for a quality product 9.5
Features Packs down small and protects anglers from the elements this garment is moisture wicking and also dries quickly. If it gets dirty it can be machine washed and we found the colors stayed on very well through an entire season of multiple washes 8.4
Design (Ergonomics) Found the fit a little more snug than the Buff but I actually liked how well the garment stayed on. Can be worn so many different ways 9.41
Application Not just for anglers this garment is great for a wide range of outdoor activities where sun, wind, dust, and even bug protection us desired 9.3

Total Score

8.83
Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here


Pluses and Minuses:

                 Plus                                    Minus

+ Comfortable to wear all day - Not as soft as a traditional Buff
+ Offers up to 30 UPF rating - Not as odor resistant as some competitors
+ Breathable and moisture wicking  
+ A huge assortment of great patterns and even the ability to customize  
+ Excellent price  

Conclusion: The Hoo-Rag is a quality alternative to the Buff we all know and love. While the Buff was first to market and is highly refined the Hoo-Rag offers an excellent product at up to 30-40% lower cost, depending on the Buff. Hoo-Rag offers a wide range of patterns that are sure to appeal to outdoor enthusiasts, and if there isnít something that floats your boat they also are easy to work with when it comes to creating a Hoo-Rag that showcases your own brand, team, or companyís colors and logos.


The Hoo-Rag is a great overall value for only $15.99 and is available in some very striking patterns that should appeal to not just anglers but outdoor enthusiasts in general

Since launching their flagship Hoo-Rags the company has also started to branch out into other accessory products including UPF shirts, hats, beanies, sunglass straps, and even dry bags. So who knows what the company will branch into next. What we do know is that at the price that todayís Hoo-Rags are offered they truly represent a great value for anglers that are looking for some extra protection from the elements and want to do it while rocking some serious style at the same time.   

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