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    Dust at the HC 100

    Folks,

    I'm "racing" my first hundred miler this July. I picked the High Cascades for various reasons. I've heard from virtually everyone the dust initially can be very oppressive.

    In anticipation of dealing with it for a few hours I got to thinking about healthcare masks. Has anybody tried a mask in lieu of the more common scarf options I've seen for filtering? I'll give one a try regardless, but I thought I'd see if the experiment had already been done.

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    I raced the HC100 last year and loved it. I used a buff and felt that it was pretty effective since it was meant to protect you from things like dust. It also was bug repellent which can come in handy because there’s a section where your climbing for miles and can run into biting flies.

    I feel like the buff is a better investment since it will hold up from you raising and lowering it throughout the long ride, not to mention for later rides in dust or cold weather. Plus, I appreciated the bug repellent in mine (I believe that it was “buff” brand).

    I saw a few people with medical masks, but they were very few with pretty much everyone else using a buff.
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    Excellent info. I look into this buff you speak of. Now that I’m adhearing to training plan my trepidation about the HC100 is abating and now I’m getting excited.

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    Yep, get a buff. There are many different versions and considering it'll be hot get the smaller one (half buff?) with the thinner fabric. You'll mainly need it for the first 30-40 miles until the pack thins out.

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    Buff is inbound. Thanks again.

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    Third on the Buff. I went synthetic instead of merino for this race, nice bonus is that you can soak it in ice water at aid stations to keep your temp down.

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    I went synthetic too.

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