Runners in Houston, regardless of ability, do one thing well in the heat and humidity. Call it sweating, perspiring, glowing, or leaking; it doesn't matter, it's a distraction and a pain. It's just the price we pay for being able to run and race year round. We also run virtually no chance of doing a face plant on icy streets in the winter.
Sweat in the eyes is particularly annoying. To that end, I'm pretty much a rolled-up-bandana guy to try to staunch the flow. But a couple of weeks ago when I was twittering, I ran across an entrepreneurial lady who makes and sells an interesting alternative.
The Go Headband as an alternative to the bandana
She calls her product the Go Headband. She uses a very lightweight moisture wicking fabric and works it into a shape that's wide in the front and narrow and gathered in the back where it's sewn. She sews in a thin plastic strip in the bottom of the front to keep it from slipping on the forehead.
I decided to give it a try. At just $8 plus $1 shipping it wasn't too big a risk. They come in a variety of colors and some give you a choice of printed slogans like Go Vegan, Just Finish, Shut Up and Run, and the inevitable Cancer Sucks. I went with plain blue (see the pic above).
Putting it to the technical test
Early Saturday morning my running buddy Eddie the rat terrier and I loaded up in the truck for a morning of trail running at Challenger 7 Memorial Park. Being very humid and foggy, it was perfect for a test. My first impressions were the lightness and softness of the wicking fabric, and the fact that I couldn't even feel the non-slip strip. That had been on of my concerns.
The trails were great in the cool morning as the sun began to rise but I still worked up a good manly lather. The headband did a very good idea of keeping the sweat out of my eyes. The idea behind this product is that the front is so wide, extending well up on the scalp, that a lot of sweat will wick away before having a chance to even make it down to your forehead.
All in all, I was very satisfied that this headband lived up to its claims. I don't guess I'll be going back to my bandanas any time soon.