If there is one thing that is common between both marathon runners and park joggers, it is their shared hatred for sweat and unruly hair on the face. So, we tracked down the leading running headbands in 2021 for you that will enhance your focus on the track by saving you from this annoyance.
The magnificence of these headbands does not end at sweat absorption. We'll not only be talking about the best features to look out for but also the headbands that stood out the most and ended up on our team's list.
So, without further ado, let's jump right in!
When the premium breathability of chinlon fabric is merged together with the elasticity of lycra, a blend is crafted that can truly be termed as being the best of both worlds. It is with this blend that the DASUTA Athletic Headband has been constructed from.
The unisex running headband set comes with ten bands that boast vibrant colors and stylish patterns. So, you can have a band for every mood or day of the week. Lightweight and comfortable, this band is also antibacterial and actively fights the stench of bad odor from settling in the fabric.
Vinsguir claims that the nylon-spandex material of their Sports Headband set is eight times more breathable than the average cotton headband. So, is this claim true? Well, the customer reviews agree and people love just how much sweat these bad boys can wick out.
The functionality does not end up with sweat-wicking either. The material is also thick enough to absorb sweat in summers and keep your ears warm during winters. Stretchable and versatile, these headbands are also super lightweight.
The BF BAFLY Headband has the word, “fly”, in it because it will help you fly past any track without worrying about any sweat breaking your sight. The mesh design enhances the breathability and adds to the lightweightedness of the bands.
The forefront of this band boasts a reflective logo for increased visibility during low light conditions. Stretchable and comfortable, these bands will not lose shape even after repeated washing. Talking about washing, the BF BAFLY Headband also dries super quick.
If you asked us what the best part about the Temple Tape Headband was, we’d definitely say it is its 9 color options. Yes, you heard that right! From the elegant shades of black and grey to the vibrancy of pink and red, this running band has got something for everyone.
Customers particularly love how well the band fits and how it utilizes its non-slip grip to stay on your head and keep the sweat and hair from blocking your vision. Talking about sweat, Temple Tape claims that the tri-blend material used in this band’s composition does not only absorb more sweat but also keeps the moisture from building.
A mesh material fabric with superior breathability has been carefully sewn and fixed together to create the LUCKYGO Sports Headband. The inside of this headband includes a silicone bar that boasts anti slip properties. What this equals is an accessory that will stay snug on your head.
The front of the band includes the LUCKYGO reflective logo which will prove to be an asset if you run in low light conditions. We must say, however, that the absorbency of this accessory isn’t phenomenal and you might have to wring the sweat out in between runs if you sweat a lot.
Allow us to help you find the perfect running headband, something that works for you. So, let's go through this comprehensive buyer's guide that will equip you with some killer buying tips and tricks.
Running Headband Buying Tips
Let's start things off with two handy tips that we recommend keeping in mind when in the market for headbands.
Who said that you couldn't make a fashion statement while working out? To this end, we recommend opting for running bands that offer different color options. While creating contrasts against your skin and hair color is great, why not let the bands be a representation of your mood and emotions? The choices should be limitless.
Granted that the true purpose of your running band is to keep your temples free of sweat and unruly hair, the best ones boast extra features like inner linings with anti-slip properties and odor control. Moreover, if you frequent the track at night time or when the lights are low, we recommend that you consider bands with reflective elements for safety.
Things to Consider When Buying Running Headbands
Not every running band is worth your time. We recommend that you look at two factors to assess whether or not the accessory is worth buying.
Do you know what a headband filled with sweat is like? It's smelly, yes, but also very heavy. This added weight will negatively affect your performance. So, it is important that the fabric can not only handle sweat absorption but also offers proper ventilation so that you stay cool. We recommend that you specifically seek out customer reviews that talk about the running band's sweat and moisture-wicking abilities.
Comfort & Fit
We recommend opting for bands made of soft and stretchable materials. This will not only enhance the comfort but also the overall fit. Trust us, you do not want the band to be too big on your head and slip.
On the other hand, a band that is too tight may cause headaches and discomfort. So, always go through the band's measurements and reviews that mention how well it fits before pulling the trigger on the purchase.
Running Headbands Price Range
The cost of running headbands can range wildly, from anywhere between $2 to upwards of $50. The latter price tag is only found on ones from premium brands. These offer extra perks like enhanced cooling, antimicrobial properties, and UV protection. Whether or not the price is justified will depend on your running habits and preferences.
The best mid-range models, like the ones in our article, usually come in sets which makes them a lot more affordable. They also boast all the necessary features like sweat-wicking capabilities, odor control, and non-slip grips.
How We Choose these Headbands
Our team made sure that their top-picked runner bands fulfilled two criteria:
The durability of any product is linked to the quality of materials used in its construction. However, the raw materials, no matter how premium, will be useless if the stitching is subpar. Resistant materials that do not deform over time and are stitched well will add to the longevity of the band.
Easy to clean
We made it a point to only shortlist headbands that wash well. This means that they do not deform or lose their color after repeated washes. Moreover, you must check out the washing instructions provided by the manufacturer before chucking it into the washing machine.
People Also Asked
What is the best headband for running?
Our team's top-picked running headband is the DASUTA Athletic Headband. This beast boasts enhanced sweat wicking properties, and is resistant to sweat build up and slippage.
Should you wear a headband when running?
A headband that is specifically made for running will keep the sweat and hair out of your eyes. It will also not slip down or get too smelly and heavy after long usage.
Do headbands make you bald?
A headband that is too tight may cause traction alopecia and lead to hair loss. So, you must choose a headband that fits you perfectly.
Olivia has seen every up and down that a runner can, and knows how important the right training and the right equipment can be. She loves to share the outdoors with her golden retriever, Rocky, traveling through trails both on and off the beaten path. Olivia will often be providing her reviews from where ever she is at the time: the track, the road, or the woods.