Headbands can inspire passionate debate among cyclists. Some detractors argue that headbands make you hotter, while others swear by them, especially for long rides or competitions. Despite this debate, and given the backdrop of an Australian summer (where hot and humid conditions can make even the coolest of cyclists uncomfortable), there remain several compelling reasons to invest in a headband.
At the risk of stating the obvious, headbands generally excel at doing what they were originally designed to do … that is, absorbing the sweat generated by heat and hard cycling, and keeping it from running into your eyes. This is a major advantage in Australian conditions, where the copious application of sunscreen on and around the hairline can also mean painful stinging eyes and obscured vision when the sweat starts to flow.
Along with sweat, long hair can be a nasty nuisance when cycling conditions are warm or windy. Most headbands designed to capture sweat also have the double benefit of containing flyaway hair – a must for safe, comfortable cycling.
Some headbands are strengthened with materials that act as a protective barrier against concussion, with some of the patented versions reportedly being five times stronger than steel. While the jury is still out as to their effectiveness, those considering a purchase should also consider the relative cost benefit, as most of the patented models come with a hefty price tag.
Beyond their sweat-sopping advantages in the sporting arena, headbands remain in vogue amongst the most stylish celebrities of the sporting world. Admittedly, the popularity of headbands last hit its peak in the late 1990s, however, as with many trends from that era (grunge, denim, general angst), everything old is new again.
Sports stars who have proudly worn headbands in the modern era include NBA Superstars LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, tennis pros Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams and soccer champions David Beckham and Ali Krieger.
Cycling Sports recommends the Halo Headband. Featuring patented SweatBlock technology to wick sweat away from the eyes, Halo Headbands have many passionate cycling advocates. Available in a range of styles, including standard pullover models, Velcro-adjustable styles, bandanas and skull caps, they fit neatly under a helmet and can also include features such as sun protection and ear warmers. Interested? Check out our range in store or online for more details.