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10 Best Running Sweatbands Reviewed

last updated Jan 05, 2019
Whether you’re a casual runner or training for a big race, sweatbands can be a pretty important accessory. Sweatbands are often overlooked when in truth, they are a high performing part of a runners apparel. They are super absorbent, modern versions, unlike their older predecessors, are sleek, stylish and not only perform very useful functions and look fashionable as well. A well-designed sweatband will divert stinging sweat away from the eyes. We have comparatively researched the current best choices for sweatbands for runners. Have a look and choose one of our offerings to add to your running apparel!

In a Hurry? The test winner after 19 hrs of research

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Self Pro Men's Headband
94.8/100 our score
Size
95
Durability
92
Materials
95
Style
93
Water Capacity
99
Self Pro Men's Headband
Why is it better?

Very absorbent

Works great for heavy sweating

Stretch to FIT all sizes

Light

Comfortable

Thin

Stylish

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This update to our buying guide has three new products: the ASICS, Nike DRI-FIT reversible, and the Vive. The Vive is really cool product that gives the user compression so it's perfect for people with arthritis, tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and other repetitive motion injuries. We take pride in constantly updating our buying guides and replacing products that aren't performing up to our standards with ones that do. So come back again soon to see what's new.

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93%
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99%
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$9.99
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92.4
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92%
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90%
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91%
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94%
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95%
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$6.99
#3
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91.2
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95%
Durability
88%
Materials
90%
Style
91%
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92%
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$12.20
#4
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
89.2
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92%
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89%
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88%
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85%
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92%
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$7.99
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88
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85%
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97%
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85%
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83%
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$10.49
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86.8
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86%
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85%
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92%
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$6.68
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84.6
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85%
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82%
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81%
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85%
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$8.99
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83
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90%
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75%
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80%
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85%
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$8.83
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81.6
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82%
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81%
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$14.37
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81
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$6.96
In Depth Review Top 10
  • Self Pro Men's Headband
  • Under Armour 3" Performance
  • Nike Swoosh Doublewide
  • Suddora
  • Vive Compression
  • Hoter
  • Under Armour 6"
  • Adidas Interval Large Reversible
  • Nike DRI-FIT Home and Away Reversible
  • ASICS 4"
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  • Other Factors to Consider
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10 Best Running Sweatbands

1. Self Pro Men's Headband

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
94.8
Self Pro Men's Headband
Size
95
Durability
92
Materials
95
Style
93
Water Capacity
99
best offer for today
$9.99
Pros:

Very absorbent

Works great for heavy sweating

Stretch to FIT all sizes

Light

Comfortable

Thin

Stylish

Cons:

It's different from traditional headbands

The first point to take note of about this product is that it is very absorbent, you can sweat a river and this headband will deal with the moisture. The material is thin/light but this model works for heavy sweating. This is new clothing tech, stretch, soft and one size will fit all sized heads. Good for any outdoor activity for which you don't want sweat dripping into your eyes. For long hair, you can even wear it in the bath to hold up/cover your hair and keep it dry.

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Design

Broad across the forehead and tapering as it stretches to the rear of the head, this design is sleep and hints at aerodynamics. It looks good, it feels comfortable and it performs really good. If you like functionality, comfort and style all rolled into one product, this will work for you.

Quality

A high-quality stretchy fabric with impressive absorption power, if you want to ask where does all the absorbed moisture go, it is evaporating from the external surface of the headband. Compared to traditional materials you will notice that this is thin and light at just 0.32 ounces. This new tech fabric gives stretch for a comfortable fit to any sized head and the material is very durable.

Cost and Value

The price range is fairly affordable and you could argue that it is well-priced. This is because you are guaranteed a headband made out of a high-quality absorbent material.

2. Under Armour 3" Performance

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
92.4
Under Armour 3" Performance
Size
92
Durability
90
Materials
91
Style
94
Water Capacity
95
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Pros:

Good absorption

They come with a logo if you like a brand name

Pretty durable

Assorted color options

Cons:

They fluff out a little and attract some lint

They’re not as cheap as non-brand options

These are made by Under Armour, a reputable name in the world of exercise. So with these, you’re in trusty hands (or wrists). They’re 96% polyester, come with an embroidered logo and have an intelligent sweat-channeling system.

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Design

These come in five different colors, and they’re all fairly modest, which is handy if you don’t want anything flashy. The embroidered logo may either be a good or bad thing depending on your tastes, but if you want something with a brand name, you have it here!

Quality

They do attract a small amount of lint, but they’re pretty durable overall. Because they’re from a brand name, they are of very good quality and absorb very well, even during very intense exercise. The sweat-channeling system really does seem to ensure that you stay very dry, which is, of course, the priority here.

Cost and Value

They’re about the same price as most other brand-name options, so you get what you expect here. Moreover, the colorways ensure that you can choose a color for every outfit or to match your mood.

3. Nike Swoosh Doublewide

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
91.2
Nike Swoosh Doublewide
Size
95
Durability
88
Materials
90
Style
91
Water Capacity
92
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$12.20
Pros:

Longer length for more absorption

Great flexibility

Very good absorption

Come from a great brand

Cons:

Slightly expensive

May fade a little in the wash

These ones are another extra long pair, with a length of 5", which makes for better absorption. They come with an embroidered Nike logo, which might be a draw for fashion aficionados and they are 74% cotton.

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Design

They come in many different aesthetic colors and are great if you like to make a statement by wearing the best brands. Moreover, they have an attractive design and the quality of the material looks very good.

Quality

Mostly, the quality and durability here is great. A small number of users have reported that the colors may fade during a wash, but there seems to be a small minority. It's also worth considering that these are slightly tight, which may take a little getting used to. But other than that, they are very absorbent and offer great flexibility despite their larger size.

Cost and Value

These are of course a little more pricey than other options on this list due to them being a brand name. That said, they are absolutely worth the outlay.

4. Suddora

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
89.2
Suddora
Size
92
Durability
89
Materials
88
Style
85
Water Capacity
92
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$7.99
Pros:

Huge range of colors

Good absorption

Good durability

They are a recognized name

Cons:

Some of the colors differ slightly from what is advertised

Suddora is a fairly popular name among runners and they make good-quality products. These 3” sweatbands come in almost 20 different colors including some neon varieties, so sweat-conscious runners can take their pick from understated to unabashed. Their terry cloth cotton design is very comfortable and they absorb good amounts of sweat.

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Design

You won’t find a better range than this – black, white, neon orange, bright pink… whatever color you want, you’ll find it here. They have no logo on the band, which may or may not be a good thing, depending on your personal preference.

Durability

They last a while and are very durable. They absorb a lot of sweat and should be more than sufficient for any intensity of exercise. A couple of users have reported very slight absorption and durability issues, but that is always the case with any product.

Cost and Value

These are around par for the course for high-quality wristbands. Not cheap, not expensive, you get what you pay for. The fact that you are spoilt for choice in the color you need is a plus.

5. Vive Compression

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
88
Vive Compression
Size
90
Durability
85
Materials
97
Style
85
Water Capacity
83
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Pros:

Compressive - great for users with tendinitis, arthritis, repetitive motion injuries etc.

Sustainably sourced materials

Durable

Cons:

Should be handwashed even though company says machine is fine

These are a cool and unique item on our list and a great product idea. They offer the user compression to help with preventing and healing wrist injuries so they're great for people with carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, repetitive motion injuries etc. They're also made with sustainably grown bamboo and charcoal so you can feel good about your purchase while your wrists feel great to. They also have a unique technology that holds onto heat when you're cold or releases it when you're hot so they can be used in just about any weather.

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Size and Durability

These measure 5" from top to bottom and are one size fits all, which was in line with what most users had to say. We didn't find any reports of a poor fit. Most users were happy with how long they lasted, although we did find a few reports of some stitching coming undone quicker than you'd like. As always, it's good to hand wash and air dry this type of product to maximize their lifespan.

Materials and Style

These are really unique as they're made with material that is made of bamboo and charcoal. This makes them a great option for people who have allergies to latex and other synthetic fabrics. They also offer gentle compression and support so if you have arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, or any sort of repetitive motion injuries these could be a great fit for you. These have pretty basic style and only come in black and gray with both having a tag with the company logo prominently displayed.

Water capacity

Although they do a good job of absorbing sweat, they're not the best on our list in that capacity. We guess you could say they do an average job of this, but most users bought them for the healing and supportive compression and we didn't find any complaints in regards to being able to absorb moisture.

6. Hoter

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
86.8
Hoter
Size
87
Durability
84
Materials
86
Style
85
Water Capacity
92
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$6.68
Pros:

Added headband

Decent value

Lots of colors to choose from

Comfortable

Cons:

Sometimes can be a little tight

Shed a little after washing

These are the only option on the list which comes with the added benefit of a headband. For around the same price as other items on this list, you can bag a headband alongside your sweatbands. So this is a good money-saving choice and a good idea if you sweat more than your average runner. These are lightweight, soft, comfy and have a plush two-ply thickness with 90% cotton. They come in several different colors, from subtle to striking to stripy.

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Design

These look pretty good – and if you want one flashy package to put a statement on your head as well as on your wrists, this is where to find it. The colors range widely, so there’s really something here for everyone.

Quality

Although these are comfy, they can be a little tight. The added benefit of the headband will mean less wiping, and they do absorb to a pretty good standard, but these might not do the job if you sweat very heavily. They do shed a little after washing, but they have decent durability overall.

Cost and Value

These are around the same price as other high-quality items, but they also come with a headband, which makes them of slightly better value.

7. Under Armour 6"

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
84.6
Under Armour 6"
Size
90
Durability
85
Materials
82
Style
81
Water Capacity
85
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Pros:

These come from a reputable brand

Subtle design

Particularly durable

The longer length offers more absorption and a quick wipe

Cons:

They’re a little more pricey than other options

The extra length may not be ideal for those with aesthetic concerns

These are slightly different than most other options on this list, in that they are 6” rather than 3”. This extra length provides more absorption for particularly intense workouts, but may not be attractive to those who seek subtlety. They come in five different colors, all of which are understated, and are 96% polyester.

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Durability

They are of good quality and should endure for a long time. The durability here is a great plus point. That said, a few buyers have reported problems with absorption, although this seems to be a rarity. Most users report great absorption, but if you’re particularly sweaty when working out, you might perhaps want to seek out something else.

Design

These five colors are all very understated, so those who don’t fancy something bright are in the right place. They have a nice sleek design and look smooth and expensive. The logo on the wristbands makes a statement – some people like a logo, some people don’t. The added length makes these different to every other item on this list. If you want a small wristband, this may be of note to you.

Cost and Value

These are a tiny amount more expensive than other items on this list, owing to the extra length. This added length and the brand name justify the extra cost, though this means that these might not be a good option if you’re looking to save a few cents.

8. Adidas Interval Large Reversible

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
83
Adidas Interval Large Reversible
Size
85
Durability
90
Materials
75
Style
80
Water Capacity
85
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Pros:

Very good absorbency

They come from a great name

Longer length provides better absorption

Good durability

Cons:

A little more expensive than some others

The logo can be a little uncomfortable

Another lengthy pair, these measure in at 5" and are reversible. Their cotton terry gives great absorbency and comfort and the moisture wicking technology is great for even the hardest of workouts. If you like a trusted brand with a logo-based design, these might well be the product for you.

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Design

These look smart and tidy, but they don't come in many varieties. If you're seeking something bright, you're not going to find it here. That said, the design looks good, it has an embroidered logo and the quality of the material makes the sweatbands look good.

Durability

Generally, these are of very good quality and provide excellent absorption. The embroidered logo can make things a little uncomfortable, which can be frustrating, but they are otherwise great. Their durability seems to be very good and they should last for a decent amount of time. Their tightness can take some getting used to.

Cost and Value

These are a little more pricey since they come from Adidas, but if you want something from a recognized name, then this is what you'd expect to pay.

9. Nike DRI-FIT Home and Away Reversible

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
81.6
Nike DRI-FIT Home and Away Reversible
Size
90
Durability
80
Materials
75
Style
82
Water Capacity
81
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Pros:

Durable

Reversible

5 color combos to choose from

Nike quality

Cons:

Some felt they were expensive for just sweatbands

This option comes from one of the world's leading athletic apparel makers and it shows in its high quality and cool design. These come as a pair and are reversible, making it easy to change styles as desired or flip them around if they get dirty.

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Size and Durability

These are 5" wide which is perfect for running or tennis, but might be a bit too wide to comfortably wear playing basketball. Users raved about the durability, one person jokingly complaining that he had to buy a new set because his first one lasted "only" 10 years. As these are synthetic we highly recommend hand washing in cold water and letting air dry to maximize their lifespan.

Materials and Style

This product is constructed from 95% nylon, 4% rubber, and 1% spandex, making them absorbent, breathable, and stretchy enough to fit large and small wrists. These come in five different color combinations and are reversible so you can change it up when you feel like it. They have the classic Nike swoosh logo.

Water Capacity

These do a great job of absorbing sweat and then letting it dry so you won't be weighed down. We didn't find any complaints in this department.

10. ASICS 4"

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
81
ASICS 4"
Size
80
Durability
80
Materials
85
Style
75
Water Capacity
85
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Pros:

Very absorbant

Made by reputable company

Classic style and colors

Versatile size, not too big or too small

Cons:

Some didn't like the logo and felt it got in the way of maximum absorbency

This option is from one of the leading names in running gear and do a great job of absorbing sweat. They are 4" wide and have a classic ASICS logo so you can represent. Some people didn't like the logo and felt it interfered with the product's performance but for the most part users felt this was a solid option and were glad they bought it.

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Size and Durability

These are 4" wide and are made to be one size fits all when it comes to fitting on your wrist. This is a great size that offers some versatility and is great for running, tennis, basketball or any other sporting activity where you need to keep your hands dry. They are also well made and durable and we didn't find any reports of long-term use issues.

Materials and Style

These are made of soft terry cloth constructed from 70% cotton, 15% nylon, and 15% rubber. This makes them breathable, absorbant, and stretchable to fit various wrist sizes. These are available in five basic colors: black, white, navy, red, and royal blue. Some products can be had in far more color options, but with the classic ASICS logo you'll look and feel cool.

Water Capacity

These are able to hold a ton of sweat due being made mostly of cotton, which holds on to moisture really well, while the nylon helps them dry more quickly than something made of 100% cotton.

Criteria Used for Evaluation

Size

The fitting size of sweatbands will vary based on the manufacturer, so look for a product that will work for you. Check out the sizing guide if possible, and try on the product before purchasing to make sure it is a good match for you. Poorly fitting sweatbands may slide and distract you during your workouts, or provide too much compression on your head and cause discomfort. Make sure your product will fit in well with the rest of your running gear!

Durability

Generally speaking, no one wants to buy a low quality product, so do some research into the durability of your products. Some manufacturers offer a moneyback guarantee based on the expected lifetime of a product. If you are worried about durability, read product reviews ahead of time and follow the care instructions that are provided with your order. Taking care of your sweatbands properly will increase their lifetime significantly. Typically, your sweatbands should last about 12 months.

Materials

Make sure that the material used is sweat absorbing and contains a good amount of stretch for your personal preference. Synthetic fabrics are more moisture wicking than natural fibres, so try out nylon or polyester instead of cotton. Try the sweatbands on to ensure that the amount of stretch is not too intense or too loose for your personal needs; you want a band that will fit, not fall off during your workouts.

Style

Style is important to many people, but don’t sacrifice function for form. Make sure that your sweatband is made of a durable material that will not stretch or deform over time. Another factor is to look at is breathability. Breathability is important for a sweat-absorbing item, as large amounts of sweat can cause unwanted odors. Look for products made with synthetic fibres and ventilation features that will keep you cooler for longer. Natural fibres tend to trap heat in and not wick moisture away quite as well.

Water Capacity

Yes, wearing sweatbands can make you look and feel cool, like a real pro athlete, and if you're reading RunnerClick, you just might be. But their main purpose is to absorb sweat, and in the case of headbands, to absorb it before it gets in your eyes. That's their main purpose in life, and if they're not doing it and doing it well, what's the point? The materials and fabrics used are the main determinant of how much sweat this type of product can absorb. Typically, cotton and other natural fibers are the most absorbent. But those type of fibers also hold on to a lot of sweat and dry really slowly, leaving you with heavy wrists that can hold you down on your run and even affect your form. Our list features ten different products that are made with synthetic fibers or a mix of synthetic and natural, so that they can absorb a lot of sweat and then let it dry, leaving your wrists light and dry.

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Watch For Skin Irritation

When wearing something that's designed to come into contact with your skin and absorb sweat, it's possible that you're going to experience some discomfort toward the end of the day. However, if you notice skin irritation, redness, or an itchy sensation shortly after wearing these, you may be suffering from an allergic reaction.

Not Too Tight!

Obviously, you're going to want to avoid wearing a headband or wristband so loose that it won't stay on. However, the opposite scenario is far worse; too tight of a sweatband can lead to headaches, numbness, and halted blood circulation.

Other Factors to Consider

Value

Have a price point in mind before going shopping. However, keep in mind that quality matters so make sure that you are testing the quality before making your purchase. You wouldn’t want to sacrifice durability to save a quick buck because it might not pay off long term.

Frequently Asked Questions

q: Are the headband and wristband fitting for all sizes?
a:

Most headbands and wristbands are made of a material that has elastic and is made to fit in all shapes of the head and wrist. This means no matter your head shape or wrist size, you need not worry as the bands will fit most sizes. However, depending on how much spandex is in the product might restrict the flexibility of the product. Best to try it on for size first, or look at the sizing guide provided.

q: How comfortable is the sweatband?
a:

That depends mostly on personal preference, and the fabric you’ve chose. A good sweatband needs to be able to wick moisture away, but once that criteria is met, the comfort level will depend on what you like.

q: How long do sweatbands last?
a:

Typically, each product will come with care instructions that you can follow in order to increase the lifespan of the product you are buying. With proper care they should last quite a while; however, they are a sweaty product by nature, so you will probably have to replace these more often than other workout clothing items.

q: What is the importance of having a breathable sweatband?
a:

This means you get to remain calm throughout your workout, as you won’t have to worry about sweat disrupting your training. The more breathable your band is, the better ventilation; so no sticky sweat all over your face or in your eyes.

q: What's the best way to care for sweatbands?
a:

As with all athletic gear made of synthetic materials, it's best to hand wash these in cold water and let them air dry. Placing them in the washing machine and especially the dryer can cause them to shrink which will affect not just the fit but the breathability as well.

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