I find it interesting to learn how certain businesses come about. The Headsweats story is like many…it came about from a need.
Headsweats was founded in 1998 by shoe industry veteran and obsessed cyclist, Alan Romick. Frustrated by heavy sweat blindness, migrating sunscreen, and odd sunburn pattern on his head through his helmet, he set out to develop headgear that worked. Encouraged by the constant feedback within the local cycling community, he took the best attributes of what was available and improved on them. Alan started with one product — The Cotton Classic.
After appearing on a Tour de France rider on the front of the New York Times sports section, the secret was out and soon Headsweats were seen on athletes running in and winning Ironman Kona, The Head of the Charles Regatta, countless marathons and bike races around the world.
Recently Headsweats sent me a couple of products to test out. The first was their Super Duty Shorty do-rag. It comes in a variety of designs and colors to fit your mood or match your kit. This unisex cycling cap is thin enough to fit comfortably under your helmet, yet thick enough to keep sweat out of your eyes. The caps are made of Eventure™ knit fabric which is lightweight and breathable. A terry sweatband keeps sweat from stinging your eyes or spotting your sunglasses.
The Super Duty Shorty is well made and durable. It looks great and holding up well after several washings. There’s no fading or sign of wear. The solid color caps are $20 and the patterned ones are $24.
The second item from Headsweats is their Ultra Band. These too come in a variety of colors and patterns. I tested out the pink camo. It’s basically a long tube of stretchy material and is extremely versatile. It can be worn in a variety of ways and for different activities. Ideal for cycling, running, hiking or skiing and can be worn as a neck gator, headband, facemask, or do-rag. Wear it alone or under your cycling helmet. The wicking fabric is soft and quick drying.
The Ultra Bands are $24 each and you are sure to find one that fits your personality. Both the Super Duty Shorty cap and the Ultra Bands are one size fits most.
Sheri Rosenbaum regularly contributes articles and reviews products for RBR. She’s an avid recreational roadie who lives in the Chicago area and a major advocate for women's cycling, serving on the board of directors and volunteering with the Dare2tri Paratriathlon Club. Click to read Sheri's full bio.