You will not see many product reviews by me. Why?
- Because most products do not do what they advertise. They do not do it as well, as reliably or as consistently as manufacturers and promoters say.
- Because data provided about the efficacy of product comes from their own studies and not independent well controlled research. So, of course their study says their product out-performs others. Duh! This is especially true of energy drinks, bars, gooey things etc. It is also true of medical treatment modalities (if your tool is a hammer everything looks like a nail).
- Because the placebo effect is far stronger than anyone believes. If a big name says it’s so, then it must be so! “It has to work if Lance or Tiger or Barry say so!” Belief in a product – regardless of the reason – creates a mindset that is blind to objectivity.
- Because what works for one person very often does not for another person. It’s an opinion and no more. The variations in our personal preferences are too wide to have any product help everyone.
- Because it often reflects a trend or fad (i.e. barefootie-type shoes). I’ve never been one to jump on those boats early.
- Because some items are about fashion and keeping up the the Joneses. I won’t give an example in light of that I will offend someone out there. Though sometimes it is nice to look attractive while sweating your ass off in 110F degrees in the desert.
- And finally, because most people writing reviews have something at stake. That is, they get freebies, kick-backs, royalties or whatever by saying how great the product is and promoting the product. Like when Brooks wanted to sponsor me and required me only to wear, talk about, promote and get people to only wear Brooks. For the handsome reward of the equivalent of 2 pairs of running shoes and a few minor freebies. What a deal!
And with that I’m going to give you a product review! It is nice when you come across something and on a whim you try it – and it works. I’m a skeptic by nature when it comes to products (very unlikely that Placebo effects are at work) I think mostly because I have been so disappointed overt so many years of trying things. Unless I try it and it really works, it is just hearsay.
I was in Sole Sports (yup a plug and yup something in it for me – so there – full disclosure) getting my new running shoes and as always, I walk out with a handful of other items. One such item is the Halo Headband.
I don’t care for hats when I run (personal opinion). I like my head to breathe (personal preference). I hate sweat running into my eyes – especially with sunblock of some kind – yikes! (And those manufacturers of sun blocks who say theirs don’t run – lie.)
The Halo Sweatband has a small yellow ridge across the forehead region of the band on the inside surface. This is what caught my attention. They advertise that it wicks moisture away from the front so that it doesn’t drip in your face once the band gets saturated. This is a common problem with sweat bands. So intrigued was I that I bought one (I think it was $12.95). Lo and behold after my first run – I realized it works. It works! The headband was soaked but not dripping in my eyes! How cool is that? (Single testimonial – not scientific.)
There is another point I want to make here. I wear sunglasses when I run and so I don’t necessarily need, want or like a visor too. Now for those who like caps, visors or the like and like to have that lid over their eyes – this product is not for you. (See not all products work for all people.) Though I haven’t tried them, I think you would be well off trying Halo’s hat and visor line with the same technology. (No basis whatsoever to plug.)
For the fashionably conscious the Halo Headbands come in teal, purple, pink and more colors. (So you can look attractive sweating in 110F degrees.)
Now, if only Halo would pick up on this blog and send me a free sample – I really want one of their Halo Solar Bandanas – looks perfect for desert trail running.