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So a little over a month ago, DB asks if I am willing to product test some items. With my desire to make my running habit revenue-neutral, and with much of my running gear reaching the end of its life span, I said 'Yes'. The products I will be reviewing are a headband and a running belt. My running belt is starting to show its age, and I almost always carry it with me on a run. So that is perfect. But, I have never run with a headband. However, I am a bigger guy, and I wear glasses, so keeping sweat out of my eyes is an ongoing issue. I constantly see DB run with sparkly pink headbands and neon pink belts, so I am slightly concerned about being outfitted in something similar. But, I am promised 'guy-friendly' colors for both items.
DB then tells me the name of the company is “Hippie Runner Funktional Runwear". Immediately I think, “Um, won’t a hemp headband be itchy?”. Let's find out, shall we?
I ran wearing the headband and the belt on several short runs 3-6 miles and 2 long runs 9+ miles. I have to say that any apprehension I had about a headband quickly disappeared. It took me a little while to get used to having the headband on, but it did its job well. Even in the extreme heat and humidity of Florida, I had very little sweat dripping into my eyes.
Now to the running belt, this thing is amazing! As a guy, I love pockets! This belt has two. I am always paranoid of losing my keys while trying to fish something out of the belt I currently own. But this one has a separate small pocket, or as I like to call it- “The separate key pocket to keep me from constantly checking to make sure my car key is still with me”. The larger pocket easily accepted my iPhone plus two sleeves of my favorite running fuel.
As mentioned before, I am not a twig. I am a larger guy, so I have a protrusion around my mid section and I bounce when I run. This belt held snug. Let me say that again. The belt held snug. This thing is made very well. Solid elastic strapping, adjustable length, a sturdy clasp, secure elastic loops to hold gels or sleeves of your preferred fuel, and a very handy method of attaching race bibs. Hippie Runner provides two zip-tie like devices, but they are reusable and much sturdier than what you think of when you think of a zip ties. I found these easier to use than the elastic cord and toggle based option on my current belt.
The aptly-named "Go Belt" held both my iPhone and my fuel in place. I didn’t even notice the belt was there. A big improvement over my current belt that does bounce, not to mention the key issue discussed earlier. In case you were wondering, the headbands or running belts are made of a very stretchy nylon/lycra fabric- no hemp in sight.
Other things I like:
Running gear can get very pricey, but Hippie Runner is looking out for you. $5 for print or solid headbands, $7 for slogan headbands and LESS than $20 for a belt!
Broad selection of colors, prints, and slogans. You are sure to find something.
Finally, products are Made in the USA, right in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Now for the the giveaway info:
- Up for grabs is a BELT and MATCHING HEADBAND in the groovy "Fanciful Flowers" print. (Pictured)
- Enter using the rafflecopter below.
- Giveaway runs: June 24 through June 30 midnight.
- Winner will be announced July 1.
- We will only ship your prize to a US or US military address.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received one headband and one racebelt mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. All opinions stated are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”