Stretchy headgear is a hot trend among runners, fitness bikers, triathletes, and other workout enthusiasts. Bondi Band, founded in 2005, is an active contender in this field, showing up in race expos and finish-line vendor lineups.
Athletes of both genders and all ages are snatching up the lycra headbands, beanies, and compression sleeves in a flash.
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What’s so hot about Bondi Band headbands?
Constructed of stretchy, breathable, wicking lycra / nylon / spandex, Bondi Bands are lightweight and comfortable. The sleek and flat design fits just about any human head. These handy headbands hold bangs and loose hairs away from racers’ faces during athletic activity, even on the windiest days.
Sure, the headbands may make some folks’ ears stick out a bit. But the bands can also be placed over the ears, holding audio headphones in place.
The flat, form-fitting design may not flatter every face, but the practical nature of the product makes it a hit. Plus, they fold and stack nicely for storage.
Wearers of Bondi Bands or similar athletic headbands may find themselves with plastered-down hair after a workout or race. But don’t most athletes head for the showers anyway?
Popular Bondi Band imprints include such slogans as:
- 50 and still kicking.
- Because I can.
- Bike happy.
- Born to run.
- Bring it.
- Gotta run.
- Hot mess.
- I run like a girl.
- No one ever drowned in sweat.
- Running for a cure.
- Stronger than yesterday.
- Sweat is my fat crying.
- Will run for chocolate.
Athletes may choose from blinged-out and patterned Bondi Band designs, such as paisleys, polka dots, stripes, swirls and tie dyes. Custom and personalized Bondi Band imprints are available, such as slogans or names for team uniforms or fund-raising purposes.
Usually priced from $8 to approximately $20, Bondi Bands also come in furry, fleecy, contoured, and skinny braided designs for various styling options and weather conditions.
I purchased my first Bondi band several years ago, and it has held up well to countless launderings (including trips through the dryer). Since then, I have picked up at least a half a dozen more as swag/give-aways at various races. They are handy, and they last.
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Here’s the best part.
Maine-based Bondi Band donates 10 percent of the profits from their product sales to Charity. For 2016, the recipient is the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, a National Cancer Institute affiliated with Boston’s Harvard Medical School.