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Sweaty Bands: The headband that trumps all headbands

September 5, 2015

I was introduced to Donna Browning, founder of Sweaty Bands, during the Corona Light Wide Open beach volleyball tour back in 2009. Meeting her was a delight… she radiates positive energy and she’s just one of those people who you want to be around! What Donna didn’t know at the time, is that her products literally increased the enjoyment factor on ever single workout. 

Increase your workout enjoyment

Let me explain… up until my first workout with a Sweaty Band, I had struggled with taming my mane while sweating. Have you ever been in the middle of an intense workout and had your hair completely in your face? So annoying. So distracting. When your hair is out of the way, it’s one less outside factor to worry about so you can focus on your workout and having fun! I’ve tried it all – expensive lululemon headbands, cheap drugstore headbands, even pre-wrap headbands. 

The Pre-Wrap Headband

During my college volleyball days, the only thing that would keep my hair out of my face and from distracting me during practice and games was a DIY pre-wrap headband. Pre-wrap is a thin, foam-like material used by trainers and physical therapists as a barrier between skin and athletic tape. Its slightly tacky feel allows it to double as a no-slip headband. Soccer player Alex Morgan has made these pretty glam but back at Santa Clara University, we often only had the flesh colored pre-wrap to use for our headband needs.


There are two major problems with pre-wrap headbands. 

1) You have to make a knot at the base of your head to secure the pre-wrap headband. This always results in a few strands getting stuck in the knot and when it’s time to remove said headband, these strands are removed from you head as well. If you want bangs in the back of your head, this is a good option. For the rest of us, no bueno! 

2) Pre-wrap color choices, although better than they used to, are limited. Forget about prints. You are stuck with team colors. 

Enter the magical, ultimate problem solving headband.. the Sweaty Band.

Why Sweaty Bands are awesome:

  1. Sweaty Bands DO NOT SLIP. Period. The inside of the headband is lined with velvet and the thin elastic band at the base allows for the perfect angle to keep slippage at bay. sweaty bands
  2. Style Points. Sweaty Bands have always been super cute, but in the last few years, they have really stepped up their design game. Check out their website and sort through their hundreds of options! 
  3. Awesome team behind the brand. Team Sweaty Bands has an awesome leader Donna Browning and if you take a look at their instagram, you can see that everyone who works at Sweaty Bands really lives the brand! From team boot camp to yoga sessions at the office, they get it. 

So now you know why they are awesome! Here are all the ways I use them..

  • Biking: I always wear a Sweaty Band under my helmet to keep things under control, especially when we bike past a cool brewery and want to stop for a beer! No helmet hair here! 


  • Yoga: Not sure what it is about yoga, but if I don’t have a Sweaty Band, I turn into a frizzy mess. My go-to hairstyle while yoga-ing is a french braid with a Sweaty Band. That way, I can lay on my back, go into headstand, and do whatever other crazy bendy poses without having hair distraction. 


  • Spin Class: Even though you don’t have to deal with the wind factor when taking the cycling indoor, the sweat factor is strong! Sweaty hair is always better when it’s contained under an attractive Sweaty Band.


  • Crossfit: I dabbled in Crossfit for awhile and let me tell you, burpies & jump roping play havic with your hair. And since most Crossfit workouts are timed, you don’t want to waste precious time by having to re-do your ponytail. My go to: high pony with Sweaty Band. 


  • Running: I usually wear a hat while running outside (stay sun safe, people!) but I always wear a Sweaty Band under my hair. Similar reasons as why I wear a Sweaty Band under my helmet when biking.


  • Skiing: Notice a theme here? I like to wear Sweaty Bands under other types of head devices. What comes after a long day on hill? Après-ski, that’s what! I used to carry a touque (Canadian for beanie) while skiing to be lunch or après-ski ready, however touques take up precious space in your jacket or pants but now I rock a Sweaty Band under my helmet. Problem solved! 
  • Work: I’m usually running from a workout or rushing off to a workout. My hair isn’t something I usually spend a ton of time on. When I put my hair in a low pony and throw a Sweaty Band on top, I hopefully look a little bit more put together than I actually am. 
  • Extra-curricular: For all those other times you just can’t be bothered with hair in your face and you want a cute head accessory! 



So you’re convinced! You have to try Sweaty Bands! Get your own Sweaty Band & save 15%


Food, Gear

Local San Diego Treasures & Treats

June 25, 2015

Tyler and I love discovering the local brands that inhabit San Diego County. In addition to the hundreds of amazing breweries, SD is beaming with awesome brands that embody the laid back, healthful, and socially conscious lifestyle that is so prevalent in the area. Because Tyler and I both work for local brands, we love to support fellow California-based brands. I am stoked to share two great local brands who’s products I was actually fortunate enough to win in an instagram contest! 

Treasure: STRGHT skateboards// Headquartered in Vista, Ca, STRGHT skateboards are handmade and focus on classic and vintage board shapes and modern innovations. My STRGHT board (pictured) features hand etched multi-layer artwork that will last a lifetime. The texture of the artwork acts as grip tape. No more replacing grip, or having ugly dirt spots from your shoes after you ride. Watch how these boards are handmade here: video.

Treat: Perfect Bar // Headquartered in San Diego, Perfect Bar is a family operation that focuses on high-quality, whole-food ingredients. Each bar contains 20 superfoods so you can be certain you are getting a perfect dose of vitamins and minerals. Because Perfect Bars contain organic honey, you will find these bars in the refrigerator section. I can usually only eat a half a bar at a time because they are so incredibly dense and packed with natural sugar. If I’m prepping for a huge bike ride, a whole bar is awesome. Portion control is key with these bars! 


Cheers to local San Diego treasures and treats. 

Cheers to #NeverLastRun

Gear, Hike

Salewa Firetail EVO Mid GTX Hiking Boot Review

June 4, 2015

Our last backpacking adventure through the Sierras brought us into new areas, and brought my feet into new hiking boots. This is my Salewa Firetail EVO Mid GTX Hiking Boot review.

Getting new hiking boots can be a trying experience. Since everyone’s feet are different, it’s hard to base your decision solely on reviews. So I did mine based on reviews, and how awesome the website is! 

I received the Salewa Firetail EVO Mid GTX Hiking Boots on a Tuesday, thinking that I could then wear them a few days prior to our trip in order to soften them in. The moment I put them on, I knew those “breaking in days” were not going to be required.

Salewa Firetail EVO Mid GTX Hiking Boot Review

Right off the bat, you’ll find that the Firetail Evo is incredibly light. Compared to most boots I have owned and tried, these ones are among the lightest. Lightweight does not mean a compromise of strength, rigidity, or features.

The boot comes with a standard width insole installed, but can be replaced by a narrow foot insole that removes some volume. I have a wide foot, but for fun I swapped out the insoles to see what it would feel like. It wasn’t the right fit for me (I have a D almost EE), but I can see how those with a C and under width might require it.

The Salewa Firetail Evo uses material from all the brands you would expect from a high performance boot. The Gore-Tex® membrane will keep you dry, and the Vibram® sole will keep you in check on those wet or loose rocks/roots.

 Salewa Firetail EVO Mid GTX Hiking Boot Review

The shape of the boot is very different from traditional hiking styles. With the laces almost coming to the base of your toes, you can really fine tune the fit. I wasn’t really too sure on the color at first, but it has grown on me (I am usually a more black and white can of guy). 

Salewa Firetail EVO Mid GTX Hiking Boot Review

 Our 25 mile loop in the Sierras had us in many different weather systems, perfect for testing equipment. We had to ford rivers and waist deep snow, we got caught in hail storms, and it snowed every night. The boot performed perfectly. Although they did get a little wet by the end of the trip, I didn’t think any other boot wouldn’t have. 

This was my first purchase from Salewa, and I certainly can’t wait for my next.

Gear, Triathlon

Sprint Tri Packing List

May 6, 2015

Leading up to last weekend’s sprint triathlon, I had a few panic-infused, gear-related dreams where I forgot key items. These dreams were the worst part of the whole ordeal, way more mentally taxing than the training! I must have been especially concerned about forgetting my super rad goggles because  I knew they would give me the extra courage (via style points, obviously. ha.) that I would need to get through my first open water swim.

Alas, nothing was forgotten and things went smoothly. I did, however, rely on a packing checklist that I used while gathering my things the night before and also that I reviewed morning of for peace of mind. It really took the anxiety out of the whole packing experience and set me up for success day of. I was also super pumped that I packed essential items for post-race like a brush and body wipes so I could go from finish line to brunch & celebratory mimosas quite easily.  

Please let us know if I’m missing anything! CLICK HERE for a printable checklist.