We have no truck with headband doubters here, so if you took exception to the above suggestion that they are stylish then you can jog on, pal. Headbands are either making a comeback or never went away – whichever it is, they’re definitely in right now. They’re cool, they’re functional and they’re a must for your running wardrobe.
Headbands keep both sweat and hair out of your face, as well as keeping your ears warm come winter time. It’s basically all the benefits of a hat without the overheating problem. Here are some of the best available.
Gore M Headband
This headband has a fleecy lining to keep your noggin warm when running on frosty days, but the material is still lightweight enough to wear year-round to stop sweat dripping into your eyes. The fluorescent yellow colour might be the best pick for visibility fans, but the hibiscus pink is pretty much irresistible in our book.
Buy on Amazon | £19.99
If you’re constantly infuriated by the lack of pockets in running shorts then consider this canny headband, which has a small zipped pocket on the back that’s suited to keys, a card or a parkrun barcode. The band gradually widens from front to back to cover your ears comfortably and is slim enough to fit under a helmet easily if you also use it for cycling.
Buy from Runderwear | £8
Buff R-Blue Dryflx Headband
The classic Buff can be used as a headband as well as a neck warmer, but the large amount of fabric involved means it requires careful folding to not spill down your forehead. The solution is to buy one of Buff’s excellent dedicated headbands, which are made from a quick-drying fabric and have reflective details all the way around for 360° visibility.
Buy on Amazon | £15
Inov-8 All Terrain Wind Resistant Headband
We’re not really sure that any headband needs to be described as “all terrain”, given that your head will ideally make little to no contact with whatever you’re surface you’re running on, but this sleek number from Inov-8 indeed does a stand-up job of keeping the wind off your forehead and ears whether you’re halfway up Scafell Pike or jogging down suburban streets.
Buy from Inov-8 | £15
Kalenji By Night Running Headband
The sides, back and upper hem of this headband have a reflective design, and there’s also a loop on the back to which you can attach a small LED light (not included) if you want to take your night-time visibility to the max.
Buy from Decathlon | £6.99