Here in Baltimore, like most places it is getting warm, instant update, it is getting hot! In the summer Baltimore is known for summer days with high humidity and today was on of those days making it a great opportunity to wear test a new piece of gear I bought, the Sweat Gutr (pronouned Sweat Gutter).
I’ve actually known about this product for a few years. My dad would always complain about sweating when he would cut the grass or go bike riding. One Father’s Day a few years ago I saw it in a bike shop and bought him one, he loved it (I did Dads have to like anything you get them for Father’s Day). I had never bought one for myself until a few weeks ago. I ordered it on Amazon, using my prime account, thinking I would get it the next day and I could try it out before an upcoming race. Not so, I haven’t had much luck with the things I’ve order on Amazon Prime, it arrived about a week later. I didn’t have time to give it a good test before the race and testing out new gear during a race is not a good idea, so I didn’t use it.
When it arrived I took it out of the heavy envelope it arrived in. It smelled a little funny, I think it was because it is all rubber. I looked over the instructions quickly on how to adjust it to your head and how to wear it. The manufacturer recommends about a finger space above the eyebrows. It is very easy to adjust with velcro tabs and elastic bands to keep it tight against your forehead which is key. On the front there is actually a gutter that catches the sweat a then lets it flow back towards your ears and is suppose to keep the sweat out of your eyes.
So many times when I am running or biking I am removing my sunglasses to wipe my forehead, usually with my shirt, or rub my eyes because sweat is getting in them. The last thing you need when you are running is more discomfort. Today Picky Runner and KBT invited me to go for a bike ride and I thought it would a great time to try out the Sweat Gutr. I’ll admit it doesn’t look all that stylish, but I was hoping it would work. It took a little bit of adjusting on my head to get it under my helmet and not interfere with the temple part of my sunglasses. (The temple is the piece that rest on your ear, I actually had to look up what it was called). After it was adjusted we were off and riding, we rode some pretty hilly sections of the city, at a decent pace for about 28 miles, the sweat was pouring off of us, but not into my face! Surprising the Sweat Gutr really did work and it was comfortable to wear. I only adjusted once during the ride when it was bothering my ear, but that could have also been the sunglasses. It was great that I didn’t need to keep removing my sunglasses while riding to wipe away the sweat. At a stop light near the finish Picky Runner said she could actually see a salt line where the sweat was being channeled away.
I didn’t stop the wear test there, after all I am on day #231 of my run streak and I hadn’t ran yet today. Would it hold up the same during the run, with more bouncing and movement? It was really starting to heat up it was almost 12:30 and near 90 degrees by the time I hit the pavement to run, we had stopped for breakfast as well. The Sweat Gutr held up during my run just as good. In the pictures below you can actually see the sweat being channeled away from my face. I did have one sweat droplet make it past the Sweat Gutr but that could have been that is was full. I recommend angling it slightly to the rear of your head to help the sweat move out of the gutter. When I tilted my head back I could feel the sweat moving away and down the side of my head.
With something that is going to get covered in sweat you want to make sure you keep it clean and since it is all rubber that is easy to do as well. After I was done I simply ran it under the water with some soap and laid it on the counter to dry.
Overall this a great product if you are looking for a way to keep your eyes and face free of sweat, I would definitely recommend it to anyone. Amazon has it listed for between $10-$123, I have no idea who would pay $123 for this, I bought mine for $16 and the Sweat Gutr website has it listed for $19.99. It is definitely worth $20 and will be the last headband you need to buy.
Sweat Gutr Rating: 5 Veggies out of 5 Veggies
Do you have a problem with sweat when you are running? How do you deal with it? Let me know your thoughts!
-Veggie Fueled Runner