When I first started running I always went topless, no not the kind of topless where I could supplement my income with cash tips, topless as in no hat. But living in Arizona with our 320+ days of sunshine meant constantly wiping stinging sweat out of my eyes during my runs and listening to constant nagging on my annual visit to the dermatologist about the dangers of sun exposure to runners. Having been raised in a cold weather state I learned early on that heat escapes from the top of your head and the necessity of covering your head to hold as much heat in as possible, so now I needed a way to shade my face but not block heat from escaping from my head.
My First Visor
As silly as this sounds I didn’t take this decision lightly, mostly because I never liked visors. Perhaps it was the fact I grew up hunting and fishing and being a redneck, rednecks don’t wear visors. Maybe it was because after college I joined my first country club and the biggest jerks at the club all wore visors so I learned to equate visors with jerks. I don’t know for sure what it was but for me to wear a visor was like Larry the Cable Guy wearing Speedos, it was way out of place and uncomfortable to look at.
But I started wearing my visor on every run (removing it immediately if I saw someone I knew out of the trail) and actually started to get used to not wiping sweat out of my eyes every minute. After several months my first visor was finally getting broken in to the shape of my head, or maybe it was getting broken down. To keep the headband in shape the visor seemed to have a thin piece of cardboard in it, each time it would get wet from sweat it would reshape and feel more comfortable until it dried into a new shape before the next run. And there was little or no sweat absorption, there were many runs where I ran to the rhythm of sweat dripping off the end of my visor. Not one to give up so easily I soon became the proud owner of half a dozen visors in my attempt to find one that was comfortable and would absorb sweat instead of just rerouting it.
My most recent visor is ok…not good, not great, just ok. My two biggest complaints are the bill lets light from my headlamp seep through the mesh holes so it’s like constantly running under 170 lumen twinkling stars and when my visor gets really wet (as it does on every run longer than 1 ½ hours) it starts to stretch and I have to readjust it. So I went searching for the best possible visor I could find.
Headsweats© Super Duty Supervisor
In a sport where we can spend $400 for a gps watch, $150 for a hydration vest and $120 for a pair of shoes it seems silly to make a big deal out of a $22 visor…but I really like this visor! How many of us have spent hundreds of dollars to upgrade our gps watch or hydration vest only to think it’s not any better that what we were already using? When I wore my Headsweats© Super Duty Supervisor for the first time I felt like I had found my Holy Grail of running visors.In the Super Duty Supervisor, Headsweats© increased the COOLMAX® terry sweatband to 2 inches to offer ultimate perspiration absorption and wicking. With superior moisture management technology they’ve made it easier to prevent sweat blindness on even the hottest days. I can attest to all of this, I recently wore my Headsweats© Super Duty Supervisor for more than 77 miles at Javelina Jundred in Fountain Hills, Arizona on a day where temperatures exceeded 90°. Weighing much less than 2 ounces I didn’t even know I had a visor on as it kept sweat out of my eyes and the black undervisor reduced glare throughout the day.
Like other visors I’ve worn the Super Duty Supervisor is “one size fits all”. But where Headsweats© makes a difference is they don’t use a heavy cloth band with Velcro straps, they use a 1 5/8” elastic band to make the Super Duty Supervisor feel like a custom fit and to help eliminate unnecessary weight.
Another feature I like about the Super Duty Supervisor is the black undervisor, I mentioned it above how it reduces glare (think baseball players rubbing that black stuff under their eyes on bright sunny days), it also blocks out the light seeping through from my headlamp and gives me a glare free field of vision regardless if I’m wearing my glasses or my contacts at night.Super Duty Supervisor features
- COOLMAX® fabric shell
- 2” COOLMAX® fabric terry headband
- Lightweight design
- INVISTA® certified UPF sun protection
- Black undervisor to reduce glare
- Machine washable
- 100% Guarantee
Custom DesignsThe Headsweats© website makes it easy for you to pick out visor and/or hat styles and add your own custom logos and designs. Though not practical for individuals (minimum orders quantity is 36) it’s great for running clubs, races and other teams. All Headsweats© products that I’ve seen are of the highest quality and a great way to show off your club or race.
Super Duty Supervisor to me equals maximum sweat absorption and maximum comfort when running in our hot Arizona sun. If you run in the sun a lot or a humid part of the country you’ll also get maximum benefits from the Super Duty Supervisor. There have been many times I’ve rushed out the door to run only to find out at the trailhead I forgot my handheld bottle or my gps watch, but I never forget my Headsweats© Super Duty Supervisor! I can’t think of a better item to purchase in this price range for yourself or any runner in your life. Headsweats© products can be purchased at most local specialty running stores (usually with the store logo on them which is cool) or you can learn more about Headsweats© products and purchase directly from their website at www.headsweats.com.