Never mind smoke, wait ’til sweat gets in your eyes. Tears, according to the song that became popular even before Nike manufactured its first-ever shoe, you cannot hide.
Nothing gets you off your rhythm as having to stop in the middle of the run because of burning and stinging sensations in your eyes caused by sweat. And with no water in sight, relief would have to wait at the next water station or even at the finish line.
Most running caps and visors have sweat bands that minimize if not stop sweat from getting into your eyes. But if you were to choose between buying a visor or a running cap, get a visor. Ironman Noy Jopson says he prefers a visor because he can pour water on his head and the heat dissipates easily.
But for heavy sweaters like me, the sweat blocking feature of Halo head gear is really magical. I use a Halo tie even if I wear running caps and have never had sweat getting into my eyes, which used to immobilize me in my runs.
Halo is a company started by Nick Holslag and his partner, two competitive athletes who wanted to solve the problem of sweat getting into their eyes. After two years of research and testing, they came up with Halo’s distinctive Sweat Block Technology, a seal that channels sweat to the side of your face.
“The seal actually channels sweat to the sides, out of your face, even if it becomes saturated. It worked so well we were amazed. We had everyone we know from amateur to professional athletes try it out. The response was great. They loved it as much as we did. It was so good that we decided to patent the technology. The Halo Headband was born and is now the best headband on the market today,” Holslag said in the company’s website.
Halo products, however, are a bit more expensive than your regular headgear. They range from P500 to more than P1,000, depending on the model. They are exclusively sold in Cebu at Runnr in Ayala Center Cebu.