November 21, 2012
Hilary Achauer was tired of headbands that came off in the middle of a WOD, so she went in search of the perfect headband for CrossFit.
I was in the middle of a surprisingly brutal 20-minute AMRAP of 4 thrusters, 8 toes-to-bars, 12 pistols and 16 double-unders. In the third round, right in the middle of the thrusters, I felt my headband slip back on my head.
By the time I got to the double-unders, the headband had slipped back so far it was about to completely slide off. After I finished the double-unders, I reached up and tore it off in frustration and threw it to the ground. In addition to battling fatigue, I spent the rest of the workout battling my hair.
The discarded headband was not the cheap drugstore variety. It was a $12 headband from Lululemon, a brand that had never failed me before. The headband is lined with silicone, which is supposed to prevent slippage, but it is also adjustable, and that made it slowly slide open as the workout progressed.
After that disastrous workout I made a decision: I would try as many headbands as I could to find the ideal intersection of function, form and price and discover the perfect headband for CrossFit. In CrossFit, we’re all about performance, and it’s hard to chase a PR while choking on your hair.
Now it’s your turn! What headbands did I miss? Which ones do you love—and why? Post replies to comments .