A simple, lightweight and comfortable microfleece headband for cooler days.
One size fits all
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The Proviz Reflect360 running headband is made with a microfleece inner lining, which makes it soft and comfortable. The design is shaped to cover the ears, which means that it can be worn in early spring and well into autumn, when the temperatures fall and extremities like ears can get cold, as well as in mid summer, when you need a sweatband. This versatility is what earns it a place on our list of the best running hats.
The headband utilises the Proviz signature REFLECT360, which is highly reflective and shines super brightly when a beam – such as vehicle lights – hits it at night, again making it an invaluable safety belt when the evenings and mornings are darker, even if you're running with a headlamp.
The REFLECT360 is used in the logos at the back and front. The fabric is ‘sweat wicking’, however, so it is useful in the warmer months, when things get hot and sticky. There is only one size, but it is highly stretchy to fit all head sizes.
On the trails
Simple, plain looking but highly practical, the Proviz headband is easy to wear and fits very comfortably. It is narrower at the forehead and deeper at the rear of the head, and fits neatly over the ears. Most importantly from a practical point of view, it stays in place while I’m running and fits snugly over my trail running sunglasses.
I have a medium sized head, so it is ideal for me. I think it would be fine for smaller and larger heads but if you have a much smaller than average head it might slip down while running and if you have a lot of wild hair it might not keep that in place. I did find some strands of my long hair escaped the headband because it is not that tight on the head.
The fabric is lightweight and lightly fleece lined, which is fine for cooler days. It is not heavy or thick enough to keep the wind out in winter cold temperatures. In fact, the wind whips through the fabric.
Proviz say the fabric is sweat wicking. In reality, I think what happens is that the sweat is able to soak into the fabric and evaporate easily because it is a breathable material.
The reflective logos are excellent, and as the name suggests this is the most important and the best part of the headband. If you are running at night near traffic, the light beams of a vehicle will easily pick you out. It would be good to see more of this reflective detail around the headband, however, and not just at the front and the back.
Fiona Russell is a widely published adventure journalist and blogger, who is better known as Fiona Outdoors. She is based in Scotland and is an all-round outdoors enthusiast with favourite activities including trail running, mountain walking, mountain biking, road cycling, triathlon and skiing, both downhill and back country. Her target for 2021 is to finish the final nine summits in her first round of all 282 Munros, the Scottish mountains of more than 3,000ft high. Aside from being outdoors, Fiona's biggest aim is to inspire others to enjoy the great outdoors, especially through her writing. She is also rarely seen without a running skort! Find out more at Fiona Outdoors (opens in new tab).
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