Halo II Headband

Priced: $12.95 Rated:   - 4 stars out of 5 by 38 reviews.
Halo II Headband
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Tired of stinging sweat getting in your eyes? The Halo II headband's patented design makes burning eyes a thing of the past!

Made in USA.


  • Trim one-size fit easily accomodates helmets and hats


  • Double-layer Dryline® fabric is durable, lightweight and designed to draw perspiration to headband surface for quick evaporation

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  • Water-tight seal at brow line directs sweat and suncreen away from eyes preventing discomfort and temporary loss of vision!
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Fabric:63% nylon/23% polyester/14% Lycra spandex
Hat style:Headband
Head circumference:21 - 23
Moisture wicking:Yes
Quick drying:Yes
Sun-protective fabric:No
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Halo II Headband Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

100 Miles in 100F Heat? No Sweat.

When I exercise, I sweat. A lot. It's no different wity cycling. Once I get warmed-up, sweat gets into my eyes, on my sunglasses, and just gets everywhere.

I've tried really expensive sunglasses with sweat diverters. I've carefully adjusted the padding on my helmet to direct sweat away from my eyes. I've even worn a do-rag under my helmet. Let me tell you, those $150 sunglasses just don't work, the padding gets soaked in minutes, and the do-rag not only looks goofy, but it only works until the first climb.

At first, I wasn't too pleased with the Halo II sweatband. My hair looked like Derek Zoolander's, my helmet fit funny, and after about an hour, the band started to bother my ears, where they attached to my head.

However, I perfected Zoolander's Magnum, which helped a lot. Also, when you put on your helmet, loosen it all the way, then tighten it after you put it on your head. This will ensure the headband doesn't slip down off your brow or crush your ears.

Yeah, at first, you don't get the rush of cool air on your forehead, but after a couple hours on the bike, it's unnoticable. The band gets so soaked with sweat that it feels cool and comfortable. And yeah, when you take the headband off, you get a crease on your forehead from temple to temple.

But you also don't get buckets of sweat blinding you on a climb or sweat-stained sunglasses that make those puckering descents more interesting.

I wish they made the band more breatable, but that's just a nitpick. No sweat in my eyes after a few hundred miles makes this a keeper, especially at the price.
Johnnie at REI on 08/08/2012

Only product that works!

I have about 3 or 4 Headsweats CoolMax Shorty Hat products, and while they are ok, they really only last for about 30 min before becoming saturated with sweat and that sweat winds up in your eyes. The problem stems from the fact that unless you are riding at least 15-20mph there will not be enough air flow through your helmet to facilitate the sweat from evaporating. I mountain bike, as a result I am often going between 5-10mph off road.

The Halo on the other hand doesnt cover your whole head so you actually sweat less as a result and it has a rubber type band on the inside of the thing that channels sweat away to the outer sides of your face. When you suspect sweat is going to start dripping, tilt your head to either side. I love this thing! Every 45min to 1 hour, take your helmet off and ring it out, your good to go again. The inner band "could" be a "little thicker", as a result I gave this thing 4 stars.
Probie1kenobi at REI on 09/09/2011


I bike about four mornings a week and hit about 60 miles across those four rides. Now that it is hot out I've been sweating more. I'm not the type that sweats through shirts or shorts, I just sweat on my head. As a result, I quickly sop through the little pad on the front of my helmet and then spend the rest of my ride with sweat stinging my eyes, and dripping onto my sunglasses and off my nose. It's tough to constantly try to wipe your face while biking.

Granted I only did a 10 mile ride this AM (but I live in DC and it is hot and humid so a good test ride for dealing with sweat), but the Halo headband completely eliminated this problem. My face and sunglasses remained completely dry! And as an added plus, the designers were plainly aware that this is for warm weather and so it is thin enough that I didn't feel like my head was getting warm.
golby at REI on 07/07/2010

No More Eye-Burn

It gets hot in Atlanta. When it gets hot, I sweat. When I sweat, it gets in my eyes and it really burns. At the beginning of the summer, I could barely finish my rides because I couldn't see. I needed a solution that worked. I looked at the other product.... gutter guard, but wasn't convinced, so I went to REI and bought this Halo sweatband (actually bought two, one for me and one for my son). I used this headband all summer with temperatures hitting as high as 98F. My son and I won't go cycling without this headband. Does a great job keeping the sweat out of my eyes. No more of that blinding burning. I love this thing. For durability, note that I do handwash after every ride and let it air dry as the rubber piece looks like it may not hold up well with a lot of machine washing/drying.
Ken W at REI on 09/09/2011

Works As Advertised

I sweat profusely whenever I exercise/bike. My eyes would sting when my sweat got into them until I discovered this godsend. Now, I can ride without worry. This product works as advertised. All my sweat rolls off my forehead and to the back of my head. My brother doesn't like it so much because he's showered by my sweat. He says he can see the sweat forming into a drop and then it flies off the back of my head and unfortunately, onto him most of the time. The only negative comment I have is that 1 of the 5 HALOs I have didn't wear so well in my washer. The rubber padding started to crack. It might have been my fault though because I used to put my gloves and headbands into the dryer. Now that I just wash them and let them air dry, they've been fine for the last two years.
man910 at REI on 06/06/2008


I sweat a ridiculous amount when I teach my spinning classes. It was getting so bad that I had trouble focusing on the class because the sweat was dripping into my eyes. After some research, I decided to try this headband and I LOVE it. Don't get me wrong, I still sweat and still have to use a towel to dry my face, but there is no sweat dripping into my eyes and the amount of sweat on my face has lessened quite a bit. After my class, I wash it out and hang it to dry (note-it takes a while to dry...I recommend over night). I will be buying a second one soon!
KSpringer at REI on 05/05/2013

I love having my own personal "HALO"

This works very well - keeps perspiration out of eyes and off eyeglasses!I sweat like a pig to say it straightforward and I could never find anything that kept the perspiration off my eyes and my eyeglasses. When I am doing long training or endurance events, the perspiration gets bad, smears and makes it hard to see - eyeglasses get all gummed up. I recently did a half marathon and lost my own little "Halo" even though I am no angel and I called all over to find one. I don't do any training or races or half marathons without it. This is the BEST! Really works - be sure to wash it occasionally
John walking machine at REI on 10/10/2007

Best Headband EVER!

I bought the original Halo 1 over a year ago and I absolutely swear by it. I was thrilled to find the Halo 2 recently, as I wanted a backup. This one is even better! Wicking material seems thicker and more durable on the Halo 2. I wear this thing every single time I go for a run (typically 6+ miles) and it definitely keeps the sweat out of my eyes, even here in a hot and fairly humid climate. Yes, sometimes the headband will soak through and yes, there is a solution: 1)Remove the headband and squeeze out the moisture; 2) Replace the headband. Really, folks... It's not rocket science.
PecosKid at REI on 03/03/2011

Works well till it's soaked

I won't repeat all the good things that have been said about this great product that's made right here, in the US.
But there is one thing that has not been mentioned. This product is made of a neoprene kind of material and it takes a very long time to dry out.
I wouldn't throw it in the dryer as it may damage the rubber band, so I have to air-dry it. I make sure I squeeze out all the moisture I can and then hang it out to dry.
Allow at least 5 to 6 hours to dry out.
Namche Nomad at REI on 08/08/2012

Works Until It Gets Soaked

Works better than my normal skull or headbands, but it does eventually get saturated and allows some sweat to get to your glasses when riding. It is better than a normal headband and I am going to order a second one so when it does get soaked I can change it out. Similar problem with normal headbands, but the Halo is thinner and last longer. I thought about buying the Guter headband, but the reviews are not favorable for wide heads like mine (the gutter is not wide enough to channel the sweat away).
technojerry at REI on 11/11/2009

Negative Reviews:

What is the hype?

After reading all the hype of how great this headband was, I purchased one. I noticed very little difference between this and the 100% cotton headband that I had previously been wearing. I went out on a 35 mile trek and with-in say 1 hr sweat was pouring down my face, as the headband was totally soaked. So I'd stop, squeezed it out and continue riding.
I even used the headband in my yard while doing work and it was the same thing. Once the head band reaches its saturation point, it's in your face!
Cartman the cyclist at REI on 06/06/2013

very disappointed

The last few weeks have been hot and humid around here so I bought a Halo headband to wear while bikeing. I used it for the first time yesterday and it seemed to work for the first 35 or 40 minutes of my ride. But once the headband became saturated sweat started streaming down my face and dripping onto my sunglasses. Worse still the headband seemed to direct much of the flow down the right side of my forehead and into my right eye. Once it soaked thru it was worse than without the headband.
BDtP at REI on 08/08/2010


Bought this yesterday based on all the positive comments here. Rode this morning in humid weather, after 1 hour my sunglasses were coated with sweat and my eyes were stinging. I noticed no benefit from the strip that's supposed to funnel sweat away. Took it off, squeezed it out, and put it in my pocket, probably never to be used again.
wazmo at REI on 06/06/2012

Nice While It Lasted....

This was nice for about a year... then the yellow strip started cracking all over, rendering it's great function useless. It's just another sweatband now.
erth at REI on 08/08/2011

Neutral Reviews:

Works good, but....

This thing works well. It keeps the annoying sweat off your face and keeps the sunscreen out of your eyes. The only bad part is that the silicone line on the inside of the band will leave an inentation on your forehead for hours after you take it off.
highwire at REI on 06/06/2010