Recently I had the opportunity to review a headband from Wizbang. Besides having a catchy name, Wizbang is a company that fashions hats and headbands for women and children, based out of Bozeman, Montana. Those of you that know me are probably aware of my love affair with hair paraphernalia of all types. If a headband, hat, or all of the above is not physically on my head, you can rest assured it’s probably within an arm’s length away, especially if I’m doing something active. Needless to say, when Wizbang Head Honcho Kim Scurry asked if I’d be willing to take their new micro-fleece earband for a test spin, I was of course thrilled!
First Impressions: I thought the “Garden Haven” print was really pretty – a bright, funky pattern in what just so happens to be my favorite colors, green and purple. The borders and opposite side are both made out of a super soft white micro-fleece, which feels comfy cozy on my ears. Speaking of ears, this headband is called an “earband” b/c it’s designed to be pulled over the tops of your ears in chilly weather, the same way you would wear a hat. At first I was a little confused about whether I was supposed to wear the earband over the top of my hair (like a hat), or underneath (like a headband). I must not be the only one because Wizband cleverly has an FAQ page that addresses that very issue (along with other good-to-know facts such as sizing and wash/care information). Another thing I noticed was the width of the band – it was perfect! Thick enough that it stayed in placed to do it’s job, but thin enough that it didn’t feel bulky. It would definitely work really well underneath a climbing or biking helmet.
The Test: I threw my new earband into my bag a couple of weekends ago when our family headed north to Triangle Rock Club in Durham, NC for a rather atypical weekend. I was scheduled to do a “Family Craggin'” program and a Tenaya shoe demo at Triangle Rock Club (more on both of those events here), so we took the opportunity to head up a day early so that we could catch up with friends as well as get in a plastic-pulling session at our old stomping grounds. Right now we’re in that weird in-between season where it’s impossible to know how to dress because I need a jacket in the morning, but wish I was in shorts by the afternoon – so it was the perfect chance to see how the earband would perform during varying conditions!
The Verdict: Although I brought along a few other pieces of hair paraphernalia for back-up, I ended up wearing my Wizbang all weekend long! Most impressive about the Wizbang was it’s versatility. It was the perfect accessory as I flitted back and forth between all of my scheduled “events” during the weekend. Functionally, it kept my hair out of my face in the climbing gym, and kept my ears warm on a chilly morning run. And fashionably, it was a cute accessory that (hopefully) hid the fact that I didn’t wash my hair after said run. My Wizbang went with me from coffeeshop to shopping mall, and from live music on the lawn back to the climbing gym again – all in one day! And if that’s not multi-purpose, I don’t know what is! Initially I thought the micro-fleece might cause some flyaway static hair, but by the end of the day, there wasn’t so much as one stray hair out of place! Another cool feature of the earband is that it is reversible – on a cold, snowy day, I can flip it around for some winter-white warmth to frame my face. I’m pretty sure it’ll look equally cute at the crag as well as while sipping some post-climbing hot chocolate!
In the interest of full disclosure, I did receive my Wizbang earband for free, but everything expressed in this review is my unbiased opinion – to be honest I’ve had it on for probably 90% of the time since I first received it…Whether you are looking for a functional piece of headwear at the crag, or a fashionable accent to wear around town, I would wholeheartedly recommend this product to a friend. (And I’ll probably be putting some Wizbang hair paraphernalia on my Christmas list – for both me AND Cragbaby!)
But the best part (for you all anyway!) is that the friendly folks at Wizbang have generously agreed to provided one lucky reader with their very own Wizbang micro-fleece earband! There are a couple of ways you can enter (and and entering more than once IS allowed!). First of all, you can comment on this post – do you consider yourself a “headwear aficionado?” What are your favorite brands/styles? Secondly, you can gain another entry by signing up to receive updates and online specials from Wizbang. (Click here to do so). If you sign up for the Wizbang email, be sure to come back and let me know in the comment field so that I can give you another entry! Best of luck everyone – contest will run through Sunday night! (Oh, and congrats to Jordan D. for winning the Clif Kid Halloween Prize Pack last week!)