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Nov 19, 2011

Headsweats Thermal Reversible Beanie review and GIVEAWAY!

Cross training today - I did 10 miles on the bike and weights as well.


The kind folks over at Headsweats sent me their Thermal Reversible Beanie so I could do a review.  I figured if I'm going to do a review on a hat, why not do it on something that I know I'll be using over the next several months.  While some of you live in an area what will never need a beanie of this weight(you can get ones for hot weather too), many of us will have to use a beanie if they don't want to freeze!

Here's a picture of what I was sent:
Coolmax side 
Tag I removed
fleece side
One can see right from the time you open it that the quality is there.  This is a well made beanie.  I have some other beanies that are just not made as well.  One was even falling apart at the stitching.  You can tell from this, it will continue to give you years of performance.

So as the name says, it's reversible.  On the one side is a nice comfortable fleece fabric(black).  On the other side is a moisture wicking Coolmax knit(blue).  I like the color blue because it matches much of what I wear on a daily basis but you can also purchase this in pink and grey as well.

Because it is reversible, you can basically wear the hat with the fleece side out for when you want a little more moisture wicking against your head(say if the temps were a little on the higher range).  If you wanted a little more warmth, you could wear it with the fleece inside to help keep your ears warm.  For me(and probably most runners), if you can keep your head, hands and feet warm, you can run outside as long as you want.

I used this running in temps between the 20's and the 40's.  Yes, in Michigan, we actually have had weather that different all in the last couple weeks.  It's like someone knew I was going to be doing a review on this.  Haha!

This beanie did not disappoint.  When wearing it in the 40's, the moisture wicking feature was really nice.  It pulled the sweat from my head so that I did not get too cold when I started to sweat.  Yesterday I ran in temps in the 20's with it.  Dang, it was cold.  I wore the Headsweats beanie with the fleece inside.  It kept my head and ears nice and toasty.  I also wear headphones when running and the beanie helps keep them in place.   Headsweats also sells another style called their Winter Dome which would likely be better for when it get's below the 20's(for all your die hard runners).

The beanie is also easy to care for.  Simply wash it in the washing machine and set it out to dry.  By the next time you need it, it's ready to go.  I have washed the beanie at least four times since I received it and it still looks as new as I got it.

There is one minor complaint that I had with the hat.  As you can see from the picture above, there is a white tag on the beanie.  Because the hat is reversible, you are going to be wearing this on both sides.  The tag looks ridiculous so I cut it off with scissors.  It would be nice if they could make the tag easier to remove.  I had to really be careful with trying to remove it so I didn't end up ruining the beanie.  The tag was sewn into the stitching of the hat.  This was the only issue that I had with it.  I was able to get it off and now the hat looks great!

Here's a couple pictures of me wearing it getting ready to go out and run in the dark:
Before run! 
After run!
Overall, well worth the $22 price for the beanie!

Headsweats also sells all kinds of other hats for throughout the year including semi-custom and custom hats if you so choose.  They work with the Tour de France and Ironman as well for their branding.  Please go check them out:

Website:  Click HERE

Facebook:  Click HERE

Twitter:  Click HERE

Headsweats was also kind enough to offer an additional beanie as a giveaway for one of my lucky readers.  Here's the rules and please read them carefully because I check everything has been done.  My thoughts are that if a company is willing to support us in the blog world, we should support them as well:

1) Become a follow of my blog or let me know you already are(1 entry)(MANDATORY)

2) Go to Headsweats Facebook page, "like" them, and tell them "Detroit Runner sent me" on their wall; come back and leave a comment that you did it(along with your name if it's different on Facebook than the post you leave here)(1 entry)

3) Go to Headsweats Twitter page, follow them and tell them "Detroit Runner sent me" and come back and let me know that you follow them on Twitter(along with your name if it's different that the post you leave here)(1 entry)

* #2 OR #3 are also mandatory - you must follow them on Facebook AND/OR Twitter.

So that's it!  Three entries to win this great beanie that you will get lots of use out of throughout winter.

A winner will be picked at random on Saturday, November 26th and a beanie will be sent directly from the company.

* I received on complimentary Headsweats Thermal Reversible Beanie in exchange for this review.  All opinions of this beanie are my own and I was not required to leave a positive review.

Have a great day and....Keep Running!!!!


  1. You mean 'Pumping Iron'! LOL, we missed you at Stony Creek.

  2. This looks awesome!! I definitely need a beanie! Toronto is FREEZING and the temps for next week are not looking good! I follow you!

  3. Oops sorry...wrote on their wall as well so they know you sent me! I also follow them on Twitter.

  4. I like them on facebook and told them you sent me :)

  5. I like Headsweats on FB and told them you sent me!

  6. I now follow them on Twitter..!/Pit0

  7. LIked them on facebook and wrote on their wall.

  8. I "liked" Headsweats on Facebook and told them that Detroit Runner sent me

  9. I follow Headsweats on twitter as @justalittlerun

  10. i've been following you through my google reader so that's one for me! yay!

  11. I also liked Headsweats on Facebook. Thanks Detroit Runner :)

  12. I like Headsweat on fb and left comment that you sent me. under Penny Frey

  13. Headsweats makes such good stuff - I'd love to win this - I already follow you...

  14. ...and I "liked" them on Facebook

  15. Richard McNeil left a comment on headsweats facebook. Detroit runner sent me. Already follow them.

  16. Just left a comment on headsweats face book page

  17. I liked Headsweats on FB and left a comment on their wall (Maggie Wolff)

  18. I just started following your blog--nice job on it! Can you enter me in the beanie giveaway, please? I also liked them on fb.

  19. The contest is officially over. Good luck everyone!!!