One of the most annoying and sometimes dangerous situations that can occur will cycling is to have sweat, laced with sunscreen, drip into one or both eyes. This is especially true while descending some of the canyons around Colorado at over 50- miles per hour. Just that split second of time not focusing on the road can mean the difference between riding home on your bike and never making home again. The pads inside a helmet do a decent job holding the sweat back to a point, but once they become saturated, the sweat just continues to run down the forehead and into the eyes. A terry cloth and bandanas can also be used, but they too will become soaked with sweat leading to the same problem.
There exists another solution for managing the sweat that doesn’t involve a fabric band that can ultimately become saturated with perspiration. The Sweat GUTR is an ingenious little invention that does exactly as the name implies – it acts like a rain gutter for sweat. The thin, non-absorbent band is worn across the forehead, just as a terry cloth sweatband is worn; but instead of soaking up the sweat, it channels the sweat from the forehead to fall down the face between the ears and eyes. When a workout is over, simply remove the Sweat GUTR, wash it with soap and water, and let it dry.
The Sweat GUTR is a designed to be worn on its own for non-helmet wearing activities or fit under most helmets. The ‘one-size-fits-most’ adjustment to made through the use of three different size elastic hair-type bands along with hook and loop tabs. Simply select the elastic band the provides a sung fit against the forehead without being painfully tight, install per the instructions, and wear.
Sweat GUTR is one of those products that crosses industry lines. Not just from the cycling to the running to the fitness industries, but they are also sold to the construction, mining, and industrial markets. This is often a strong indicator in the worthiness of a product and in this case since these industries are strictly overseen by OSHA, jobsite safety is a major consideration. Keeping a worker safe often means keeping their vision unobstructed. Sweatbands are recommended by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and since many job site safety managers realize that cloth bands become saturated and often disposed of sooner than the intended life expectancy due to them becoming ‘funky‘ smelling, a lot of money can be thrown away in just sweatbands and hard hat pads. In turn, Sweat GUTR has become a favorite cost savings investment even though they cost more than a cloth sweatband. The reason is that they can be cleaned easily and used over and over again.
Manufactured in three different translucent colors, the Sweat GUTR is available at better sporting good dealers and directly on through their website. The Sweat GUTR may not take the sting out of your workout, but for just under $20, it can help keep the sting out of your eyes.