Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Review & Giveaway: Bondi Bands! (closed)

(This giveaway is now closed.)

Bondi Bands generously provided me with a Bondi Band to review their product.  I selected this cute turtle print on a black band as a joke on my own relative slowness.  As I think more about it, I realize it's also an important reminder to myself that slow and steady wins the race!

wanna race?
(I was torn between it and this flying pig print because I always thought I would run when pigs flew!)

Bondi Band promises they are "no slip, no drip" and that their products are "where fashion meets function".  Their website has this description of the headbands:
Bondi bands are a comfy, colorful and creative way to hold your hair back whether you're riding in a convertible, rushing out the door to get your kids, or getting some exercise.  Bondi Bands are an easy fix for your hair.  Check out our wicking fabric bands; they will absorb and evaporate buckets of sweat.
In my experience, the headbands follow through on all these promises (although I can't comment on the "buckets of sweat" because I'm not really a sweaty girl, I definitely have a lot of hair that needs to be controlled).

My immediate impression of the Bondi Band headband was that it was a lot thinner and lighter than I anticipated, and I was worried that it was flimsy.  As soon as I put it on, I knew I was wrong!  The material is thin and light so it feels like you're not wearing anything at all, and it is very comfortable.  At the same time, it is sturdy enough to hold my very thick and curly hair back and it doesn't slide around.  It is surprisingly snug for an almost t-shirt like material.

All in all, the headband is just... comfy.  It's hard to describe it any other way!

I had the idea that we should all have something matching when my friends and I ran the Toronto Women's 5k together, so we ordered Bondi bands with a tiara print.

Our awesome tiara Bondi bands.
The girls I ran the race with were also very happy with the bands.  When we were ordering them, they were concerned about whether they would fit after having disappointing experiences with so many other headbands.  Everyone commented immediately how well they fit and after the race everyone said they would be ordering more in the future.

We also discovered another handy benefit of the headbands - they are just wide enough to fit down over your ears and they are super soft and warm on cool mornings!  They kept our ears nice and comfy while we waited for our race to start.  One girl also commented that they would be handy for holding your earphones in.

Warm cozy ears + earbuds stay in = win!
Bondi Bands are available with countless prints and in countless colours.  They are also available in solid colours and various patterns (without a print).  Their prints range from funny (like my turtle) to messages that support different charities.

The only downside at this point for me is that I typically wear a visor to keep the sun out of my eyes, and I don't have any sunglasses right now.  My growing Bondi Band collection (I also ordered a pair for my sister and I!) has me convinced it is time for me to find some new sunglasses so I can wear them all the time.

Think you want to try out Bondi Band headband for yourself?  Now is your chance to win one of your choice!

How to enter (mandatory entry):
  • Visit Bondi Band and check out their products.  Leave a comment below about which headband you would pick and what kind of activities you would wear it for (one entry).
Optional entries:
  • Follow me on Twitter (@jennierunning) or let me know you do already (one extra entry)
  • Subscribe to this blog (email or RSS) or let me know you do already (one extra entry)
  • Tweet this message - "Check out @jennierunning for a chance to win a @bondiband!" with a link to this entry (two extra entries)
  • Mention this giveaway in a post on your own blog or link to it somehow (three extra entries)
To enter, complete the mandatory entry as well as many or as few of the optional entries that you like.  If you complete the optional entries, please be sure to leave a comment with which ones you did so I can count them!

The giveaway runs until midnight EST on Monday, September 5.  I will pick a winner using a random number generator and contact the winner via e-mail (as long as you provide me with one!) as well as announcing it here.

And in case you want to order a bunch of your own (surely I'm not the only one who orders six of these at a time?!) you can use the coupon code "FIVE" to purchase five headbands for $25 or the coupon code "ONE" for buy three, get one free!


  1. Great review on the bondi bands.

    I've never really looked at Bondi bands before - cheaper than Lululemon headbands so I might need to use your discount code. I mostly wear headbands for Turbo Fire, but might be a nice alternative to my regular running hat.

    Hopefully there's a "Gone Goofy" in my future. Other wise I like "The finish line is only the beginning", "Warning Frequent Walk Breaks" (I need that on the back of a shirt) and "I love running I hate running" cause that's exactly how I feel most of the time.

  2. @Andrea I have worn both Lulu bands (the regular ones and the wider ones) and find I like the Bondi Bands much better!

  3. I totally wanna try these out!! I think I would go for the pink polka-dot light wicking band. I hate when my hair flies in my face when running!

    Also ... subscribed, followed, and tweeted the message! :)


  4. Oooo, I want one! I would get the patterned one, sweet cheery pie.

    Also, I already subscribe & I just followed & tweeted. I might mention it on my blog, but sometimes I get too lazy. :)

  5. I love love love the Bondi Bands... I was SO happy with mine, and can't wait to have more in my future, and buy them for everyone! I never had to adjust it once, and kept my frizz away!!! :) i adore the "i love running, i hate running... etc" and "will run for cupcakes" (cuz it's true!!) :) (love jess)

  6. A few months ago I was torn between Bic Bands and Bondi bands and I actually ended up ordering the Bic (which I actually love!)

    But your discount deal is pretty good and a girl can always use more headbands! I'm totally boring and would get a solid color probably purple and wear it to the gym! My hair is at a weird length where it doesn't all fit in a ponytail because of layers and stuff so headbands are my bffs when working out.

  7. Hehe, I'm entering FOR PiC because I'd want to surprise him with it. Maybe I'd send him running with an Elephant print Lycra headband ... ;)

  8. Maybe this will work this time....

    I would totally rock this one:
    (who am I kidding I'd rock all of them) while running and doing pilates, of course

    I already follow and did a shoutout on Le twitterz (char__latte)
    And I'm going to promote on my blog post tonight :) oh and I email subscribed too

  9. Oh and I'm subscribed to your blog through google reader.

  10. I want the one you're wearing with the turtle! :D

    I already follow you. :)

    I think I've promoted your giveaway a few times on Twitter (but my baby eats my brain so I could be wrong...I know I've done it at least once, just moments ago, in fact!) :)

  11. I promoted your blog in my blog post tonight.
    (bornnottorun.wordpress.com the post is "life in the fast lane")