Bondi Band: The Long-Haired Athlete’s Savior


There are certain things that stick with you from childhood. For me, and for most regular gym goers that take classes, it is assigned seating. We all have a section of the gym that we are most comfortable standing in. And even though most won’t admit it, if you walk into class to find a new classmate in your place, it sets off a bit of annoyance.

As I entered Body Pump the other day, I realized quickly that my coveted spot was taken and I would have to move up a row. I shook off the mild irritation and got to work setting up my bench. It wasn’t until half way through the warm up track that I noticed this new position was directly under the fan resulting in stray hairs coming loose from my ponytail and waving around my face and eyes.

My mild irritation quickly changed to major irritation, until I remembered I had a saving grace in my gym bag, my trusty Bondi Band. I dropped my bar, swung the Bondi Band around my head and barely missed a rep. With my hair pulled snugly away from my face, I was thankful that I never leave home without a Bondi Band stuffed into my gym bag, briefcase or purse. In my opinion, the Bondi Band is the most useful, efficient headband on the market. It’s also extremely affordable, so you won’t waste your race registration fees!

I reached out to Bondi Band owner, Rebecca Buckley, to find out what makes the Bondi Band so unique and why athletes love it.

“Bondi Band developed a proprietary fabric specifically for sweat,” Buckley explained. “We are the only company to carry this incredible sweat wicking material. Bondi Bands are made from a proprietary fabric designed specifically for sweat evaporation. I worked with a company to develop a sweat wicking material that pushes and evaporates sweat rather than just absorbing it unlike most headbands on the market.  This fabric and design was the first headband in the industry and is what makes our products so unique today.”

Although I knew Bondi Band had a strong presence in the market, I didn’t realize the technology behind the material of the band. I can attest to the fact that when I remove my headband following a long run, it is not drenched in sweat. The evaporation technology of the band’s material is just one component that has led to the success of the Bondi Band.

If you hop onto the Bondi Band website, one of the first things you will notice is the large number of design options. There is literally a design for every holiday you could imagine. I am a sucker for holiday themed races so I take full advantage of the festive options. There are also race and city themed bands, as well as inspirational phrases emblazoned on the bands.

If the plentiful design options don’t strike your fancy, the company even gives you the option to design your own.

“Whether someone wants one or 1,000 custom headbands, we offer the design talent and printing capability to offer the best product on the market quickly and affordably,” described Buckley. “Our customers use their creations to celebrate milestones like birthdays or weddings, market their products and services and my personal favorite is when customers order custom Bondi Bands to raise funds for charities.  Working alongside our customers we have helped raise thousands of dollars for cancer research, autism awareness, pet shelters and we have sent hundreds of kids to camps and competitions where they have followed their passion, thanks to the funds they earned selling Bondi Band headbands.”

Buckley, a true innovator and athlete herself, designed the Bondi Band after finding a void in the market. “I had been traveling around Australia for months with my brother.  I was practically living in a bathing suit and wished I had a matching headband for my beach hair.  When I came home I found swimsuit material and designed my first band.  The simplest design stayed on the best.”

But Buckley did not stop with the headband. Upon discovering another void in the athletic product market, she designed the Bondi Band armband, a snug-fitting arm band that can securely hold your phone, credit card or car key.

“Once again, I had a need that nothing on the market could fill.  I was searching for a convenient product to carry my cell phone and other small items while I went for a run or just going about town, running errands,” Buckley noted.  “I tried many other armbands but because I have very sensitive skin none of the products on the market were comfortable.  All arm bands at that time had plastic or Velcro which caused chaffing and irritation.  I went to work using our unique material and developed a stretchy pocket to hold my phone and other goodies that I could easily throw in the washing machine after each use. Adding an easy access cord hole to listen to music makes the Bondi Band Armband the perfect product.”

I could write a book about the greatness of Bondi Band products, but all one needs to do is read a few reviews online to see that this is a high quality, affordable product for everyone. You can find Bondi Bands online and at events in the Chicago area including Chicago Hot Chocolate, Chicago Marathon, Chicago Wicked Wine Run, Chicago Ragnar, SCW Midwest and Shamrock Shuffle.

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Mandi began running in middle school and never stopped. As a high school and college cheerleader, running was the exact athletic counterpart to keep her fitness levels high. While attending The John Marshall Law School in 2007, Mandi ran her first Chicago Marathon, the final year it was partnered with title sponsor, LaSalle Bank. Mandi has continued to run several half marathon and shorter distance races and looks forward to running in the 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. An Illinois licensed attorney, Mandi is currently the Executive Director of the Lake County Municipal League, a council of government representing 42 municipalities in Lake County. An avid weekend race warrior, Mandi tries to run 2-3 races each month from Milwaukee to Chicago and loves the opportunity to report about her experiences in Chicago Athlete


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