Since the people at Sprigs are awesome, and I really love the EarBags minimalist earmuffs I’ve carried since my mom discovered them 10 years ago (yeah mom!), they sent me this head gear to review. I received my Slink in April and I’ve been using it all summer during my workouts — so this is what I think of it.
My Recommendation: Useful for keeping hair back and for keeping sun of your forehead
Would I take it on a world adventure? Yes. Though a traditional square bandana is actually more useful overall, I used to carry one and I never used it — which made it not actually useful, so I ditched it. A traditional square bandana is more broadly useful than Banjees’ tube-style bandana in that not only can you wear it on your head, you can use it to tie things. For example, you can use a bandana…
- as a luggage identifier tag
- as a tourniquet
- to carry your lunch
- as a napkin or handkerchief
- to get all MacGyver-y if you need to
or many other things. If I were 1) a guy and 2) doing more camping-style travel, I’d probably go with the traditional bandana. However, I am 1) not a guy and 2) doing more city/town hopping in my travel, so I prefer more of a versatile and stylish tube-style bandana head-garment like this Slink than a total Girl Scout cloth multi-tool. So far, I’ve used my Slink…
- around my forehead as a headband to keep my hair out of my eyes for yoga
- over my forehead and head to keep the sun off my head while going for a run
- over my mouth and nose as a respirator during a smokey campfire
- wetted, and around my neck as a cooling cloth
How would I modify this? Well, since you asked… and since I can’t seem to leave well enough alone… I decided that having an option to convert this into a lightweight beanie cap would also be really useful for when I want an actual hat. So I added an elastic drawstring to one of the open ends.
Then I cinched up the top, pulled it onto my noggin, and voila! I’ve got an additional feature.
Overall, this is a light-weight, multi-function head accessory that’s pretty useful, comfortable, and cute. Since it’s breathable, it’s great for athletic endeavors, but I wouldn’t count on it getting me through a winter in Canada. Then again, who goes to Canada in the winter?