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Whatabout SweatHawg X2?

SweatHawg now offers double-absorbency versions of most of our sweat control products, helmet liners, skull caps, and headbands. And we have the hardhat sweat bands, which were double from the start. 

While the single layer helmet liner we first offered solo in 2011 was immediately the most effective sweat management product available, we have been gratefully accepting suggestions from product users ever since. 

Early on, a pro reviewer from Bike Rumor tested our helmet liners in both dry and humid climates. 

Though he loved the drip-free performance in SoCal, back home in humid Illinois, an hour into his ride the dripping began. Based on this feedback, we doubled the absorbent layer and created the X2 helmet liner. Problem solved... no sweat :-) Read review here.

This year we added X2 versions of the headband and the skull cap. We'll keep the sweat out of your eyes and glasses, no matter where you ride...or run or skate or climb or walk or work.

The Easy Way to Make Your Own Sports Drink

No praise for pricey powders...water, sugar, and a bit of salt blind-tested better...

Pop quiz: You’re kitting up and getting ready to hit the road with your crew for a Saturday morning ride. You open the pantry and crack open the tub of sports drink mix to discover—d'oh!—a mere dusting of mix remains. Do you: A) Get to the shop in time to buy a few portable drink mix sleeves or tabs? B) Ask the bunch to swing by 7-11 on the way out of town so you can grab a bottle of something blue and sugary for the ride? C) Say screw it, and hit the road on water alone?

How about D) None of the above. Here’s an über-easy option few of us consider that is now scientifically proven to work just as well as, if not better than, your standard sports drink: Put some sugar in your water.

Read more here

​Articulate "why cycling makes you happy"

Why riding makes you happy

...even happier with dry eyes and glasses.

It’s the feeling that pulls you out of bed to saddle up before the anyone else is awake. It’s what beckons you to strap on your shoes and go for a ride when the day is done. It’s that happy, relaxed state of mind we seek when we roll out of our neighborhoods and tick off miles any chance we get.

You might live to ride your bike, but studies show  you might ride your bike because your want to live.

Which Type of Exercise Is Best for the Brain?

Healthier, happier, and...smarter! Aerobic exercise also grows your brain.

Get smarter sweat-free.

Which Type of Exercise Is Best for the Brain?

For the first time, scientists compared the neurological impacts of different types of exercise in rats: running, weight training and high-intensity interval training.

 See the rest of the NY Times article by Gretchen Reynolds here

Take your Hawg on a Hike!


First Day Hikes are a great way to start off the New Year!

This growing tradition is part of a nationwide initiative led by America’s State Parks to encourage people to get outdoors. On New Year’s Day, hundreds of free, guided hikes will be organized in all 50 states. Kids and adults all across America will be participating in First Day Hikes, getting their hearts pumping and enjoying the beauty of a state park. Last year nearly 28,000 people rang in the New Year, collectively hiking over 66,000 miles throughout the country!

Here are some great links to find hikes near you.

America’s State Parks

American Hiking Society


SweatHawg vs Bell Zephyr Bike Helmet

Bell Zephyr bike helmet wicks sweat out in front of your glasses, only $230. Sweat ends up on the outside of glasses, not the inside, and only if the wind is blowing...or you're riding creates air movement.

Hmmm...or how about a SweatHawg Helmet Liner for $22 bucks?


Let's Opt Out!

This Black Friday I am going to be outside

No Special Black Friday Deals Here

All of us at SweatHawg Headwear will be spending Friday outside having fun

But just wait until Cyber Monday...

Going to #optoutside on Black Friday?  Tell the world!

Forget sweat, year-round! Keeps you happy and healthy.

Cold Short Days

Fall is here with winter close behind, and short days and cold weather may mean it's not so easy getting out to play. How about a little reminder and reinforcement to be sure you keep on doing something that keeps you reaching for your SweatHawg? Forget sweat, year-round! Keeps you happy and healthy. 

What happens to your body when you exercise?

Illustrated by Ekaterina Gapanovich for BrightSide.me
Based on materials from huffingtonpost ,

9 Reasons to Drink Beer

9 reasons to drink beer. Often paired with cycling, hopefully afterwards, beer may seem a near-superfood. Especially after that first thirsty pint. With Oktoberfest just around the corner.

We’ve all read about how great red wine is for our health, and how the French and the Italians, who love their wine, have a lower rate of heart disease than Americans. The belief is that antioxidants called polyphenols, derived from the skin of the grape, which are more prevalent in red wine than white, help protect the cardiovascular system from disease. The jury is still out on the truth of these health claims, since studies, as often is the case in matters of health, have fallen on both sides of the debate. Still, we know that a glass or two of wine a day won’t hurt us, and the relaxation and stress reduction that imbibing affords is an indisputable plus. Most doctors will say, “Cheers!” as long as your drinking is controlled, responsible and moderate, and there are no other health factors to consider (like diabetes or alcoholism, for instance).

But what about red wine’s blue-collar cousin, beer? Each year the average American adult consumes almost three gallons of wine per capita (split about evenly between red and white). Compare that to beer, which we consume at the rate of about 27 gallons per year. Wouldn’t it be great if an ice-cold brewski could provide the health benefits of red wine? Well, as the song goes, happy days are here again! There is considerable evidence that—in moderation—a cold one a day could help keep the doctor away.

Here are nine health benefits that beer may provide.

1. Beer improves digestion.

As any beer aficionado knows, one of beer’s main ingredients is hops, made from the female flowers of the hops plant. Hops are responsible for beer’s bitter, slightly tangy taste. The hops flower also contains a variety of chemicals called bitter acids, which have a number of healthful attributes. One is that bitter acids cause the release of gastric acid in the stomach. Gastric acid is responsible not only for breaking down food in the stomach, but also controlling the proliferation of harmful bacteria in the gut.

2. Beer may fight some cancers.

A 2010 study in Austria found that a chemical found in beer, xanthohumol, stopped the growth of cancer cells and prevented damage to DNA in test rats who had been exposed to carcinogenic chemicals. Particularly promising is that the amount of xanthohumol given to the rats was small, comparable to a typical amount of beer a human might consume. Another earlier study in 2007 reported that lupulone, a bitter acid in beer, eliminated tumors in rats with cancer of the colon. While it is always risky to draw conclusions about human health from studies on animals, studies like these show promise.

3. Beer reduces inflammation.

Inflammation has been fingered as a possible trigger for many modern-day diseases. A 2009 study found that humulone, one of those healthful bitter acids in beer, helped fight inflammation. A separate industry-funded study of humulone in 2013 found it was helpful in preventing and treating viral lung infections.

4. Beer strengthens bones.

The mineral silicon is an important building block for bones. A form of silicon that is prevalent in beer is orthosilicic acid, which also happens to be easily metabolized by the human body. Beers that are brewed with a high amount of malted barley and hops, like IPAs, are the best source of the mineral. Older women, who are especially prone to osteoporosis, take note!

5. Beer cleans your teeth.

Biofilm is the slippery coating that collects on your teeth if you skip brushing enough times. It has been linked to the development of gingivitis and tooth decay. A 2012 study on the effects of certain plant extracts on the build-up of biofilm showed that beer extract prevented the biofilm bacteria from doing its dirty work. The beer extract was more effective than all of the other extracts tested. We’re not suggesting you gargle with a cold Bud in the morning or anything, but…

6. Beer 'hearts' hearts.

Some of the same studies that indicate red wine can lower the risk of heart disease by 25 percent tell us that beer, with the same abundant polyphenols as wine, has the same potential. A 2012 Harvard study reported that heart attack survivors who drank a beer or two a day were 50 percent less likely to die over the next two decades than their non-drinking counterparts.

7. Beer is brain food.

A Chinese study in 2015 found that xanthohumol, the same beer ingredient that helped prevent cancer in rats, was also an effective antioxidant for the brain cells. Other studies have shown xanthohumol may encourage neuron growth and development.

8. Beer protects against kidney stones.

Kidney stone pain is something you want to avoid at all costs. So drink up! In a large study of almost 200,000 participants, beer drinkers were found to have a 40 percent reduced chance of developing kidney stones.

9. Beer helps you recover from a workout.

A study out of Grenada University in Spain found that student participants who drank beer after a tough workout rehydrated better compared to students who drank water or sports drinks.

As is always the case when alcohol is the topic, moderation is key. Any benefits derived from consuming alcohol are usually lost when alcohol is abused, or worse, it could cause damage. Beer (or wine or any alcoholic beverage) should be limited to no more than two drinks per day. Talk to your doctor if you are taking any medications that may react with alcohol. And of course, never, ever, combine any drinking with driving. That’s what Uber was invented for.


By Larry Schwartz-AlterNet

Thank you SweatHawg