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Nopinz says that the sweatbands are 'a brilliantly simple dual-purpose accessory'. Those dual purposes are offering a bit of cooling, and something that's on hand to mop your brow once you've dropped your towel on the floor mid-Zwift-race.
The sweatbands have a pocket that sits against your skin, and they come with a thin ice pack you can stick in there to help you stay cool in the heat of battle. Okay, it's not the same kind of level of cooling that you get from the two big ice packs in the suit/shorts, but it's pleasant enough. Better still, you can freeze a gel and lob it in there, and when it thaws you can neck it before the final sprint.
The other thing that you get is a towelling section; with one on both arms you can do a decent amount of mopping, though I still kept a towel within reach to dab myself down on the supertuck downhill bits. The combination of towelling and suit fabric isn't especially stretchy, so if you're blessed with hands the size of mine you might struggle to get them on without popping a seam, but once they're on they stay put very well.
These aren't a game changer by any stretch of the imagination, but they are handy: the cooling is a nice thing and the ability to hold a gel is useful on longer races, the kind that I studiously avoid.
They could do with being a bit stretchier, and they're not cheap, but I've had plenty of use out of them and I expect many people could. They're available in sizes S-XL so you should be able to get some that fit; refer to the Nopinz website for specific sizing.
Useful indoor training accessory for mopping your brow and keeping you cool
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road.cc test report
Make and model: nopinz SubZero Sweatbands
Size tested: Large
Tell us what the product is for and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Nopinz says: 'These are a brilliantly simple dual-purpose accessory. There's a FreezePocket located on the inner wrist to help to provide a cooling effect where the skin is thinnest. We've even designed them to fit energy gels, so once your body has defrosted them (usually within 20-30 mins), you can get that all-important boost for the end of the session or race.
'In addition, the bands have a highly absorbent toweling upper to absorb sweat and keep you fresher and more comfortable during intense sessions. Each pair of Sweatbands come with two reusable gels packs.'
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
FreezePockets actively cool the body
Store energy gels for a performance boost
Sizing advice is based on wrist circumference.
Small wrist 17cm and below
Medium wrist 17-19cm
XL 21 and above
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Pretty well, they're a useful indoor training accessory.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Offer a bit of cooling, something to mop your brow with, and a gel holder in one product.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Could do with being a bit stretchier.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
I don't think there's anything directly comparable.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? One committed to indoor training, yes.
Use this box to explain your overall score
Quite a niche product but easy to recommend if you think the things it offers will be useful for your indoor riding time. Quite expensive for what it is.
About the tester
I usually ride: whatever I'm testing... My best bike is: Kinesis Tripster ATR, Merida Scultura, Dward Design fixed
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo cross, commuting, touring, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mtb, Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling, track
Dave is a founding father of road.cc, having previously worked on Cycling Plus and What Mountain Bike magazines back in the day. He also writes about e-bikes for our sister publication ebiketips. He's won three mountain bike bog snorkelling World Championships, and races at the back of the third cats.