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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Handana Review & Giveaway

Recently, I was contacted by Handana (HERE) to review their new product.  This was the first I had heard of the product and was intrigued.  With the cool Wisconsin winter right around the corner, this would be perfect for my clients and I.  In fact, a few were just asking recently if such a product existed - rather than stuffing tissues in their pockets.

Here is a little bit about the Handana, and the owner's journey:

Twenty-six years ago, a severe reaction to a medication sent me to the burn unit at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis. I was diagnosed with Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS), an autoimmune reaction causing your skin to blister to the point that you have 2nd and 3rd degree burns. Unlike many with SJS, I survived and was not left blind or severely scarred. I felt so blessed by this outcome.

Yet, as I started running, I discovered that SJS did leave my eyes very sensitive. If sweat drips into my eyes, it burns so badly that I find it hard to focus on anything else. Wearing hats and sweatbands help, but in the Texas heat, I found that the sweat still dripped, causing extreme pain and an excuse to stop my workouts.  With my first marathon in sight, I needed a solution.

That’s when I created Handana. It is a high performance fashionable sweatband that wraps around your hand. You can use both sides of your hand to wipe sweat from your neck or forehand, while leaving your hand completely free. And if you’re like me, you need those hands, either to keep your stride smooth or to open GU packets and water bottles.
Handana does more than protect my eyes: It has become a powerful reminder to cross my finish lines, to persevere. And I hope that is what others take away from my story and from this product, that it becomes a symbol and an inspiration for all of us to cross our finish lines, no matter what they are in our lives, and empower others to do the same.


The product is great for wiping sweat out of your eyes or brow.  It's also great for the cooler months, when your nose is running while you run outside (sorry, TMI!).  I could have really used this for the super hot and sweat summer we had this year.  The sweat was always constantly in my eyes.

I loved how my fingers were free to move to adjust clothing, play with my watch and energy gels.  It also worked great, when layered with gloves.  I also loved how it wasn't bulky.  I wore this in my right and had my handheld water bottle in the left.

Handanas come in six different sizes - so it will fit you perfectly.  There are also twenty fun color options to choose from.  There are many color options for both men and women.  Of course, I chose pink!

These would be great for all sorts of sports and for your kids activities.



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One lucky winner will win
a Handana
(in blue)
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[These opinions are all my own. I received the products/samples for free and was not compensated for this review.]

51 comments:

  1. I think the handanas are fabulous. The whole concept.

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  2. I am now following you on Facebook ;)

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  3. realizing how many awesome blogs and other resources are out there for runners! Just started following your blog thanks to this contest.

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  4. I was just telling my 3 year old that I need one of these today!! I think the pink on black is fabulous-- as is the whole idea!!

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  5. I found out about Handana from Another BA Mother Runner - and even though I don't have one yet, I'm a huge fan of the handana and can't wait to get my own. I'm hoping to either win one, or get some for Christmas.

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  6. Oh yeah - I shared the contest on my FB page :)

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  7. I let Handana know that you sent me :)

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  8. I liked Handana and let them know you sent me.

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  9. I like all the colors but would have to pick the black on black.

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  10. I already follow Handana on FB!

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  11. I wish the extra small came in more colors! I really like the green color but in XS the only one offered I like is the blue.

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  12. I follow Running Diva Mom on FB!

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  13. Follower- another great idea. Would love to win one so I'm a little less disgusting when I run.

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  14. Love the fuchsia on black - this would be so nice to have in the winter, not just for nose & eye wiping but to keep my hand warmer on long runs when I'm carrying my water bottle. It always ends up FREEZING my hand after the water get's cold in the frosty air!

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  15. i think it's cool how they wrap around. my knuckles get cold but i don't like things on my fingers while running or biking. what a perfect soluction!

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  16. it is still somewhat hot here in S GA this would be great for sweat:)

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  17. What a brilliant product! ...I follow your blog

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  18. Assuming the small would be proper sizing for me I would choose the metal/black combo. I think. There are so many fun colors!

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  19. I love all the colors and the ability to easily wipe the sweat away

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  20. I think the orchid on green color is fabulous.

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