All golfers have probably seen and experienced that nasty sweat ring on hats in the heat of the summer. They are unappealing and quite frankly, a sweaty hat don’t smell good. You need to wash your hat frequently to get rid of the stain and stench. Lid Liners are disposable sweat absorbing liners for your hat that absorb the sweat and oil that would otherwise funk up your nice golf hat. They claim that it will fit on any type of head-wear item including helmets. They also claim that it will reduce redness on your forehead.
The directions are pretty much self-explanatory, but from their website:
• Remove peel strip from back of the liner.
• Place adhesive side against the front of the headband of your hat.
• Press firmly into place with the larger part of liner at the bottom of headband (Logo should be facing you when inserted correctly).
• Enjoy the comfort while you forget about redness, an irritated forehead, and sweat staining and ruining your hat.
• Average use of liner varies depending on activity being done. may not stick as well to sweaty or soiled head band.
• Best if used when you put your hat on for the first time that day.
There isn’t much to installing one. Even my first attempt only took a few seconds (see pic below of installed liner). They are very lightweight and the re-sealable package can easily be stored in your golf bag. My initial concerns with the product were comfort level and how well it would stick to the hat. I wouldn’t want this to fall out when I tip my hat to my adoring fans. It’s effectiveness at keeping my hat dry was also very high on the list.
After installing the liner, I put on the hat and was pleased with the comfort level. It actually made the hat more comfortable to wear. I removed it several times to see if it would fall out, and it didn’t despite the fact that my hat had not been washed from previous use. I headed to the golf course to see how well it would absorb sweat. The temperature was 91F with a dew point of 74F. Winds were light at around 10 mph. According to my weather app, it felt like 101F. It was very hot and humid summer day in Florida ideal for testing this product.
The Lid Liner definitely stood up to the task. After 5 holes in the blazing heat, my hat was dry even though my other clothing was getting soaked with sweat. There was a quick rain shower on hole 6 followed by a downpour on #7 which I waited out with some other golfers in the shelter area. After the rain ended, I finished the round with wet shorts and shirt, but my head was dry. I left the liner in my hat after the round to see how well it would stick, and I was pleasantly surprised that it was still in place the next morning.
Here is a pic of my hat after another round played in hot and humid conditions. I forgot to take one after my first round, but wanted to include a picture showing the hat dry. The dark area on the left is a shadow, not wetness. You can see the faint outline of previous sweat stains that didn’t come clean from previous use. It’s too bad I didn’t have these before.
I have looked at hat liners before, but ended up not purchasing with a price tag of over $1 per liner. With shipping and handling, the price of Lid Liners is less than $.75 per liner. To me, it is worth the cost to avoid washing my hat after each use in the summer. I actually found a golf course not too far from me that carries them. I might have to go there to get some. Since I’m there, I might as well play a round, right?
The added comfort factor was icing on the cake. I think it depends on the conditions as to how many uses you can get out of a liner. In the harsh conditions I played in, a single use was about all I cared to try, but I imagine in the cooler winter conditions, one liner could last several rounds. I put one in my motorcycle helmet and have used it five times so far, and it has yet to fall out.
To summarize, I find Lid Liners to provide a good value and are effective at what they were designed to do. They are very durable given that they are disposable liners. As far as aesthetics, they are not visible when wearing the hat, but they are visible when you take your hat off to shake your competitors hand after a round. They might give you a funny look, but they have probably been wondering how your hat stayed dry and stain free all day. If you wear hats, I highly recommend that you try these out.
Golf Life recently did a review on Lid Liners – Here’s what they had to say:
“Golf Life recently received a cool new product called Lid Liners. Lid Liners is made from a super absorbent material that is designed to fit in any lid, hat, cap, helmet or any other headwear item. It creates a comfortable barrier between your hat and forehead that protects your hat from sweat and oils that would otherwise stain and ruin your hat. It also protects your forehead from the unhygienic bacteria that accumulates in your hat and prevents the redness and irritation caused by wearing a hat.
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You can purchase a pack of 16 and keep them in your golf bag and conveniently switch out any lid liner that has lived out its purpose. By preventing any oils or sweat from saturating and staining your hat you can ultimately extend the life of your headwear and keep it looking brand new for a longer period of time.
At first glance the Lid Liner looks simple and absorbent. It’s about 7 to 8.5 inches across and 2 inches in height. On one side you will see the Lid Liner logo and on the opposite side there is a sticky substance that will keep the Lid Liner in place once situated in the hat. I placed my Lid Liner over the band of my hat because that is where the most sweat collects for me. I’ve also heard of placing the Lid Liner inside of the band or a little higher to prevent sweat from collecting on the crown.
When installing mine, I gave a little extra room from where the band meets the bill to make it unnoticeable unless I remove my hat. When replacing the Lid Liner I noticed no sticky residue was left behind from the previous worn down Lid Liner. Lid Liner did exactly what it said it would do. It prevented any kind of sweat or oil from staining my hat. This product is comfortable and works great. For individuals that love wearing hats on a daily basis this is definitely something you should look into. You can bet your favorite hats will last much longer.”
You can view the whole review here
Bunker’s Paradise had a chance to review our products, here’s what they said:
“LidLiners are a great, affordable, easy to use, disposable way to keep your hats clean, and you feeling fresh. From the second I opened the box containing my samples, I was sold. They’re so light, even in a pack of 16, you won’t even realize they’re in your bag, backpack, wherever you keep them. Once I opened the bag, it was less than 10 seconds before I had one fully “installed” and ready to wear.
The moisture guard doubles as the adhesive. And don’t worry if it takes you a second to figure out the proper alignment, the adhesive is light enough to be put on and off a couple times before wearing down, and once you put the hat on, the pressure keeps it in place all on its own. Throughout a four-hour round of golf, I didn’t notice it once, and it didn’t slip a bit Tiny Tunes download. They’re so thin, they create no aesthetic difference that would signal to anyone you’re wearing them.
The first thing I noticed when I did put my hat on (before picture below) was that after about three seconds, I completely forgot it was there. That’s pretty big since nobody wants to use anything that will be a distraction standing over a shot. The next thing I noticed, was that the round was over! I peeled the lid liner off, threw it away, and put my hat back on, fresh and dry, looking as clean as it did when I put it on. No wetness, no salt lines (granted I took the picture with a white hat, but have since worn them with hats of various colours with the same success and satisfaction) no annoying dampness for the rest of the day.
Bottom line is, the guys over at LidLiners have a winner here. I’ll always have some in the bag, ready to go for those hot days. Easy, simple, good price and most importantly, effective. Not sure what the kids are saying these days, but “I dig it”. I will be placing an order for more soon as the samples they sent me are almost gone.”
You can read the full interview here