Tokyo Fixed Fifo Cycle X Earflap Cap  £42.00

8/10

Nice. Warm. Hat.

Contact  www.tokyofixedgear.com

by Max_Leonard   December 17, 2011  

Tokyo Fixed Fifo Cyclex Earflap cap

What's good for keeping your head warm? A hat. And what about your ears? A hat with ear flaps. And what does it with style? A Fifo Cycle x Tokyo Fixed Earflap cap, that's what.

The 'x' here denotes a collaboration between London manufacturer and importer of bespoke bicycles and clothing, Tokyo Fixed, and Brooklyn's Fifo Cycle, who, as far as I can make out, hand-make nice retro-inspired hats in the coolest borough of one of the world's coolest metropolises. As such, it's typical of the sort of products that Tokyo Fixed take on: small-run, artisan clothes from hip designers.

The based on Fifo's Pegasus hat, which is distinctive, well-made and stylish. It's clearly been crafted with a bit of love and attention, and it does its job well. The outer material is waxed cotton, water resistant and wind proof; the inner, meanwhile, is softer, stripy cotton. Or is it? Turn the cap inside out, and it works equally well the other way round. The earflaps have three positions: by looping the longer side round under the chin, it affixes to a velcro pad on the other; secondly, they can dangle, pendant like a basset hound's ears; finally, you can attach them above the head, Russian bear-trapper style.

You may be able to tell, from the artful disclosure of my Russian bear-trapper fantasies, that I quite enjoyed wearing this hat. Initially it seemed less appealing than a knitted hat, but it proved itself when I got caught in a winter shower, and has rarely left my head since. It's warm, waterproof enough for extended rain, and has kept head and ears toasty, even in the first proper cold snap of the year. The flaps, when secured, don't block out too much noise (important in traffic, I find) and the peak's decent enough to keep rain and sleet out of the eyes, and protection against low sun, too.

It costs a few clams, sure, but it's a stylish and effective bit of kit.

Verdict

Nice. Warm. Hat.

road.cc test report

Make and model: Tokyo Fixed Fifo Cycle X Earflap Cap

Size tested: Black/wool

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?

Brooklyn, NY based brand Fifo Cycles, beautifully hand made caps. [SIC]

This cap is based on Fifo's Pegasus cap. The Pegasus is the cap which got me through the Winter of 2009. The design is perfect, it quite simply folds around your chin for optimum warmth when worn down and when it gets too hot the flaps can be worn above your head, the cap is reversible as well.

The Fifo X Tokyo Fixed cap has all the same features, the big difference is our choise of waxed cotton. The waxed cotton is perfect for keeping the heat in and the rain off. It is also very wind resistant. In short, with the flaps down, you could ride through snow storms in sub zero weather and your head & ears would be none the wiser to the harsh climate. We know this because this years Winter was the perfect testing ground!

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

- Water & wind resistant

- Reversible

- Secures with velcro

- Waxed cotton / Pink pinstripe cotton

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
9/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
9/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10
Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
8/10

Slightly more cosy with the waxed cotton outermost.

Rate the product for value:
 
7/10

It's handmade, out of vintage cotton and things, so it's a bit more pricy than your average.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Great,

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Good looks, warmth, fun.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Not a lot

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 31  Height: 1.78m  Weight: 65kg

I usually ride: Cinelli Strato road or fixed commuter hack.  My best bike is:

I've been riding for: 10-20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed,

 

7 user comments

Oldest firstNewest firstBest rated

That's horrible

posted by localsurfer [160 posts]
17th December 2011 - 11:32

like this
Like (14)

localsurfer wrote:
That's horrible

Agreed.

I'll be sticking with my Walz wool ear flap cap. Way more style and helmet friendly functionality.

posted by Shiny Flu [84 posts]
17th December 2011 - 11:44

like this
Like (12)

Shiny Flu wrote:
localsurfer wrote:
That's horrible

Agreed.

I'll be sticking with my Walz wool ear flap cap. Way more style and helmet friendly functionality.

Walz caps rule.Waiting on a new herringbone one...don't think I quite have the 'balls' to wear an earflap one though...

The_Kaner
FREEEEEEEEDOM!

The _Kaner's picture

posted by The _Kaner [375 posts]
17th December 2011 - 12:18

like this
Like (14)

localsurfer wrote:
That's horrible

Poor Oli. What about the hat though?

jezzzer's picture

posted by jezzzer [339 posts]
17th December 2011 - 15:18

like this
Like (8)

jezzzer wrote:
localsurfer wrote:
That's horrible

Poor Oli.

He's got a similarly resigned expression to the one our dog had when the missus stuck a Christmas elf hat on her the other day Big Grin

Simon_MacMichael's picture

posted by Simon_MacMichael [7853 posts]
17th December 2011 - 15:44

like this
Like (14)

Looks more like a smirk to me.

If you squint the writing on the side says 'Pineapple Dance Studio'. FACT

arrieredupeleton

posted by arrieredupeleton [536 posts]
19th December 2011 - 14:14

like this
Like (13)

I like it. My ears stick out.

Giant Rob.
King of the East Midlands

posted by Giant Rob [60 posts]
23rd December 2011 - 1:34

like this
Like (12)

road.cc reviews

Latest reviews

8/10
£79.99
June 20, 2014
7/10
£19.99
June 20, 2014
8/10
£110.00
June 19, 2014
7/10
£55.00
June 18, 2014
7/10
£1000.00
June 18, 2014
7/10
£119.99
June 17, 2014
8/10
£209.99
June 17, 2014
8/10
£24.99
June 17, 2014
9/10
£59.99
June 16, 2014
6/10
£9.99
June 16, 2014
8/10
£140.00
June 15, 2014
6/10
£24.99
June 14, 2014
8/10
£65.00
June 13, 2014
8/10
£159.99
June 13, 2014
9/10
£14.99
June 11, 2014
5/10
£1000.00
June 11, 2014
7/10
£24.99
June 10, 2014
8/10
£45.00
June 9, 2014
2/10
£89.99
June 9, 2014
7/10
£99.99
June 9, 2014
7/10
£8500.00
June 8, 2014
9/10
£120.00
June 8, 2014
8/10
£55.00
June 7, 2014
8/10
£14.99
June 6, 2014
 
1