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Yakkay Smart Helmet with Tokyo Jazz cover



Stylish head protection for those who dislike the look of standard cycle helmets

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A helmet for those who don’t like traditional lids, the natty head protectors from Danish company Yakkay are all based around a straightforward crash helmet with a range of funky covers to choose from to make them look, well, less helmet like.

The Tokyo takes the form of a Trilby-esque hat, which simply pops on over the CE certified Yakkay ‘Smart’ helmet with an elastic edge and Velcro tab keeping it secure. Other covers in the range include a Russian Tsarina furry effort (Luzern), a raffish Oxbridge style cap (Cambridge, funnily enough) or a casual sporting cap (Paris). All come in a choice of colours/patterns to match your personal style.

Inner helmets come in three sizes, small (53-55cm) medium (55-57cm) or large (57-59cm), with further adjustment in the form of stick-on padded circles. Plenty of these are provided allowing for reasonable levels of customization. The chin strap is comfortable and easily adjustable.

In use, the helmet is comfortable but runs warm. The use of one of the covers means the air holes at the top of the helmet are covered over, and whilst the design is supposed to result in air being ‘pushed into the helmet, and pleasantly cool down your head’, the reality was a little on the sweaty side. The other issue was that at speed, the brim of the hat tended to catch the wind and pull the helmet upwards.

Essentially, though, this is a helmet for the fashion conscious, genteel pedaller, who’s probably wearing normal day wear rather than cycling clothing and who has no intention of working up a sweat. As such, the above factors become a non-issue. Sportier riders could wear the helmet ‘naked’ but that would defeat the object wouldn’t it?


Funky and stylish protective headwear for those who dislike the look of normal helmets.

Best limited to laid back cruising around town rather than sportive riding.

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Make and model: Yakkay Smart helmet with pink jazz cover

Size tested: M

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Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.

Would you consider buying the product? Definitely.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes. For casual and style orientated riders.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 37  Height: 1.65m  Weight: 67kg

I usually ride:   My best bike is:

I've been riding for: 10-20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, touring, general fitness riding, mtb,

Lara has been riding bikes for longer than she'd care to admit, and writing about them nearly as long. Since 2009 she has been working as part of the review team whilst championing women's cycling on the side, most notably via two years as editor of the, sadly now defunct, UK's first and only women's cycling mag, erm, Women's Cycling. 

Believing fervently that cycling will save the world, she wishes that more people would just ride a bike and be pleasant to each other. 

She will ride anything with two wheels, occasionally likes to go fast, definitely likes to go far and is always up for a bit of exploring somewhere new and exciting. 

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