Sunday, April 10, 2011

Sawako Furuno Helmet

I've been admiring Sawako Furuno bicycle helmets for some time but there are no local retailers who sell them. There are plenty of online retailers but I hesitated to purchase one sight unseen and without trying it on. They come in one size to fit a head circumference between 54 and 58 cm. My head circumference measured at about 55 cm so I figured it should be ok.

icargobike had the best price and the "Ran" model I liked (although I also contemplated getting the Sakura from Cyclechic) so I placed my order. Here it is:

Rear view with size-adjusting dial, which I apparently need to straighten out:

Inside view with foam inserts:

It also came with a dustbag:

I love the concept of this helmet - stylish, functional, and unique. But the problem is it looks effing huge on me! Sure, it fits, but I feel kind of ridiculous wearing it. Before I purchased, I saw all sorts of pictures of other petite Asian cyclists wearing them and they looked fine so I thought I'd fit right in. Maybe I'm being too self-conscious and it's not as bad as I think but I'm still debating whether I'll keep it. Regardless, I should probably just suck it up and know that my noggin is protected.


  1. I had the same problem awhile back. I had ordered a Yakkay helmet in the smallest size, and even though it felt like it fit it looked enormous on my head! Enough so that I returned it. For something that was supposed to give the impression that you're not wearing a helmet it looked more liked I was wearing a helmet with another hat on it. Which is exactly the case, so I guess I shouldn't have been so surprised. :)

  2. Amy - I did have a look at the Yakkays and decided against them for the very reasons you outlined. At least this one just looks like a huge helmet, not a huge helmet with a hat cover. Nobody's being fooled by that stuff.

    In any case, I don't think it's returnable or even worth returning, after shipping costs are factored in. I'll just put up with having a giant looking head!

  3. So now that you've had it for a few weeks, how do you like it? I'm thinking of getting one.

  4. To be honest - I haven't worn it on a ride yet! I'm terrible. I have a Nutcase helmet that I've been using instead as it looks less gigantic on me.

    I want to love it - it's so pretty. I'm still thinking it over but I might decide to sell it to someone who would appreciate it more!