I have wanted a Sawako Furuno cycling helmet since I first wrote about them in 2008, when I bemoaned the (then) bizarre attitude of some New Yorkers to cycling). But I either couldn’t afford one, or was on the road and couldn’t pack one in my cases. Now that I am based out of London with a home all of my own, the first thing on my Christmas present list this year was this wonderful Sawako Furuno black faux crocodile helmet. (Thank you mama.)
Helmets aren’t exactly meant to be a style statement: their main aim is to stop your brain busting out all over the road, and from my own observations cyclists don’t wear them often enough. I’m guilty of this too. But they really are vital if you intend to cycle in a city, be it New York, London or wherever, so if having a particularly chic helmet encourages more wear, then I am all for a helmet as chic as this.
Sawako’s come in one size with size adjuster and they fit most female cyclists’ heads. They aren’t cheap, (this one costs £84, and others are around £60, as pictured below) and I don’t think I’ll be wearing mine on country bike rides: I have a standard sports one for all that, but for cycling into town and going on appointments, this is all win.