A foldable woollen hat offers simple protection for heads of cyclists and snowboarders.

This article titled “Ribcap folding bike ‘helmet' – review” was written by Helen Pidd, for guardian.co.uk on Friday 6th May 2011 07.00 UTC

Summer appears to have been and gone where I am currently living, so I thought it wouldn't be too unseasonal to review the very cosy cycle helmet I've been rocking all winter on the streets of Berlin.

The Ribcap is a Swiss-made woollen beanie cap with secret padding, originally designed for skiers and snowboarders but now also promoted for cyclists and rollerbladers. I fancied one after chancing upon their website, which had moody shots of attractive people wearing what appeared to be normal hats but which promised to protect their beautiful heads. Finding a non-daft looking cycle helmet is the holy grail for vain cyclists. I have been on the look-out for years for something I could keep on if I nipped into the shop to buy a paper without looking like a massive weirdo.

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