I really wanted a "Paris" in Herringbone, because I like the squared off shape, and the B&W goes with everything without being too boring.
|that piece should go straight, not bend- the plastic inside snapped|
The new helmet has a different, and I think better rear stabilizer. (which is probably why they couldn't send me a replacement part). The old system had a plastic stiffened velcro strap that you could adjust to tighten or release the helmet on the back of your head.
|Old system with velcro strap|
The new system is adjustable with a little wheel instead of the previous system which relied on a velcro strap (with plastic stiffener that broke) for adjustment. The new system feels more secure and is much easier to adjust. The padding at the top was a little different, but otherwise the helmet seems the same.
|New system with ratchet wheel|
So once I got the new helmet, I put the new cover on:
I also incorporated a little loop at the back to hold my light. Because of the brim on the "Tokyo" style, and the direction of the stripes, on that cover I positioned the loop to hold the light horizontally. On this helmet, it seemed to work better to put the light vertically, which overall is a better idea, because gravity helps hold the light in place.
I do think that the Tokyo is more convincing as a "hat." The volume of the brim on all sides helps camouflage the bulk of the helmet. However, I like the color and the style of the Cambridge, and the fact that it's more versatile. I'm a bit disturbed that the helmet rear strap broke after less than a year in service, but I was very impressed with Yakkay customer service, and as I said, I think the new system is a better one.
One thing I do like a lot about this one is that they incorporated a subtle reflective stripe on the brim and around the back. (you can just see it in the last photo above) I wish more manufacturers would do more like that. (Nau, are you listening?- hint hint hint!)
A simple piping is easy to add during the manufacturing process, and isn't very noticeable if it follows the seams. It's also very hard to retrofit- especially on a waterproof garment, or a complicated pattern like the helmet cover.
So far I haven't has as many comments on the new helmet- I probably got a comment a week on the old one. Probably because it looks less "hat like" but I still think it looks unique and definitely not like I took a wrong turn and missed the peloton.