|The Pango folding helmet survived two long-distance rides|
This innovation was introduced here in Kuala Lumpur last month at the Dahon Folding Bike Club's second meeting.
It coincided with the launch of 11 new bikes and was a promotional gift item with a few high-end models.
Priced at RM350 a pop, I was hesitant to snatch one.
But things took a turn when I bought Michelle her first 20-inch folding tourer - the Speed TR.
The Pango was thrown-in as a package.
So, I worked out an arrangement with the dealer for a black-coloured helmet (there are only two in Malaysia).
First-impression I had was the helmet is simple enough to be folded and stashed.
However, it has some flaws.
People with small heads would find the Pango ill-fitting.
As for me, the helmet was actually a bit loose.
Padded foam inserts made it a snug fit and some adjustments on the helmet's strap made it secure.
My only grouse is that it doesn't come with a tightening mechanism for the back of the head.
To get the most out of this folding helmet, I removed the mesh on the top and back of the Pango for better ventilation.
And at 450grammes, this is not a lightweight head protection wear.
The only fanciful and 'wow!' factor is the fact that if folds neatly for storage.
To sum things up -- the Pango is a helmet which you would actually love or hate. For me, its slowly warming up as I am really liking its portability...